"Keeweechic's Tanjung Pinang" Tanjungpinang by keeweechic

Tanjungpinang Travel Guide: 34 reviews and 78 photos

Indonesia, with over 200 million people, has the fifth largest population in the world which is made up of 336 ethnic. Because of the size of this archipelago, and the highland and jungle areas, many parts of this country have remained remote and almost like stepping back in time.

The Riau Islands are one of the oldest business trading routes in the world. There 3,000 islands of the Riau province which straddle the Straits of Malacca. For centuries the islands have provided a safe sanctuary to traders and sailors from Europe, India and China and as a result they have strong foreign historical links. Riau, which includes a large part of East Sumatra, is the heartland of the Malays and the source of Indonesia's Malay-based national language.

Tanjung Pinang is the main town on Bintan Island in the Riau Islands. The town was originally called 'Rio' and dates back about 1,000 years. It is only about a 2 hour boat ride from Singapore. I took a short trip from Singapore one weekend, over-nighting in Tanjung Pinang. There were very few tourists other than Indonesians and Singaporeans, infact at the hotel I was booked in at, there was no other european woman staying there at that time and only one European man who was also living in Singapore at the time. It is not the most popular part of Indonesia that people usually choose to visit from Singapore, most head for Batam (see my travelogue) which is closer. In Tanjung Pinang there is a blend of old and new and you can still see the traditional stilt villages hugging the river shores. There is a small but interesting Riau museum which contains collection of clothing, weapons, musical instrument and furniture that once belong to the Riau Sultans. Also off shore, about 6 kms away by boat, is Penyengat Island. There are ruins there of the Bugis govenors as well as the old rulers palace, royal tombs and mosque.

Photos which are taken by myself and all headings are copyright and digitally marked. Please do not use them without permission. Thanks. (c) keeweechic 2001 - 2008 (copyright)

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  • Apr 21, 2006 at 3:33 AM

    We did a trip from Bintan Lagoon down to Tanjung Pinang, Went to Chinese temple from the Broadwalk by small boat - found it interesting - we had a great guide

  • dr.firas's Profile Photo
    Apr 1, 2005 at 5:10 AM

    Wonderful page, I like the nice original shots you did, look at the fisherman picture :-D

  • traveldave's Profile Photo
    Sep 24, 2003 at 5:49 PM

    I also did a daytrip out of Singapore, but I went to Sekupang on Batam. Looks like Bintan is the more interesting island.

  • A2002's Profile Photo
    Aug 16, 2003 at 4:41 AM

    Excellent page on Tanjung Pinang. It is like Penang 20 years ago. I visited the place as a day trip from Bintan resorts. :-)

  • phil_uk_net's Profile Photo
    Aug 16, 2003 at 1:20 AM

    It's a fascinating place - so different from its nearby neighbour, Singapore. I just did a day trip to TP from the resort area of N. Bintan. Missed the white seals unfortunately. I didn't know about Senggarang Island.

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    Jul 23, 2003 at 2:03 PM

    Well done page from a place I never ever heard about... =)

  • pepples46's Profile Photo
    Jul 5, 2003 at 1:07 AM

    an other great source of information...Village Life looks great, from a distance, excellent infos and pics, tanx KW

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Jun 27, 2003 at 1:36 PM

    FANTASTIC page and destination, hmm... coudn't they change it's name only? Amazing pictures and a lot of exce;ent and interesting info, thanks for sharing!

  • Sweetberry1's Profile Photo
    Jun 11, 2003 at 6:38 AM

    Interesting place keewee.. I love the family of white seals.. so cute! Awesome page girl.. ;-)

  • miner's Profile Photo
    Jun 7, 2003 at 8:19 PM

    Fascinating tour,KW. As always another excellent travel page!!


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