Sumatran elephants in Tesso Nilo National Park

Tesso Nilo National Park, The Largest Rainforest in Sumatra

Located in the Riau province, the Tesso Nilo National Park is arguably the largest lowland rainforest on the island of Sumatra. Today the Park covers an area of 83,068 hectares, having grown twice as large from the former 38,576 hectares in 2004 when it was designated as a National Park.  Tesso Nilo stretches along 4[…]

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Siak Indrapura Palace

Siak Sri Indrapura, Seat Of Once Great Malay Maritime Kingdom

The town of Siak Sri Indrapura at the mouth of the Siak river was once the seat of a great Malay kingdom that from 1723 to 1946 held sway over the seas around the entrance of the Malacca Straits all the way to Sambas in present-day, West Kalimantan. The Siak Sri Indrapura kingdom was founded in 1723[…]

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Surfing on the Kampar River

Surfing Kampar River’s, Stunning Bono Tidal Bore

Only recently discovered by the international tidal river surfing community, the Bono Tidal Bore by the estuary of the Kampar river in the Riau Province is drawing surfing communities from around the world to this amazing Indonesian pororoca. In February 2013, tidal bore surfer champion Steve King, who already holds two world records for long distance[…]

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Montage of Pekanbaru

Pekanbaru, Capital Of The Riau Province

Pekanbaru is the capital of Riau Province and is the third largest city on the island of Sumatra, after Medan in the North and Palembang in South Sumatra.  A large and clean city, Pekanbaru is better known as a business city for its exports of crude oil, palm oil, and pulp and paper. It is cut from west to[…]

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Kerumutan Reserved Forest, Sumatra

Kerumutan Forest Reserve, The Wildlife Reserve

Kerumutan Forest Reserve is a Wildlife Reserve spanning over 1.3 million hectares of lowland forests, and inhabited by hundreds of species of flora and fauna. The grand Kampar River runs along its border, lined with thick mangrove trees. The reserve’s boundaries are the Kampar River, the Indragiri River, the East Coast of Sumatra, and Jalan Lintas Timur Sumatra, the Cross[…]

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Pelalawan, Riau

Pelalawan, Natural Beauty With Various Excitement

Pelalawan is a Regency of the Riau Province, currently one of the richest provinces in Indonesia due to its abundance of natural resources, making it the economic hub of the island of Sumatra. It covers an area of nearly 14,000 square kilometers, most of which is located on the Sumatran mainland, but also includes a group of offshore[…]

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Muara Takus Temple

Muara Takus Temple, The Largest Brick Buildings on Sumatra

Located some 122 from Pekanbaru, capital of the province of Riau, the Muara Takus temple complex (or Candi Muara Takus) is built by the Kampar Kanan river. Muara Takus has the largest brick buildings on Sumatra found remotely in a jungle clearing. The main Candi Mahligai is a tall stupa flanked by ruins of several[…]

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Riau culture or Malay culture

Riau, The Homeland Of Malays

Riau, which includes a large part of East Sumatra, is homeland to Malays and the source of Indonesians Malay-based national language. The first book of Malay grammar, called Bustanul Katibin, was written and published here in 1857. Pekanbaru became the provincial capital in 1959, taking over from the former capital of Tanjungpinang on the Island[…]

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