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    PEKANBARU downtown

    by meiyergani Written May 19, 2014

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    PEKANBARU is the capital of Riau Province with an area of 632.26 km² with a population of 950,571 making it Sumatra's third largest municipality, after Medan and Palembang.
    Pekanbaru is located by the Siak River, a big river drains to the Strait of Malacca that makes Pekanbaru has direct access to the busy strait and was long known as a trading port (the city name is derived from the Indonesian words of 'new market' or 'new town', "pekan" meaning 'market' or 'town', and "baru" meaning 'new').
    The city is divided into 12 subdistricts (kecamatan). This city is served by the Sultan Syarif Kasim II International Airport and Sungai Duku Port that is located by the Siak River. A settlement has existed on the site since the 17th century. In the late 19th century, the city was developed to serve the coffee and coal industries, and the Dutch built roads to help ship goods to Singapore and Malacca.

    Pekanbaru
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    General tip - Indonesian Arts & Crafts

    by victorwkf Updated Feb 10, 2008

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    Experience the beautiful Indonesian art. Indonesian art is very beautiful & unique, and it comes in all forms such as batik cloth, wooden carvings, building architecture, handicrafts, artifacts etc. An example will be the Wayang Golek (see left photo) which is the colourful wooden puppets of Western Java.

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    General tip - Rattan hand-made items

    by victorwkf Updated Feb 10, 2008

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    Indonesia is famous for many items and souvenirs made of the rattan vines. There are many useful hand-made items from rattan which you can purchase at a very cheap price if you walk around the stores of various cities and towns in Indonesia, including Riau province.

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    Handicrafts of Indonesia
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    General tip - The many islands of Indonesia

    by victorwkf Updated Feb 10, 2008

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    As you know, Indonesia has the most number of islands in the world. If you have time, do explore some of these beautiful and tranquil tropical islands with beautiful beaches to get away from the busy city life. One of the charms of South East Asia are the numerous islands which make up this region of the world.

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    A seaside scene from Indonesia
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    Riau tip - Batam Island

    by victorwkf Updated Feb 10, 2008

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    Batam Island (called Pulau Batam in Malay language) is part of the Riau chain of island and it is just about 45 minutes by ferry from Singapore. There are many people who visit Batam Island from Singapore every day, and the ferry service is freely available at the ferry terminal at Singapore's World Trade Centre. Things to do at Batam include various water sports, bungee jumping, go-kart racing and many other fun filled games at reasonable price. You can stay at the various hotels, but I find the Waterfront City very good. You should visit the city of Nagoya, the island's only city and the beautiful seaside villages. You can get a lot of things here at a very cheap price, especially in Nagoya. More photos and tips are at my VT Batam page.

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    Coconut trees & attap house at Batam Island
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    In Tanjung Pinang

    by gOmbak Updated Apr 9, 2007

    Change your currency before going to Riau. You can do this at the ferry terminal. Do not bring so much cash and extravaganza gadgets. (you know laptops, handphones, mp3) this will lead to aliens stalking you from behind.
    Find "Batagor". Delicious local food.

    Local Police Station.
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    Zamrud Lake

    by Mangunsong Written Oct 13, 2004

    Bawah Lake and Pulau Besar Lake founded at Zamrud petroleum exploration fields. It is has wonderful view that very astonishing. Entirely of the lake founded Fauna Reservation that it wide is 2,500 hectares which kind of exotic flora and fauna.

    Life resources that founded in the lake like red pinang, arwana fish, and balido fish are protected. Kind of wild animals at Fauna Reservation at Pulau Besar and Bawah Lake are unique wealth for water recreation tour at Riau.

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    The Siak Sultanate’s Park

    by Mangunsong Written Oct 13, 2004

    This Moorish style palace of Sultan of Siak was built in 1889 by Sultan Syarif Hasyim Abudl Jalil Syarifuddin. It is about 120 km upstream from Pekanbaru on the Siak River.

    Now, a museum, the palace contains the sultanate’s royal paraphernalia and other items of historical interest. Established during the 16th century, the Siak Seri Inderapura sultanate lasted until 1946, when it became the victim to the popular upheavals following the Japanese surrender to the close of World War II.

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    Penyengat Touring Island

    by Mangunsong Written Oct 13, 2004

    Penyengat Island wide is only 3.5 km that placed at west side of Tanjungpinang Municipal. Between of Penyengat Island dan Tanjungpinang Municipal founded one strait that wide is 1.5 km that it can pass by boat or motorboat which familiar in local community is called pompong.

    This island is hills, the sand compositions is sand with pebbles, whereas the beach is spreading, swampy, & rocking. Former, the island which in front of Riau Rivers always placed for transit of the sailors that passing this zone, importantly for receiving fresh water.

    The old citizens at this area say that happened one moment where is the sailors whose received water were attack by kind of bees that called stinger or in Indonesian Language is call penyengat. Because those animals killed some men, they were considering most sacrificed. Since that moment this island name is Penyengat Indra Sakti Island further most familiar is Penyengat Island.

    History is truly proof which during happened of wars between the Riau Kingdom with the Holland Kingdom (1782-1794), this island was made for important point. King Haji That Fourth Riau of Young Honours (Raja Haji yang Dipertuan Muda Riau IV) that well known as Raja Haji Syahid Fisabilillah Marhum Teluk Ketapang that lead of wars versus Holland build some forts at Penyengat Island where are Penggawa Hill, Tengah Hill, & Kursi Hill. Those forts completed with some cannons in some sizes. In age of Sultan Mahmud Syah (1761 until 1812), when he was married Engku Putri binti King Haji Syahid Fisabilillah on 1801, this island was give to his wife as wedding price of him.

    Because participation of Penyengat Island was very important in historical of Riau Kingdom, so the island what relatively is very small it is to be well known & attention peoples to visit it. More over at there is still has much kind of historical last sites. At this island beside has much some kind of historical sites, it founded another interest objects like wonderful views, tradition couch, arts attraction, & traditional villages.

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    Tujuh Pintu Serangkai Cave

    by Mangunsong Written Oct 13, 2004

    Entire of way from municipal district into Tujuh Pintu Serangkai Cave which estimate interval is 2 kilometers we can enjoying wonderful nature that back grounding by hills and the leafy of trees until front of Tujuh Pintu Serangkai cave door.

    The cave what we visit is not one but in 10 hectares area founded other cave as Sungai Cawan Cave, Langkuk Cave, Sungai Panturun Cave, Sungai Lo Cave and Sungai Pisang Cave.

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    Tepian Batu Waterfall

    by Mangunsong Written Oct 13, 2004

    This waterfall high is 12 meters, which divide into 2 levels. This site has an exotic point with beautiful natural environment and some big stones that piled up with orderly. The high stone wall that planting by leafy plants makes more cool and fresh of air at this area

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    Elephants Training and Taming Center

    by Mangunsong Written Oct 13, 2004

    At Sebanga-Duri that interval estimate from Pekanbaru City is 139 kilometers founded training and taming center for elephant at Riau Provincial. As one of attractive touring objects at Riau found there is give some, entertain that seeing attraction and demonstration of elephants.

    As wild animal, elephant can tame at Sebanga School for Elephants. The elephants at there can attract as like: salute to visitor, step over big size of pieces of wood that was pile, pull up piece of wood using it trunk, step over men which sleep on ground, etc.

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    Bono Kuala Kampar

    by Mangunsong Written Oct 13, 2004

    If we use boat further to anchor at once of Kuala Kampar harbors visit of high tide will hear of thundering sound that more clear of sounds. However, don't supposing that sounds are twister, what you hear is Kampar river rumble sound sight like big wave w/ incredible speed.

    At it season the high of waves are 4 to 6 meters, it really likes horrible sight, but so cool those are calling BONO.

    The community at downstream of Kampar river must be seeing Bono because it come w/ high tide both of noon or night. It'll happen in 10th until 20th Islamic months calendar. At little month (collapse tide), Bono almost not happen, if not it only little ripples in very shallow places. Base on the myth of community at entire of Kampar River, the Bono that happen at there is male & the female founded at Rokan River beside of Bagansiapi-api. Sum of Bono at Kuala Kampar is 7 which formation likes horse called Bono's mother.

    For the community at Kuala Kampar, Bono recognized since they're young. Cause of that reason why if kids & men assumption that Bono is their friend, it is place where they’re playing of dexterity to ride on Bono using some little boats. Usually place for play w/ Bono is some places that it not too big or at the tributaries of Kampar River as Sangar / Turip / Kutub River / Kerumutan River.

    This game is really so risky because if miss prediction the boats can throw by Bono to the banks until dissolved. Nevertheless, from their experiences since they was kid, they’re really knows where the save place for play Bono. Last times that play it often opening w/ some special rituals but next time to be ordinary game that can do when we wants but this game only can doing at noon whereas at night however they’ve brave heart nothing people to try it.

    If you afraid for play w/ Bono, you can see it only from lands. However, if you dare go to play w/ Bono using some little boats that found at there. The most important of it’s you must can swim & ride on that Bono. This game likes of surfing at the high tides at sea.

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    SULTANSYARIF KASIM II INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

    by meiyergani Written May 19, 2014

    All Attendants coming from another region of Indonesia and tourists coming from abroad would enter Riau Province through SULTANSYARIF KASIM II INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT as the entrance gate.

    SULTAN S KASIM II INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
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    General tip - Traditional dances

    by victorwkf Updated Feb 10, 2008

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    The traditional dances of Indonesia is part of the cultural heritage and it will be an eye-opener to foreigners.

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    Dance captured in art, Indonesia
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