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Top Choice Indonesian in Sungai Penuh

Korintji Heritage

Set up as a social enterprise to empower locals, this fantastic new cafe in Sungai Penuh is set inside an atmospheric bamboo building overlooking the town and valley. As well as tasty Indonesian dishes, highlights i…
Top Choice Volcano in Kerinci Seblat National Park

Gunung Kerinci

Dominating the northern end of Kerinci Seblat National Park is Gunung Kerinci (3805m), Southeast Asia’s tallest volcano and one of Sumatra’s most active. On clear days the summit offers fantastic views of Danau Gunu…
Lake in Kerinci Seblat National Park

Danau Gunung Tujuh

At 1996m, the beautiful caldera of Danau Gunung Tujuh is the highest in Southeast Asia and makes for a pleasant day ascent or part of a multiday trek. It takes 3½ hours to climb to the lake from the park entrance, w…
Lake in Kerinci Seblat National Park

Danau Kerinci

Danau Kerinci, 20km south of Sungai Penuh, is a sizeable lake nestled between Gunung Raya (2535m) and rice paddies. Stone carvings around the lake suggest that the area supported a large population in megalithic tim…
Waterfall in Kerinci Seblat National Park

Air Terjun Telun Berasap

Impressive waterfalls dot the whole Kerinci Valley. The easiest to find are the Air Terjun Telun Berasap in the ‘Letter W’ village 4km north of Pelompek. Look for the ‘Air Terjun Telun Berasap’ sign then walk 300m t…
Volcano in Kerinci Seblat National Park

Gunung Kunyit

Visited by a fraction of hikers who take on its more famous neighbour Gunung Kerinci, this active volcano, at the southern end of the Kerinci Valley, presents a wonderful challenge. It’s a six-hour hike to the summi…
Market in Sungai Penuh

Pasar Malam

The centrally located pasar malam (night market) is a terrific place to try local specialties, such as martabak (sweet pancake filled with coconut or banana), martabak mesir (square pancake filled with meat and vege…
Lake in Kerinci Seblat National Park

Danau Kaco

A two- to three-hour ramble through the jungle along a largely flat (and muddy) path, Danau Kaco will stop you dead in your tracks because you just won’t believe the sight of this small, sapphire-coloured swimming h…
Coffee in Kersik Tua

Shelter Coffee

This hip little cafe is an unexpected find along this dusty road, and makes a good place to sample local Kerinci beans. It does pour-over filter coffee as well as lattes etc, along with noodle and rice dishes. The y…
Mosque in Sungai Penuh

Mesjid Agung Pondok Tinggi

Head west up Jl Sudirman (past the post office) and turn left, where you’ll find this old wooden mosque with a pagoda-style roof. Built in 1874 without a single nail, the interior contains elaborately carved beams a…