Padang (Indonesia)

Padang is a large city, by the Pacific Ocean, in the Indonesia, on the island of Sumatra’s west coast. The city's climate is tropical rainforest. The year’s average temperature is very close +26 C throughout the year and the driest month being February. Padang's most famous attractions are its colorful historical centre built by the Dutch, and the old Chinatown. The city is also very conservative, so the women should always wear at least a T-shirt and long pants, and travelling alone isn’t recommended. The nightlife is almost non-existent due to the citys Muslim majority. The town is also located on top of tectonic collision zone, so earthquakes are common, the most recent large one took place in 2009, and killed more than 1,000 people.

Population: 883,562
Beach : Yes
Mountain : Yes
Popular destination: No
Official language: Indonesian
Skill level of the English language : Moderate
Emergency numbers: 110 (poliisi), 118 (ambulanssi), 113 (palokunta)
Currency: Indonesian rupiah (IDR)
Tipping in a restaurant: You are expected to tip 5-10%, especially if a service charge is not included on the bill.
Time in destination: Jan 24, 2021, 9:33:05 AM

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Weather Forecast


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Monthly Weather Conditions

Month Average Temperature °F High Temperature °F Low Temperature °F Rainy Days Rating
January 70.3 81.1 59.2 0
February 74.5 86.2 62.6 0
March 79.0 90.9 67.1 1
April 82.4 93.6 71.2 3
May 81.3 91.8 70.5 8
June 76.3 84.6 68.2 8
July 75.0 82.6 67.5 11
August 74.3 81.3 67.1 13
September 75.0 82.8 67.3 12
October 74.7 82.4 66.7 8
November 72.0 80.6 63.5 5
December 70.0 79.2 60.8 2

More information: Padang forecast and weather conditions monthly

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Price Level

Compared to prices worldwide, Padang is a cheap destination.

On a tight budget, the daily budget is approximately $33.42, which includes hostel accommodation, budget meals and public transportation.

On a moderate budget, the daily budget is approximately $75.90, which includes a moderately priced hotel, meals at moderate priced restaurants and transportation costs.

Estimated prices:

  • Basic hotel: $39.14
  • Taxi ride (3 miles): $3.17
  • Taxi ride (6 miles): $5.85
  • Beer in a restaurant (16 ounces): $2.48
  • Meal, McDonalds: $3.54
  • Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant: $1.78

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Destination Map

Destination map in full scale: Padang destination map


Padang has been classified as quite dangerous with security classification 2/5.

Safety index values (higher is better):

  • General: 53.8 (better than United states average 47.9)
  • Walking alone during daytime hours: 70.2 (a little better than United states average 69.6)
  • Walking alone at night: 43.4 (a little better than United states average 41.7)

More information: Padang safety

Car Rental

Things which affect the renting of the car:

  • Direction of traffic: In many countries in Asia the traffic is left-handed. In countries like China, Vietnam, the Philippines and Laos the traffic is right-handed.
  • Age restrictions: The minimum age for renting a car is usually 18 - 25 years. Drivers under 25 years of age and over 65 years of age are charged an extra fee or get rental terms and conditions, which include to take an additional insurance for damage / collision.
  • Driving abroad: Without special contracts a rental car can almost invariably only be driven inside of the country in which it is rented.
  • Driver’s license and documents: An international driving license, passport and credit card are mostly required to rent are car. The exception is China, where only a Chinese driving license is valid, so for driving in China it is either a Belgium or a Hong Kong driving license required, which can be translated to Chinese.

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