Luak Gadang in Agam Regency, West Sumatra Province
Agam Regency should be in the list of vacation destinations when visiting West Sumatra Province. It is because tourists may find some famous tourist allures including the one called Luak Gadang! This beautiful tourist site is located in Kamang Hilia Village and belongs to Kamang Magek Sub-District. This natural cave indeed becomes a nice place for exploration, photography, and hanging out. After all, the location is near to Buktinggi and Agam City, so tourists can reach the location easily. Another attractive allure is related to the local legend that tourists can learn during the visit later. Here is further discussion.
Once arriving at Luak Gadang, tourists won’t find a ticket booth. That means everyone can get in the area freely! Moreover, there is no parking fee! The management only provides a charity box on the site. Tourists can either give some money or not during the visit. The first feature to notice is the presence of 2 big ponds. The site also comes with lush forest, Baka Hill, a rocky cliff, and the famous cave, actually! This natural tourist site is considered new, so the environment and nuance are quite comfy.
Exploring Luak Gadang
Once arriving at the parking area, which is located near to a local mosque, tourists can walk directly to Luak Gadang. At the entrance, tourists may see lots of canoes right away. These objects float on two beautiful natural ponds! The water is milky green and a special wooden bridge separates these ponds. In the left part, tourists may see a crystal-like cliff with some holes on it. Due to the majestic appearance, this cliff often becomes a background for photography. Thus, everyone should take some photos before exploring other parts of the site.
Located near to the ponds, several food and snack vendors reside. They offer simple but delicious snacks to visitors. It is recommended to buy some, therefore. Next, tourists should head to the hill right away in order to enjoy trekking. Have no worries. The trekking route is sophisticated and paved, so everyone can walk on it comfortably. Despite numerous winding tracks, it is considered easy to reach the top of the hill.
After arriving at the top of the hill, tourists can enjoy sightseeing and photography in a better manner. The views are great up there! Not to mention everyone has the chance to explore the famous Luak Gadang Cave during the exploration. Here is the good news. The local government would provide outbound facilities in the near future. These include a kid’s playground and flying fox!
- Puncak Bukik Bulek Simarasok
- Binu Cave
- Kelok Ambacang
How to Get There
From Jakarta City, tourists can take an airplane service at Soekarno – Hatta International Airport and head to Padang City (the capital of West Sumatra Province). This flight usually takes around 1 hour and 40 minutes. After arriving at Minangkabau Airport, tourists can take Maninjau – Lubuk Basung Street and head to Agam Regency right away. The distance is 109 km, so the trip would take around 2 hours and 15 minutes. From Agam, they can simply take Padang Lua – Maninjau Street and head to Luak Gadang at Kamang Hilia Village. This trip would take around 1 hour and 52 minutes, as the distance is 55.3 km.
Where to Stay
- Kompphil House
- Pakankamih Guesthouse
- Parai Mountai Resort