This area is a province as the result of regional expansion of Riau Province. No wonder, if Riau Islands store a lot of charm that can be presented. Either the charm of the sea because the region is dominated by the sea or the charm of the mainland because of the community innovation.
This is the reason why the area has always been an easy target to be visited because of many tourist attractions available on this Riau Islands. Curious about these tourist spots? Let’s see the review
These are 11 Tourist Attractions in Riau Islands
1. Vietnam Village in Galang Island of Riau Islands
Don’t be mistaken, despite its name “Vietnam Village”, this tourist spot is in Riau Islands. The exact location is on Galang Island, Batam, where this village was a refuge camp during the 1979-1996 civil war in Vietnam. Over the request of the United Nations, Indonesia provided a place to accommodate the refugees on one of the islands which was still uninhabited at that time.
Now Galang Island has succeeded in becoming its own charm and is often visited by tourists as a historical object of the city of Batam. In this place, you can see the remaining history of the lives of Vietnamese people during the period as refugees.
2. Seribu Statue of Riau islands
One of the tourist attractions in Riau Islands which is also used as a tourist spot of the Ksitigarbha Budhisattva Temple which is also known as the “Temple of the Thousand Statues”. This temple was used as a place of worship for Buddhists, but now it is a worth-visiting tourist destination during your visit on Riau Islands. There you will find 500 statues of Lohan with various faces, 40 more statues of Buddhist deities as well as other statues.
Uniquely, this temple became the second largest temple after China in Southeast Asia, even the maker was directly from Chinese artists. You can visit this place by traveling for 10 minutes from the downtown Tanjungpinang.
3. Senggarang Temple of Riau islands
This place is called as the Senggarang temple because its location is on the Senggarang coast. Its real name is Sun Te Kong Temple which is around 300 years old. Usually, this place is used as a place for Chinese citizens to gather, which has now spread to various regions in the Riau Islands, Pekanbaru, Medan and even the capital.
4. Biru Lake of Riau islands
Is one of the active sand mining in the Bintan Island region, but people also often make this lake as a tourist spot in Riau Islands. That’s because as the name implies, the lake water here is soothing and clear blue in color. The beauty is then combined with a number of sand dunes that were once quarried on a fairly deep clay mine.
5. Barelang Bridge of Riau islands
This Barelang is actually an abbreviation of three regions in the Riau Islands, namely Batam, Rempang and Galang. It is called the Barelang Bridge because this bridge connects the city of Batam with the surrounding islands. Claimed to be an icon of the city of Batam, no wonder, you must certainly take the time to visit this Barelang Bridgeif during your visit on Riau Islands.
6. Ocarina Mega Tourism of Riau islands
This place has become a fairly modern tourist destination in Riau Islands. It is planned that the construction will be made as grand as Ancol in the capital city of Jakarta. Ocarina Mega Tourism has become an integrated tourist area in Riau Islands. If you go there, you will find some interesting rides such as Trampoline, Giant Wheel, Water Bike, Flying Fox, and others rides facing the sea. This place also has Kampoeng Indonesia which is a culinary destination for Indonesian culinary lovers.
7. Lagoi Bay of Riau islands
Lagoi Bay is a white sand beach in Bintan. The sea water is still clear with turquoise green from a distance. In this place, you can enjoy the beauty of the beach while taking a leisurely walk. Or refresh yourself of the fatigue, while distancing yourself from the hustle and bustle of the noisy city. If you want to visit this beach, access to its location is quite time consuming. That is about an hour’s drive from the Port of Tanjung Uban.
On top of that, Lagoi Bay is also considered as the Kuta of the Riau Islands, and even this beach is often filled with foreign tourists from various countries. Moreover, the location is very accessible and quite close with Singapore.
8. Marina Beach of Riau islands
If you want to feel the sensation of the beach while enjoying the atmosphere of views of skyscrapers in a neighboring country, Singapore, Marina Beach is the right choice as a tourist spot in Riau Islands that you must visit during your vacation. Its position is facing directly to the Singapore Strait, so its panorama can be seen from afar.
Not only the beach, this tourist spot also has provided a green park for children to play with the background of the mainland of Tanjung Uncang which is an industrial shipyard with heavy equipment. You can also enjoy the stunning sunset on this Marina Beach.
9. Senyum Hill of Riau islands
It is a beautiful hill which able to raise the smile of anyone who sees it. The presented panorama is the view of the city in Singapore at night with the sparkle and shimmering lights from the building. This high hill is indeed directly facing the neighboring country.
In this hill, we can relax while enjoying the provided beauty. Laying on the green grassland, or chatting with friends, partners or family while experiencing the shade and enjoy the beauty of the panorama.
9. Mount Bintan of Riau islands
Although it is an island that is dominated by the sea, but Riau Islands also have a beautiful mountain and a community hiking tourism,. Especially for nature lovers who love to hike. Actually, this place is a hill in the Bintan Bay area, you can reach the peak just by walking about 3 hours to get to the top.
In the time you reach the top, you will be presented with beautiful scenery and natural charm. The city view will also catch your eyes. In fact, for durian lovers, this place is the most suitable location because this area is popular for being the largest durian production area.
10. Trikora Beach of Riau islands
One of the tourist attractions in Riau Islands that you must visit is Trikora Beach which is also in Bintan Island, Riau Islands. This spot is a beach with white sand accompanied by gentle waves. This beach is the most beautiful beach and even often visited by domestic or foreign tourists. The calm waves and the shady breeze will make you even more comfortable of being here.
If you want to enjoy the underwater beauty, you can also see the charm of marine life by snorkeling here, and even sometimes fishing while sitting on a large rock on the beach. There is also a resort for you to stay overnight. Some even offer uninhabited island tours. Interesting isn’t it?
Well, these are some tourist attractions in Riau Islands, it would be a shame if you don’t pay a visit to these spots. For this reason, if you visit Riau Islands, it would feel incomplete without visiting these tourist attractions.