Padang is in Western Sumatra on the coast of the Indian Ocean. Padang is the Regional capital of West Sumatra, the 3rd largest city in Sumatra. Padang is the gateway to the Minang highlands.
Padang is an urban-Indonesian sprawl sandwiched between the Indian Ocean and the Minangkabau hills. It is to West Sumatra what Medan is to the North (but with better scenery) – a handy transport hub with air, boat and road connections to major regional attractions, including the Mentawai Islands, Bukittinggi, Danau Maninjau and the Kerinci Highlands. Due to the sheer volume of backpacker and surfer traffic passing through, it also has an above-average amount of good budget accommodation and an excellent dining scene, with its regional food the most globally famous of Indonesian culinary offerings.
EXPLORATION of MENTAWAI TRIBE
Mentawai Island consist of four main Island, North Pagai, South Pagai, Sikakap and Siberut about 100 Km from west Sumatra coast in Indian Ocean. The tribe who live there called Mentawai Tribe. Among 4 islands Siberut Island is the biggest but the lowest population among four islands.
Their culture, language is totally different with people who live in Sumatra, their culture back to stone age. Most of old people decorate their body with tattoo. According to the story is the oldest tattoo in the world. They also are very professional as a hunter with using bow and poison arrow.
They still practice magic. Magic man is important man, because they lead ceremony, cure somebody ill, give advice to the ordinary people before going hunting, building the house, making canoe, etc. There is hundreds of island with beautiful beach and coral reef. Mentawai also the best place for surfing