Bukittinggi has come a long way since its humble beginnings as a Sumatran market town. Colours takes time to explore under horsepower and finds that West Sumatra’s second-biggest city still retains much of its laid-back rural charm.


The Archipelago Journal: Padang

Halfway down the flank of the world’s fourth-largest jungle island – yet within a stone’s throw of Padang city – a unique tourism initiative is working to tackle regional problems on a local level. Colours makes a trip to Sumatra’s west coast to explore the hidden world around Rimba Ecolodge.



Wakatobi National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, covers 1.39 million hectares, making it Indonesia’s third-largest marine reserve. Colours spends some time beach-bumming in the heart of the Coral Triangle.