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Who knew you could ride waves and see Dutch colonial architecture in the same city? Well, once you go on holiday to Padang, Indonesia, you’ll see for yourself. Surfers and anthropologists—surfing anthropologists?—aren’t the only travellers who fall in love with the capital of West Sumatra. When you aren’t exploring the many beaches along the coast of Padang, trek out to the cliffside waterfalls, snorkel near remote islands and test your palate’s power to withstand the infamous heat of Sumatran cuisine.
Most of the hotels in Padang are concentrated along the coastline, which isn’t a bad thing, since anywhere you stay will have gorgeous views of the Indian Ocean and Siberut Island.
Seriously, go to the beach, mate. Beaches, to be more precise. Padang is lined with sandy shores and impressive tides. Just remember your ABCs: Air Manus Beach, Bungus Beach and Carolina Beach. There are a few more, too, but you’ll want to save some daylight hours for a tour of Padang’s numerous waterfalls and surrounding islands. Take your snorkelling gear to Pagang Island southeast of Padang, or stick to the mainland for some cultural immersion at Museum Adityawarman on the waterfront. More of the city’s bright heritage awaits in China Town, where you’re sure to find savoury eats to fill your belly without emptying your wallet. If you go a little crazy with the spicy dumplings, don’t worry: you can sleep it off in luxurious Padang accommodation right on the beach, or cut out the middle man and set up an umbrella and towel during low tide.
Touch down at Minangkabau International Airport (PDG), 23 km northwest of Padang. Pick up one of Wotif’s car hire options and stop by your Padang hotel to change into your togs before hitting the water.
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Hotels in Padang start at AU$9 per night. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.