Colonial Quarter


Although badly damaged in the 2009 earthquake, Padang’s colonial-era quarter around Jl Batang Arau is still worth a lazy stroll. Crumbling old Dutch and Chinese warehouses back onto a river brimming with fishing boats.

The beach along Jl Samudera is the best place to watch sunsets.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Padang attractions

1. Adityawarman Museum

0.67 MILES

Within a grand traditional Minangkabau-style building is this excellent museum offering a thorough overview of Padang culture. Captions are all in English…

2. Air Terjun Tiga Tingkat

6.39 MILES

This spectacular three-storey waterfall is close to Teluk Kabung, by the village of Koto Lubuk Hitam. It’s an hour’s hike up to the base of the falls for…

3. Pulau Pagang

13.66 MILES

Pulau Pagang is a small, beautiful island 1½ hours' boat ride from Bungus, with white sandy beaches and a handful of basic bungalows. It’s possible to…