Tourists can choose to proceed to the surfing Mecca of Mentawai Islands, or to the hiking trails of Bukittinggi and the Kerinci Seblat National Park, without using Padang as an access point. Nevertheless, because Padang has a nice beach, distinctive culture and architecture, delicious delicacies, and friendly people, many tourists do not mind arriving a little late in their major destinations just to experience Padang.
The capital city of West Sumatra, Padang has cheap beachfront hotels and numerous restaurants and street vendors offering tasty treats such as rendang sapi (spicy curried beef) and ayam pop (popcorn-like chicken bits). Museum of Adityawarman and Taman Budaya (Cultural Park) are where to see regular Sumatran cultural performances and exhibited art while Ramayana is where one can shop for export-quality local products. The city also hosts an annual international dragon boat competition.
South of the city is Sikuai Island, where the natural Jacuzzi of Lubuk Minturan river and the crystal-clear river of Bangus Bay can be found. Pantai Air Manis (Sweet Water Beach) is popular for its Batu Malin Kundang (Stone of Malin Kundang), a stone shaped like a prostrating man. Local legend has it that Malin Kundang, an ungrateful son who disowned his own mother, was cursed to become the stone after he came back home wealthy from his travels.
Ta Marija Restaurant
In «Ta 'Marija», located in the center of the village Mosta you’ll be amazed by the welcoming atmosphere created thanks to the traditional setting of talented entertainers and warm ones. Every Wednesday and Friday after the Auto Reviews and Auto Shows that are shown in the TV, customers are invited to sing accompanied by mandolin and guitar, traditional and popular songs ... Read full Blog post
Ati-atihan in Kalibo Aklan
Ati-atihand origins ccan be traced to 1210 when refugees from Borneo would smear their faces with soot in affectionalte immitation of the Filipino natives The island of Panay in the Visayas is where this particular detail of Philipine history took place sometime ih the late 12th or early 13th century. For centuries hence, it has been commemoratged in one specific place - in Kalibo, the capital ... Read full Blog post
An Aerial fiesta in Clark Pampanga
Its a party in the sky as multi colored hot air balloons piloted ny different pilots from various partso of the world participated in this annual gathering. As early as 5am, the 2,500 hectare aviation complex at Clar Economic Zone in Pampanga was already crammedi with excitement. Clusters of hot air balloon participants busily prepare their own balloons for liftoff as they need to take advantage of ... Read full Blog post