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Trail of Sea Gypsies

8 August 2018

Embark on an adventure to discover the hidden gems along Bintan Island’s pristine eastern coastline. The first stop brings you to Panglong Village, Berakit, the largest Orang Laut (Sea Gypsies) village of the island. Spot interesting sights such as hand-made fishing tools and displays of 'sun tanning' kerupuk (prawn/fish flavored crackers) or small fish as you stroll through the labyrinth of stilt houses. Play a game of tag with the curious and jovial local kids before ...

Trail of Sea Gypsies2020-03-23T16:14:05+00:00

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 Kings2020-04-22T14:57:28+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

Panglong Village, Berakit

13 June 2018

Located on the North-Eastern tip of Bintan Island north of Trikora Coast, Panglong Village, Berakit is home to the largest community of sea gypsies in Bintan. Also commonly referred to as Orang Laut, the sea gypsies are sea nomads who dedicate their lives at sea. At this rustic village, discover the unique way of life of the sea gypsies carried down for generations over hundreds of years. Travel back in time as the labyrinth of stilt ...

Panglong Village, Berakit2018-11-12T09:19:28+00:00