Activities in Riau

About Riau

Riau is rich with natural resources like petroleum, natural gas, rubber, palm oil and fibre plantation. The natural beauty, history, culture, and the local people are the factors that draw people to visit this province.

Getting Around

Sultan Syarif Kasim II International Airport in Pekanbaru serves international flight from Singapore and Kuala Lumpur; local flights from Dumai, Rengat and Tanjung Pinang; also from Jakarta, Padang, Medan, Batam and other cities.
Pekanbaru can also be reached by bus, car or ships from Batam and other cities in Indonesia, including Jakarta.

Get to know Riau

Top 12 Travel Destinations in Riau

Pekanbaru is the capital city of Riau. This province offers not only its nature but also for religious trip, theme parks, historical tour and cultural attractions.

Lembah Sari Artificial Lake

Lembah Sari Artificial Lake

Surrounded by hills, this attraction is located in the Limbungan Village, 10 KM from Pekanbaru and suitable for picnic as there are lots of tree and the air is cool. You can also boating and water cycling around the lake.

An-Nur Great Mosque

An-Nur Great Mosque

A mixed architecture style influenced by Malay, Arab, Turkey and India, the mosque is a beautiful majestic Taj Mahal in Pekanbaru. The main building is 50 x 50 m wide with a large pond and fountain at the entrance.

Bukit Tigapuluh National Park

Bukit Tigapuluh National Park

This forest is a hidden paradise in Riau. Durian, banana, pitcher plants and number of pure waterfalls are what make this area attractive for visitors. The national park is also the home of the rare golden-haired monkey.

Rupat Island

Rupat Island

Rupat Island in Bengkalis has a coastline of 17 kilometers, with fine white sand, blue sea, and string of palm trees. This beautiful island is also a hidden paradise that you should visit for a relaxing weekend trip.

Senapelan Mosque

Senapelan Mosque

Mosque of the Sultanate of Siak in Pekanbaru is one of the oldest mosque in Riau. It was made from wood and now you can witness the grandeur of the Malay building style in golden yellow color.

Sang Kulim Zoo

Sang Kulim Zoo

This is the favorite weekend holiday destination in Pekanbaru for family. Here, you can observe the various collections of interesting animals. There are also children's playground with surfboards, swing, fishing pond and kids pool.

Muara Takus Temple

Muara Takus Temple

This Buddhist temple is from the Sriwijaya era. You will enjoy the green scenery around the temple, in contrast with the ancient building, and beautiful history that should be preserved.

Riau Fantasi

Riau Fantasi

This is the largest leisure park in Sumatra and also known as Labersa Water and Theme Park. There are lazy river water slide, tower and giant bucket, kora-kora giant swing, sky tower, wave blaster, and many other attractions.

Alam Mayang Recreational Park

Alam Mayang Recreational Park

Located in the open area surrounded by hills, you will be spoiled with the view of Leighton Bridge crossed Siak River. There are three fishing pond, flying fox, outbound adventures, and water cycle game in this large park.

Idrus Tintin Art Pavilion

Idrus Tintin Art Pavilion

This magnificent building in Pekanbaru has beautiful architecture and unique shape like a traditional house in Riau. This three-story building serves as a center of art and culture of the local people.

Batang Koban Seven Tiers Waterfall

Batang Koban Seven Tiers Waterfall

Located in the district of Kuantan, Kuansing regency, Riau, this is a a cascading waterfall with beautiful natural scenery in the middle of the cool air. The altitude varies at every level, ranging from 5 meter to 30 meter.

Siak Sri Indrapura Palace

Siak Sri Indrapura Palace

This is a beautiful palace of the Sultanate of Siak, Riau largest Islamic empire in the 16th - 20th century. You can see the bronze statue of Queen Wilhelmina and the marble statue of Sultan Syarif Hasyim I encrusted with diamonds.

Tips for Traveling to Riau

What are the things that you can do in Riau Province?

  • Visit Muara Takus Temple
  • Enjoy Pelalawan’s beautiful scenery
  • Trekking at Tesso Nilo National Park or Bukit Tiga Puluh National Park
  • Bono surfing at Teluk Meranti Village
  • Family recreation at Lake Pulau Besar or in Semur Island
  • Observe the local fishing method at Lake Tajweed
  • Visit the Equator Monument
  • Find critically endangered animals at Kerumutan Forest Reserve
  • Witness boat racing at Buluh Cina Village
  • Admiring Siak Indrapura Palace
  • See the Sang Nila Utama Museum and the Balai Adat Melayu Riau in Pekanbaru
  • Go to The Great Mosque
  • Relaxing at Aek Martua Waterfalls
  • Sightseeing at Tembilahan floating market

What food that you should try in Riau?

  • Gulai asam pedas ikan patin (sour curry spicy fish), ikan selais asap (kind of smoked fish)
  • Asam pedas baung, mie lender (noddle), tunjang soup
  • Canai or jala bread, tongkol asam padeh, dodol kedondong, gulai udang belanca (shrimp curry)
  • Nasi kunyit (saffron rice), durian lempuk, laksamana 

What should you know about the transportation in Riau?

  • In Riau, you can get around using public buses
  • In Pekanbaru, there are Trans Metro buses, taxi, motorcycle taxi, and car rental