West Sumatera Province - Indonesia Fixer

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Bungus Island, Carolina beach, Karang Tinta beach, Batang Palupuh (the giant flowers Rafflesia Arnoldi, blooming only once a year in November), Mount Talang, Lake Singkarak, Japanese Bungker, Ngarai Sianok, Kerinci Seblat National Park, Madobak, Ugai and Matotonan villages, Air Manis Beach, Rafflesia Park, Singkarak Lake, Maninjau Lake, Bukittinggi, Harau Valley, Sawahlunto, etc.

The capital of West Sumatra, Padang has several houses built in traditional architecture, including the Padang Museum which houses objects of cultural and historical interest. The beach of the bay of Bungus and its white sands is good for swimming, boating or just watching the fishing boats going out to sea in the afternoon. Small boats can be hired from here to some small islands nearby Sirandah.

Mentawai islands - surrounded by tropical rainforests and immerse yourself in the traditions of the local people. While the physical distance between the mainland and Mentawai is not great, this remains one of the most isolated places in Indonesia.
Mentawai islands includes four municipalities, Siberut, Sipora, North Pagai and South Pagai. is the biggest of the Siberut islands and remains largely covered with tropical rainforest. The remote location of these islands means that the Mentawai people have had very little contact with the outside world. The Mentawai still abide by traditional practices and live largely off the land. Local people have a strong spiritual relationship with the forest with a belief system that emphasizes harmony with creation.

It is believed people first came to inhabit these islands at least several thousand years ago. Most anthropologists classify the Mentawai people as Protomalay which means they have a mostly Neotlithic culture but have not been effected by Buddhism, Islam or Hinduism.

Tatoos are an important symbol in Mentawai culture and reflect maturity, manhood and status. The art of this body painting has been inherited from ancient ancestors and the ink is made from natural fibres.

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