Tanjong Pinang in Bintan, beyond the Resorts

Reblogged from my other blog The Heartlander Tourist.
Originally posted: 24 August 2014
Original content on this blog returns: 9 August 2017

The Heartlander Tourist

An hour drive away from the resorts in Bintan, is the city of Tanjong Pinang, the capital of Riau Islands. It houses some 200,000 people. While it is an hour drive away, it might as well be a light year away. The moment you step into Bintan you are transported away from the beauty of the beaches into the grim and reality of harsh city life.

Here is a video from someone else.

Tanjong Pinang was first created as a trading port and is still the main port base for the Riau Islands, there are a significant number of stilt houses still to be found there.

Bintan 3Tanjong Pinang 1

The buildings have remained as they were from the 1960s and 70s and it is reminiscent of an old Singapore and Malaysia, that is still almost intact.

Tanjong Pinang 2

You can see in the distance in he following picture, youngsters playing badminton as a past…

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