"Take Your Time In Tanjung Pinang" Tanjungpinang by Confucius

Tanjungpinang Travel Guide: 34 reviews and 78 photos

Get Me To The Mosque On Time

I was walking from my hotel to the pier when I passed by a community center which was getting ready for a wedding procession. The family of the groom saw me listening to the live traditional music from across the street and invited me to participate in the ceremony with a simple wave and a big smile.
The groom was carried on the shoulders of his two best men and there was an exciting knife dance ritual performed by two martial artists. The live music consisted of a small gamelan set, some drums, and a big gong.
I stayed for the reception afterwards, of course, and pretended to be shy in sampling the wonderful wedding buffet of Indonesian cuisine. Some of the dishes had catchy names like "gado gado" which was an unusual salad with peanut sauce. There may have been some special cultural significance attached to the foods I ate but at least I recall it all tasted delicious.

Peace Garden Adorned With Shiny Mobile Artillery

This photo was taken near the wedding ceremony that I was invited to attend as a tourist armed with a camera.

Look! White seals! Over there on the rocks!

Awwww, they're not real seals.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:The people are so incredibly friendly and hospitable
  • Cons:You kind of have to go to Singapore first, not really convenient from Bali or Jakarta
  • In a nutshell:Tanjung Pinang is the people's part of Bintan that you will enjoy most
  • Last visit to Tanjungpinang: Sep 1999
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • mvtouring's Profile Photo
    Mar 13, 2007 at 10:45 PM

    Wow a temple built inside a tree trunk. That must be something ;-)

  • dadiek's Profile Photo
    Jan 30, 2007 at 7:13 PM

    nice pictures,..nice shoot,..try to use digicam with capacity more than 6 Megapixle....i was born in tanjungpinang,,.now i stay in padang,west sumatera....wanna try a trip 2 padang,,good view here..

  • sincereartiface's Profile Photo
    Aug 5, 2006 at 8:54 PM

    thx for the great info. can't wait for the night safari. heading there in late august. I was curious about hotel sadaap on bintan. Do you have advice about contacting them. sounds perfect. Thx again. keep havin fun

  • eden_teuling's Profile Photo
    Feb 4, 2006 at 7:17 AM

    enjoyed your tips AND THE GREAT travelogues with stunning pictures and stories! Glad I found this page via VT homepage! elisabeth

  • easyoar's Profile Photo
    Jun 9, 2005 at 2:14 PM

    Never seen a temple built inside a tree trunk before, even though I have seen some big old Banyans...

  • Wild_Orchid's Profile Photo
    Jan 16, 2005 at 4:36 PM

    well, you've shared the joys of Tg Pinang very well!

  • mkurniawan's Profile Photo
    May 13, 2004 at 11:42 PM

    Nice tanjung pinang page, Someday I will visit tanjung pinang.

  • Sharrie's Profile Photo
    Apr 4, 2004 at 7:31 PM

    Why Tanjung Pinang of all places in Indonesia? Ok, listening to Gamelan & singing Ji Gong, that's an out of the world experience, I'm sure, lol...

  • Feb 6, 2004 at 3:56 PM

    That tree tmeple is something else! Slainte!!

  • andal13's Profile Photo
    Jan 14, 2004 at 7:46 PM

    What kind of birds are born from those giant eggs (kept inside that egg carton)? Very interesting and entertaining page.


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