7 places to visit around Bukittinggi

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Ngarai Sianok: The view when you are looking down the canyon from the cliff top is just majestic; kilometers of lush green canyon, and rice fields built on the canyon floor. (Photo by Raditya Margi)

Ngarai Sianok: The view when you are looking down the canyon from the cliff top is just majestic; kilometers of lush green canyon, and rice fields built on the canyon floor. (Photo by Raditya Margi)

Songket: One of the distinct features of “songket” is the use of glossy threads, giving an elegant shimmer to the fabric. That, and the fact that a “songket” can take at least four months to finish, is why the fabric can cost millions of rupiah. (Photo by Raditya Margi)

Songket: One of the distinct features of “songket” is the use of glossy threads, giving an elegant shimmer to the fabric. That, and the fact that a “songket” can take at least four months to finish, is why the fabric can cost millions of rupiah. (Photo by Raditya Margi)

Minang interior: Istano Basa Pagaruyung (Pagaruyung Grand Palace) is the legacy of such a history – despite the palace having to be rebuilt several times due to natural disasters and accidents. (Photo by Raditya Margi)

Minang interior: Istano Basa Pagaruyung (Pagaruyung Grand Palace) is the legacy of such a history – despite the palace having to be rebuilt several times due to natural disasters and accidents. (Photo by Raditya Margi)

Istano Baso Pagaruyung: You can also wear the traditional costume of the Minang people, available for rent in the palace. (Photo courtesy of Pelangu Buana Tour)

Istano Baso Pagaruyung: You can also wear the traditional costume of the Minang people, available for rent in the palace. (Photo courtesy of Pelangu Buana Tour)

Songket weaver: Pandai Sikek is one of the best places to obtain the region’s famous hand-woven cloth called “songket”. There is a street in Pandai Sikek dedicated to stores that sell “songket” fabrics. (Photo by Raditya Margi)

Songket weaver: Pandai Sikek is one of the best places to obtain the region’s famous hand-woven cloth called “songket”. There is a street in Pandai Sikek dedicated to stores that sell “songket” fabrics. (Photo by Raditya Margi)

Kapuyuak distro: The “distro” (distribution outlet) sells printed clothing emblazoned with catchy logos, iconic figures and structures. (Photo by Raditya Margi)

Kapuyuak distro: The “distro” (distribution outlet) sells printed clothing emblazoned with catchy logos, iconic figures and structures. (Photo by Raditya Margi)

Japanese hole: The Japanese occupied Bukittinggi late in World War II, and one of their defensive measures in the area was building a bunker beneath the cliff of Ngarai Sianok. (Photo by Raditya Margi)

Japanese hole: The Japanese occupied Bukittinggi late in World War II, and one of their defensive measures in the area was building a bunker beneath the cliff of Ngarai Sianok. (Photo by Raditya Margi)

Babendi-bendi: The city’s horse-drawn taxis are also one of the services available in the clock tower area. It will cost you Rp 100,000 (US$8.41) for a one-hour tour around the town. (Photo by Raditya Margi)

Babendi-bendi: The city’s horse-drawn taxis are also one of the services available in the clock tower area. It will cost you Rp 100,000 (US$8.41) for a one-hour tour around the town. (Photo by Raditya Margi)

House of Mohammad Hatta: The house he grew up in at Bukittinggi is also one of Hatta’s historical buildings, now serving as a showcase of his early days – open for public visits every day. (Photo by Raditya Margi)

House of Mohammad Hatta: The house he grew up in at Bukittinggi is also one of Hatta’s historical buildings, now serving as a showcase of his early days – open for public visits every day. (Photo by Raditya Margi)

Jam gadang: The grand 26-meter high clock tower is the town’s most illustrious monument, having been built back in 1926. (Photo by Raditya Margi)

Jam gadang: The grand high clock tower is the town’s most illustrious monument, having been built back in (Photo by Raditya Margi)

Hilltop: Puncak Lawang is one of the hilltops that you can reach by vehicle and which offers stunning views of the lake. (Photo courtesy of Pelangi Buana Tour)

Hilltop: Puncak Lawang is one of the hilltops that you can reach by vehicle and which offers stunning views of the lake. (Photo courtesy of Pelangi Buana Tour)

Puncak Lawang: Lawang Park offers an amazing 360-degree view, including the picturesque view of Lake Maninjau. (Photo by Raditya Margi)

Puncak Lawang: Lawang Park offers an amazing view, including the picturesque view of Lake Maninjau. (Photo by Raditya Margi)

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