6 Easy Chinese New Year Celebration Places in Chinatown, Padang Indonesia

6 Easy Chinese New Year Celebration Places in Chinatown, Padang Indonesia 

Always a classic celebration, but it’s sort of different from this current situation. Yes, let’s talk Lunar New Year or Chinese New Year. Everyone’s craving for that much needed social vibe, with thousands of tourists and people with the same celebratory thirst. Everyone’s in need of maybe some mega-sized extravagant displays, heterogeneous live performances, and possibly never-ending choices of food or fireworks. But have you ever considered celebrating CNY in some other ASEAN city? Perhaps you can try the one in Padang, Indonesia’s Chinatown.

Being the capital and the largest city of West Sumatra, Padang should not be underrated and excluded from your travel lists, especially if you would want that quick and easy weekend celebratory Indonesia trip. It’s one of the nicer and more relaxed cities, with the right amount of sea, sun, and Chinatown sensations. Here are some of the places you can anticipate, once you visit Padang’s Chinatown area.

Food Trip Street

Address: https://www.tripadvisor.com.sg/ShowUserReviews-g297726-d6531532-r392718431-China_Town-Padang_West_Sumatra_Sumatra.html

Padang is famous for its cuisine, and this tour will take you to go on a culinary journey. For 4 hours, you will be taken to taste the delectable Padang cuisine such as Sate Kuah Kuning, Soto Padang, to egg tea to warm you up, Not limited to that, before starting the trip, you will enjoy the beautiful sunset at the beach. This tour is completed with round-trip service, so there's no reason to miss this one! Read more at: https://www.traveloka.com/en-sg/activities/indonesia/product/padang-street-food-with-motorcycle-4-hour-tour-2000547457494

Padang Chinatown Cafes

Address: https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2013/07/16/living-chinese-culture-padang-style.html

Their signature drinks include the staple ice coffee and the Kopi Talua (raw egg coffee), a weird yet satisfying combination. These not only depict good old times but also help to satisfy your caffeine fix! The building itself is a perfect illustration of cultural heritage, a historical landmark where our favorite beverage has been served and enjoyed in much the same way for decades. Read more at: https://indonesia.tripcanvas.co/sumatra/legendary-padang-street-food/

Padang Old Town

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Padang Old Town, or Padang Lama, is the old part of Padang that is lined with colonial Dutch buildings that are still intact along the Batang Arau River. The harbour along the river was once a very important port. Across the river is Padang Hill, the first settlement before Padang developed into a town. Just east is Pasar Batipuh and Pasa Gadung, which was formally the market place. The buildings now are used for warehouses for spices. A little west is Chinatown and many old buildings including an old Buddhist temple with Chinese architecture, which is estimated to be over 200 years old. Read more at: https://backpackerlee.wordpress.com/2015/11/18/the-old-town-of-padang/

Padang Chinatown Street Art

Website: https://www.tripadvisor.com.sg/Attraction_Review-g297726-d6531532-Reviews-China_Town-Padang_West_Sumatra_Sumatra.html

The streets on the edge of Padang’s Chinatown are crumbling. The various states of disrepair range from shutters swinging in the wind from a dilapidated window frame, to columns of old red bricks jutting out of the ground, reaching for nowhere, and caressed by creepers and vines. Read more at: https://indonesiaexpat.biz/travel/the-soul-of-padang-is-on-the-streets/

Hok Tek Tong

Address: Jl. Letnan Suwaji No.4, Sumbersari, Parakan Wetan, Parakan, Kabupaten Temanggung, Jawa Tengah 56254, Indonesia

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Hok-Tek-Tong-563809577012442/

Walking the walk: Hundreds of Chinese Indonesians from the Hok Tek Tong (HTT) community in Padang accompany their children, who are riding on top of a "centipede" carried by 1,500 men, in a carnival held to mark the city's 150th anniversary on Thursday. The carnival, which had been unofficially dubbed "the world's longest centipede carnival", had 223 children riding atop the 243-meter-long centipede along a 3.9 kilometer route. Read more at: https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2013/08/23/walking-walk.html 

Chinatown Temple

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Take a pleasant walk around the older parts of Padang like Kampung Cina (China town) where turn of the century houses line the streets. Around here you’ll see a collection of Chinese herbalists doing business as well as coffee shops that can provide a refreshing cool drink to escape the heat of the day. Read more at: https://alwaysrestlessfeet.wordpress.com/2012/05/10/chinese-temple-in-china-town-in-padang-indonesia-kampung-cina/

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