In the era of the Dutch East Indies, Tanjung Pinang was the seat of government of the Riau-Lingga Sultanate or Riouw's residence. After Indonesian independence, Tanjung Pinang was once the capital of Riau Province, before finally being transferred to Pekanbaru in 1959. Today, the city on Bintan Island is the capital of the Riau Islands Province.
Tanjung Pinang has an area that is mostly in the form of lowlands, mangrove swamps and hills. The population of this city mostly comes from the Malay tribe, then followed by Bugis, Minang, Orang Laut, and Chinese. Until now, tribal diversity still lives in harmony and mutual tolerance.
Although most transportation in Tanjung Pinang depends on sea access, the city also has its own airport. Raja Haji Fisabilillah International Airport serves flights from various regions of the country. Tourists from outside the region can get flights to Tanjung Pinang from several popular airlines such as Batik Air, Garuda Indonesia, Citilink, Lion Air, NAM Air, Sriwijaya Air, Susi Air, Wings Air, and Xpress Air.
As a city in this archipelago, of course Tanjung Pinang offers island and sea attractions. The names that appear today are:
Location: 2 kilometer di seberang pusat Kota Tanjung Pinang, Kepulauan Riau.
This island with a size of 2,000 x 850 meters is one of the historical tourism icons of the Riau Islands. This place is home to many historic and religious sites. Some of the main tourist attractions here are Raja Abdurrahman's Tomb, Raja Ali Office Palace, Dipertuan Muda Riau VIII, Balai Adat (Replication of Malay Traditional Houses), and the Great Mosque of Sultan Riau. Tourists can get around the island using motorized rickshaws with rates starting from IDR 30,000 / hour.
Location: Pulau Bintan, Kepulauan Riau.
The distance is about 45 kilometers east of Tanjung Pinang. In an area of 25 kilometers, Pantai Trikora offers attractive tourist attractions which are divided into four zones. Zones one and two are public areas, while zones 3 and 4 are resort areas. Visitors can choose for themselves whether they want to enjoy the beach freely and free, or exclusively when staying at a luxury resort.
Location: Jalan Agus Salim, Tanjung Pinang Barat, Kepulauan Riau.
Tanjung Pinang presents Tugu Pensil as awards and symbols of literacy. The area around the monument is a favorite destination for recreation on weekends, mainly because of its location on the beach. Tugu Pensil Park facilities completed with greenery open garden, sports arena, lounge, small dock, children's playground, culinary kiosk, to casual benches.
Whatever the reason that makes you buy a flight ticket to Tanjung Pinang, do not let the visit become imperfect because you choose the wrong place to eat. Fill your stomach in the following most popular eating places:
Location: Jalan D.I Panjaitan KM 7, Melayu Kota Piring, Tanjung Pinang Timur, Kepulauan Riau.
Open every day, 6:30 - 22:00 WIB.
It can be said that this restaurant is the number one culinary destination in Tanjung Pinang. This place not only serves the legendary Tarempa Noodle, but also various Riau Islands specialties, such as Nasi Dagang, Luti Gendang, and Lempa. All food in this restaurant has a special pleasure because it contains tuna.
Location: Jalan Kamboja 58A, Pinang Kencana, Tanjung Pinang Timur, Kepulauan Riau.
Open daily, 16:00 - 22:00 WIB.
Tourists who plan to eat in Tanjung Pinang must try the delicacy of a seafood party at this restaurant. As the name implies, Bakar Bakar Restaurant offers a variety of grilled seafood. Visitors can directly choose their own fish or other marine animals they want right before cooking. The dining room is large enough to accommodate group meals.
Location: Jalan Usman Harun 31, Teluk Keriting, Kepulauan Riau.
Open every day, 9:00 - 22:00 WIB.
Other options for seafood parties in Tanjung Pinang can be found at Sei Enam Restaurant. This restaurant is superior in terms of very varied menu choices and comfortable eating places with views of Penyengat Island. The menu range is not limited to a variety of seafood dishes, but there are also various vegetables and some Chinese dishes. Make sure you try Siput Gong Gong as a typical Tanjung Pinang cuisine here.