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pPamela
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Hi Everyone,
Abdi Homestay, is a new homestay in the Harau Valley a very beautiful paradise quite close to Bukittinggi in West Sumatra
A former employee of Echo Homestay Ikbal has started his own place, but is keeping it small and intimate.
He has two newly built bungalows with a rice paddy on one side and a 50 meter waterfall from the mountain on the other. He can also arrange treks around the valley and up the mountains (Rp. 250,000 per person).
Bungalows are great value, at 60,000 rupiah/night and the friendly Ikbal will do everything he can to make your stay as good as it can possibly get.
Mobile Phone +62 852 637 81842 and email is ikbal_harauRemoved to prevent your adress from being spammed. Click this to go to the user profile.yahoo.com
Here is a recent post on LP Thorn Tree with a recent review www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree(...)ID=17677505#17677505
and photos can be found here at travel.webshots.com/album/578766237LTmOyr
Facebook page is Ikbal Harau Valley with some very beautiful photos of scenery and plant life in the area.
Pamela





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Hi Everyone,
Here is a YouTube video of the Harau Valley with the gibbons calling in the background
www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Gii6S4tmx8
What a wonderful way to wake up in the morning - a waterfall and gibbons calling.
Pamela



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Hi Everyone,
It has been brought to my attention by a recent traveller to Harau Valley that the waterfalls do not run when there has been no rain so currently the waterfall outside Abdi Homestay is currently not running.
Let's hope for lots of rain in the forthcoming 'wet season'
Pamela



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Hi,
Here is a delightful report written by tommmm of his time in Sumatra and his special time staying at Ikbal's Abdi Homestay in Harau Valley.

www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree(...)spa?threadID=1958599
Cut and paste to save reading the whole report.

Harau valley.

Amazing and under appreciated. Spend about a week here and this was the nicest place in sumatra for us (together with pak mus).
Endless sawa's, tiny villages surrounded by coconuttree's and huge cliffs all around. Waterfalls tumbling down everywhere. The gibbon calls from the jungle on top of the cliffs and thomas leaf monkeys jump around your hut.

We spend 2 nights in echo and didn't really like it. Overpriced (120.000 for a hut) and abandoned. We tried to find somebody to cook us a meal in the huge restaurant but there was nobody there. When we did manage to get a meal there once but it was tasteless.

Then we went to abdi's homestay which was completely different. Just two huts in the ricefields. Terrific views across the fields, the jungled cliffs and sago (volcano) in the distance. Right behind the hut a huge cliff with waterfalls coming down.
The huts were new, a really clean mandi, an extremely comfortable bed, nice porch with hammock for 60.000 a night.
Owner Ikbal and his wife noni are kind people with a good sense of humor. The food they prepare for you is unbelievable, so good, the best we've had. You eat on your porch as there is no restaurant.
You can walk to the village which is inhabited by friendly people who love to play a game of tabletennis with you in the village shop.
Go on a jungletrek with ikbal; on top of the cliffs there's nice forest with little waterfalls and swimmingpools, gibbons and lots of pitcherplants. And those views!
Walk around the countryside, and your worlds away from bukittinggi. It's just paradise. And no other tourist there.
Go follow a stream and find hidden waterfalls. Go to a village a little further a weekly for a nice weekly market.
The people we've met who had been here all stayed for just one night. The place deserves so much more time.
Don't go with a guide/agent from bukittinggi or maninjau or something. You'll pay more while ikbal receives less. It's real easy to get there yourself.

From bukittinggi take a bus to payakumbuh. From there a bemo or something to harau village. From there an ojek to the valley. Will take you 1,5 to 3 hours and costs almost nothing.

Pamela



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Hi,

Yet another couple of reports of a wonderful stay at Abdi Homestay www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree(...)ID=17835389#17835389
and this one
www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree(...)D=17835381�
And
Ikbal is building another bungalow - this time a 2 storey one.
Pamela




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Hi
I went to Abdi homestay orgonize from Roni in orchid hotel, he is a very good guide and his name in lonely planet, take a tour to harau with him and he cooperative with abdi.
i recommend the orchid team for all who wanna go to Bukittinggi.

Penk



pPamela
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Hi Everyone,

The post written by paenk above PLEASE IGNORE - it is not necessary to organise anything with that man from the Orchid Hotel - I checked with Ikbal the owner of Abdi via sms tonight.

Ikbal and his wife Noni are independent owners of ABDI Homestay and you just contact them direct
Mobile Phone +62 852 637 81842 for calling direct or sending sms messages and/or email is ikbal_harauRemoved to prevent your adress from being spammed. Click this to go to the user profile.yahoo.com
or just turn up.

Wonderful news for Abdi Homestay who have their first traveller review on Trip Advisor.
Sorry it is French, but I am sure some of you reading this will understand.
www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Revi(...)ttinggi_Sumatra.html
Pamela




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Hi Everyone,

ikbal's Face Book page is now called Abdi Homestay
Aslo note there is a second review on Trip Advisor these days from an experienced traveller to Indonesia.
www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserRe(...)tml#CHECK_RATES_CONT
Pamela.



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pPamela
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Everyone,
I apologize for the absence of my photos - webshots closed down and I tried to transfer them over to Smile but it did not work.
Will try to find time to create new albums elsewhere soon.
Pamela.



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Trip Advisor reviews on Abdi Homestay - 21 now.
tinyurl.com/alovb6w
Pamela



pPamela
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Beautiful photos of Abdi Homestay in Harau Valley.
www.flickr.com/photos/cubadak/(...)s/72157628366541003/
Pamela



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N.B.

Ikbal's email address has changed and is now ikbalharauRemoved to prevent your adress from being spammed. Click this to go to the user profile.yahoo.com
Pamela




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