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

A few good Hotels are there to Check in e.g. Hotel Grand Zuri & Hotel Comfort. Grand Zuri is better. It is neat and clean and located at Centre place. Foods and drinks are available in the Hotel. Limited Vegterian Dish is available.

By road

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 approx IDR 70,000/- per person by travels and IDR 50,000/- per person by bus. 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 from Medan, which takes 10 hrs. The cost of travel is approximatey IDR 200,000/- to IDR 300,000/-per person depending upon the bus.

By plane

There is an airport in Dumai called Pinang Kampai, approximately 10 minutes' drive from the center of town. There are direct flights from Jakarta and Batam operated by Trans Nusa.

By boat

From Malaysia

Ferries operate from the following Malaysian cities:

Please note that since the 12th of September 2011, the Port Klang passenger terminal charges a departure tax of RM 20 whether you arrive from Dumai or depart from Port Klang, if you don't have the amount in Malaysian Ringgits you are allowed to pay in Indonesian Rupiah but the rate are quite bad.

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.

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.

There's public park in Sudirman street called Taman Bukit Gelanggang where we can rent "delman" is a traditional transportation. Unique because it use horse power to move. And there's a lot of amusment thing that we can rent to use


There are 2 buddhist temple in Dumai 1.VIHARA BUDDHA PADMA Located at Nangka street no 35 AB. It's a buddhayana temple. 2.Vihara Mudita Maitreya Located at kamboja street

Almanan Mosque


As mention before that it's a small city where we got nothing special to do.

As a local few things that we love to do is: 1.Swimming There's some swimming pool around 2.Do Sport Such as futsal/football, badminton, basket ball, tenniss,volley ball. 3.Coffee shop There's several good coffee shop in Dumai but we recomend some for tourist -VIENNA COFFEE TEA Located at nangka street it provide a lot kind of coffee,tea,desert. We can as from the barista to provide use coffee that we expect to drink -coffee toffee Is a franchise coffee shop,it quite taste like starbuck 4.Indonesian Food You can taste a lot tradisional food here; -Ayam Penyet(Smash Chicken) Is a fried chicken with hot/nice tradisional chili. It tasty. It's located in Patimura street,Sei masang,and almost every street in Dumai -Pecel Lele Is a fried Fish with tradisional chili -Martabak You can find a lot of food in hasanudin street.


There is small shopping mall called Ramayana. You can get all the items required for normal consuption is available. Also there is a store named Besta Jaya and Hari Hari.

Hari Hari is better organised for buying the daily needs. For fruit and vegetabls there is Pasar which is in day time all seven days in a week. Pasar is the traditional Market for daily fruit and vegetable, fish, other grocessies and cloths.

The prices are very high as comapred to any other city of Indoneisa. It can be referred as Dollar city of Indonesia. There is no home production in Dumai excpet palm plantation.

Nothing to Buy as such unless and until required urgently.


You can try Nasi Padang, cheap. Four persons' share costs less than RM20.

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


You must try air akar It really local drink.where you cant find in other city


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.

Go next

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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