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4 Beaches Near Padang, Indonesia for a Quick Day Trip Anytime: Pantai Padang, Taman Muaro Lasak, Ocean Coast (Taplau), and Pantai Air Manis Beach

4 Beaches Near Padang, Indonesia for a Quick Day Trip Anytime: Pantai Padang, Taman Muaro Lasak, Ocean Coast (Taplau), and Pantai Air Manis Beach

This COVID situation truly turned the world upside down ten million times. Needless to say, I am at one with you when I say that I sorely miss the summertime where you can just enjoy the sea, sand, sun, and sky. Not in that order of priority, in fact, even if you are not a beachy mate, you’ll still want to enjoy the summertime somewhere in the islands. As a guy who grew up in a country with more than seven thousand islands to choose from, I definitely crave for that food, festivity, and friendly vibe that only the real non-manmade beaches can offer. 


Nevertheless, the nearest ones are in fact in Padang, Indonesia. Not being too biased, but it cannot rival the likes of where I come from, but let’s all face it - sometimes, all we need is a day (or three) in a beach setting, to feel the soothing sounds and sparkles of the sea. It’s a way to relax, recharge, reframe, and remind ourselves of how lucky we are to still be alive, even at a time like this. So yes, let me start by saying that if you are looking for the nicer, cheaper, nearer beaches outside Singapore that’ll be worth your time - then it is about time to head over to one of Indonesia’s islands! The flight is quite short; it’s even shorter than an end-to-end train ride from Tuas to Changi airport! Haha!


Ocean Coast (Taplau)

Address: Jl. Samudera No.109, Olo, Kec. Padang Bar., Kota Padang, Sumatera Barat, Indonesia

TripAdvisor Website: https://www.tripadvisor.com.sg/Attraction_Review-g297726-d19065425-Reviews-Ocean_Coast_Taplau-Padang_West_Sumatra_Sumatra.html


Local residents often call Padang Beach as Padang Taplau. Taplau itself is an abbreviation of Tapi Lauik or the edge of sea. Byuuurrrr….I ran and then took shelter on Velocity Burger & Coffee terrace located on the edge of Samudera Street. The rain was so heavy, it made water splash slowly wet my clothes and backpack. While I was still busy exploring my gadget to determine next tourist destination which was still possible to visit. It seemed like I won’t waste my time in Padang even if only briefly. Read more at: https://travelingpersecond.com/2020/08/17/padang-beach-or-padang-taplau/


Pantai Padang

Address: Pecatu, South Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali 80361, Indonesia

TripAdvisor Website: https://www.tripadvisor.com.sg/Attraction_Review-g297726-d4724656-Reviews-Pantai_Padang_Taplau-Padang_West_Sumatra_Sumatra.html


Take a break from the daily activities and various problems that exist, of course it is useful. Such rest is not only a means of resting the body, but also resting the soul from the stress of workloads and stresses of life. Sitting relaxed in Muaro Park is also a fun activity. because the eyes will be spoiled by the beautiful flowers and various types of plants that are arranged so beautifully. For visitors who come with their families and bring their children who are still children here there are also facilities available. No need to worry about them getting bored and asking you to go home. Because in the Padang beach area, there is a children's play area. The children's toy facilities are filled with rabbit carriages and various games that can be rented at low cost.  Read more at: https://www.nativeindonesia.com/pantai-padang/


Taman Muaro Lasak

Address: Jl. Samudera, Rimbo Kaluang, Kec. Padang Bar., Kota Padang, Sumatera Barat 25115, Indonesia

TripAdvisor Website: https://www.tripadvisor.com.sg/LocationPhotoDirectLink-g297726-d11549419-i349757281-Muaro_Lasak_Beach-Padang_West_Sumatra_Sumatra.html


Currently, Padang residents don't seem to have to bother looking for tourist destinations outside the region to enjoy a weekend getaway. Padang Beach now presents a different beauty than before. One of the famous spots is Taman Muaro Lasak Beach . The location of this beach is still in the Purus Beach area, Rimbo Kaluang Village, West Padang District, Padang City, West Sumatra . Muaro Lasak Beach, which is located adjacent to Padang beach, does have many points to capture pictures. In addition to enjoying the view of the beach with neatly arranged wave break rocks, the community was also seen filling the Peace Pigeon Monument which was recently inaugurated by President Jokowi on April 12, 2016. People who come to Padang beach and Muaro Lasak Beach always take the time to take pictures on the monument with symbols this dove. Read more at: https://ksmtour.com/informasi/tempat-wisata/sumatera-barat/pantai-muaro-lasak-pemandangan-lepas-pantai-di-sumatera-barat.html



Pantai Air Manis Beach

TripAdvisor Website: https://www.tripadvisor.com.sg/Attraction_Review-g297726-d2435181-Reviews-Air_Manis_Beach-Padang_West_Sumatra_Sumatra.html


Air Manis Beach is closely related to the legend of Malin Kundang in West Sumatra. Air Manis beach is a favorite tourist site for local and foreign tourists because it has low waves and beautiful views of Mount Padang. Beside playing in the water and swimming, visitors can rent a motorboat to visit Pisang Kecil and Pisang Besar Islands which are located some 500 meters from the beach. If you visit Air Manis beach, you should prepare extra clothes. You will be tempted to swim or walk to Pisang Kecil Island. Read more at: https://www.indonesia.travel/sg/en/destinations/sumatra/padang/air-manis-beach



6 Laidback Local-Approved Travel Places To Experience in Dhaka, Bangladesh - University of Dhaka, Lalbagh Fort, and National Assembly Building

5 Laidback Local-Approved Travel Places To Experience in Dhaka, Bangladesh - University of Dhaka, Lalbagh Fort, and National Assembly Building
6 Laidback Local-Approved Travel Places To Experience in Dhaka, Bangladesh 

Maybe your meaning of the word “laidback” will be completely challenged, once you experience the laidback stratosphere of Dhaka, Bangladesh. My coolest local friend, who is as talkative as a midnight talk show host, wanted to show me around and he insisted that there are quite a handful of very relaxed and unconcerned environments within Bangladesh’s capital; places that I may want to experience. Originally, the thought of beach, sand, and coconut juice came to my mind - but then again, Daccathis sixth-most densely populated city in the world might not be that place. So, I asked him - where would these places be?

 

5 Laidback Local-Approved Travel Places To Experience in Dhaka, Bangladesh - University of Dhaka, Lalbagh Fort, and National Assembly Building5 Laidback Local-Approved Travel Places To Experience in Dhaka, Bangladesh - University of Dhaka, Lalbagh Fort, and National Assembly Building


Answer: it is within Dhaka itself. As a matter of fact, if you are exploring top sights for outdoors, arts and culture, history, or something kid-friendly, it would be impossible for you not to find a laidback place. Actually, most the places are quite relaxed and easy-going, except that there are overflowing people from almost every corner! Having said these, these five places are considered the most “free and easy” kind of places, where you can just maybe sit, do people watching, or enjoy a good book, maybe; or, yes, laidback shopping! Enjoy! :-)


5 Laidback Local-Approved Travel Places To Experience in Dhaka, Bangladesh - University of Dhaka, Lalbagh Fort, and National Assembly Building5 Laidback Local-Approved Travel Places To Experience in Dhaka, Bangladesh - University of Dhaka, Lalbagh Fort, and National Assembly Building5 Laidback Local-Approved Travel Places To Experience in Dhaka, Bangladesh - University of Dhaka, Lalbagh Fort, and National Assembly Building5 Laidback Local-Approved Travel Places To Experience in Dhaka, Bangladesh - University of Dhaka, Lalbagh Fort, and National Assembly Building 

University of Dhaka

Address: Nilkhet Rd, Dhaka 1000, Bangladesh

Website: https://www.du.ac.bd/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/univdhaka.ac.bd/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/explore/locations/383630029/bangladesh/dhaka-bangladesh/university-of-dhaka-/

 

University of Dhaka the oldest and largest university in Bangladesh and one of the oldest and most distinguished institutions for higher education and research in the Indian Subcontinent. The University was established in 1921 under the Dacca University Act 1920 of the Indian Legislative Council. It was established in the Ramna area of Dhaka City with approximately 600 acres of land. A large portion of its initial infrastructure comprised with the teachers of the Dhaka College and its buildings (present Curzon Hall). It opened its doors to academic activities on 1 July 1921 as a residential university. The University started its activities with 3 faculties (Arts, Science and Law), 12 teaching departments, 60 teachers, 847 students and 3 residential halls. There were eight departments under Arts faculty viz. Sanskrit and Bangla, English, Education, History, Arabic and Islamic Studies, Persian and Urdu, Philosophy, and Political Economy; the faculty of Science started with three departments viz. Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics; and the faculty of Law started with the Department of Law. Out of the total students enrolled in the three faculties 386 were admitted in the Dhaka (Shahidullah) Hall, 313 in the Jagannath Hall and 178 in the Salimullah Muslim Hall as resident and non resident students. Read more at: http://en.banglapedia.org/index.php?title=University_of_Dhaka

 





Kella Lalbagh / Lalbagh Fort

Website: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/lalbagh-fort

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lalbag1678

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/explore/locations/446885325/bangladesh/dhaka-bangladesh/lalbagh-fort-lalbagh-kella/

 

The half-completed Lalbagh Fort and its well-tended gardens are an excuse to escape Old Dhaka’s hustle and bustle for an hour or so. The fort is particularly atmospheric in the early morning light. Construction began in 1677 under the direction of Prince Mohammed Azam, Emperor Aurangzeb's third son, although he handed it to Shaista Khan for completion. However, the death of Khan’s daughter, Pari Bibi (Fair Lady), was considered such a bad omen that the fort was never completed. Read more at: https://www.lonelyplanet.com/bangladesh/dhaka/attractions/lalbagh-fort/a/poi-sig/1020247/355783

 




National Assembly Building / Parliament

Address: Dhaka 1207, Bangladesh

Website: http://architectuul.com/architecture/national-assembly-building-of-bangladesh

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/146514058697430/posts/national-assembly-building-at-dhaka-recipient-of-the-aga-khan-award-for-architec/2628888340459977/

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American architect Louis Kahn’s National Assembly of Bangladesh (Jatiyo Sangshad Bhaban) is a unified modern design with ancient references that was constructed to bring Pakistan a sense of unity. Deemed a masterpiece by many, the building’s construction started in 1961, but it couldn’t be completed until nine years after the architect’s death in 1983. The interruption came from the liberation war of Bangali people, which effected Kahn’s vision tremendously. Read more at: https://interestingengineering.com/5-interesting-facts-about-louis-kahns-national-assembly-of-bangladesh

 


Bashundhara City Shopping Complex

Address: 3 No Tejturi Bazar West, Panthapath, Dhaka 1215, Bangladesh

Website: http://www.bashundhara-city.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bcdl.bg/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAwBWtBophbgAnLNpogUS8Q

 

This is very large shopping mall about 10 floors - with different floors specialising in different things. All floors was very clean and cool, with lovely shops and friendly staffs. There is a security check on the way check in. Prices aren't rock bottom but they are reasonable and great choice. Underground carpark too. Read more at: https://www.tripadvisor.com.sg/ShowUserReviews-g293936-d4598025-r481555656-Bashundhara_City-Dhaka_City_Dhaka_Division.html

 


Mustafa Mart

Address: Basement 1 & 2, Bashundhara City Shopping complex, Panthapath, Dhaka 1215, Bangladesh

Website: https://www.inspirock.com/bangladesh/dhaka-city/mustafa-mart-a2332682135

 

Mustafa Mart is a international chain shop which is located at Bashundhara city's basement. They have a large collection of imported products like cosmetics, perfumes, bags, toys, dresses, stationary, sports items and many more. At a look it can be a little pricey but you will find some good products over here. Read more at: https://www.tripadvisor.com.sg/ShowUserReviews-g293936-d8754757-r461518915-Mustafa_Mart-Dhaka_City_Dhaka_Division.html

 


Gentleman’s Rest Bar

Address: 176 Shahid Syed Nazrul Islam Sharani, Dhaka 1205, Bangladesh

Website: https://www.zentleman.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/zentlemans/

 

Not one to toot our own horns but we must say weekend nights looks good on us! At Gentleman's Rest weekends are a special occasion with live music and barbecue where you can let your hair down, dance and dine the night away! Reservations open! Read more at: https://gentlemans-rest-bar.business.site/


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