Indonesia is made up of roughly 17000 islands, and the Riau Islands make up over 3000 of them, extending to Borneo halfway from south of Singapore. This island province has a bit to provide and is a contrast to the north. If you are prepared for some nature, beach, fantastic food, and gorgeous temples and have a lot of the glitz and glamour of your town you need to think about heading into Riau. Listed below are some reasons why the Riau Islands would be the ideal escape destination from your city.
- Beaches and Wonderful Landscape
With over 3200 islands in Riau Province, amazing beaches are plentiful and diverse. Depending on the region, it is possible to locate from brilliant beaches with white sand and turquoise waters to the rocky shore to mangrove woods. You may identify hotels that possess the overwater bungalows that you’ve been dreaming about. When you hear of Indonesia, you think of lush tropical shores, mild waves appearing on white sandy beaches, mosques, and temples, right? The Riau Islands will be your Indonesian islands, even if you want to locate an alternative to touristy Bali and discover a destination in Indonesia.
2. Indonesian Food
In Indonesia, folks eat family-style. If you go to a restaurant, a variety of dishes are stacked in the middle of the desk, and people fill their plate with small tastes of everything. You find several curries and dishes that have potatoes. However, rice is the dominant starch with various dishes from grilled fish succulent lamb with saffron rice to Rendang curries and fish cakes. Especially in Riau, you can find traditional food like Patin Fish Smoke, Asam Pedas Baung, and many more.
3. The Culture of Society
Indonesia is a unique blend of cultures, making it a fascinating place to go to. As a significant spice producer, merchants were attracted by the archipelago from all around the world. Its culture is rich and multifaceted, combining local heritage and culture with influences from Chinese, Arab, Indian, European, Southeast Asian, and even flavour dealers and seafarers.
Tanjungpinang includes two stunning Buddhist temples which you need to check out when you’re there, while the inhabitants are predominantly Muslim. Even the mosques in Tanjungpinang are vibrant and plentiful. Still, one of the most striking ones was the brightly coloured green and yellow mosque around Penyengat island. Whenever you’re in Bintan, this island must be in your Must-See-List. Visit the mosque, employ a rickshaw to push you around the temples and shrines. Should you want to dip in and learn more about the culture, you can do a homestay with a local family.
4. Accommodation or Resorts
A resort complex is in the northern tip of Bintan. This complex houses 16 hotels, each unique and for another crowd. You can revel in the saltwater swimming pool in Asia or play golf in a few of the most stunning golf courses. Also, you can experience a glamping adventure you’ve never seen. You’ll get a hotel that promises relaxation if you stay for a weekend or even a couple of weeks.
5. Reachable Place
A quick 45-minute ferry ride will bring you away from Singapore straight to the resorts on the northern shore of Bintan Island. Even when you just go for a night or two, this is going to be a terrific choice since you don’t “waste” much time on getting there. It is where to get away from it. But more concerning those magical places afterwards. Tanjungpinang, the capital of Riau Province, is only 1.5 hours out of Singapore by ferry. It is also a perfect place if you would like to explore somewhat more from the beaten path and far away from the tourist spots, even more so for those of you in Southeast Asia.
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