Top things to do in Riau

Top Choice Island in Tanjung Pinang

Pulau Penyenget

Pulau Penyenget, reached by frequent boats (7000Rp) from the Tanjung Pinang pier, was once the capital of the Riau rajahs. The ruins of the old palace of Rajah Ali and the tombs and graveyards of Rajah Jaafar and Ra…
Top Choice Rooftop Bar in Pekanbaru

Sky Garden & Lounge

Escape Pekanbaru's grind and head up to the top of Sumatra's tallest building to enjoy a cold beer or cocktail with 360-degree city views. Its outdoor bar has a luxurious feel with contemporary furniture and palm tr…
Top Choice Museum in Trikora

Museum Bahari Bintan

This fascinating maritime museum is a surprising find along this sleepy coastal road on Pulau Bintan. Housed within a building shaped like a ship, it has an unlikely setting in the middle of an Islamic study centre …
Buddhist Temple in Senggarang

Vihara Dharma Sasana

This well-maintained temple complex, looking out to sea, is accessed through a beautifully decorative Chinese archway and contains three main temples. The oldest two, and the first ones you approach after walking th…
Buddhist Stupa in Riau

Candi Muara Takus

Hidden away in a jungle clearing halfway between Bukittinggi and Pekanbaru are these low-key Buddhist temple ruins, believed to date to the 11th century. A part of the Sriwijaya kingdom, the complex (which was resto…
Village in Trikora

Berakit

On Pulau Bintan's far northeast tip, Berakit is a small, curious fishing village populated with Orang Laut (which translates to 'people of the sea'), a nomadic ethnic group known traditionally to reside in boats out…
Buddhist Temple in Senggarang

Banyan Tree Temple

This particularly unusual temple is housed in a building dating from the early 19th century. Originally owned by a wealthy Chinese man, believed to be buried here, the building has, over the years, been swallowed up…
Area in Senggarang

Chinatown

When heading to Senggarang from Tanjung Pinang by boat, unless you ask to dock at the temples, you'll be dropped off at the jetties at Senggarang's so-called Chinatown. This residential village sits propped up over …
Museum in Pekanbaru

Museum Sang Nila Utama

This museum does an excellent job in detailing Riau culture, with interesting displays on ceremonial clothing, architecture, traditional artefacts, batik and natural history, plus a display on the Candi Muara Takus …
Indonesian in Nagoya

Indo Rasa

This lively food precinct in a building on the main thoroughfare across from Nagoya Hill is a good spot for local hawker-style food. There's a bunch of different stalls cooking up anything from ayam penyet (East Jav…