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Pekanbaru is the capital of Riau, on the island of Sumatra . It has an area of 632.26 km² with a population of 1,093,416.

It is located on the banks of the Siak River, which drains into the Strait of Malacca. As a result, Pekanbaru has direct access to the busy strait and was long known as a trading port (the city name is derived from the Indonesian words for 'new market', "pekan" meaning 'market' and "baru" meaning 'new'). In the late 19th century, the city was developed to serve the coffee and coal industries, and the Dutch built roads to help ship goods to Singapore and Malacca.

There are several modes of transportation in Pekanbaru such as taxi, bus, oplet (share taxi), bajaj (auto rickshaw), ojek (motorcycle taxi) and Trans Metro Pekanbaru (bus rapid transit). This city is served by the Sultan Syarif Kasim II International Airport and Sungai Duku Port that is located by the Siak River.


The nearest International airport is Sultan Syarif Kasim II International Airport, located about 6 km from city centre and about 18 km north west from Terminal AKAP BRPS. To make arrangements for a taxi from Airport to city centre, contact one the taxi operators or travel agents that have counter in the Airport.

Popular attractions in Pekanbaru:

• Museum Sang Nila Utama

• Dekranasda Provinsi Riau


• Waterpark Boombara

• Taman Wisata Alam Mayang Pekanbaru



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