Bintan's capital Tanjung Pinang is a historic port town and trade centre with a still-thriving market culture and plenty of hustle and bustle. Touts swarm as you get off the ferry, but the town is easy to navigate without their persistent 'assistance'. Few travellers linger long here, but there are a couple of worthwhile attractions that make it an interesting spot to spend a night.
Pulau Penyenget, reachable by frequent boats from Bintan’s main pier, was once the capital of the Riau rajahs. Here you'll find the ruins of the old palace of Rajah Ali and the tombs and graveyards of Rajah Jaafar and Rajah Ali. The most impressive site is the sulphur-coloured mosque, with its many domes and minarets.