Top things to do

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…
Indonesian in Tanjung Pinang

Melayu Square

Come sunset, stroll to this lively strip of food stalls that cook up fresh seafood, noodles and all kinds of street-side snacks.
Museum in Tanjung Pinang

Sultan Sulaiman Badrul Alamsyah

Housed in an attractive building built by the Dutch in 1918, this small museum is full of mostly Chinese artefacts – coins, pottery, musical instruments, clothing and jewellery – but lacks English captions. Look out…
Buddhist Temple in Tanjung Pinang

Vihara Bhatra Sasana

Dragons adorn the beautifully painted upturned eaves on the roof of this Chinese temple. A statue of Kuan Yin (Guanyin), the goddess of mercy, stands at the central altar. To get here, turn left out of the Tanjung P…
Hawker in Tanjung Pinang

Pinang Citywalk

Pinang Citywalk is a good place for eating (and for a spot of local clothing and snack shopping), with an array of hawker stalls available.
Buddhist Temple in Tanjung Pinang

Cetiya Bodhi Sasana

This small Chinese temple down by the docks can actually be seen from the water as you leave on boats to Senggarang. There's a small open-air stage in front of it, where Chinese opera performances are sometimes held…