Tanjung Pinang and Senggarang, BintanTanjung Pinang and Senggarang, Bintan

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Tanjung Pinang is a typical and fast growing Indonesian city. Not so far from Singapore, and ideal base if you want to visit Bintan island.

My experience, Explo description: 

Tanjung Pinang is the main town on the island of Bintan and the capital of the province of Riau Islands.
The city has a population around 150 000.
Central Tanjung Pinang is small enough for you to move around by foot, thus, you will discover traditional wooden houses built on stilts over the water, or the dense traffic boosting the little narrow streets...

North from Tanjung Pinang, close to Senggarang, there is an interesting temple complex including Chinese and Hindu worshipping places. This includes a 40-armed statue and several animal deities.

My personal recommendations: 

From the temple, walk to a stilt house village, ideal for a quite escape from Tanjung Pinang. There are boats going from Tanjung Pinang piers to Senggarang and to the Chinese village frequently, and you need to bargain for price (1$). Get there at the end of the day, just before the sunset. Enjoy the quite walk on stilts, and eat in one of the local restaurants.

How getting there: 

Getting to Tanjung Pinang : From/to Singapore, 3 companies operate ferries between Singapore’s Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal and Tanjung Pinang.
Together, they operate 6 ferries on weekdays, increasing to 9 during weekends and public holidays. Tickets cost around S$46/36 return/one way (excluding Indonesia port tax).

  • Berlian/Wave master (Tel : +65-65468830 in Tanah Merah FT)
  • Indo Falcon (Tel : +65-62706778/62757393 in Singapore)
  • Penguin (Tel : +65-65427105 in Tanah Merah FT)

The various ferries from Singapore take around 2 hours to get to Tanjung Pinang. When you arrive you should confirm your return at the ferry company offices ASAP as the ferries can get full. Be careful, you need a visa to go to Indonesia (easy to get it at the customs, but please before leaving ask to the ferry companies if you can get a visa).
An other solution : getting to Tanjung Pinang from Bintan Resort (Bintan’s Bandar Bentan Telani Ferry Terminal). Many companies operates ferries from Singapore’s Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal to Bintan resorts. When you are at Bintan resort ferry terminal, get a taxi to Tanjung Pinang (20$).

A tip to eat: 

Many sea food restaurant at Tanjung Pinang, on the north side of the city, close to the jetty for boats to Senggarang

A tip to sleep: 

Many places at Tanjung Pinang, all kind of prices.

Useful information: 
Open hours: 

All day long

Visit duration: 

0.5 day

Entry fees: 

Free

Access security: 

If you come from Singapore, please check out how to get a visa.