2. The best hotel is the 4 star Hotel such as Bumiminang or Pangeran Beach hotel, and all depend on your budget
3. some where out of Padang have homestay/losmen such as Losmen Carlos in Bungus Beach Area
4. Yes Possible, Bukittinggi only 2.5 hours distance from Padang, return will be 5 hours seat on the car and you can spend 3 - 4 hours in Bukittinggi.
5. Padang has Padang Beach, Bungus Beach, Airmanis Beach, Caroline Beach, Sikuai Island, Museum, and old town
so better you got plan about your traveling in West Sumatera or you can contact the travel agent in Padang who can organised everything for you.
How are you?
I bet you are getting excited about your forthcoming trip.
Thought you might like to read this post written by a traveller from Singapore who certainly made the most of their time of only 5 days in the area north of Padang namely Bukittinggi, Harau Canyon,and Lake Maninjau.
I do have a map of the whole area I had colour photocopied today and if you email me at email@example.com I can send it to you in an attachment.
I also have a map of Padang city with listed accomodation.
How are you?
Yes, I agree Bukittinggi is much cooler place to stay but FBM is planning on going to Gunung Kerinci to climb the mountain sometime in March next year.
So for convience Padangis probably a better base.
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