Bukit Tinggi, Sumatra, Indonesia

Bukit Tinggi Travel Blog

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I wasnt sure if I will have to go to Bukit Tinggi while on the trip to Padang but since there was nothing much to see at Padang, the only wise thing to do the following day after arriving in Padang was to head to Bukit Tinggi.

It was a two hour drive by taxi and is located at a higher altitude. It is indeed a fascinating place. It has a volcano but unfortunately this volcano does not have road access and those interested will have to hike for a day. Its popular amongst the locals. Bukit Tinggi also has a green canyon which is smaller than the grand canyon but in absolute scale its still huge. Apparently the green canyon was created by an earthquake. Oddly the Japanese during World War II constructed an elaborate grid of underground cave network within the green canyon.
It was supposed to serve as ammunition storage and as a fort. My mate and I got lost in the cave for a moment. It is rather crazy what the Japanese could imagine during wartime. Just before entering the area that has the green canyon and the Japanese underground cave network, there is a mini zoo. Interestingly thought the zoo is mini, the range of animals is wide and includes tiger, elephants, camels etc.

Bukit Tinggi also has a lake but I could not find time for it though I heard its beautiful. If you are looking for exotic handmade decorative covers, do check out the store located in the heart of town that specialises in such handicraft. the covers are used by the local folks for their weddings as covers for trays carrying wedding gifts. exotic local outfits intricately designed from various fabrics and methods are available in the shop too.
the famous padang headgear for wedding couples is also available in the shop.

Bukit Tinggi due to its geographical location at such altitude is rather a very cool place. however regular showers are to be expected. I guess there has been lots of western backpackers visiting the place because there are shops catering to them such as motorcycle rentals, second hand novel bookstores etc. usually one cannot find these kinds of shops in many other parts of indonesia.

On the way to Bukit Tinggi, do make sure to enjoy the beautiful scenary and stop over for great satay and nasi padang. apparently the president susilo bangbang yuduyono visiting a few of those shops for meals.
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