If you’re planning to spend a whole day at a rustic Indonesian village, the old-world charm of the Senggarang village is not to be missed. Located in Bintan island of Indonesia, this amazing village is a melting pot of various ethnic groups belonging to the Chinese, Indonesian, and Malay origins.
The stilt cottages-fringed coastlines, the spicy seafood, and the quaint ancient Chinese village set up express the fundamental aspects of the Riau Archipelago, Indonesia.
The Senggarang village is the smallest village in Bintan and has a very distinct population and culture, unlike what you find elsewhere in Indonesia. The village is home to an ethnic Chinese community that arrived about 1800 years ago and settled here while on their route to India.
The villagers live in beautiful fishing hamlets facing the waters, and most of them follow the Buddhist religion. Apart from the beautiful cottages, the Senggarang village also has a lot of other tourist destinations like the Buddhist shrines and temples filled with Buddhist iconography and depictions of various Chinese legends. You can also see various forms of Buddha statues and sculptures dotting the entire village. That’s why a local guide could come in handy for taking you to the best places around.
What to do there.
Two of the most renowned temples that you shouldn’t miss are Tay Ti Kong Temple and the ancient Tian Shang Miao Temple, which is also called the Banyan Tree Temple. In order to enjoy your time without worrying about all the hassle it takes to find the popular tourists spots in Senggarang village, it is highly recommended to opt for a guided tour by a local guide from Locaguide. If you’re planning to travel to Bintan Island from Bali or Jakarta, you can easily get a flight to Bintan Island. If you’re travelling from Singapore, you may prefer travelling by ferry or a flight to Jakarta and an onward flight to Bintan. The rustic ambience and the beautiful coast, lined with quaint houses and traditional Chinese temples makes Senggarang Village one of the top places to visit in Indonesia with family.0