Tanjungpinang Travel Guide
Sunset at Kawal Kelong
The people are so incredibly friendly and hospitable
Prostitution and Littering. Touts and Poverty.
In a nutshell
An interesting place if you are looking for more than the beach
Buddhist Temple with Panaromic view
There is a buddhist built on a hilltop with many Stone Sculptures Statues of 500 arahants, guanyin & etc.It's very relaxing and windy with nice view and we can see many nice art piece in this open air concept.The locals said that they feel very relaxing whenever they visit...
Many houses in the old section of Tanjung Pinang are still built in the traditional way on stilts over water. A lot of rubbish unfortunately I found was just floating underneath.
This is my first time trying out the banana boat. Once we were out to the sea, I started screaming as the boat went very fast and the waves were quite strong. The uncle was trying to drop us into the water too I think :)
Enclosed Swimming Pool
There is an enclosed swimming pool with a slide at the Kelong and I am sure kids would love to play inside this special pool.
Pamper yourself at the Spa
On the second day before we depart the place, we went to "Tropika Spa" to have a body massage. We booked our package in Singapore. I had body scrub and milk bath.. price around $40. However, I was a bit disappointed with the milk bath as they just put some milk powder...
Walkway to the Kelong
To get to the Kelong, you can either choose the long walkway or take the speedboat. Think most people will choose the latter as once you reach the place, it is already lunch time! It is amazing that they can drive their bike on the seemingly unstable walkway.
The uncle from the Kelong drove us to another island with his speedboat and we spent some time taking picture and exploring the place.
As everything is so slow pace here, you may want to do your reading or even try fishing here while listening to the ripples of the water and admiring the scenery.
Watching the sunset
Worried that I won't be able to wake up early enough to watch the sunrise, I better grab my camera to take some pictures of the wonderful sunset viewed from the Kelong... Really fabulous!
Main Street is overrun with motorbikes. There are no traffic lights or pedestrian crossings so you need to take care - survival of the quickest. It is said that Indonesians 'drive like fish' - that pretty much describes it. This was during a sudden downpour which happened...
There are many good seafood restaurants at very reasonable prices, if not just plain cheap. Indonesian food is usually fairly hot and spicy with lots of curries like savur lodhe which is a vegetable curry, or redang made with mutton, fish, beef or chicken. Of course fish is in abundance with fishing being the main livelihood here. This photo was taken at a local restaurant on Senggarang Island where we stopped for lunch.
Updated Aug 17, 2006
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Not much night activity here at the Kelong.. You can use the karaoke facilities anytime you like it. Of course, don't expect too much here.. it is advisable to bring your own karaoke disc.
Written Apr 4, 2006
By Boat : From Singapore it takes about 2.5 hours to Tanjong Pinang and they depart from the World Trade Centre in Singapore. The ferries are modern, fast, air-conditioned and even show movies enroute.
By Air : Tanjung Pinang's airport (Kijang) is small and there are only a few direct flight to Jarkata and Pekanbaru via Prodexim Trnas Air. Bintan has no airport.
Updated Aug 17, 2006
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Hot and humid with temperatures ranging from 21 C to 33 C. A sweater is needed for cooler mountain nights. Wet season: Nov - Apr, Dry season: May - Oct.
Power supply is usually 220 volts/250 cycles in large cities, but 110 volts is still used in some areas. Normal outlets are plugs with two rounded pins. Check before you plug your appliances in. Don't count on hotels to carry adapters.
As a guideline, water is not drinkable directly from the tap. Buy bottled water or drink canned/bottled soda drinks.
Updated Aug 29, 2002
Senggarang Chinese Village Buddhist Statues
This is a Muslim country with a small Hindu population on Bali, so it's interesting to see these Buddhist statues occupying the Indonesian territory that is closest to the South China Sea.This area of the Riau archipelago has had a significant Chinese presence since the...
Not just another big old banyan tree
So you're walking around the village and you see this huge tree and think to yourself, "Aw, it's just another big old banyan ; so what?"If you stroll past this tree, then you will regret not seeing the number one tourist site in the village. There is a Chinese temple built...
Senggarang Banyan Tree Temple
Surprise! Holy Banyan Buddha, Batman! It's a Chinese temple built inside the hollow trunk of a big banyan tree! What will they think of next?You can easily hire a boat from Tanjung Pinang's Pejantan dock to go across the harbor to Senggarang and see this impressive structure...
Life hasn't changed much for these people over the years. The wooden houses on the shoreline are built up on stilts so that the tide comes up beneath them to wash away the night's soil. That is the sewage plan.
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