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Riau is a province of Indonesia, located in the center of Sumatra along the Strait of Malacca. Riau is currently one of the richest provinces in Indonesia. This province is rich with natural resources, particularly petroleum, natural gas, rubber, palm oil and fiber plantations. The Riau Islands were part of Riau province until 2004, when they were made a separate province.

The name 'Riau' was once only used for the chain of islands which seales off the entrance to Selat Malaka (Malacca Street) south and west of Singapore. In 1958, the uncontrolable province 'Central Sumatra' (concluding of the current Jambi, West-Sumatra and Riau) which was formed during the Indonesian revolution, was split up and a new province in the name of Riau was formed. Except the (...)

Pekanbaru is the capital of Riau, a province in Indonesia on the island of Sumatra. It has an area of 632.26 km˛ and population of over 793,000. Located on the Siak River, which drains to the Strait of Malacca, Pekanbaru has direct access to the busy strait and was long known as a trading port (the city name is derived from the Indonesian words of 'new market' or 'new town', "pekan" meaning 'marke (...)

The mainland of Riau, with it's three big rivers - Inderagiri, Kamapr and Siak - is far away from the pavesd tourist locations. Initiafive, time and practical knowledge of Indonesian can't be missed. However there is a rewasonable road system (the best connection runs from Pekanbaru to the port of Dumai), the Trans Sumatra highway passes the province entirely and the traveller is pointed to river (...)

Pulau Penyengat (Wasp Island), a stretch of land of 2500 by 750 metres, is located in the bay just across Tanjung Pinang. In the 19th century this island was inhabited by about 9,000 people and it once was the cultural capital of the Malay world for a short time. About sixty books were written here, among them the famous Tuhfat al-Nafis, a Buginese-Malay historical story by Raja Ali Haji, a (...)

Karimun is a slow, far-away island with a colorfull past. During the Srivijaya period (7th to 13th century) and under the later sultanate Malakka (1400 - 1511), it was a strategic base, inhabited by orang laut who lived on boats which helped the Malay rulers to conquer the sealanes. During the 18th and 19th century Karimun was sometimes used as the location for those who doubted (...)

The Lingga archipelago is a group of scattered islands along both sides of the equator, about 50 to 150 kilometres south of Batam and Bintan, and about ten hours from Tanjung Pinang by slow ferry. The two main islands are Lingga and Singkep; in the north is a number of smaller islands, among them Sebangka and Bakung, which are the biggest ones. Those form the ideal place for real romantic people: (...)

The territory of this rich province includes a sizable slice of the eastern Sumatran coast and more than 3,000 islands of all sizes. Riau, although comparatively small in both size and population (about 2.5 million), is the heartland of the Malays and the cradle of Indonesia's Malay-based national language and culture. The first book of Malay grammar, the Bustanul Katibin, was written and publishe (...)

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