I purchase air ticket online from Air Asia and hire a mini van with driver. Itinerary based on my online research prior to this journey.
2. Rumah Gadang aka Tourist Information Center.
This is a must place to visit for better understanding of 'Minang' people and their custom.
I sort of enjoy here the most.
You can listen to the lady in charge telling you the stories. Seriously, I enjoyed listening to her the most. I love the landscape and surrounding here.
3. Pasar Atas and Jam Gadang
4. Kopi Kiniko and Pisang Salai
Here you can see how people make 'pisang salai' or 'smoke banana'. I don't like banana so don't really like this.
On the way to Istana Pagar Ruyung, you can ask the driver to have a quick stop at:
5. 'Batu Bersurat'
6.The King's Thomb.
7. Silindung Bulan Palace
All this is on the way to the Grand Palace.
Entrance fees : IDR12,000/pax
Since I was with old parent so the first thing I did is to pay extra IDR5,000/pax for mini train ride to tour around the big compound of this Grand Palace.
I could describe this place as stunning architecture even thought this is not the original one.
It look like an ocean than a lake. This Singkarak water is use to generate power for the West Sumatra and Riau provinces. It specialty is a small fish called 'ikan bilih'. According to my driver the taste is sweeter than normal anchovies. Not sure since I never taste this.
10. Oldest mosque
According to the old man who is the guardian here, this place was built in 18th century. I can't verified this since my Dad are the only one interested to listen to him. hehehehe...me was busy taking photo and scaring my mum. yeah...naughty woman!
Entrance fees IDR3,000/pax which combined with Japanese Tunnel
This place is near the Japanese Tunnel so you can combined the tour. It has stunning natural view. I love the scenery here.
12. Japanese Tunnel
13. Stop at Kelok 37 to admire the nice view
14. Stop at 44 hairpin curved for a beautiful view to the lake Manijau and Pariaman. Sorry no photo since we didn't stop here since the weather its not that good.
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