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Lake Maninjau, Padang

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Home of sweeping views and small but thriving fish farms, Lake Maninjau remains a peaceful place, despite its popularity with foreign tourists. Formed by a volcanic eruption some 50,000 years ago, this caldera lake sits about 460 m (1,500 ft) above sea level. To reach the lake, take a bus from Bukittinggi. The scenic journey takes visitors down a narrow road making 44 hairpin bends before it reaches the lakeshore. Experience the area on a bicycle, or speed through the lush lakeside surroundings on a motorcycle. If you prefer slower activities, take a canoe trip across the lake. Make Lake Maninjau a centerpiece of your Padang vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Padang vacation trip planner.
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  • A beautiful Lake. Unfortunately clouded but in-between again had an unobstructed view. We have seen the Lake only from the top.
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  • Danau Maninjau merupakan danau vulkanik. Disini merupakan tempat yang menarik dengan dikeliling relief bukit bukit disketitarnya.  more »
  • This volcanic lake is huge but nowadays not vey clean as the locals rear fish by the lake side. There are small hotels by the lake side but there is not much activity going on on the lake.  more »

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