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Trip Planner Asia  /  Indonesia  /  Sumatra  /  West Sumatra  /  Padang
(3.3/5 based on 1,200+ reviews for top 20 attractions)
Things to do: nature, beaches, sightseeing

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The largest city on the western coast of Sumatra, Padang enjoys a reputation as one of Indonesia's cleanest and greenest cities despite its hub of residential and commercial activity. There's more than just human business here, though: the city is also located centrally on a tectonic plate and annually experiences earth tremors. A Padang holiday offers excellent transport to surrounding attractions, including nearby islands perfect for diving and highlands for trekking. Add the region's famed authentic street food stalls to your Padang itinerary--they're rumored to be among the best in Indonesia. Use our Indonesia tourist route planner to arrange your visit to Padang and any other destinations in Indonesia that take your fancy.
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Following the massive earthquake of 2009, accommodation options in Padang have slightly decreased due to the demolishment of some of the city's older hotels. Since then, a spate of more modern hotels and lodgings have cropped up, offering onsite restaurants serving authentic local and international food, Wi-Fi, and air conditioning. Otherwise, family-owned and run guesthouses with clean, basic rooms (and sometimes ensuite bathrooms) remain the best options for budget-conscious backpackers.
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