Bengkalis Travel Guide

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    Istiqpmah Mosque at Bengkalis, Indonesia
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Bengkalis Things to Do

  • Shopping at Bengkalis

    There are no big shopping malls at Bengkalis, but the town has many roadside shops which sell cheap clothings and other daily stuff, especially along the main street of Jalan Sudirman.

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  • Administrative buildings near ferry...

    As you go out of the ferry terminal at Bengkalis, you will be able to observe a few impressive administrative buildings, as Bengkalis is the regency town of this area.

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  • Where is Bengkalis?

    Bengkalis is actually located on Bengkalis island (of Riau province), which is situated along the Straits of Melaka very near to Sumatra. The other side of the straits would be Malaysia, the nearest coastal towns being Muar and Melaka. In fact, there are regular ferry services from Bengkalis to Muar, as well as nearby Indonesia island towns such as...

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  • Chinese residential area

    There is a Chinese residential area near to the Istiqpmah Mosque which is worth a visit because most of the houses are very colourful, and this is a cozy little laid back neighbourhood. There is also a nice Chinese temple nearby.

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  • Bird's Nest

    The nest of the swallow bird is made from the solidified saliva of the bird, and this is a very expensive tonic delicacy in South East Asia, as well as other places such as China and Hong Kong. There are some swallow birds at Karimun Island, the some local people use the upper storeys of their houses as a place for the swallows to lay their nests...

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  • Walking around Bengkalis town

    The main street of Bengkalis is Jalan Sudirman, which is the first road when you leave the ferry terminal. Basically, Bengkalis is a small town and it is easy to walk around. Furthermore, this is a rather safe place and the locals are friendly. Best time to walk is early in the morning and late afternoon when the sun is not so hot. Please go to my...

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Bengkalis Restaurants

  • Indonesian food and rice

    There are several food stalls along the main road, Jalan Sudirman selling Indonesian food with rice. There are many dishes which they will bring out for you to try, including curry chicken, vegetable, fish, seafood etc. You just need to pay according to how many dishes you eat, which I was told is a common practice around this region.

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  • Mee Soh

    There is a famous food stall selling Mee Soh (noodles with chicken in soup) located along the road near to the big Istiqpmah Mosque and Hotel Wisata. The Mee Soh as well as other food such as the fried chicken wings are very tasty and cheap.

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Bengkalis Transportation

  • Local transportation at Bengkalis

    There are only very few cars along the roads of Bengkalis. Most locals either walk, ride bicycles, motorcycles or take a trishaw (please see my VT travelogue on this page for local transportation). Since Bengkalis is a small town and is relatively safe, walking is a good option. You can also take the local trishaw (see photo), or if you have a...

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  • Getting to Bengkalis

    One of the ways to get to Bengkalis is to take a ferry from the Sekupang ferry terminal at Batam Island next to Singapore. Please see my VT Batam page for more information on how to get from Singapore to Batam Island. At the Sekupang ferry terminal, there are several ferry services to Bengkalis and speaking in Indonesian language is needed. The...

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    The regent of Bengkalis, Indonesia

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    Bengkalis regency is one of the regencies in Riau Province, with the capital city of Bengkalis. Bengkalis Island has many natural resources such as petroleum or plantation, agriculture, animal husbandry and tourism. With the rich of natural resources and strategic location, the Bengkalis regency is trying to attract investors to this island.

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Bengkalis Warnings and Dangers

  • Noise from the swallow birds

    Because harvesting of swallow bird nest is big time in Bengkalis, be prepared for the noise from the swallow birds during the daytime all the way to early evening. The whole town can be filled with swallows flying in the sky above.

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  • Water supply, simple life & language...

    One of the biggest problem in Bengkalis is the lack of fresh water supply especially during the dry season. Some places still use underground water, and there is a smell in the water which you may not get used to. For drinking, please buy bottled mineral water for safety reason. Another problem is that Bengkalis is a simple town with simple life,...

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  • Take a morning stroll

    One of my fondest memories of Bengkalis is taking a morning stroll around town to breathe the fresh air and watch the sun rise. The best time to start is around 6am and you will be surprised that many local people are already on the streets walking around and doing exercises. By strolling around, you can be experience the local life and see the...

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  • Town market area

    There is a busy market area located near to the Bengkalis Ferry Terminal, especially the morning. Many locals come near to buy food, eat at the food stores etc. Because Bengkalis is mainly Islamic, those stores selling pork runned by the Chinese are usually located at one corner of the market area.

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  • Oldest shophouses in town

    When you are exploring the town area near to the Bengkalis Ferry Terminal, you will notice a row of wooden houses as shown in the photograph. These are in fact the oldest shophouses in Bengkalis.

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