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During your visit to Dumai, a visit to GRAND ENGLISH COURSE is a must. The GRAND ENGLISH COURSE is a small school teaching Indonesia, English and English conversation. All travelers and foreign tourists are invited to participate in the school actitis, to give the student fisrt hand experience in current English conversation.
If you have the time, you would be most welecome to spend an interesting period in a school located in safe location about 20 minutes walk west of dumai city center with our English students striving to improve their English and at the same time experience Enthusiastic Indonesians wishing to improve their english Our student meet travelers and tourists at various locations around Dumai , Indomal offices ( Malacca ticket office ),Bus station ( travel to locations outside Dumai and other places where you gather or meet, for compulsory English pratice. Ensure that you ask and sight their English students card issued by the school. The students you meet are kind, honest, friendly and have a desire is to improve their English skills a higher level.
Mr. Muchsin, the course director, can in return offter” free Accommodation” in his home and simple food.
Do not wonder the sreets of Dumai aimlessy wiht nothing to do, drop in at the GRAND ENGLISH COURSE , you don’t know you could be missing. Meeting Indonesians in a friendly, safe atmosphere and get the true indonesians experience
Contact : Mr Muchsin
Jalan. pemuda Laut Gg. Kemuning No.21 Pangkalan Sesai 28824
Phone (+62765) 7007546 Dumai Riau Sumatra Indonesia
or contact a very friendly student,  Mr Tengku Said Rasyid.
phone +6281365561299
If I not answer you call me PLEASE leave a message I will call back

Revision as of 02:47, 25 January 2011

Dumai is the main port city in Riau province on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. Typical of such cities, it is quite seedy and there is nothing really much to do once you have arrived except to get out as soon as you can. However, you may well find yourself arriving here as it is a major ferry port with connections to the Malaysian cities of Port Klang, Port Dickson and Malacca as well as other Indonesian cities like Bengkalis and Batam.

Get in

By road

By air

By boat

From Malaysia

Ferries operate from the following Malaysian cities:

  • Port Klang: Several operators run daily ferries to/from Port Klang, the port for Kuala Lumpur. They include:
    • Indomal Express/Malaysia Express: Contact Doyan Shipping in Port Klang (Tel: +60-3-3167 1058). From Malaysia, RM100 one-way. Journey takes just under 3 hours.
    • MV Pelita Jaya Express/Sabang Marindo II: by NKH Ferry Services in Port Klang(Tel: +60-3-3166 0122). Daily departures from Dumai at 1300; from Port Klang 1030. From Malaysia RM80/150 one-way/return.
  • Port Dickson: The Acob Express (Port Dickson Jetty office Tel: +60-6-6471599) operates daily to/from Port Dickson in Negeri Sembilan. From Malaysia, it is RM85/160 one-way/return. Departs Dumai 1300, Port Dickson 1030.
  • Malacca: Two ferries daily, operated by Tunas Rupat Follow Me Express (Dumai agent at Jl. Jend. Sudirman No. 425. Tel: +62-765-31398; Malacca Ticketing booth at Jln PM10, Plaza Mahkota Melaka Raya. Tel: +60-6-2816766 or office at +60-6-2832506, +60-6-2832516). Ferries from Malacca depart at 1000 and 1500. Journey time just under two hours. Tickets from Malacca cost RM110/170 one-way/return.

From other parts of Indonesia

In Batam, ferries dock at Sekupang, next to the international ferry terminal where there are connecting ferries to Singapore. In Bintan, ferries arrive/depart from Tanjung Pinang harbour in the middle of town.

  • Other islands:

Indonesia's national passenger shipping company Pelni ships call at Dumai, linking it with Sumatran ports like Medan and other Indonesian islands like Java, Kalimantan and Sulawesi.

Get around

Nothing much to see if you don't have a transport. The town is quite small where you can walk around in half a day just like Kuah, Langkawi, Malaysia.


Chinese temple
  • Chinese Temple, Jalan Kelakap 7 (about 5 minutes walk from bus terminal).
Almanan Mosque
  • Grand Mosque Almanan, about 15 km from the city center on the way to Pekanbaru.




  • Minang Sari. Delicious bakso (meatball soup).

You can eat the Nasi Padang, cheap. Four persons eat much for less than RM20.

the famous Indonesian Food Restaurant (Nasi padang) is Pak Datuk. Even Jakarta people buy from this restaurant.



There are two or three nice and new hotels. Once you reach the jetty, do not allow any touts to bother you. Walk fast and get a trycycle to go to your hotel. Do not tell anybody how long you are going to stay. You can say you came for business meeting with your boss. Your boss is arriving later. You won't be bothered after that. Otherwise the van touts and tricycle touts will try to push prostitutes.

Get out

The local bus station is about 3 km out of Dumai where busses leave for the nextmost tourist destinations in Sumatra, Bukittinggi (ca. 8-9 hrs) or Lake Maninjau.

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