Sumatra's

LAKE MANINJAU

Global Rate : 15.81 /20

 

Ratings by criteria : 

Charm Scenery Parks Culture Minor. Market Relax Fiesta 

Cost

AVER.
5 5 4 4 4 2 5 2 4 15.55

Ratings by backpackers :

Surveyed Liked  Comeback  Recommend  Range AVER.
13 100% 100% 100%   16.07


Description :

Comments :

What to do ? Admire the great view from one of the road's 44 hairpin bends / Go round the lake (70km means 6h by self propelled engine bike or 2.5h by motorbike) / Trek the area  / Relax at hot springs (opp. Tandirih Hotel)  / Relax on canoe or tube / Relax in the lake w. swimwear / Relax. Point. /  Degust lake mussels /  Learn the art of Batik / Watch cultural shows / Hunt a pig and eat the pig ! (US$10, Tan Dirith Hotel

What you may not like ? The lack of activities / The green vegetation on the lake / The price of accomodations compared to North Sumatra

How long ? At least two days




la duree du traje est une heure, il yen a toutes les heures environs mais c'est quand il passe sur le bord de la route, pas d'heure precise, tu fais le planton pour choper ton bus. 

pour les trecks, j'essaye de trouver ce que je peux t'offrir


Where to stay ?  

- In Maninjau Village : 

  • Pillie Homestay (0752) 61048, Jl H. Udin Rahmani / 8 correct Dbl w. clean common shower 15000 / No restaurant / By the lake
  • Mutiara Hotel (0752) 61049-61230, rico.mozart@maillexcite.com, No96 Jl H. Udin Rahmani / 10 nice Dbl w. shower 40000 / Discount if several nights / No restaurant / By the lake 
  • Pondok Impian (0752) 61288, Jl H. Udin Rahmani, Dbl 20000, Quad w. shower 40000 / No restaurant but partnership with the Sri Kandi Cafe / Canoe (Rp5000 for 2 hours) / By the like and family atmosphere. 
  • Maninjau Indah Hotel (0752) 61018, visible from the market / The big hotel of Maninjau / Luxury for 60000 to 125000. 


- Going North from the bus terminal, on the road to Bayur : 

  • Riah Danau Homestay (0752) 61091, Dbl w. shower 10000 (1) or 15000 (2) / Restaurant / By the lake / Go there for the correct rooms at good prices and the nice view / What you may not like : the lady does not speak English
  • Beach GH  (0752) 61082, fax (0752) 61300 / Basic back rooms w. shower 10000, correct rooms facing the lake w. shower 15000 / Restaurant / Go there for the young family atmosphere, the nice view, the free canoe, the BBQ,... 
  • Cafe 44 & Homestay  / The name is a reference to the 44 hairpin bends leading to the lake / 8 Basic clean rooms w. MN 7500 / By the lake / Good restaurant / 4 days treks US$70 / Go there for the cheapest price, the nostalgy as this is one of the first GH,  the good info about the area / What you may not like : the old look
  • Tan Dirith Hotel  (0752) 61263 / Rooms w. HW shower, satellite TV and lake view 65-75000 / Restaurant / By the lake and the road
  • Pasir Panjang Permai Hotel (0752) 61022 / Superior Hotel / Rooms 75-125000
  • Abang Homestay / 12 basic rooms w. shower 10000 / By the lake and the road, nice view
  • Palanta Homestay (0752) 61061-61020 / Dbl 8000 (1) or 10000 (2), w. shower 10000 (1) or 15000 (2) / Restaurant / By the lake and the road / Basic but nice view
  • Tropical Baru Hotel (0752) 61089 / Basic Dbl 10000, w. shower 15000 / By the lake and the road 
  • Ananda GH (0752) 61421 / 6 Dbl facing the lake w. shower 10000 (1) or 15000 (2) / Go there for the correct rooms at correct prices, the family atmosphere and to get info. 
  • Maransy Homestay (0752) 61264 / Basic rooms w. common shower 25000 (!) / Restaurant / By the lake and the road / Nice view but expensive !

- On Bayur Beach  :  

  • Batu C. Beach Homestay & Rully Homestay / Dbl 10000 (1) or 12500 (2), bungalow w. MN 15000 (1) or 25000 (2) / Cafe / Go there for the sandy beach, the nice view and the sunset but it is basic. 
  • Lily's GH / Bungalows 15-20000 (basic) or 25000 (better, on the beach) / Restaurant / Go there for the same reasons as above plus the good atmosphere w. BBQ, beach fire and guitar... 
  • Oasis / Dbl w. MN 10000, bungalow w. MN 15000 / Restaurant, canoe / Go there for the same reasons as above but it lack atmosphere and it is basic. 
  • Rizal Beach Homestay (0752) 61404 / Expensive Dorm (4) 10000, basic Dbl 10000 (1) or 15000 (2), nice bungalow w. MN 15000 (1) or 20000 (2) / Basic outside shower : bucket or shower on the beach / Restaurant, canoe, internet (Rp12000) / Go there for the best GH, the friendly atmosphere w. BBQ, guitar & volley ball, the nice beach w. lots of space / What you may not like : the service is not perfect and it is not too cheap 

 

Where to eat ?  Most GH have a restaurant or a cafe. Lake shrimps and Lake mussels are local delicacies.

Bike or Motorbike ? Motorbike Rp 45000.  Bike Rp15000. Available at plenty of GH and Travel agencies.  

Internet ?  At Rizal Beach : Rp12000 per hour

Change Money ? You can change at the travel agency (see below) or Maninjau Hotel but the rate is poor. 

Infos ?  PT Kesuma Mekar Jaya Tours & Travel Service (JL Paurunan Air Hangat, opp. Cafe 44, tel 61422, fax 61300) is one of the best place to get info about the area. Too bad that prices are a bit high (to be negotiated).  Info also available at Bogoes Cafe (near bus terminal) and at Cafe 44.  



Bus Schedules :

To Price Type Duration Time Nb Freq.
Bukittinggi 2500  ordi  1 day ++ hour