Who are we?

Since 2010 Authentic Sumatra has been avoiding the trends of mass tourism by offering a more authentic way to discover the culture and natural beauty of Sumatra.

Authentic Sumatra is a legalised tour operator since 2010 who is providing a unique way to discover Sumatra and does not follow the trends of mass tourism. Our aim is to help the local population to achieve better economic growth through tourism, while protecting their traditions and heritage. We also provide great opportunity for motivated young Sumatrans to learn about other cultures by providing work for them. Its helps our young people to gain international understanding and knowledge, which we hope can lead them to have a better vision for their future.

Authentic Sumatra project can introduce you to all of these things by offering a mixture of tourism and daily life in Sumatra. Our goal is COMMUNITY BASED ECO-TOURISM; we aim to welcome you into the Sumatran way of life and help you to discover the authenticity of our motherland.

Authentic Sumatra is offering you accommodation in the village as well as private tour/circuits in Sumatra, Mentawai and all Indonesia.

Sumatra is one of the core travel destinations in Indonesia. It is rich in its culture, nature and it surprises you. It offers travellers a truly unforgettable experience. Sumatra will teach you how to appreciate time spent without hurry, stress and fear.

Active or not, backpacker or family, Authentic Sumatra guarantees you the opportunity to win the prize of an extraordinary travel experience. Ricky’s Beach House is our homestay, which offers open-minded travellers the opportunity to meet and share their travel experiences in the warmth of a family atmosphere


Why choose Authentic Sumatra?

By booking your stay with Authentic Sumatra you are guaranteed a unique experience, without missing out on the popular destinations in Sumatra.

We blend both the authentic and more touristic aspects of Sumatra in a way that ensure you will experience the absolute best of both worlds, in a fully customisable package that is different from any other.

We are not selling you a program, but rather helping you to discover Sumatra in a respectful, genuine and, above all, real way that is far from the chaos that often accompanies tourism.

Most importantly, by travelling with Authentic Sumatra you are helping us to achieve our goals of eco– and community–based tourism in Sumatra.

We only employ local guides in order to help local communities and develop the economy of the region.

Our guides speak English and French.

Private transport

AC taxi from airport to village
Two and a half hours trip – last part of the road is very bumpy.
Price: 400,000 rupiah

AC taxi from centre of Padang to village
Two hour trip – last part of the road is very bumpy.
Price: 350,000 rupiah

AC taxi and boat from Padang airport to village
Two and a half hours road trip + 30 minute boat ride.
Price: 600,000 rupiah

AC taxi and boat from centre of Padang to village
Two hour road trip + 30 minute boat ride.
Price: 550,000 rupiah

Public transport

From the airport, take the white DAMRI bus (approx. 23,000 rupiah) to the centre of Padang (Pasar Raya). From here, take a blue angkot (mini bus) in the direction of Teluk Kabung (approx. 10,000 rupiah) and stop at the terminus.

At Teluk Kabung you can take an ojek (moto taxi) and ask to be dropped at Ricky’s Beach House (they will know!) This should cost no more than 50,000 rupiah. You can also take a taxi from the Padang airport to Teluk Kabung and then an ojek. Be aware that the road from Teluk Kabung to our village is very bumpy and therefore many taxi drivers may be reluctant to take you all the way to the village.