Padang, the capital of Indonesia’s West Sumatra province, lies on Sumatra’s west coast. Its old quarter features Dutch colonial buildings and fishing boats around the Batang Arau port and river. The Museum Adityawarman displays regional artifacts in a traditional curved-roof structure with parklike grounds. The beach Pantai Air Manis is a well-known site to watch the sunset.
Padang is just 50 minutes by air from Kuala Lumpur or 90 minutes from Jakarta, where you can experience some of the world’s most beautiful dive adventures.