Tanjung Pinang Travel Guide

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Getting Around Tanjung Pinang, Indonesia by Taxi

There are a lot of Tanjung Pinang Transportation options for you to choose from when traveling to this capital town of Riau Islands, Indonesia. Tanjung Pinang is a favorite place of tourists, since it has scenic villages located in the outskirts of the town, thus it is important to be able to find the right transportation options in Tanjung Pinang so that you will be able to reach all of your destinations.

Take the Taxicab

Getting around Tanjung Pinang is easy as long as you ride a taxicab. The problem with other popular transportation option which is the bus is that the drivers do not speak nor understand English. Moreover, the signs written on the bus are also difficult to understand thus for safe travel in Tanjung Pinang, taxicabs should be the best option that you have. While taxicab drivers can speak and understand English. They can also take you to your next destination faster than riding a bus.

When riding the taxicab, it is important to take note that there is no metered fare in Tanjung Pinang so before you get inside the cab, make sure to bargain with the driver first regarding the fare of the ride. In most cases, the flat rate is $3 if you want to tour around and within the town’s limit. The driver will charge a few dollars extra for out of town trips. Fixing the price before boarding the taxi is very crucial so that you won’t encounter any problems with your driver.


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Tanjung Pinang is the capital of the newly created Riau Islands province in Indonesia. A fast-growing hub filled with people, trading, shipping and shopping, this tourism center is known for its seafood. This Tanjung Pinang Travel Guide will highlight the main things you'll want to see and do during your trip.

Tanjung Pinang is located on the island of Bintan, but is accessible by plane, boat, road or taxi. Once there you should prepare yourself to find the traditional Indonesian lifestyle and conditions. It is not uncommon to see rats running under homes and to walk through thick swarms of mosquitoes. Some things you'll want to see while in town are listed below.

Religious Temples

Traditional Budhist Temple. A main feature here is a large sculpture park. Located about 10 miles from downtown you'll find the largest Guan Yin (Goddess of Mercy) statue in southeast Asia.

Sungai Ular Budhist Temple. You must travel here by boat. The site features gory wall paintings depicting hell from the Chinese perspective.

Senggarang Temples. Chinese and Hindu beliefs mix in this temple complex. One feature is a statue with 40 arms! There is also a stilt village here and many other temples. You must travel here by boat, but water taxis leave from Tanjung Pinang regularly. You may haggle for a good price on a water taxi.

Cultural Center and Monuments

The Cultural Center is located in nearby Tanjungpinang. The center organizes and carries out several stage shows and community festivals each year.

The Raja Haji Fisabillah Monument is located in the center of the downtown region. The monument pays honor to a national hero who died in battle against the Dutch in 1784. At one time the monument stood more than 28 meters tall. The government has since removed most of the monument, leaving only the base due to safety issues.

On and near the Water

Kelong. This is a stilt house built by fishermen to trap and catch fish. A few of the Kelong houses offer a lodging option for the traveler. For just about $20 a night you can stay in one of these houses. However, you should note that they are typically located far out of the downtown area.

Penyengat Island. Hire a guide to take you here. Make sure you negotiate an all-inclusive price before heading out, though. There are a few mosques and graveyards where royals are buried on the island. The Masjid Raya is the most notable of the mosques.

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