Riau Archipelago

Riau Archipelago

Riau Archipelago, island group (1990 pop. 568,019), 2,280 sq mi (5,905 sq km), Indonesia, at the entrance to the Strait of Malacca, separated from Malaya by the Strait of Singapore. Its largest island, Bintan, has extensive bauxite and tin deposits, is being developed as a tourist destination, and is the site of Tanjung Pinang (1980 pop. 36,999), chief city of the group. Together with the Lingga Archipelago to the south, it forms the Riau-Lingga Archipelago of Indonesia.
Not to be confused with Riau Islands, a province.

The Riau Archipelago (Indonesian: Kepulauan Riau) is a group of islands within the Riau Islands Province in Indonesia, and located south of Singapore. The islands are home to the majority of the province's population, and include tourist areas. Historically they along with Singapore (Temasek) were under the Johore Sultanate before the split thru the Anglo-Dutch Treaty 1824

The main islands are Bintan, Batam, Rempang, Galang, Combol, Kundur, and Karimun. Tanjung Pinang located on Bintan is the provincial capital.

High speed ferry services exist to the archipelago of the south, Lingga Islands (Kepulauan Lingga).

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