Bukit Tinggi meaning
“High Mountain” in Malay, is a small town in the middle of the
Minangkabau area, in West Sumatra. High up in the mountains, this
little town in Indonesia, is a major tourist attraction, and
people from all over the world come here to vacation.
There are many wonderful and interesting things to see in the town
of Bukit Tinggi, Indonesia, and this website has made a
comprehensive list of all of these.
Fort De Kock and the
Museum, Fort De Kock a footbridge takes one over the main street
of Bukittinggi to the Museum and the Zoo. The museum has a
wonderful collection of Minangkabau art and culture put on display
for tourists. The Zoo is also a place one can visit, though it is
not really well-kept.
Sianok Canyon, the
Sianok Canyon or Ngarai Canyon covers an area of bout four
kilometers southwest of the town of Bukit Tinggi. One can walk
trough the canyon and climb up a small steep trial. It is quite a
heavy climb, but leads to a flat green ricefield, that will lead
to Kota Gadang, which is at about two hours walking distance from
Kota Gadang, lying about eight kilometers from Bukit Tinggi, is
famous for it crafts, such as silwerware, and shawls. One can get
to see the silversmiths at work with filigree or see the weaving
Batu Sangkar, about 40 km from Bukit Tinggi, is the traditional
Minangkabau village, with traditional Minangkabau buildings,
structures, and architecture. The major attraction here is the
palace known as Balai Janggo.
Ngalau Kamang and Ngalau Indah, two caves that lie north east of
Bukit Tinggi with many stalagmites and stalactites.
Rafflesia Arnoldy Sanctuary, 16 km away from Bukit Tinggi, is a
place where one can get to see the Rafflesia, which is the largest
flower on earth, and is renowned for its foul smell.
Harau valley / Lembah
arau, is about 45 km from Bukit Tinggi, to the north east and is a
land of waterfalls, and many steep cliffs. The highest waterfall
here is 110 meters high.
Lake Maninjau, about 40 km from Bukit Tinggi, is one most
beautiful spots in west Sumatra. The path to the Lake is
impressive in itself, with 44 hairpin bends that afford
spectacular views over the lake.
The nearest International airport to Bukit Tinggi is
Minangkabau International Airport
in Padang, located 72 km South West of Bukit Tinggi. To make arrangements for a taxi from Airport
to Bukit Tinggi, contact one the taxi operators or travel agents that have
counter in the Airport.
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