Ricky's Beach House is a guesthouse located on a small private beach 10 minutes walking distance from a small fishing village. The village, Nagari Sungai Pinang, is situated on the west coast of the Indian Ocean, south of Padang, the capital city of West Sumatra, Indonesia. Where the most open-minded travelers meet to share their travel stories, feel the family atmosphere, discover the local lifestyle, enjoy the warm temperature of the Indian Ocean and join the acoustic live music with our crew.
We have 3 Sweet private bungalows with a king size bed in,
2 Family bungalows with a king size bed both in the room and mezanine then we have a big house of 4 private rooms connected.
Each rooms have different prices and the price mentioned is the higher price for Sweet Bungalow.
Each bungalow has double bed, mosquito net and fan.
Each bungalow has its own westerner bathroom.
The price included 3 meals a day with tea, coffee and mineral water as much as you want.
Also included : snorkeling equipment, surfboard.
The meals are a mix between indonesian, Minangkabau and westerner cuisine and you get fresh fish at almost every dinner (if fishes are available in the village).
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Restaurant for meals taken all together.
Privates beaches reachable by feet.
Rice field trek.
Football and volley field.
Paradisiac island trip (Marak, Pagang..).
Surf right in front of the bungalows.
Fishing with small pirogue.
Jungle trek to admire fauna and (website hidden) class with women from the village.
Library at Ricky’s Beach House for book exchange.
At Ricky's Beach House, there is neither hot water in the bungalow, nor WIFI. But you can get internet (and phone network) everywhere with a 3G smartphone and a 3G key - Telkomsel - very cheap in Indonesia.
Interaktion mit Gästen
Ricky and our friendly crew is always ready to help you and will accompany you on daytrips to beautiful remote islands, a nearby waterfall, and other places, at your request.
Weitere wichtige Infos
Since May 2010, Authentic Sumatra is running an ecotourism project to help the local community by working with them. The income from Ricky’s Beach House is to pay the crew and help the villagers.
Where the money goes?
-60% of the Ricky’s Beach House income goes to the crew and their families
-30 % of the Ricky’s Beach house income goes to support poor young people’s studies (high school) in Padang.
-10% of the Ricky’s Beach House income are saved in case of medical urgency or urgent transport to Padang.
So the money comes to the village and stay in the village.
10 people from poor families from the village are working with us + some free lance from Padang.
We buy as often as possible food and drinks in the village, as well as others needs.
We are working with local people for others activities such renting boats, cooking classes, massages or laundry.
Local art craft : we support local art craft and woodcarving by working with local woodcarver and selling their product to our travelers. All wooden furnitures in RBH are hand-made by Sava, one of our woodcarver.
-We often organize workshop with kids from the village such drawing or painting class, English class, hand made bracelet or necklace, with the help of our travelers, to connect on the one hand, the travelers and on the other hand, the local kids all together.
-We also receive regularly clothes, pen, school supplies from our travelers that we give out to the schools or poor families from the village.
-We help our crew to improve their skills by often sending them to accompany our travelers (Mentawai, Sumatra tour), providing them training in Padang (guide certificate) or even supporting their studies fees (during 3 years we helped 3 people for their high school fees and 3 of them graduated!)
Ricky’s Beach house became a kind of parallel school for our crew : they can learn English with our travelers, learn how to be responsible, learn how to work, learn others culture and open their mind.
• Our village is a small fishermen village with strong traditions. To respect the villagers and the community, dress modestly not too short.
•If you have never been to Indonesia before and even never been to Asia, you might be surprised to see garbage everywhere (roads, beaches...). Indonesia is still far from this problem and almost nobody is educated about it, especially in villages. Our future goal is to to make local people aware of environment, green and garbage recycling but for the moment, the village is like all the others villages in Indonesia.
•If you are invited to someone's house, don't come in with your shoes : always take it off before come in. To great someone, shake his/her hand and always with your right hand. Try to eat with your right hand also as its not polite to use left hand. If you are invited to someone's house for eating or drinking, never start eating before you have been told to.
•At Ricky's Beach House, there is neither hot water in the bungalow, nor WIFI. But you can get internet (and phone network) everywhere with a 3G smartphone and a 3G key - Telkomsel - very cheap in Indonesia.
No ATM in the village so think about taking some money before your arrival (in Padang).
•Ricky's Beach House is a place for you if you are easy going, if you like and want to meet local people and if you are looking for authenticity and nature. You might be disappointed if you are looking for Balinese service with comfort. Traveling thought Sumatra is not easy, its a root destination.