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Bung Hatta Forest Reserve, A Tropical Garden Paradise


For botanist enthusiasts, the Bung Hatta Forest Reserve is a delight, filled with rare plants and exotic flowers. Known in the past as the Setya Mulya Botanic Garden, this botanical garden is home to a variety of unique tropical plants and animal species endemic to Sumatra. Take a walk around here and you will see plants that you might not find anywhere else on earth.

The main attraction of the reserve is the giant flower, the Rafflesia Arnolldi, the biggest flower in the world. It is named after the Bencoolen and Bengkulu Lieutenant Governor of the British Administration, Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, and the botanist Joseph Arnold who first discovered the flower on the Bukit Barisan mountain slope.

This flower is a rare wonder. It takes up to 10 months to mature but only stays in bloom for about 15 days. When it’s in full bloom, it has a diameter of one meter. The plant has no roots, stems but consist of thread like growths on the vines that hosts it. These flowers normally bloom between July and September. The flower is famous not just for it’s enormous size, but for it’s putrid perfume. 

To Stay

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Aerowisata Premier Basko Hotel

Jalan Prof Dr Hamka No 2A, 25132 Padang

Pangeran Beach Hotel

Jl. Ir. H. Juanda No 79, 54613 Padang

Diniya Suasso Hotel

Jalan Asahan No 7, 25114 Padang

Diniya Suasso Design Hotel & Restaurant

Jl. Asahan No.7 25114 Padang West Sumatera


Jl. Aur Duri Indah no.23, 25119 Padang

Mercure Padang

Jln. Purus Iv, 8 Padang, Padang, Indonesia, 25116 Padang

d'Dhave Hotel

Jalan Purus IV No.12A, 25146 Padang

The Sriwijaya Hotel

Jalan Veteran no. 26, 25000 Padang

Mervit Hotel

Jalan Purus 2 no. 6, 25115 Padang

Rocky Plaza Hotel Padang

Jl. Permindo no. 40, 25000 Padang

Djakarta Hotel

Jalan Belakang Olo No.57, 25114 Padang

Grand Sari Hotel

Jl. MH Thamrin No.48, 25112 Padang

To Stay

There are various hotels and inns in Padang or Solok.


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