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Riau Islands

Riau Islands Province (Indonesian: Propinsi Kepulauan Riau (Kepri or Riau Kepulauan) is a province of Indonesia, consisting of Riau Archipelago, Natuna Islands, Anambas, and Lingga Islands. Originally part of the Riau Province, the Riau Islands were split off as a separate province in July 2004 with Tanjung Pinang as its capital. The archipelagos of Anambas and Natuna, located between mainland Malaysia and Borneo were attached to the new province.

From Srivijayan times until the 16th century, Riau was a natural part of greater Malay kingdoms or sultanates, in the heart of what is often called the Malay World, which stretches from eastern Sumatra to Borneo. The Malay-related Orang Laut tribes inhabited the islands and formed the backbone of most Malay kingdoms from Srivijaya to the Sultanate of Johor for the control of trade routes going thr (...)

Batam is just across Singapore, the island state and former British colony which is growing well over the last years that she can show off with her dynamic and strong economy. Batam is so close - just twenty kilometers away - that the sky scrapers are visible as the horizon, and the bright light of the city can be seen at night. In fact Batam has much in common with Singapore for what g (...)

Bintan played a central role in Malay history for centuries. The ruler of Malakka found his refuge on the island in the 15th century, after the Portuguese banned him from his city. At that time, the inhabitants of Bintan weren't Malay, but orang laut (sea nomads), which were very loyal to their king. After that, the royal court has been replaced several times, to Johor and Lingga (...)

Rempang is an island, located 2,5 km South-East of Batam, 165.83 km˛.[1] belonging to a group of three islands called Barelang (an abbreviation of Batam-Rempang-Galang) A member of the Riau Archipelago, Riau Islands, Indonesia. Rempang is located just south of Batam and north of Galang which themselves are just south of Singapore and Johor. The nearest city to Rempang is Tanjung Pinang (...)

Galang, is a island, 80 km2 located 350 m southeast of Batam, belonging to a group of three islands called Barelang (abbreviation of Batam-Rempang-Galang). A member of the Riau Archipelago, Indonesia, Galang is located just south of Batam and Rempang which themselves are just south of Singapore and Johor. The nearest city to Galang is Tanjung Pinang on Bintan, situated about half hour boat ride. (...)

Karimun is one of the islands in the Riau Islands province of Indonesia. It is west of Singapore and Batam. The island's main city is Tanjung Balai Karimun. As of 1997, the island had a population of 155,000. In the past, Karimun was the destination of foreign traders and the Malay Kings. The island has strategic geographical importance, as it is near the Straits of Malacca, an internat (...)

The Planet Holiday Hotel on the island of Batam is located in the heart of the city of Nagoya and can be easily reached by public transport or taxi. It shares it's central location with dozens of pubs and nightlife locations in the same district, which can be visited on foot. The 1,222 sq.m. pillar-free Galaxy Grand Ballroom provide the hotels convention and banquet facilities. With a s (...)

If you are an adventurer who looking for a natural beach which has not been overly exploited by the tourist trade, then the Natuna Archipelago could be the right place for you. It is an archipelago with some 270 islands and amazing greenish blue water. Bunguran, Jemaja and Serasan are the three largest islands in this archipelago located in the northern most territory of Indonesia. Natu (...)

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