The Jakarta Post
Sea turtle on a beach. (Shutterstock/File)
If you’re planning to attend the Tongkang Burning Festival 2017 in Bagansiapiapi, Rokan Hilir Regency, Riau on June 10 – 11, don’t forget to add Jemur Island to your itinerary.
“We’re going to hold a ‘Jemur Island Tour.' It takes around two hours to go there,” said Rokan Hilir Tourism, Youth and Sports department head Ali Asfar.
The round-trip ticket to the island using a ferry is priced at Rp.280,000 ($28). The tour will end when the festival is finished.
The name Jemur Island is closely associated with Pak-ku in Hokkien meaning turtle from the north. The island itself actually consists of a group of small islands, inclduing Golden Tekong Island, Tekong Simbang Island, Labuhan Bilik Island other small islands.
“It offers beautiful panoramic views, the island is visited by turtles, which travel to the beach to lay eggs. Other tourist sites on Jemur Island are a Japanese cave, a lighthouse, human footprints, Japanese relics, Panglima Layar Stone, an ocean park and golden-sand beaches,” Asfar added.
Apart from Jemur Island, other must-visit tourist destinations include Tilan Island, Nupangga Lake, Batu Enam Tourist Attraction, Janda Gatal Lake, Bay Park Tourist Park, Pedamaran Man-Made Lake, Pedamaran Bridge, Bono Sungai Rokan, Rantau Bais Tourist Village and Tegenang Lake.
Moreover, Asfar also gave mention to the local cuisine that one shouldn’t miss when traveling to Bagansiapiapi.
“Apart from belacan, other dishes from the Rokan Hillir are emping padi, boiled misua, anyang pangkek, rendang kerang, sarak terung, sup ikan kepala batu, asam pedas keladi, sambal belacan, anyang pucuk babueh and beverages such as buah nipah juice, serbat water, mentimun terong and Kolding," said Asfar. (asw)
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