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Pekanbaru

Pekanbaru

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Before the Americans struck oil, Pekanbaru was little more than a sleepy river port on Sungai Siak. Today it’s Indonesia’s oil capital, with all the hustle and bustle of modern cities.

Pekanbaru’s primary purpose for tourists used to be as a transit point for ferry passengers from Singapore, but the increased affordability of air travel has curtailed the sea passage. If you’ve still got your heart set on an old-school journey by boat from Singapore to Sumatra, it is still possible – just – and if you do wash up in this oil boomtown, expect a warm welcome from the friendly locals.

The best place to base yourself is around the intersection of Jl Sudirman and Jl Teuku Umar with ATMs, good food and accommodation options.

http://www.lonelyplanet.com/indonesia/sumatra/pekanbaru

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