Monday, December 14, 2015

Harau Valley, Payakumbuh, West Sumatra, Indonesia: I wish i came earlier

It's been 3 weeks since I have seen a post on harau valley, and since then, I have made several attempts to visit the valley. Yet, my biological clock and the weather has not permitted me.

Nevertheless, I made it there. It was a butt aching 5 hour bus ride from Padang, to Padang Panjang, to Bukittinggi, to Payakumbuh, and finaly to Silamakan - the stop for harau valley.

From silamakan, it was a becak ride away to harau valley.

Before even getting to the valley itself, you could just fall in love with the place with numerous waterfalls visible altogether from afar.

I have made a booking with Abde Guesthouse and told our becak driver to get us there without me knowing exactly where it is.

From the main road, we could see a big waterfall, and indeed, as said on the blogs I've read, the homestay was just next to the waterfall.

Abde's Guesthouse in Harau Valley, Limah Pulu Kota, Payakumbuh, West Sumatra

Abde's Guesthouse in Harau Valley, Limah Pulu Kota, Payakumbuh, West Sumatra

Abde's Guesthouse in Harau Valley, Limah Pulu Kota, Payakumbuh, West Sumatra

Upon arrival, I have regret I can only stay 3 days max. Behind is a big waterfall with the sound of the waterdrop infinitely through day and night, and in front of our cottage is a wide ricefield. All you can hear are chicken, cows, goats, bird and the water.

There are trekking and other activities offered in the valley, but we were not as eager as much as the nature has called us to just relax. The moment where you don't regret being lazy and numb.

As I was told, there are about 10 waterfalls around the valley. The following day, somehow, we managed to visit yet another waterfall. It was about 20 minutes away from Abde's Guesthouse, but after that, we just went back again to bed. As for the rest, I'll just get back for them.

Fare from Padang to Sarilamak was 30,000 Rupiahs while on the way back I was charged only 25,000 rupiahs. Becak from Simpang (Intersection in Sarilamak) to Abde's Guesthouse was 10,000.00. There was no toilet stop in the whole 5 hours, so careful about drinkng too much fluids before taking the bus. Bring food as you will starve to death in the bus ride.

There are warungs within a 5 minute walk from Abde's guesthouse at standard prices around 12,000 rupiah a meal. Yes there is electricity, and Telkomsel Signal was ok though not as strong as the cities.

Contact Abdi’s homestay: +62085263781842.


  1. Wow, this place looks wonderful!

    I heard that there is not electricity in the guest house - I mean it's only available in the main house?


  2. Not true. They have lights and sockets in the cottages


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