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Island of the Kings

16 August 2018

Embark on a journey back to the reign of Kings and Queens who once ruled the islands of the Riau Kingdom; stretching from what is now part of Indonesia, to Singapore and beyond to southern Malaysia. Admire the dense verdure on the slopes of the island's highest peak as you cruise pass Gunung Bintan. You will soon reach the jetty at Tanjung Pinang, the biggest town and capital of Bintan Island for a pompong (small ...

Island of the Kings2022-05-01T12:44:11+00:00

Pulau Penyengat

3 October 2018

An offshore island from the main capital of Tanjung Pinang, Pulau Penyengat is known as the abode of the kings as it was the central seat of power during the final phase of the Malay kingdom. Home to palace ruins, royal mausoleums and other sites from a bygone Riau-Lingga sultanate era, the island possesses major Malay cultural and historical significance. Due to the inviolable sanctity of Pulau Penyengat, visitors are advised to dress conservatively.   ...

Pulau Penyengat2018-10-08T16:17:38+00:00

Masjid Raya Sultan Riau (Sultan of Riau’s Grand Mosque)

3 October 2018

Sitting regally in hues of royal yellow and green,  Masjid Raya Sultan Riau (Sultan of Riau’s Grand Mosque) is probably the first thing that catches your eye as you approach the Pulau Penyengat on the pompong (water taxi) from Tanjung Pinang. The royal mosque was constructed on higher grounds and no other buildings around it are allowed to surpass its height.  An interesting story recounts the bonding agent used for the construction of the mosque ...

Masjid Raya Sultan Riau (Sultan of Riau’s Grand Mosque)2018-10-03T10:56:22+00:00

Waroeng Cek Bakar’s Masakan Khas Melayu

2 May 2018

Tucked between Plaza Lagoi and Lagoi Beach, Waroeng Cek Bakar's Masakan Khas Melayu serves local favourites, Asian fare and a variety of chilled shaved ice desserts.   Take your pick from Nasi Goreng (fried rice), Bebek Goreng (fried duck) and Ayam Penyet (smashed fried chicken). On top of local fanfare, Waroeng Cek Bakar also serves dishes such as Laksa, Nasi Lemak that are commonly found in neighbouring countries like Singapore and Malaysia. For those looking for thirst quenchers after ...

Waroeng Cek Bakar’s Masakan Khas Melayu2018-08-07T16:39:53+00:00

Tanjung Pinang Wet Markets

3 May 2018

The traditional wet markets of the bustling city of Tanjung Pinang are treasure troves waiting to be discovered. Take in the sights and smells as you maneuver the newer Pasar Baru I with stalls selling an amazing variety of meats, fresh vegetables, and vibrant tropical fruits stacked high on wooden carts. You may even spot items out of your usual supermarket buys. Not to worry though; the amicable store owners will gladly provide an introduction. ...

Tanjung Pinang Wet Markets2018-08-08T12:21:24+00:00