Riau Islands Province - Indonesia Filming Support Services
Bintan Island, few knows that the place keeps glittering past. When its metropolis neighbor, Singapore , was still muddy fishing village, Bintan was an established port called on by traders from overseas. History also records that Bintan was once the seat of powerful Riau - Johor sultanate. Hang Tuah, a sturdy malay admiral as well as celebrated hero, Raja Haji Fissabilillah, well know as the poet of "Gurindam 12" were born on this island. Making a visit to Bintan, we will be greeted by enchanthing objects and attractions, ranging from natural objects with white sandy beaches, cruises to the nearby isles, traditional fishing kampongs (villages), integrated resorts of international standard to various cultural and historical heritages.
This is an island 16 km east Bintan with long, untouched sandy beaches and rock islands that are great for camping and snorkeling.Ranai, which is also called Natuna Besar, is the biggest island of the group. There is an airstop near the village Ranai that offers flight to and from Tanjungpinang.
Senggarang - The place well known for its Chinese shrines and considered sacred by the Chinese was initially an old stilt settlement inhabited only by Bugis people. Today it is known more as China Town where many tourists from Singapore , mostly of Chinese origin, come for pilgrimage to the sacreddeemed shrines asking for blessing and good fortune.
The palace is in Siak Sri Indrapura, 130 km from Pekanbaru. It was built 1889 by Sultan Abdul Jalil Syarifuddin, in the 11th of 12th sultans who ruled Siak from 1725 to 1945 the M Arches and Minarets give the palace a strong Indian Moghui look representative of stills during the colonials times. The Palace was refurbished in 1989.
Goa Tujuh Serangki, located in the village of Rambah (17 km from Bangkinang), the natural beauty of the caves
Batam Centre - Batam Centre is face to Tering Bay; construction work on the Batam Center has already begun. To be the pride of Batam, the Center is a planned city with business district, hotels, shops and a marina. Indonesia's President Soeharto and Singapore's first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew each planted a banyan tree on 29 November 1987, marking the close friendship between the two countries and the beginning of construction on Batam Centre. Later Prime Minister Mahathir of Malaysia to join them planted a tree. The first buildings are almost completed and will soon be joined by international hotels including a Sheraton and a Shangri-La.
Hang Nadim - Batam's busy regional airport is in the throes of major construction works. New runways accommodating large carrier planes such as the Jumbo Jet and the Airbus will be ready by 1993, when Batam will become an international gateway to Indonesia by air as it already is by sea. The airport provides connections to many Indonesian cities, including to Jakarta, Pekanbaru, Bandung, Medan and other secondary cities. Garuda Indonesia flies several daily flights to Batam, Sempati, Merpati, SMAC, Deraya and Airfast.
Kabil - In the southeast of the island, Kabil marks the site of a major deep-water port already under construction. When completed, the Asia Port will accommodate ships of up to 150,000 DTW with a total wharf length of 5,000 meters. Together with its free trade zone status, Asia Port makes an attractive shipping proposition and is already drawing interested responses. Presently, lighter shipping berth at Batu Ampar and Sekupang ports in the north. Speedboats may be hired here for our transfer to neighboring Bintan Island. Nearby, in direct contrast to the heavy industrialization is Telaga Punggur, offering a taste of old Batam. In the midst of a quaint fishing village are several more seafood restaurants, it is easy to while away several delightful hours here, eating and watching the passing parade of sampans and fishing craft as they go about their business.
Nagoya (Lubuk Baja) - Nagoya is located halfway between Nongsa and Sekupang. Lubuk Baja, or popularly known as Nagoya is Batam's colorful and fast growing heart. Shops, stalls, footstools, nightlife, discos, music lounges, karaoke, restaurants and many small hotels make this busy community popular with the locals and the businessmen alike. Hunt here for bargains and Indonesian goodies. For a good time, Nagoya is the spot. Until the Batam Center is established, Lubuk Baja is Batams present center of business, trade and finance. Nagoya is Batam's entertainment center. While resorts offer there is own brand of quiet evening music, Nagoya is definitely the place to go for nightlife. Bars are plentiful and disco lively. Shinta Nightclub has overseas cabaret acts and the Regina Palace is one of the favorite nightspots. Tired folk can enjoy a relaxing and stimulating massage in one of the many salons In Nagoya. Karaoke Lounges are big news, where guests can live out their singing talents in congenial surroundings.
In Batam, finding fresh seafood is no problem. Anyway that visitors find their way to, a seafood restaurant will have preceded them. Nagoya has many restaurants such as; Batu Besar, Batu Merah, Telaga Punggur. Late night ferries from Batu Ampar allow diners to eat at a Batam restaurant and return the same evening to Singapore. Genuine Padang food can be found at Pagi Sore restaurant in Nagoya.
Sekupang - At present, Batam's main entry point is Sekupang, where streamlined fast and air-conditioned ferries bring hordes of quests from Singapore and Malaysia. The twenty-minute voyage is enlivened with free cool drink and video show, although some prefer to stand on the top deck and watch the sights. Ferries shuttle daily every half-hour between Singapore's Finger Pier and Sekupang harbor, and during peak period, even more frequently. For travelers' convenience, there are hotel, taxi and ferry counters at the ferry terminal. Within walking distance from the terminal is Batam authority office. Further down the road overlooking Sekupang harbor is Wisma Batam where we can see, upon request, an audiovisual presentation on Batam's development up to 2005. Batam's two popular FM stations, the Batam Zoo 1101.6 and Coast 100 are in the vicinity. Looking over the whole Sekupang and the hilly interior is the Hilltop Hotel. Popular with long-staying guests as well as tourists, this hotel is to be expanded and upgraded to new heights. Its restaurant serves fine Indonesian food and western specialties. In Sekupang try the Indonesian Delights, where regional Indonesian dishes are offered to the accompaniment of traditional dances.
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