Padang - Bukittinggi

Singkarak Lake / Ulak Indah

Singkarak Lake is the second largest lake in Sumatera after Lake Toba. It is about 13,600 hectares wide. Many people around Singkarak Lake work as fishermen; where they do their fishing in the lake. Visitors can have a boat trip around the lake at a cost around Rp.100,000-Rp.150,000 (per boat for approximately 30-minute trip). Lake Singkarak is said to have a kind of small fish that cannot be found anywhere else, called “Ikan Bilih”. The locals normally deep-fry the fish or make “Ikan Bilih” soup. One packed fried Bilih costs around Rp. 15,000.

Visitors can bring their own fishing equipment to fish the “Bilih” fish if they want to.

Location : Kacang, Solok, about 1.5 hours from Padang or to the east of Padang Panjang town
Telephone : +62 752 84164
Admission fee : Rp. 1.500/person
Facilities : hotel and restaurant, children playground, rented boats, toilets
How to get there : Take a bus from Padang to Singkarak. Expect to pay Rp.15.000
By private car or car rental
Operating hours : daily, 7am-9pm
Remarks : many tourists come with their own guides. To arrange for a tour guide, you can arrange with Travel Agents.

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