Monday, January 02, 2012

Riau Trip - 1

Last month, I had to do a work trip to Selatpanjang, Regency of Kepulauan Meranti, Kepulauan Riau Province. I went with several work-team with a total of 12 persons. It was a long trip from where I live and we had to take various mode of transportations to get there.

The first part of the trip was from Bandung to Jakarta (CGK airport) on Wednesday, Dec 14, 2011. We took rented car and departed from Bandung at 2 a.m. to catch an early flight at 6.30 a.m. We arrived at around 5.30 a.m. at the airport.

The second part was from Jakarta (CGK) to Batam (BTH) by 6.30 a.m. Lion Air flight and we arrived at around 8.15 a.m.

The third part was from Sekupang Ferry Port to Selatpanjang by ferry. We took 3 cabs from the airport to reach the ferry port. There are several ferry ports in Batam that serve the routes from Batam to other islands in Kepulauan Riau Province and some other destinations. The one served the route to Selatpanjang departed at 11.30 a.m. The journey had 2 stops, Tanjung Balai Karimun and Tanjung Samak.

The ferry ride took almost 4 hours along the Malaka Strait. Then we finally reached our final stop at Tanjung Harapan Port of Selatpanjang. Getting around the island mostly conducted by becak-motor. It's actually a motorbike which modified by adding extra seat just like a becak/tricycle in most Java cities.

Since it's already late in the afternoon, we were heading straight to our previously-booked hotel.

We joined the rest of our team who had arrived two days before us for dinner. There are a well-known seafood restaurant in town but since we were quite exhausted from the journey from Bandung to Selatpanjang, we decided to have dinner at a Melayu/Padang restaurant near the hotel.

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