indonesia-riau islands

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bintan island

Riau Islands Province (Indonesian: Provinsi Kepulauan Riau, acronym: Kepri) is a province of Indonesia. It comprises the principal group of the Riau Archipelago, together with other island groups to the south, east and northeast.

penyengat island

penyengat island

There are around 3,200 islands in the province, which has its capital at Tanjung Pinang in the south of Bintan Island

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bintan island

IMG_9324Singapore, the closest major city, is a 45-50 minute trip by motorised catamaran across the Singapore Strait from Bintan Resort area in the northwest of the island.

IMG_9354The island has beaches with beach-front International hotels and resorts; the most prominent of these beaches is the Bintan Resorts set over an area of 300 hectares (740 acres) of tropical environment. The archipelago of the Riau islands is right opposite to this resort across the South China Sea.

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PENYENGAT ISLAND

traditional bajo house

traditional bajo house

Penyengat Island, Pulau Penyengat in Indonesian (literally, Wasp Island) is an island in Riau Province, Indonesia, of approximately 2 square kilometres. It lies just off Bintan Island, close to Tanjung Pinang, the capital of Riau Province.

IMG_9442The island has historical significance, dating back to the 18th Century, when it was established as a fort as part of the Sultanate of Johor by the Bugis.

IMG_9412Penyengat Island, 6 kilometers away from Tanjung Pinang, can be reached in 15 minutes by sampan boat. The seat of the powerful Bugis descended viceroys of Riau during the 18th century.

IMG_9420Penyengat still bears the traces of its illustrious past. Ruins, abandoned for almost 70 years, were recently resorted.

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text taken from wikipedia and

 http://www.indonesia-tourism.com/riau-archipelago/penyengat-island.html

 

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