Danau Maninjau Travel Guide

  • sunset on maninjau 2003 (c) ukirsari
    sunset on maninjau 2003 (c) ukirsari
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  • sunset over maninjau (c) ukirsari
    sunset over maninjau (c) ukirsari
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    padi field on maninjau (c) ukirsari
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Danau Maninjau Things to Do

  • Kelok 44

    Its one of the turning point from 44 hairpin turns.... when infront have a bus coming, sometimes we must stop to give a way for the bus, cos the turning point is almost 180 degree, and the road is not too wide. So just enjoy your trip while through this amazing road....:)

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  • Sunset

    When sun goes down, when the fisherman still in his activity.... and when the wind blow, its time to relax and enjoy the moment of the sunset....

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  • Padi's Field

    Its a nice view of padi's field while in Maninjau, many colour, from green, yellow till brown...Really amazing and great view we can see along the Maninjau lake....:)

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  • Nyet-Nyet

    Along this street to Maninjau Lake, so many monkeys each turning point, and i called them nyet-nyet, taken from monyet-monyet (monkeys). The monkey is sooo tame, and know when we give food....

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  • sunset scenes at maninjau

    from a place to another, finding sunset over maninjau always beautiful. so don't miss it. hold your camera and be patient awaiting the sun goes down to the horizon. truely romantic! my first sunset swim kiss was here ;)

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  • early morning experience

    walking along the padi field in early morning was nice in bayur. exploring the place while mist and fog still in the air. then nice breeze over my face, hmmmm .....

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  • explore the old houses at bayua and...

    i always wonder about old wooden houses along the way maninjau to bayur. carved precisely and standing still even looks very old. i like to mingle with locals and asking about the history of these houses. sometimes i see a clock put into the front. beautiful!

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  • harvest time at maninjau

    nice scenery of padi fields in maninjau. while several goes into gold colour, another stay green and in transition from green into yellow and gold. don't miss it and you can ask to try picking padi with small [but sharp] knife.

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  • the 44 hairpin bends

    yiipiiii, enjoy the scenic route from bukittinggi to direction maninjau and lubuk basung. it's the famous 44 hairpin bends. careful, sometimes can create butterfly in your tummy :)the scenery just awesome!!! here, i take the picture from hairpin number 4.

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Danau Maninjau Restaurants

  • another thirst quencher: "pinacolada"

    we like to sit in "space chair" of pasir panjang permai hotel. facing directly to the lake, open space with roof above, and 'unique' chairs from long time ago. actually it's usual pineapple juice. but since the fruit is so fresh and riped, the taste close to pinacolada without alcohol addition ;)

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  • thirst quencher: terung belanda

    i dunno the exact name in latin or english about this fruit. but indonesian mostly call it as "terung belanda". meanwhile the torajans at south sulawesi named it "tamarella".the taste it's so unique. like strawberry and tomato and sometimes added with citrus [orange] flavour. just ask the seller to make terung belanda juice and add ice cubes into...

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  • local snails and anchovy

    maninjau has two local snacks [or eateries?] which very easy to be found along the lake. seems available anywhere in the snacks sellers. there are pepes teri [steamed anchovy in banana leaf] and fresh water snails.

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  • kind of omelette and pancakes

    arlen's resto is nice and "fresh from the oven". just cooking whenever we order it. my beloved one prefer fried chicken and i like many kind of their menu. also omelette and pancake.

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  • volcano food: nasi goreng

    i like nasi goreng [fried steamed rice] sometimes for breakfast. but this one, it's completely volcano spicy so my eyes can open in "full power". the taste just like any other minang food: hot!!!!

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  • tomato-potato soup and cheese taco yummy...

    i like the wooden decoration of the cafe. and the guy who runs this place is friendly and we know him well. sometimes can be asked to provided car on our way back to tabing airport [thanks for your kindly help, buddy!!!]. my choice goes to tomato-potato soup and my beloved ones prefer cheese taco. like a big pastel with veggie inside and covers...

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Danau Maninjau Nightlife

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    by ukirsari Written Jul 29, 2005

    where we'll hang out in such tranquil and nice place like maninjau? easy, chit chat in front of bungalows or mingle with other guests in lobby and play yahtzee with them. but we can do something else. heading to bagoes cafe and ask about watching movie.
    if there are several people at bagoes cafe interesting [say as minimum quota is available], the officer will play a movie at second floor.

    Dress Code: casual

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Danau Maninjau Transportation

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    along the way to arlen's c) ukirsari

    by ukirsari Written Jul 29, 2005

    maninjau at west sumatra can be reached from jakarta, the capital of indonesia by air. approximately idr 235,000/way/person. then from tabing airport of padang, heading to maninjau directly by metered taxi about idr 180,000 [can kindly ask their list of price]. or, if you want to reach maninjau by public transportation, going to bus terminus and take direction to lubuk basung via pariaman. or, heading to bukittinggi first then continue with other bus to maninjau. do not forget >> scenic route along the way :)

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Danau Maninjau Local Customs

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    not accepting unmarried couple

    by asikajee Written Feb 4, 2007

    Maninjau area has strong Islam beliefs. Most of accomodations there will not allow couples that are not married to sleep on the same room. This is only for local (Indonesian) tourists. I was traveling with a guy friend. And when we were looking for a place to stay, the hotel guy didnt say anything and just stared at us like we were full of sins, and did not smile at all. After I asked for 2 rooms, he smiled a little (underline the word little). Hehehe that was a funny experince. For you foreigners, you don't have to worry about this.

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Danau Maninjau Off The Beaten Path

  • Fresh Water Fish Field

    I saw many fresh water fish field here, on the bank of the Maninjau lake.... and when the fisherman gave the food,,, all the fish will jump and soooo great to they feeding the fish....:)

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  • al ihsan mosque gasang

    it's an old mosque in the main road of bayur to maninjau. unique ornamented even smaller compared to the bloody big newly mosque at the heart of maninjau. the architect made mosque surrounded by water like artificial moat, so every pilgrim who wants to enter have to walking in shallow water. but it's good, since water make their feet clean whenever...

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Danau Maninjau Sports & Outdoors

  • morning swim or sunset swim? :)

    swimming or sunbathing at private beach at arlen's. it's nice, just choose by your own, morning swim or sunset swim. both were nice. love it :) swimming equipments

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  • trekking to lawang top and sakura hill

    if you like to burn the calories :) you can ask guide at bagoes cafe to have trekking or hiking to lawang top and sakura hill. the scenery was beautiful. can see directly the whole of its lake. sneakers or trainers

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  • wobble canoe :)

    i remember my very first time do canoeing with nick at muaro beach. and none of us say "yes, i did" about wobble canoe. both of us insisted to say "no". but so much fun to paddle along the lake :) we did enjoy! but earlier days, our friend from denmark, sven ... just "game over" within a canoe. he jumpe into the lake! canoe, inner flat tyre,...

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Danau Maninjau Favorites

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    @rie at board of pig hunting (c) nicholas ingram

    by ukirsari Written Jul 29, 2005

    Fondest memory: euhhhh!!! this is my picture by beloved nick, taken in front of billboard "pig hunting". no, no, no .. i wasn't the pig to be hunted. but also doesn't mean we're the person who like killing animals for such a satisfaction. no way!
    the reason i put this picture, because we're feel weird, why put piggies as one of the attraction here? oh, they should be consider to the population and even the wild piggies likes to attack the padi fields, please ..... there's another way to fix it. and if the reason only for such a hobby, we'll feel more sad than ever!
    and speaking about its tranquil secluded chrystal lake, maninjau still beautiful as before. but now, after the "growmax" era, seems fish farming ponds are anywhere in the lake. we feel worry, if someday we can not swim again since there's no place anymore.

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