The people are so incredibly friendly and hospitable
Prostitution and Littering. Touts and Poverty.
An interesting place if you are looking for more than the beach
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.more
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.more
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.more
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...more
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.
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.
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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As a guideline, water is not drinkable directly from the tap. Buy bottled water or drink canned/bottled soda drinks.
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...more
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...more
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.more