Difference between revisions of "Dumai"
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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.
Dumai is well connected by Road from Pekanbaru and Medan. It takes appx 5 Hrs to reach Dumai from Pekanbaru which is capital city of Riau Province. Mode of transport is either by Bus or by Travels (Shared Car Pool). The cost appx IDR 80,000/- per person. If you book the full Car it is IDR 450,000/- appx from Pekanbaru. The roads are not good.
Also it is connected by Bus to Medan whick takes 10 hrs. The cost of travel wil be appx IDR 150,000/- to IDR 200,000/-per person depending upon the Bus.
There is a Airport in Dumai. Theree was flight Service from Medan-Dumai-Medan weekly thrice. Now it is stopped. There is flight service operated by Pertamina ( Oil Producing Company) for there internal employees weekly thrice from Jakarta. No other mode of direct Air Travel. From Jakarta one have to reach Pekanbaru by Air and after that by Taxi or Bus.
Ferries operate from the following Malaysian cities:
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.
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.
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.
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.