Tanjung Pinang, one of Indonesia’s big cities, is now a capital of Riau Islands and the second biggest city after Batam. Tanjung Pinang was once a capital of Bintan Island, but since June 21, 2001, Tanjung Pinang designated as an autonomous municipality. Settled in south western coast of Bintan Island, Tanjung Pinang was the seat of the powerful Johor-Riau Kingdom, that finally in 1782, the Sultan Raja Haji Fisabilillah defeated by the Dutch and end up the existence of Riau Kingdom.
Tanjung Pinang is such a small city with big potential in it. The most inhabitants are Malay and Bugis tribe, Banjar and Chinese Peranakan. The Chinese Peranakan is those Teochew and Hokien descent, who have lived for generations. There are also Bajau sea nomads that live on boats and sail among the islands. As the growing of potential economic in Tanjung Pinang, today it also attract Batak tribe and Minangkabau to migrate to Tanjung Pinang, as well as the Sundanese from West Java.
Penyengat Island is one of the potential tourism destinations in Tanjungm Pinang, that located in the west of Tanjung pinang and it can be reached 15 minutes by sea transport. On this island there are many relics of the old with the form of buildings and tombs that have been used as a cultural heritage site. It also found a temple or monastery in Kampung Bugis and Senggarang which is also the area of religious tourism. Other destination is can also be found in the Pantai Impian, Pensil Monument, Tepi Laut, Tanjung Pinang Ramayana Mall, Bestari Mall, Bintan Indah Mall, and so forth.
The tourism in Tanjung Pinang is supported by the 13 star hotels, 43 non-star hotels, 34 restaurants and 13 supermarkets and shops which are spread throughout the city. While the number of tourists that visiting this town is dominated by the citizen from Singapore, Malaysia and the Netherlands. Moreover, the city is also offers a variety of culinaryofferings seafood and Chinese cuisine.
How to get there :
Tanjung Pinang on Bintan is now easily reached from Jakarta. Garuda has daily flights to Tanjung Pinang from Jakarta as does Lion Air, operating Boeing 737-500 aircrafts. Sriwijaya Air also serves the Jakarta-Tanjung Pinang route.
With the present good roads across Bintan, it will take less than half an hour by car from Kijang, - location of the airport, - to Tanjung Pinang. When hiring a taxi, make sure to tell the driver your destination and fix the price with him before boarding.
Tanjung Pinang is accesible by ferry from Singapore and Malaysia. There are 5 to 7 ferries per day plying between Singapore’s Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal (TMFT) and Tanjung Pinang’s Sri Bentan Pura sea port. Operators are Penguin, Indo Falcon If you plan to travel to Bintan Resorts in Bintan’s the north coast upon arrival at Tanjung Pinang airport, it is best to ask your hotel to fetch you from the airport. It takes less than an hour’s drive from Tanjung Pinang airport to Bintan Resort by the new smooth road, while travelling by the old road will take some two hours.
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