WELCOME

Map of West Sumatra within Sumatra island

Welcome to the Land of the Minangkabaus, where the matrilineal system is still in force.

We will provide you with information on tourism in West Sumatra, Ranah Minangkabau (the local phrase for the Land of The Minangkabaus) as is without the promotional hype usually associated with tourism promotion. There are lots of beautiful natural sites to see and photograh and we are able to show you the complete history of West Sumatra that highlights the real traditional aspects (Islam influenced Culture) mixed with modern influences on the  Minangkabau Culture.

The unique combination of Minangkabau traditions with the local version of the Islamic faith provides not only an interesting tourism attraction but serves as an intriguing destination.

West Sumatra is only one aspect of the multiple cultures existing in Indonesia. Do not miss the opportunity to visit West Sumatra where the traditional is undergoing modernization in its own unique way.

Salamaik Datang means Welcome in the local language of the Minangkabaus, the major ethnic group of  West Sumatra, one of the Provinces of Indonesia, the world’s largest archipelago.

It’s located at the center of the island of Sumatra which borders Malaysia, Singapore and the Indian Ocean. Its Capital is Padang City. The word “Padang” has been the general nomenclature which other Indonesians use to refer to the people of West Sumatra although the real Minangkabaus don’t relish it. History has it that the original Minangkabaus came from three (3) areas within the province, namely Tanah Datar, Lima Puluh Kota and Agam. The real Minangkabaus don’t like to called Padang because the latter are considered a bit rough. The real Minangkabaus refer to others outside these three areas as “pesisir” meaning coastlanders or “rantau” which refer to people who live abroad.

Minangkabau is a word that combines “Kabau” (Kerbau in Indonesian) for the winning beast of burden, the Ox with the word “Minang” comes from the Malay word (now called Bahasa Indonesia – the national Indonesian language) “Menang” or Victory. The traditional houses are up to the present built with horn-shaped roofs to commemorate the victory of the ox used by the Minangkabaus in their fight against the bigger ox of the invading armies of the Hindu King, Adityawarman.

The Cultural Tour we have designed will highlight the real traditional culture of the Minangkabaus, which are not featured in any of the present package tours sold by others.

We say Salamaik Datang – Welcome to this exotic world of the Minangkabaus.

Bookings can be made directly to : abdulrudsmit@yahoo.com

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