Pulau Bintan Off The Beaten Path

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    Tanjong Pinang: Get to Know the Real Bintan

    by Aidy_p Updated Jun 27, 2011
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    You will get to experience the real rough and tumble of Bintan once you leave the walls and barricades of Bintan Resort. Just in front of the gates were wooden huts with zinc roofs. The residents gaze seemed to have penetrated the tinted glass windows of our jeep. Shivers. They looked like there was nothing much they had to do in terms of job.

    When we arrived at Bintan's City - Tanjong Pinang, it felt like a "old texan" bar kind of place. There were many there who seemed to be on a transit. Somehow, most of them came with their lugguage in tow.

    In the day, Tanjong Pinang is a place where you would still need to be careful. Don't even think of going there in the night though.

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    GOING NUDE

    by DAO Updated Oct 31, 2008

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    There are no nude beaches on Bintan. In fact the whold coutry is off limits to ‘Naturists’. In the North there is a colony of Singapore of sorts. Bintan Lagoon is the most remote of these and the 2 mile long beach will allow you to ‘go natural’ if you walk East. There are no inhabitants as it is a private beach.

    My 6th sense did however make me put my clothes back on, briefly, right after this picture was taken. A local fisherman appeared out of no where. He left again and I lost my clothes again. Absolutely liberating walk down miles of unspoiled beaches!

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    Visit Pulau Penyengat

    by Aidy_p Updated May 26, 2007
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    Seen from Tanjong Pinang, Palau Penyengat provides visitors with an interesting view of historical sites such as an old Dutch fort and old palaces. A good one-day itinerary that cost about US$50 per per person with lunch included.

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    Tanjong Pinang: Dried Foodstuff

    by Aidy_p Written May 26, 2007
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    Listen to what your driver has to say of the place and do not wonder too far off. Though things may sound quite dangerous, you just have to make sure you do not attract unwanted attention.

    Good things to buy in the city are dried seafood and many different types of crackers. There are also the deep fried sliced bananas that taste really good.

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    Lingga Archipelago

    by victorwkf Updated Mar 13, 2007

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    One of the islands at Lingga, Indonesia

    The Lingga Archipelago is a large group of remote islands south of Bintan which is worth visiting and you will be truely rewarded for the journey. To get there, you need to take speed boats from Tanjung Pinang or a flight from Kijang Airport at Bintan. More information and photos of the Lingga Islands are at my VT Pulau Lingga and Pulau Singkep pages.

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    Puja Sera: Hawker Centre on Bintan

    by xuessium Updated Oct 23, 2006

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    This is the local Hawker centre; ideal for folks on a budget. The food here are mainly Indonesian and the Indonesian Rupiah is used, NOT the Singapore Dollar.

    This hawker centre was originally meant for employees and their families working within the Resort grounds but some visitors have been streaming here since....so if you want to have real Indonesian fare at cheaper prices, this is it.

    Take the shuttle bus to Pasar Oleh Oleh and then walk out towards the employee barracks. The hawker centre is in the middle of "town". The walk should take 5-10 minutes.

    Supplemented by fellow VT Member cqt33:
    "To find the way to the hawker centre, exit from Pasar Oleh Oleh main gate, turn right, and right again into a small road. Walk straight in and you will be able to find the hawker on your left after a 5 minutes slow walk."

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    Tanjung Uban

    by Applelyn Updated Jun 6, 2006

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    It is a very small town but enough to take a look at how the locals live their daily life. It is good to go in the mornings as most of the shops will be open and the locals are out to buy their daily groceries and needs. You have to get there by cab too.

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    Visit to the Farm:)

    by Applelyn Updated Jun 6, 2006

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    It is worth taking a visit to the local farms. There are many to choose from such as fish farms and vegetables farms. Their produce are fresher and cheaper. Thus you can do a trip on your last day to buy some of the seafood there. A cab for four hours will cost you about SGD 50. You can ask your hotel reception for help in booking one.

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    A visit to local Beach

    by Applelyn Updated Jun 6, 2006

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    Within Bintan Resorts, the beaches are private and are heavily guarded by security guards. But it is worth a try to get out of the "secured area" to take a look at the public beaches. The locals spend their evenings or weekends at these beaches. Their coconuts are so huge and juicy and it is only for SGD 1. There is no buses to go there from the resorts. Therefore you have to book a cab or a prviate tour.

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    Cool walking trails

    by bkarjee Written Nov 8, 2005

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    During our stay in Bintan Resort, I discovered a lot of walking paths made across the length and breadth of the resorts for the resort guests and it was a great experience walking through these trails. One day, early in the morning, I was walking down from Nirwana Hotel Resort to Mayang Sari Resort through one of these jungle paths that I came across this small bridge. There was an Iguana waiting for the prey on this bridge and I think I had disturbed it. It went off sulking, leaving me wide eyed. This was a cool spot and I thought I'll shoot it.

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    Day trip to Tanjung Penang

    by kiwigal_1 Written Sep 14, 2005

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    Let's face it, Bintan Island is a resort for foreign tourists and is not the real Indonesia. To get a small taste of Indonesia Jan and I decided to take a trip to Tanjung Pinang for the day. Our hotel helped us to organise a taxi driver who we could hire for the full day at an agreed rate. Our driver is a local from Tanjung Pinang but is authorised to work in the resort section of Bintan Island and resides within the resort near Pasar Oleh Oleh like all the hotel/resort staff do.

    Anyway... our driver took us into Tanjung Penang and pointed out to us things along the way. In the town he took us to a restaurant for lunch (probably a pre-arranged deal to go here as the prices were a lot more expensive than one would imagine a small town Indonesian restaurant might have) and to some specific sites of interest. I was most facinated by the people that we saw such as school children in brightly coloured uniforms or whole families perched on motorbikes.

    The driver also took us to his own house and introduced us to his family. I will add pictures in later of this day trip but think that anyone looking for something a bit different to do in Bintan should consider a day trip like this.

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    Watching Sunrise at the beach

    by ahcoln Written May 18, 2005

    As usual I will try to catch the sunrise of every beach I visit. But this time was quite disappointed. We were three early birds woke up at 5am when sky still dark, walked to the beach and waiting for the sunrise. But we waited till 6am, the beach was getting bright but the sun was nowhere to be seen. I guess the sky was too cloudly. As a compensation, I took this picture of my colleague who trying to locate the east where the sun rise.

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    Stay in air-conditioned room while waiting....

    by warzx Written Oct 11, 2004

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    When in Pasar Oleh Oleh waiting for ur transport back to resort, take a rest in the tourist information centre, its free admission with full blast air con and chairs for u to rest. U can also take a walk in there and learn more abt Bintan history and surroundings! U will see this blue house right in front of u when u walk in to pasar oleh oleh.

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  • Tanjung Pinang

    by kissgurami Written May 9, 2004

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    it's considered as the other side of bintan. u can see more locals here n their shopping centre.

    totally diff from the usual tourist bintan. Do take care as fights n robberies do take place right in front of u .

    we had our dinner at the Shangri la Restuarant. hmm.. the food was gd but the portions were kind of small. the prawns look like shrimps. .the view was gd though beside the fishing village.

    have someone from the hotel authorized driver to drive u there. the trip there was 2hrs frm Bintan Lagoon. the road was bumpy n there r totally no lights on the road.

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    A coconut drink(Juiciest ever)

    by Applelyn Updated Jun 6, 2006

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    You must really try the coconut drink there. It is so cool and sweet. Thirst-quenching!!! You can get it at any local beaches. There will be many stalls set up along the beaches.

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