The Malaysian Foldie 19, May/June 2015 - Page 15

We had bubur bandung (porridge) at Pondok Saiyo.

Later, we chat a bit with the lady who runs it and learned that Malaysians staying around the area loved to have their makan at her shop.

From our hotel, we rolled out towards Jalan Jendral Sudirman and halfway through, we stopped at a police station to ask for directions.

Seems that we are on the right path by just riding straight as the road is a long stretch.

About two kilometers down the road, I spotted the museum complex.

We had to carry our bikes up a pedestrian bridge to the other side of the road.

Coincidentally, the Museum is located near the province's tourism services.

We checked out the Sang Nila Utama exhibits and found out that there is a Malacca Gallery there.

It was closed to the public, so, we checked out what Pekanbaru has to offer in terms of historical finds.

There are a lot of temple ruins in the Riau district with the nearest one about 100km away.

The Museum staff also recommended the Siak Palace.

As a token of goodwill, we donated a small sum for entering the Museum.

There are some interesting exhibits and if you love everything to do with the petroleum industry, Chevron's presence is very strong here.

Gathering information..

We went to the province's tourism service which is located nearby.

A lady greeted us there and shared about what to see and do in Pekanbaru.

We took the opportunity to get maps and useful literature on the province.

Apparently, there's not much to see in the area.

From there, we rode back towards hotel and chilled out at the Tune Hotel's cafe.

Exploring Pekanbaru..

If you have a bicycle, you can see more.

It's a shitload cheaper than asking for a taxi and a local tour guide.

We rode off to the edge of the Siak River and a craft market nearby where tourists from Java are said to splurge their money there.