HW Hotel Padang
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- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Free parking
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Travel Blogs from Padang
... She was from the hotel and was the only one that could talk English. We told here where we are from and what we are doing here. It was very interesting. Our conversation went from travelling, over religion to food.
Food was a good idea, Rita suggested to visit a little food place just down the street and we had some pancake filled with beef and some spices. Also very nice.
We tried to work out our plan for tomorrow (as we were going ...
... last stop of the day was at Ambun Pagi Matur Agam where we went to spend some time on the lake. When we got there we took a boat ride around Mininjau Lake. It was one of the coolest places I've been to on the islands so far because of the size of the lake and being in a mountain valley. Between all these places we were stopping for food (so much that I couldn't even eat) and the roads were so terrible I was sleeping from carsickness. ...
Padang is our first stop on our adventure in little visited Sumatra, Indonesia. I'd been researching places off the beaten track and as it was only a hour flight from Singapore it seemed like a great place to explore. At immigration I overhear a westerner say he is staying at Brigitte's house, the same place we have reserved. I grab his attention and ask if he fancies sharing a cab. He's a super friendly traveller from Holland and his girlfriend is German. We chat travels ...
... but there are hundreds of little shops to buy everything from housewares to clothing to an entire store dedicated to matching couple's clothing (really wished I was able to get a photo of that). There seems to me (and remember this is a first impression) that there's a materialism here that's very important. It's not that you're wearing a headscarf, it's what kind it is, you know? I saw more car dealerships here in this town than I've seen in all my travels ...
... being of a more prosaic temperament, was agog at the narrow gauge rack railway that ran alongside the roadway and up the steep hills. There are quite a few volcanoes around this way, with treks if you are up to it. We have decided we are not!
We do intend, however, to drive to Lake Maninjau, which is a gigantic crater with a circumference of about 90km. We will do that ...