Pacu Jawi Photosafari, Padang, from 19-21st August 2016


Photosafari, once again, is organising a photosafari trip to photograph the PACU JAWI (Bull racing) in Padang. This is a short 3 days and 2 night’s trip to Padang, Indonesia.

The excitement of witnessing a pair of bulls rushing towards you is exhilarating. It is an adrenaline rush as you try to avoid being run over by the bulls at the finishing line. There is nowhere safe in the water filled rice fields where the event is held.

Besides the excitement of the Pacu Jawi, we will also be going to a fishing village for sunset and perhaps a cock-fighting event (to be confirmed)

You will not go hungry, Padang is famous for its Nasi Padang and seafood. It is going to be an exciting and relaxing weekend to be spent in the company of fellow photographers.

Background of Pacu Jawi

Pacu Jawi used to be an event that is held after the rice is harvested. Farmers would bring their young bulls to sell at this festival. They would often hire jockeys to ride the bulls and buyers would come around to pick and buy their bulls for their next rice planting season. However, in this modern times, this social event is held for visitors and the kampong folks to gather around.



Pacu Jawi


In order to get the bulls to speed up, the jockey often bites the tail of the bull.


Day 1. 19 Aug (L,D)

  • Arrive at Padang Airport
  • Lunch on the way
  • Drive to Bukittinggi
  • Check-in Bukit Tinggi
  • Sunset at Tarusan with fisherman
  • Dinner
  • Stay overnight in Bukittinggi

Day 2. 20 Aug (B,L,D)

  • Breakfast and check out
  • Drive to Batungsangkar
  • Lunch on the way
  • Pagaruyung Palace
  • Pacu Jawi Bull Race
  • Drive to Padang
  • Dinner
  • Stay overnight in Padang

Day 3. 21 Aug (B)

  • Sunrise at Siti Nurbaya Bridge
  • Breakfast
  • Check out
  • Drop to Airport

**Please note that the organiser does not warrant the itinerary will be followed to the letter. It will change to suit the ground situation, weather conditions, and anything unforeseen that may happen along the route.

If you are interested, please email for further details: [email protected] 




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