Program Details & Highlights

Program Highlights

7 Days, Silek – The cultural aspect of Minangkabau Martial Art
(A Mini Ethno Photography Journey in the Land of Minangkabau)

This photography journey will be tracing West Sumatra, an Indonesian province lying on the west coast of the island of Sumatra. Minangkabau, an ethnic group, is a matrilineal culture and is well known as the world’d  largest matrilineal society.

“Silek” is the Minangkabau name for the indigenous version of martial arts known as silat in other parts of Indonesia. Silek is taught to almost all young boys and sometimes to young girls as an important element of native traditions and customs, a valuable part of their ethnic identity. The trip chain will provide a possibility of Silek’s styles, training methods, and silek in dance to be pictured by photographers to contribute to maintaining cultural documentation.

Program Details

This photography journey will be traced in West Sumatra, an Indonesian province lies on the west coast of the island of Sumatra. Minangkabau, an ethnic group, is formed under matrilineal culture in the way of living and well known as world largest matrilineal society. “Silek” is the Minangkabau name for their indigenous version of martial arts known as silat in other parts of Indonesia. Silek is taught to almost all young boys and sometimes to young girls as an important element of indigenous tradition and custom as a valuable part of their ethnic identity. The trip chain will provide a possibility of Silek’s  styles, training methods, and silek in dance to be pictured by photographers to contribute on maintaining a culture documentation.

Day by Day SBY 11 - 7 Days Silek - The cultural aspect of Minangkabau Martial Art

Day 1: Salamaik Datang-Arrival in Minangkabau International Airport (D)

Welcome, Meet n Greet and about 1,5 hours drive to Pariaman, a coastal town with several villages where majority people live as fisherman and farmer. Check in at a standard comfortable hotel. Free program to release your “lag” or let’s enjoy coconut nearby the beach that face the Indian Ocean. Local Dinner with “Tuo Silek” (Local Silek Master) from Pariaman and getting orientation about his style.

Day 2: Silek and Coastal Culture (BLD)

In the past era, people who learn Silek would pay by helping the master daily works, such as farming, fishing or trading, etc. As Pariaman is in the coast of West Sumatra, the “Tuo Silek” here usually ask their Silek’s students to help them in fisherman activities such as net fishing, fish drying, etc. We will join their activities about half a day. Lunch will be at a local restaurant. Then we will have a city tour to recognize more about culture and world historical influences to Minangkabau People in Pariaman from some spots and local Market. Dinner will be at a local restaurant. Around 08.00 PM we will join how the master transfer their style to the students in his “Sasaran” (Silek place learning). Back to Hotel.

Day 3: Silek and Highland Culture (BLD)

Check out and move to Bukittinggi in the highland of West Sumatra. We will have some stops to view some amazing architectural spots that influenced architecture and culture in West Sumatra. Today we will also discover how the family works on “brick production”. A unique collaboration among animals, men and women are really interesting here. Beside those spots, we will also visit a spectacular natural phenomenon that created the amazing Sianok Canyon. Check in at Bukittinggi, a historical city which is closely related to Dutch Colonial era. Local Dinner with “Tuo Silek” (Local Silek Master) from Agam (Local Silek Master) and getting orientation about his style.

Day 4: Silek and Highland Culture (BLD)

As Agam is in the highlands of West Sumatra, here the “Tuo Silek” usually ask his Silek’s students to help them in farming activities such as plowing, planting, harvesting, and other plantation work etc. About half a day, we will experience these activities in the village where the majority work as sugarcane farmers who directly produce “brown sugar” with simple technology. We will have a beautiful view of Lake Maninjau from a hill top where the neighborhood had a unique way to roast nut, they use volcano sand. Lunch enroute. In early afternoon we will circle the Sianok Canyon to Palupuh where Sir Stamford Raffless had his trace research in Palupuh. Here we will get “Luwak” coffee break with the the coffee traditionally roasted in “Belanga” (clay pot). Dinner at Hotel.

Day 5: Silek and Ancient Land Culture (BLD)

Check out and drive about 1,5 hours to Tanah Datar where we will explore a royal icon of Minangkabau people, “Pagaruyuang Palace” and then see + 400 years old Minangkabau ancient typical house. Before lunch discover how blacksmiths produce the typical custom Silek’s weapon call “Kurambik” and the other spot to visit is typical custom musical instruments made of buffalo horn and bamboo. Attend a Photo Exhibition in Minangkabau Documentation and Cultural Information Center Building. Those pictures will be donated to this government office, thus, your master piece will be displayed in the gallery of this government official building. Dinner enroute and check in at hotel in Padang.

Day 6: Silek on Modern Culture (BLD)

Today on learning “Silek Style”, somebody will go to “Sasaran” asking permission or private permission to a “well known Tuo Silek”. What a about the “tuition fee”?? We will get the information from one of Minangkabau’s Tuo Silek who already has developed some “Sasaran” abroad. Getting to know about his style. City Tour in Padang, a capital city of West Sumatra. Explore community culture as well as historical sites. Farewell dinner with special cultural art performance ended with broken glass dancing.

Day 7: Airport Transfer - Sampai Jumpa (B)

Free program with your own leisure until airport transfer or continue with the next program.

Dates, Prices & Availability

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19 - 25 Nov, 2019 Excluding Flight Departure Guaranteed € 2066
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24 - 30 Nov, 2020 Excluding Flight Departure Guaranteed € 2066
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- 2.5% will be donated to support Green Tourism Institute to educate and advocate West Sumatra local community about “sustainable tourism”.
-  Small Group Trip (Maximum 16 Pax)
-  The trip’s purpose is to maintain and introduce “Silek” culture from photography journey, expecting that local people will keep their culture as many outsiders are interested to see and recognizing it deeper. Through photography, tourists are encouraged to support and develop a part of this world as a destination for peace and mutual respect.
-  This is an open trip, you will join other travelers from around the world.
-  Special private trip or out of the schedule please contact us.
-  For Women don’t forget to bring your “knee length” dresses/clothes (in certain places you have to wear it).
-  Some routes are in remote areas, away from tourist trails and most activities directly deal with local people. Our guides will brief about appropriate behavior, both culturally and environmentally.
-  Everyday choose one of your pictures to be submitted to our guide. All collected pictures will be exhibited in West Sumatra.
-  Don’t worry about West Sumatra menu, even if this Province is well known for its spicy food but there are many alternatives that meet the foreigners’ taste.
-  Bring your own repellent/mosquito spray and private medicine.
-  For any force majeure situation, operator will change the route/activities to similar ones.
-  Trip starts and ends at Padang (West Sumatra-Indonesia)
-  Above price is a starting price based on 2 pax and twin share room (the more pax join and directly confirmed, there will be a significant price adjustment).

2 Nights B&B at Pariaman (standard hotel)
2 Nights B&B at Bukittinggi (4 star hotel)
2 Nights B&B at Padang (4 star hotel)
*Single Supplement (+ € 116 / $131)
Meals as stated in program detail (6X dinner, 5X lunch, 6X breakfast)
* Local Dinner will be hosted by a family and the authentic Minangkabau menu is chosen and adjusted with foreigner’s taste.
* Please inform us for any dietary or vegetarian requirements.

-  Tour Design.
-  6 Night Accommodation as in “Accommodation & Meals” Information.
-  Meals as in “Accommodation & Meals” Information.
-  Comfortable Tourist Transportation (adjusted to number of travelers).
-  Experience Local Transport on certain occasions.
-  Licensed English-Speaking Guide and Silek Experts.
-  Tour Crews (Logistic, Videographer & Photographer)
-  Donation to Green Tourism Institute and certification as Green Friend of Indonesia.
-  All Entrance Fee, donations to local community and activities fee.
-  Private Cultural Performances at Farewell Dinner
-  CD Documentation

-  International Flight Ticket
-  All Personal Expense or Anything out of Inclusions
-  Tipping (Please contact us for suggestion)
-  Insurance