Blogs from Bukittinggi, Sumatra, Indonesia, Asia - page 4


Asia » Indonesia » Sumatra » Bukittinggi January 7th 2008

Meine letzte Etappe auf dem Trans-Sumatra-Highway, und die hatte es noch einmal in sich. Es waren zwar nur 77 km bis nach Bukittinggi, von diesen ging es allerdings nach anfänglicher Abfahrt, geschätzte 50 km bergauf, flache Abschnitte gab es heute überhaupt keine. Die Straße wand sich meist durch schmale Täler bergauf über diverse Hügelketten mit kurzer Abfahrt nach deren Überwindung - und dann begann das gleiche Spiel von vorne. Bukkittinggi, Sumatras wohl angenehmste Stadt, und größte Touristenattraktion nach Danau Toba, liegt auf knapp 1000m Höhe, umgeben von einigen fast 3000m hohen Vulkanen und grüner Hügellandschaft so weit das Auge blicken kann. Heute war das wetterbedingt leider nicht allzu weit, aber man bekam durchaus eine Idee davon, wie schön die Stadt gelegen ist, Aussichtspunkte gibt es in dem hügeligen Ort genug. Mir gefiel aber auch Bukittinggi ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Sumatra » Bukittinggi September 10th 2007

The journey to Bukit Tinggi was not quite as bad as we had anticipated....the 16 hour bus ride seemed to just fly joke. At this stage in the game, we don't even blink an eye went we are about to get onto another night bus. The ride was fine, quite bumpy, slippery and slidey for the most part since the road pretty much disappeared during the night and we found ourselves driving through deep, slippery mud. No sleep for us that night. We arrived in Bukittinggi at 9am, check into a hotel and went to sleep. The next day we joined a Dutch couple, that we had met on the bus, on a day tour of the countryside around Bukittinggi. We visited a coffee roasting house, historic Minangkabau houses, woodcarvers, weavers and a dirty lake ... read more
More  beautiful scenary
Roaster Man

Asia » Indonesia » Sumatra » Bukittinggi August 31st 2007

Damn it -- the Indonesian sun is getting to me. It doesn't make that much of a difference, but I meant to change the damn title to the blast I just sent to SEAT BELTS ARE OPTIONAL IN SUMATRAN VEHICLES...... .....and then I forgot to change the title. Anyway, the most important is that the blast has now been sent. Hope you all enjoyed it and it didn't put anyone to sleep...... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Sumatra » Bukittinggi August 31st 2007

Welcome to a series of short (I promise! Yeah right....) stories from my Indonesian travels thus far. Just FYI, since I have been out of touch on a "mass scale" for quite awhile, I wanted you all to know I have been traveling in Indonesia now for the past two months. My 60 day visa expires in a few days, and even though I wrote this email a month ago, I haven't been able to send it until now. I think there will be a part 2. Despite what you might read, this country is full of lovely people, amazing scenery and fabulous, fabulous food.......I'm coming back, I just don't know when! Before I left Borneo I got a 60 day visa to visit Indonesia. Anyone who has ever been to this incredibly beautiful ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Sumatra » Bukittinggi February 1st 2007

For my taste of Sumatra, I followed a friends recommendation and took the bus down to Bukitingi before returning to PKU. I met Dominic at the guesthouse in PKU, and due to the fact that I had two beds in my room, the guesthouse was full, and the town had no other budget accommodation, his arrival late at night kind of lended itself well to our sharing a room. He was going down to Bukitingi as well, so I not only had a roommate for the night, but a traveling companion for most of my visit. Our arrival to Btingi demonstrated yet again why I love to travel in the off season. A quick peek around the city netted a room for a total of $2.50, = $1.25 each. This compared very well to our grossly ... read more
The terrace off of our room
Twice weekly market
Jungle trek

Asia » Indonesia » Sumatra » Bukittinggi January 30th 2007

Not much to say for this blog, Dominic wanted to check out this village close to Btingi, and we trekked through about 2k of jungle to get there, and then explored the village and rice paddies. Had a blast. Went back to Btingi. End of Story!... read more
Classic Indonesian Style
Rice Paddy
Workers and Livestock

Asia » Indonesia » Sumatra » Bukittinggi January 16th 2007

The ferry ride from Melaka to Sumatra was pretty uneventful which was just fine. When we got off the ferry we went through the most laidback customs and immigration I've encountered so far. The inspector came to find us as we got off the boat and was all smiles and jokes. There were pictures of two wanted terrorists on a pinboard behind his desk so I think as long as we didn't look like them he was happy enough to let us and anyone else into the country. He told us how much we should pay for a taxi and a few bits of helpful info. We found an English couple and a Japanese guy who were also headed to Bukittinggi on the far side of the island. We hired a minibus and prepared for what ... read more
puncture number 1
puncture number 2
market produce, Bukittinggi

Asia » Indonesia » Sumatra » Bukittinggi December 25th 2006

It's been a while, in fact it's been a month. But here are finally my indonesia blogs. Left Melaka, malaysia, on the 5th of december by ferry. I was waved of by literally hundreds of those fish with legs, sunbathing on the mudbanks. After about 5 hours, i arrived in Dumai, wich basically is a very ugly industrial city. Got hold of a minibus that left 2 hours later then announced, and shared it with 2 english guys and a couple of very grumpy local lady's. At about 1:30 am we reached bukittinggi, and although the town seemed to be sleeping, managed to get a room in an old dutch colonial builiding. A huge room including mandi for less then 5 euro's. Visited the local zoo, wich made me close to tears (example, an orang oetan ... read more
rainy season
bukittinggi zoo

Asia » Indonesia » Sumatra » Bukittinggi September 23rd 2006

Batam - Pekanbaru - Bukittinggi - Medan - Parapat - TukTuk... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Sumatra » Bukittinggi June 30th 2006

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