Padang, the capital of West Sumatra, mostly used by tourists as an access point to the surfing sites of the Mentawai islands, the inland hills of Bukittinggi and the Kerinci Seblat National Park. That said the city is very pleasant with a nice promanade along the beach, distinctive Padang architecture and wonderfully friendly people. The city is also the home of the delicious Padang food at the town is stuffed with restaurants and street stalls. Padang is the gate to Bukittinggi, the mainland of Minangkabau tribe. Close to Padang is Sikuai Island, a very tranquil island only 30 minutes by boat.
About 5:00 pm on September 30th, a magnitude 7.6 earthquake struck just offshore of the town of Padang in Sumatra, Indonesia. The quake toppled buildings and started many landslides, smashing homes and swallowing up entire villages. The following day, As rescue workers arrived and residents tried their best to dig out and help the survivors, another unrelated quake with a magnitude of 6.6 struck less than 1,000 km south of the original epicenter. Each of the two quakes had at least one aftershock greater than 5.0 as well. Over 1,000 people are known to have died, an additional 3,000 still missing. Today, October 5th, officials called off the search for survivors in Padang, and are focusing now on caring for the living and coordinating with international relief agencies. Touring to Padang on special human mission will be great and just contact local government, First Aid, Red Cross or other organization. We will glad to guide you as well. Please do not hesitate to contact us. Deep condolence to Padang, my beautiful land. Meanwhile we do not operate tour in this region until further notice.