©

Sawahlunto trip planner

Create a fully customized
day-by-day itinerary for free

Itinerary Planner
+ Add destination
2 adults
Adults
- +
Teens
- +
Kids
- +
Close

Sawahlunto

Trip Planner Asia  /  Indonesia  /  Sumatra  /  West Sumatra  /  Sawahlunto
(3.3/5 based on 35+ reviews for 5 attractions)
Things to do: museums, historic sites, nature
Kota Sawahlunto or Sawah Lunto is a town in West Sumatra, Indonesia, 90 kilometers from Padang. The town itself covers 5.9 km² and has a population of 15,279. The city of which the town is the central part covers 276 sq. km, and had a population of 59,821 in 2014.Sawahlunto is one of the mining towns in West Sumatra. It was first established as a town in 1882 by the Dutch along with coal mining operations. Coal was discovered in the mid-19th century by Ir. de Greve. It was then suggested to the Dutch that coal should be mined in the area because coal was needed for industry and transportation. After the discovery of coal the area was frequently visited by geologists. Coal mining was pioneered in the area after the eventual "surrender" of the area to the Dutch in 1876. In 1888 the Nederland Indies initialized many coal mining facilities In 1894 train tracks were opened In 1898 the first coal mining tunnel was built at Air Dingin, Lembah Segar, but was later closed in 1932 and re-opened again in June 2007. Mining was initiated in the area after Independence. Activities were undertaken by PT Tambang Batubara Ombilin (TBO). PT TBO was later liquidated and became a subsidiary of PTBA (Bukit Asam) which is located in Southern Sumatra. Since reforms in the region, the area has experienced a growth in mining community because people felt compelled to participate in coal mining. Coal mining was not restricted within the boundaries of the community but also extended to the land owned by PTBA TPO. The mayor at that time was Ir. Amran Nur, with Erizal Ridwan S.T. as his representative.After golden period of mining and mine sites closed, Sawah Lunto became a ghost town and the population declined. In 2004, Sawah Lunto policy is to make Sawah Lunto as a tourist city and then population inclined. In 2014, 29 percent income came from tourism, while from farming only got 23 percent.
Use our Indonesia trip itinerary maker to arrange your visit to Sawahlunto and other destinations in Indonesia.
Source
Create a full itinerary — for free!

Plan your trip to Sawahlunto

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Sawahlunto

Browse hundreds of hotels and read guest reviews on the world's leading online travel agency website.
CHECK IN - CHECK OUT
Millions of travel reviews
on TripAdvisor

Extend your holiday

Visit top cities near Sawahlunto:
Spas, shopping, sightseeing
Visit for: 4 daysStart a plan »
Sightseeing, nature, shopping
Visit for: 2 daysStart a plan »
Nature, beaches, sightseeing
Visit for: 3 daysStart a plan »
Golf, fun & games, spas
Visit for: 2 daysStart a plan »
Sightseeing, shopping, museums
Visit for: 2 daysStart a plan »

Recently planned trips to West Sumatra

22 days in Sumatra BY A USER FROM ITALY February, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: February, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 17 days in Indonesia BY A USER FROM BRAZIL March, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 4 days in Padang BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 11 days in Sumatra BY A USER FROM BELGIUM February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, hidden gems PREFERENCES: February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 7 days in West Sumatra BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 17 days in Sumatra & Sorong BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 20 days in Indonesia & Singapore BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 23 days in Indonesia, Malaysia & Singapore BY A USER FROM ROMANIA February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Padang BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 3 days in Bukittinggi BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA December, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: December, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 17 days in Siak Sri Indrapura, Pekanbaru & Bukittinggi BY A USER FROM INDONESIA December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in Padang BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans

Inspirock Trip Planner in the News