Padang is a common
transit point for surfers traveling to Batu Islands and Mentawai
Islands, and for tourists visiting the West Sumatran highlands.
Padang beach (known as Taplau or Tapi Lauik) which located from
Samudra Street until Puruih, is well-known for its beautiful
sunset and hundreds of food stalls.
Bungus bay, to the
south of Padang, is suitable for swimming and boating. The Dragon
Boat Festival is a major international sporting event that is held
in Padang to promote tourism.
Adityawarman Museum specializes in the history and culture of the
local Minangkabau ethnic group, and the main exhibits are housed
within a Rumah Gadang style building. Batang (River) Kuranji flows
in Padang and on top area of the river at Batu Busuk, Lambung
Bukit sub-district is suitable for white water activities.