Wikimania 2014 bids/Bukittinggi

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Decisions to make

  • Cool temperate city in the tropics
  • Is a city with outstanding natural beauty that lies between two mountains and one of the most famous canyon in Indonesia and the world.

To do

  • Put together bid team
  • Find sponsors!
  • Put tentative booking down for venue and accommodation
  • Sell booth space
  • Create logo
  • Create the big page
  • ... lots more



About Bukittinggi

View of Mount Marapi in Bukittinggi

Bukittinggi on Wikipedia: af:Bukittinggi de:Bukittinggi es:Bukittinggi fr:Bukittinggi id:Kota Bukittinggi jv:Kutha Bukittinggi mg:Kota Bukittinggi ms:Bukittinggi nl:Bukittinggi ja:ブキティンギ pl:Bukittinggi ro:Bukittinggi simple:Bukittinggi fi:Bukittinggi sv:Bukittinggi vi:Bukittinggi war:Bukittinggi zh:武吉丁宜 (西蘇門答臘省)

Bukittinggi (Indonesian for "high hill") is one of the larger cities in West Sumatra, Indonesia, with a population of over 91,000 people and an area of 25.24 km². It is situated in the Minangkabau highlands, 90 km by road from the West Sumatran capital city of Padang. It is located at Coordinates: 0°, 18°, near the volcanoes Mount Singgalang (inactive) and Mount Marapi (still active). At 930 m above sea level, the city has a cool climate with temperatures between 16.1°-24.9°C.

Local information

  • Currency: Indonesia use the IDR - Indonesian Rupiah (Rp). There are currency changing offices in Airport, banks, and authorized money exchange counters near the venue. Stores accept credit cards such as Visa and Master Card.

Because of its large denomination, don't be suprised if some not so expensive items could cost hundreds of thousand rupiah to million of rupiah. The trailing three zeros are often abbreviated with rb (ribu, thousand) or even dropped completely, and for more expensive items you will often even see jt (juta, million). The largest banknote is the red Rp 100,000, which may only be US$10 but is still inconveniently large for most purchases. Next in the series are Rp 50,000 (blue), Rp 20,000 (green), Rp 10,000 (purple), Rp 5,000 (brown), Rp 2,000 (gray) and finally Rp 1,000.


US dollars will be accepted, but are typically used as an investment and for larger purchases, not for buying a bowl of noodles on the street. Many hotels quote rates in dollars, but all accept payment in rupiah. If you pay any bill in Indonesia with a credit card it will be charged to your account in rupiah, regardless of the currency you were quoted. Money exchangers are very picky about bill condition, and pre-1999 dollars or any imperfect bills (ripped, wrinkled, stained, etc) will often be rejected.

Banks in general won't change any 1996 dollars. Be very careful dealing with moneychangers, who are very adept at distracting your attention during the counting process and short-changing you as a result. As a precaution, consider bringing a friend along to watch over the transaction very carefully. Be aware of moneychangers who offer great rates. They will quote you one price, and start counting stacks of Rp.20,000 notes, and ask you to count along with them. This is a ploy to confuse and shortchange you. If they realize you are onto them, they will tell you that they have to subtract 6-8% for "commission" or "taxes".

  • Banking: Be careful when using credit cards, as cloning and fraud are a major problem in Indonesia. Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted, but American Express can be problematic. At smaller operations, surcharges of 2-5% over cash are common. Living cost in Indonesia is cheap, Rp 10,000 (about $1.11) will get you a meal or a packet of cigarettes or three kilometers in a taxi or two bottles of water. But as a foreigner who didn't speak Indonesian, it is often necessary to haggle and negotiate a minimum of 50%-70% off an initial asking price[1].
Want something special? Here, Pasar Ateh, the traditional market!
  • Shopping: While most commercial places close on Sunday in the West, it does not apply in Indonesia, being a Muslim majority country. Most of them even have the largest visitors in Sunday (and national holidays) and shopping malls often become VERY crowded on Sunday. So if you plan to go to Indonesian malls and shopping centres, weekdays (Monday to Friday) is the best time to visit. Shopping malls and commercials open at around 10 am, and street shops (and traditional markets) open as early as 6 am, and close at around 8 to 9 pm.
  • Language: The language primarily spoken in Bukittinggi is Minangkabau language and Indonesian language. Public signs are written in Indonesian language, occassionally with English. Indonesian alphabet consist of 26 letters exactly like English alphabet. Written phonetically with the Latin alphabet and with a fairly logical grammar, Indonesian is generally regarded as one of the easiest languages to learn, and A.M. Almatsier's The Easy Way to Master the Indonesian Language, a 200 page small paperback, is an excellent starting point. It can be found in any Indonesian bookstore for less than US$3.

English is generally not widely spoken. That being said, hotel and airline staff generally speak an acceptable level of English.

  • Weather: The weather during July-August is hot and humid. The temperature ranges from 21-33 degree Celcius. Humidity level is normally between 75% and 100%. Wear light clothing and if necessary wear hat and sunglasses. Even though predominantly Muslim population, Indonesia, and Surakarta in particular, didn't have any clothing restriction, so you can wear anything you want modestly.
Let`s eat the legendary Padang food in Bukittinggi!
  • Cuisine: The cuisine of Bukittinggi is also known as Padang cuisine or Minang cuisine. The taste of food in Bukittinggi is quite spicy for those who are not accustomed to and enough to contain coconut milk and filled with flavor. Rendang is one of the most delicious food in the world by CNN survey you can easily find in this city because almost every restaurant serves rendang as one of the main menu.
  • Electrics: The electrical outlets in Indonesia use two round receptacles: CEE 7/4 (German "Schuko"), compatible with CEE 7/5 (French), CEE 7/7, and CEE 7/17 (Europlugs). It supplies up to 16 A/220 V 50 Hz.
  • Communications: The major modes of mobile telecommunications include GSM and CDMA, and phone number could be bought at a nominal value on multitude of places. The country code of Indonesia is 62 and the local code of Bukittinggi is 752. From within Indonesia, you can dial (0752) followed by the telephone number you wish to dial.
  • Time: The time zone of Bukittinggi is the same as Jakarta, which is Waktu Indonesia Barat (WIB) or Western Indonesia Timezone (UTC+7).

About Sumatera Island

Surf holiday in the Mentawai Islands of West Sumatra, Indonesia

Sumatra (Indonesian: Sumatera) is an island in western Indonesia, westernmost of the Sunda Islands. It is the largest island entirely in Indonesia (two larger islands, Borneo and New Guinea, are shared between Indonesia and other countries) and the sixth largest island in the world at 473,481 km2 with a population of 50,365,538.

Sumatra forms an elongated landmass spanned diagonal northwest — southeast axis. The Indian Ocean borders the west, northwest and southwest sides of Sumatra with the island chain of Simeulue, Nias and Mentawai bordering along the southwestern coast. On the northeast side the narrow Strait of Malacca separates the island from Malay Peninsula, an extension of Eurasian continent. On the southeast the narrow Sunda Strait separates Sumatra from Java. The northern tip of Sumatra borders the Andaman islands, while on the lower eastern side are the islands of Bangka and Belitung, Karimata Strait and the Java Sea. The Bukit Barisan mountains, which contain several active volcanoes, forms the backbone of the island, while the northeast sides are outlying lowlands with swamps, mangrove and complex river systems. The equator crosses the island at its center on West Sumatra and Riau provinces. The climate of the island is tropical, hot and humid with lush tropical rain forest originally dominating the landscape.

About Indonesia


Indonesia, officially Republic of Indonesia is the fourth largest nation, the most ethnically and linguistically diverse country (719 living languages[2]), and the most populous Muslim country in the world. Located at South East Asia, it is the largest archipelago nation on earth, with 5 major islands: Sumatera, Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Jawa, and Papua, and more than 17 thousand islands and 400 volcanoes (the most in the world) -- more than 100 of them are still active -- that straddles the archipelago.

Welcome in Indonesia!

Indonesia has numerous ethnic group and diverse language group, from Malay, Chinese, Javanese, Batak, Sundanese, to Papuans. Because of that, virtually almost all Indonesian are bilingual and united by common language and identity, which is Indonesian language.

In the long history of the archipelago states, there were Hindu-Buddhist kingdoms, Muslim sultanates, and animistic tribes that once existed within the border of Indonesia. The island of Java, in particular, has seen the succession of Hindu-Buddhist civilization (as seen in the Prambanan and Borobudur temple complex) to Muslim civilization, and the whole nation was colonized by the Netherlands for 3 and half century before briefly occupied by Japan during the Second World War and finally declared her independence at 1945. The culture of Indonesia, therefore, is a unique blend of Indian Hindu-Buddhism, Arabic Moslem, and Western modernization, while each ethnic also preserves their own unique culture, making Indonesia truly a melting pot of various indigenous and non-indigenous cultures. Indonesian cuisine, literature and arts are also affected by this exposure to various major civilization of the world. Indonesia is also home of some of the world's best beaches.

Technologically, Indonesia in recent (2010) BBC survery is regarded as the most entrepreneur-friendly country in the world, above US, Canada, India, and Australia.[3][4] Thousands of startups have sprung here in the past decade. It has the third largest base of Facebook user and the largest base of Twitter user (one of every five internet users in Indonesia is using Twitter)[5], yet Wikipedia has fairly low penetration. This trend was helped heavily by free promotions of both services by mobile vendors, and there's a lot of room for Wikipedia to enter and tap the pool of technologist and Wikipedian-to-bes that is growing in number here.

Travel and transportation


Getting to Bukittinggi


Bukittinggi is located in the province of West Sumatra, Indonesia, and the city has no airport and you can fly to Bukittinggi via the airport Minangkabau International Airport in Padang, West Sumatra, which can be reached in two hours by road and the road conditions are generally good. For the Minangkabau International Airport, you can be in transit at the airport Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Kuala Lumpur.

Besides through Minangkabau International Airport you can also through Sultan Syarif Kasim II International Airport in Pekanbaru, Riau. However, if you through the airport, you will take a longer road trip to Bukittingi but you can enjoy the incredible natural scenery and you can pass through Payakumbuh famous for its food very tasty. As well as the journey of Payakumbuh toward Bukittinggi you can see incredible views of rice fields although at the moment there are some houses that are built are a little disturbing view of rice fields are very beautiful. And also when through airport Sultan Syarif Kasim II you can also transit in Singapore. From Minangkabau airport and Sultan Syarif Kasim II airport you can use a taxi (although not recommended, and if you want to use it arrange a price given the taxi driver and make a clear agreement and never pay any fees in addition to your agreement). In addition you can also use a rental car you can usually rent for your own or join other passengers (this is the most recommended because the cost is quite cheap although the driver drove very fast and you can ask them to bring the car more slowly as you wish ).

From the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta to Minangkabau International Airport, Padang reached in about 1 hour 30 minutes and when it departed from Kuala Lumpur International Airport to the airport can be reached in approximately the same time. When you are through the Sultan Syarif Kasim II International Airport, Pekanbaru travel by plane from the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport takes about 1 hour 30 minutes and if from Kuala Lumpur International Airport and Changi International Airport in Singapore takes about 50 minutes to one hour. And keep in mind flights from Singapore to Pekanbaru at present only five times a week.

Flights to Padang

From Airlines International or Domestic
Jakarta Garuda Indonesia, Lion Air, Batavia Air, Sriwijaya Air, Mandala Air Domestic
Kuala Lumpur-KLIA AirAsia International
Singapore Mandala Air International
Medan Lion Air, Sriwijaya Air Domestic
Batam Lion Air, Citilink Domestic

Flights to Pekanbaru

From Airlines
Jakarta Garuda Indonesia, Lion Air, Batavia Air, Sriwijaya Air, Sky Aviation, Mandala Airlines (begins 14 February 2013)
Singapore Silk Air, Mandala Airlines (begins 14 February 2013)
Kuala Lumpur-KLIA AirAsia
Kuala Lumpur-Subang Firefly
Bandung Indonesia AirAsia
Malacca Sky Aviation, Wings Air
Batam Sky Aviation, Pacific Royale Airways, Wings Air
Medan Lion Air, Sriwijaya Air, Indonesia AirAsia, Mandala Airlines (begins 14 February 2013)

In-city transportation

Bendi in Pasar Atas, Bukittinggi

Bukittinggi is a small town surrounded by a very easy walk. However, if you want to use public transport by minibus. You can also surround the city by train horse called "Bendi".

Limpapeh Bridge in Bukittinggi
Rent a car
To drive a car yourself, an International Driver Permit is required in addition to your home country issued drivers licence. Consider renting a car with a driver, the additional cost is quite low and the Indonesian driving habits are not the best in the world. Traffic is required to move on the left in Indonesia.

Visa requirements


Immigration authority will provide Free Tourist Visas (Free Visas for Short Visit) for a period of 30 days to nationals from 12 countries only on the basis of reciprocity.

Visa on arrival ($25[6] -- could be attained on Minangkabau Aiport, Sultan Syarif Kasim II Airport or Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta Airport) valid for 30 days (and could be extended) is available to the citizens of 62 countries and one region:

Attendees from the country not mentioned above would need a visa to enter Indonesia. They should seek the visa from the Indonesian Embassy in their home country, or the nearest Indonesian Embassy if there is no Indonesian Embassy in their country.

Free Visa (30 Days) Visa on Arrival (30 Days) Visa required
  • Asia
    •   Brunei
    •   Hong Kong
    •   Macau
    •   Malaysia
    •   the Philippines
    •   Singapore
    •   Thailand
    •   Vietnam
  • Africa
    •   Morocco
  • America
  • Asia
    •   Bahrain
    •   Cambodia
    •   India
    •   Iran
    •   Japan
    •   Kuwait
    •   Laos PDR
    •   Maldives
    •   Oman
    •   the People's Republic of China
    •   Qatar
    •   Saudi Arabia
    •   South Korea
    •   Taiwan (Chinese Taipei)
    •   East Timor (Timor Leste)
    •   Turkey
    •   United Arab Emirates (UAE)
  • Africa
    •   Algeria
    •   Egypt
    •   Libya
    •   South Africa
    •   Tunisia
  • Australia and Pacific
    •   Australia
    •   Fiji
    •   New Zealand
  • America
    •   Argentina
    •   Brazil
    •   Canada
    •   Mexico
    •   Panama
    •   Suriname
    •   United States (US)
  • Europe
    •   Austria
    •   Belgium
    •   Bulgaria
    •   Cyprus
    •   the Czech Republic
    •   Denmark
    •   Estonia
    •   Finland
    •   France
    •   Germany
    •   Greece
    •   Hungary
    •   Iceland
    •   Ireland
    •   Italy
    •   Latvia
    •   Liechtenstein
    •   Lithuania
    •   Luxembourg
    •   Malta
    •   Monaco
    •   Netherlands
    •   Norway
    •   Poland
    •   Portugal
    •   Romania
    •   Russia
    •   Slovakia
    •   Slovenia
    •   Spain
    •   Sweden
    •   Switzerland
    •   United Kingdom
  • The rest of the countries

Notes: [7]

  1. Visa-free entries are only permitted via the following airports of entry:
    • Minangkabau (Padang, West Sumatera), Soekarno-Hatta (Jakarta), Sultan Syarif Kasim II or Simpang Tiga (Pekanbaru, Riau), Adisutjipto (Yogyakarta, Java), Juanda (Surabaya, East Java), Achmad Yani (Semarang, Central Java), El Tari (Kupang, West Timor), Hang Nadim (Batam, Riau Islands), Hasanuddin (Makassar, South Sulawesi), Husein Sastranegara (Bandung, West Java), Ngurah Rai (Denpasar, Bali), Polonia (Medan, North Sumatra), Sam Ratulangi (Manado, North Sulawesi), Lombok (Mataram, Lombok), Sepinggan (Balikpapan, East Kalimantan), Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II (Palembang, South Sumatera), Sultan Syarif Kasim II or Simpang Tiga (Pekanbaru, Riau), Supadio (Pontianak, West Kalimantan) and Adi Sumarmo (Solo, Central Java).
  2. All visitors entering Indonesia by way of visa-on-arrival (VOA) must have a return ticket out of the country on their person when passing through immigration into the country (E-tickets are acceptable). This is checked fairly often, and visitors without one may be deported — although more commonly the problem can be solved with a suitable "fine". However, obtaining a visa from an Indonesian embassy or consulate before traveling is also possible and will allow you to go through the immigration channel for visa holders rather than the sometimes congested VOA and Visa waiver channels at the immigration check-points. How to get visa on arrival? At the above airports/seaports, the following procedure should be followed to get your visa on arrival.
    • Before arriving, fill in the arrival/departure card. This card will be your visa application form.
    • When you arrive, go to the bank counter and pay the required amount for your visa. You will be issued a bar-coded receipt.
    • Take the receipt to the Visa on Arrival counter where your arrival/departure card, passport and receipt will be recorded by the officer. A visa sticker will be issued and stuck in your passport.
    • Proceed to the immigration counter for your passport to be stamped.
    • As always, there may be variations to this layout, especially at the smaller points of entry. Bank and visa counters may be placed together. Anyhow, your visa must be applied for before you reach the immigration counter.
  3. Nationals of countries not listed above are required to apply for visas through the nearest Indonesian Embassy or consulate. Single-entry visas are valid for 60 days and fairly routine if pricy at US$50-100 depending on the individual country and prevailing exchange rates. Multiple entry visas are also available but, as the issuance policy varies in different embassies and is occasionally changed, it is best to inquire at your nation's embassy well in advance of departure. Normally, Indonesian embassies and consulates stipulate 3 clear working days for processing; however, applications may take at least one week to be processed.
    • The citizens of 17 countries need to obtain an approval from the immigration services head office, the Direktorat Jenderal Imigrasi in Jakarta. The 17 countries are:   Afghanistan,   Albania,   Angola,   Bangladesh,   Cameroon,   Cuba,   Ethiopia,   Ghana,   Iraq,   Israel,   Nigeria,   North Korea,   Pakistan,   Somalia,   Sri Lanka,   Tanzania,   Tonga. Those affected must have a sponsor in Indonesia, either personal or company. The sponsor must go in person to the Immigration Head Office in South Jakarta (Jakarta Selatan) and must produce a photocopy of applicant's passport, a supporting letter and the applicant's photograph. When it is approved, the Immigration Head Office will send a copy of approval letter to the applicant.
Please leave a note in the talk page if you know there's inaccuracies in the picture
Also, refer to en:Visa policy of Indonesia and en:List of diplomatic missions of Indonesia for more information
click here for official tourism ministry FAQ



The top hotels in the city are the The Hills Bukittinggi (formerly the Novotel Coralia) and Pusako Hotel. Although The Hills Bukittinggi is comfortable place to stay especially for tourists from the West, the cost is at least Rp. 800.000 for a night; in comparison there are many small hotels around Fort de Kock that are around Rp. 120.000 that are quite nice.

Small budget hotels are easy to find. Many locals offer accommodation which are like family-owned hotels that provide a "feel at home" atmosphere. The prices span from Rp. 40.000 - Rp. 200.000 per room without air-conditioning. Breakfast is included.[8]

Lists of hotels in Bukittinggi


This list is not complete and may be increased.

No. Hotel name
1 The Hills Bukittinggi Hotel & Convention
2 Pusako Hotel
3 Grand Rocky Hotel Bukittinggi
4 Hotel Grand Malino
5 Hotel Royal Denai
6 Hotel Orchid
7 Hotel Lima's
8 Hotel Asean
9 Hotel Dahlia
10 Echo Homestay
11 Hotel Dahlia

Bidding team


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Sign below if you wants Bukittinggi become the host of Wikimania 2014. We appreciated you!

  • Please copy and paste this template to show your support to Bukittinggi. {{User Wikimania Bukitinggi 2014}}, that will produced :
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Saya mendukung Bukittinggi sebagai kandidat tuan rumah Wikimania 2014.
I supported the bid of Bukitinggi as the host city of Wikimania 2014.

  1. SpartacksCompatriot (talk) 10:15, 27 August 2012 (UTC)[reply]
  2. VoteITP (talk) 10:56, 27 August 2012 (UTC)[reply]
  3. Yosri (talk) 23:11, 27 August 2012 (UTC)[reply]
  4. SKULLSPLITTER (talk) 02:28, 28 August 2012 (UTC)[reply]
  5.  RahmatdenasTalk  12:18, 28 August 2012 (UTC)[reply]
  6. Andreas Sihono (talk) 08:05, 29 August 2012 (UTC)[reply]
  7. --Dede2008 (talk) 10:31, 3 September 2012 (UTC)[reply]
  8. Stephensuleeman (talk) 01:43, 11 September 2012 (UTC)[reply]
  9. -Denny eR Ge (talk) 10:07, 13 September 2012 (UTC)[reply]
  10. -- Wie146 (talk) 10:21, 13 September 2012 (UTC)[reply]
  11. Albertus Aditya (talk) 13:18, 13 September 2012 (UTC)[reply]
  12. -Dikaalnas (talk) 15:51, 13 September 2012 (UTC)[reply]
  13. --Adi.akbartauhidin (talk) 12:24, 15 September 2012 (UTC) I (saya) dukung tah itu kebijakeun.[reply]
  14. Imanuel NS Uen (talk) 15:20, 15 September 2012 (UTC)[reply]
  15. Yanu Tri (Ngobrol Yuk) 07:28, 20 September 2012 (UTC)[reply]
  16. Rinto Jiang (talk) 12:28, 24 September 2012 (UTC)[reply]
  17. Aldo samulo (talk) 09:24, 27 September 2012 (UTC)[reply]
  18. Muhammad Ariandra (talk) 08:11, 30 September 2012 (UTC)[reply]
  19. -- 04:46, 7 October 2012 (UTC)[reply]
  20. Saya mendukung Wikimania 2014 diadakan di Bukittinggi. -- C5st4wr6ch (talk) 05:24, 24 November 2012 (UTC)[reply]
  21. -- rieMOGerz 06:55, 17 December 2012 (UTC)[reply]
  22. 12:07, 12 January 2013 (UTC)[reply]
  23. Hindustanilanguage (talk) 09:27, 16 February 2013 (UTC).[reply]




  1. Bukittinggi is one of the historic city and tourist destination with many hotels that can be used as accommodation for the Wikimania to come.
  2. Bukittinggi has a lower cost of living than cities in Europe, America and Africa.
  3. Bukittinggi has a shorter distance to the Wikimania is in Asia and Australia than to America or Europe.
  4. Bukittinggi has a cooler air than cities in other tropical areas.


  1. Bukittinggi has a rather long distance from Europe or the Americas but the users not only from Europe or America.


Travel and tourism