If you haven’t heard of Bintan Island before, you’re probably missing out on a lot about this gem in Indonesia’s Riau Archipelago.
An unspoiled piece of paradise that’s probably the next best destination in the country after the tourist favorite Bali, Bintan is a fantastic holiday destination that’s worth your attention. It counts a population of less than a quarter-million but boasts a diverse mix of cultures, which can be attributed to its residents of various ethnic backgrounds who call the island home.
Want to know more about this tropical haven? Read up as we list down five reasons why you should spend your next holiday in Bintan:
One of the great things about Bintan is how accessible it is. Just less than an hour’s ferry ride from Singapore, it makes for a viable day-trip destination for anybody who just wants a quick escape. Simply hop on a high-speed ferry from Singapore, and you’ll be lounging by the beach in no time.
Beautiful Beaches and Fun Outdoor Activities
Needless to say, Bintan’s biggest draws are its beaches—pristine white sand beaches that stretch as far as the eye can see.
There are several beaches to choose from on the island, but, perhaps, the most popular one is Trikora Beach. Located on the east coast, it is actually made up of four beaches that all have a relaxed vibe—perfect for when you want some real R&R.
Feeling adventurous? There are a lot of outdoor activities you can try in Bintan to get an adrenaline rush—from snorkeling to ATV-riding.
Bintan is a melting pot of cultures, thanks to its rich history. Once a trading post between China and India, it used to be governed by China, Britain, and eventually by the Netherlands, becoming part of the Dutch East Indies under the Anglo-Dutch Treaty of 1824. Today, it is inhabited by a good mix of Indonesians, Malays, Bugis, Chinese, and native tribes.
If you’re a history buff, you should definitely check out Panglong Village, which is home to Bintan’s earliest settlers known as Orang Laut. The Thousand Face Temple, a sacred place for Buddhist worship, is also a mustn’t-miss, as it’s where hundreds of life-size Lohan statues stand.
Exciting Shopping Scene
Aside from beaches and historical sites, Bintan also has a vibrant shopping scene. Comb through traditional markets, sample local specialties, and score bargain deals on clothing and other wares that are perfect as souvenirs.
What’s a trip to Bintan without enjoying a banquet of freshly-caught seafood? Head on over to Lagoi Bay for a varied selection of restaurants offering a wide array of delicious seafood. Make mealtime even more special by catching the sunset as you indulge in your feast.
*Featured image from DWI YULIANTO on Shutterstock