Sumatra is one of the most beautiful areas of Indonesia.
It is mountainous and divided by three valleys.
There are lovely lakes and spectacular volcanoes.
But Minangkabau land is very special and has the
most friendly population group of Indonesia. They
love to talk with visitors and will tell us about
their unique society. If a visitor tries to understand
the culture and Minang traditions he will soon feel
himself a member of the clan. He will be invited
as a guest to their homes - a unique way to become
acquainted with real Indonesian life. Most of our
hosts and hostesses are English teachers so language
will not be much of a problem. They will show us
the community and explain their customs.
land of the Minangkabau, West Sumatra has a distinct
culture, which distinguishes
it from the rest of the island. A land of scenic
beauty with blue green lakes and mountains, West
Sumatra's Centre of culture and tourism is Bukittinggi
in the highlands, north of the provincial capital
of Padang. Most prominent in the landscape is
the horn-shaped roofs of the houses nestled in
the coconut groves. The name Minangkabau means
triumphant buffalo. It leads a community and family
life based on a matrilineal system, which clusters
around mosques and the traditional houses. As
it is the women who have the properties, the men
are known for their wanderlust and entrepreneurship.
Traveling is considered a mark of success and
therefore many of them are found "merantau"
(emigrated) to other parts of the country. This
is proof that many Minang or Padang restaurants,
serve very spicy food, found in all major towns
in the nation. The people are hospitable and eloquent
in a poetic style of speech and ceremonies. Festivals
are colorful occasions.
West Sumatra province has about 49,778 sq km width,
which is located between 0o 54' North Latitude and
3o 30' South Latitude and between 98o 36' and 101o
53'. The boundaries of this regency is:
North Side: Riau Province
South Side: Indian Ocean
West Side: North Sumatra Province
East Side: Jambi and Bengkulu Province
West Sumatra Province has 42,297.30-km2 areas.
West Sumatran coastline faces the Indian Ocean
and stretches 375 km from North Sumatra province
in the northwest to Bengkulu in the southeast.
West Sumatra lakes include: Maninjau (99.5 km2),
Singkarak (130.1 km2), Diatas (31.5 km2), Dibawah
(14.0 km2), Talang (5.0 km2). West Sumatra rivers
include: Kuranji, Anai, Ombilin, Suliki, Arau.
The mountains & volcanoes of West Sumatra
are included: Marapi (2,891 m), Sago (2,271 m),
Singgalang (2,877 m), Talakmau (2,912 m), Talang
(2,572 m), Tandikat (2,438 m).
The temperature of West Sumatra province has ranges
between 22o C and 32o C, and the rainfall is 2,289
mm per year.
and pictures courtesy of Indonesia Tourism.