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The town of Sungai Penuh, located at the foothills of towering Mt. Kerinci is 420 km. away from Jambi, the capital that bears the same name as the province. Micro buses, here known as “travel” ply the route between Jambi and Sungai Penuh that cover the distance in around 10 hours riding on smooth to rough roads. But when twinkling lights appear in the distance at the foot of Mt. Kerinci, you know that you are already nearing the town of Sungai Penuh.
Sungai Penuh is now its own municipality that has been administratively separated from the District of Kerinci, and is located in the Bukit Barisan mountain range – on the western ridge of the island of Sumatra - where most of its territory forms part of the Kerinci-Seblat National Park. The town is surrounded by dense forests that lie at a height from 100 to 1,000 meters above sea level, giving this town a wonderully cool climate.
Additionally, there are many river springs around, making Sungai Penuh an ideal tourist destination. Today the town has two swimming pools but are not yet equipped with a waterpark.
The area abounds in natural tourism potentials replete with exotic plants, flowers and animals, its people possess unique art and cultural traditions, and it has archaelogical sites. From Sungai Penuh take time to visitLake Kerinci, Lake Kaco and the Semurup Hot Springs. You can wonder through Bukit Tapan, the Puti Senang Flower garden, or watch the traditional Lyo-lyo dance. For lovers of history, there is the Agung Pondok Tinggi mosque and the Raya Bawang mosque that contain still undiscovered historical values.
This town has quaint horse drawn carts for you to try and look around the town of Sungai Penuh. The fare should be between Rp10,000 to Rp.15,000 depending on distance travelled.
From the capital city of Jambi it will take around 10 hours overland to Sungai Penuh . While from Padang, capital of West Sumatra province, it takes around 7 hours by public bus, known here as “travel”.
For “travel” services you can call the following companies:
Travel Ayu: +62 751 7878747: Travel Safamarwa :+62 85263558899 and Travel Klinci Putih: +62 751 446676.
Road conditions are improving, but from the District of Bangko to Sungai Penuh expect winding roads, although, you will be indulged with beautiful panoramic views along the way.