Tanjungpinang Travel Guide

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Tanjungpinang Highlights

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     The people are so incredibly friendly and hospitable 

  • Con
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     Prostitution and Littering. Touts and Poverty. 

  • In a nutshell
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     An interesting place if you are looking for more than the beach 

Tanjungpinang Things to Do

  • 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 the temple and they feel happy.

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  • Stilt Houses

    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.

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  • Banana Boat

    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 :)

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  • 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.

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  • 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 inside, not those type of snowy white bath.

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  • 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.

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  • Nikoi Island

    The uncle from the Kelong drove us to another island with his speedboat and we spent some time taking picture and exploring the place.

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  • Fishing

    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.

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  • 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!

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  • Main Street

    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 for about 5 - 10 mins then cleared up again.

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  • Take a trip further back in time at...

    This small island is only two and a half square kilometers and is just offshore of Tanjung Pinang. You can hire a cheap sampan boat to visit this historical center of the Riau Archipelago sultanate. The day trip lasts about 3 hours on foot and includes a mosque, old ruins, and descendants of the royal family. Join me for a candid tour of the island...

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  • Chinese Temple

    I cannot remember exactly where this was but it was on a drive we took out of Tanjung Pinang township. This temple complex was very small and not particularly significant but colourful.

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Tanjungpinang Restaurants

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    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.

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Tanjungpinang Nightlife

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    by y_lyn Written Apr 4, 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.

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Tanjungpinang Transportation

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    by keeweechic Updated Aug 17, 2006

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    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.

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Tanjungpinang Local Customs

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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.

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  • Electricty

    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.

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Tanjungpinang Warnings and Dangers

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    by keeweechic Updated Aug 29, 2002

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    As a guideline, water is not drinkable directly from the tap. Buy bottled water or drink canned/bottled soda drinks.

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Tanjungpinang Off The Beaten Path

  • Senggarang Chinese Village Buddhist...

    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 latter part of the 18th century and most current residents are descendants of...

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  • 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 inside the hollow trunk, and it's still being used by the local Chinese...

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  • 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 as well as the rest of the small sleepy village.

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