Lake Maninjau is located within Western Sumatra - Padang area.
I stayed at the wonderful Muaro Bungalows / Restaurant - great place and only around 50,000IDR per night; double bed, private Mandi, wired to mains but low wattage light bulb, but my bungalow was naturally bright throughout the day and looked onto the lake - basic rooms - my heighbours had been there for a month!! Owned by Neni and helped by her two brothers - perfection, easy going people. The restaurant is open all day and does good food, both western and Indo Hire m/bikes from Neni; internet next door. By far the most popular of the accommodation at Maninjau - at one time she had to turn someone away due to having no spare bungalows. Most people seemed to stay only one or two nights. A very popular place to stay, but yet still quiet.
Lake Maninjau is less touristy than Toba (North Sumatra). I hired a bike and used that for two of the days and even went to the coast - a two hour ride took me to an empty beach!!!!
Some good (easy) walks to the top of the crater (old volcano) surrounding Lake Maninjau with beautiful senery at the top.
A great place to visit and I was quite sad to leave after my 5 days but had to only due to having booked a flight before I got to Maninjau.
I enjoyed it so much that I will probably visit again for a longer period during my impending 12 month career break.
Overall Maninjau is a great place to visit. Relaxed and easy going with options of eating expensive or local Warungs. Internet easily available and agents to help with transport.
There is a bank with ATM - definately acepts Mastercard (i had problems with my Visa).
Hope this is helpful - enjoy Maninjau!!!!
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