Pekanbaru is considered one of the cleanest cities in Indonesia. It was established as a trading port for the local coffee and coal industries due to its direct access to the Straits of Malacca, allowing it to become the centre for Malay culture in Indonesia. The Malay influence is heavily present in the city’s architecture.
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Visit the Grand Mosque, a structure made with Malay, Arabic and Turkish influences on its architecture and serves as both a r...
Satiate your palate with local favourites that range from simple street fare such as durian and roasted corn to dishes such a...
Tee off at Pekanbaru’s golf courses. Labersa Golf Course is located in the city itself and offers day packages, while Rumbai ...
Riau Cultural Park
Soak in some culture at Riau Cultural Park, a centre for artists to showcase their creativity. Traditional Riau dances are ta...
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Looking to shop for souvenirs? Head to Pasar Bawah, a four-storey shopping centre that offers anything from trinkets to house...
- Flying time from Singapore1 hour 5 minutes
- CurrencyIndonesian Rupiah (IDR)
- Airport to city10 kilometres
- Airport taxInternational flights IDR150,000
- ClimateHot tropical weather all year round
- Best time to goYou can visit Pekanbaru all year round but it is advisable to go there during the dry season which is from May to September.
Visit attractions such as Museum Negeri Riau, Sang Nila Utama Museum and the Riau Cultural Park. The Grand Mosque is also worth a visit, with its tall pillars, beautiful pool and garden grounds.
Shop at local pasar (markets) such as Pasar Bawah and Pasar Pusat, popular with locals and tourists alike. You can also opt for modern shopping malls such as the Trans Studio Mall, SKA Mall, Pekanbaru Mall and Ciputra Seraya Mall.
For a short trip out of the city, visit Siak Sri Indrapura, the site of the majestic Asserayah Hasyimiah Palace restored as a museum in 1989.