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    Pasar Oleh Oleh: Pasar Oleh Oleh

    by xuessium Updated Apr 4, 2005

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    This is an "artificial" market - in that it is built solely to tap into the flow of tourists into Bintan who demands an alternative place to shop, eat and buy groceries.
    There are many shops here selling arts and crafts, to swimwear, to sunglasses and office wear.

    Some folks argued that this is a tourist trap, but the groceries here are indeed cheaper than those at the resorts. You decide.

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    Pasar Oleh-Oleh: Not much to Shop in Bintan..

    by sweetie_inc Written Sep 3, 2004

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    There's nothing much to shop at this place.... you can cover the whole area in 30 mins.... A very small place with only about 10-15 shops and the stuff are extremely expensive.....

    A DVD (pirated) can cost about S$25! and a simple dress can cost you S$50.... Whereas, in the hotel, I can get the same dress for only $20!!

    The only cheap stuff that I got from there is a knitted bikini top that costs S$9.....

    Souveniers are expensive too....

    Not worth the trip down.........

    What to pay: Some hotel will charge you about S$2 per person for a bus trip down to the place and they give you 1 hour to roam around.... If you miss the bus back to the hotel, you may have to wait 2 hours for the next one...

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  • Minimart: Food

    by kshereen Written Dec 14, 2006

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    There this minimarket at Pasar Oleh Oleh. I can't remember the name but it's the biggest one there. For me, the beer (Heineken especially) was cheap at SGD2 per can. The layer cake (in a box) is only SGD12 and is good to my standards.

    What to buy: Carvings, batik, local handicrafts.

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    Pasar Oleh Oleh: Expensive but cheaper than Hotel

    by Applelyn Written May 16, 2006

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    A place for quick souvenirs in tourist area, thats about it. It is cheaper than buying from the hotels' shops. If you have the time, go to Tanjong Pinang. It is the main city of the island and things are cheaper there.

    What to buy: Souvenirs.

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    Shopping. At Bintan???: Heaven for shopping???

    by A2002 Written Nov 22, 2004

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    This place is certainly not the place for shopping. It is only for rest and relaxation. There are not many shops to choose from. Furthermore, the things here are very expensive, more expensive than in Singapore.

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    Kassa Bazaar: Supermarket shopping

    by Tenzin Written Feb 15, 2005

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    Excellent souvenirs too.

    I've always made it a point to visit the country's supermarket. It always give me an insight into what the locals eat, live and spend on. Next to staying with one, the supermarket offers the closest glimpse you can get to how the locals live.

    For example, in Japan I finally got to see why fruits are individually sliced and served at the buffet spread. A melon could cost up to US$50 or more!

    What to buy: Indonesia is justly famous for her coffee and if you come across the one in the photo do buy more. My only regret was that I got only 1 packet. The aroma is most pleasant. The local beer Bintang is smooth and fragrant. At S$1 per can it's easily 30% the price sold in Singapore.

    In case you wondering about the tube, it's toothpaste. Strange brands that I've never seen before even in Bali but the taste is palatable. Don't eat it though.

    What to pay: Pay as locals do, shop in supermarkets.

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    Pasar Ole Ole: Local Handicrafts at Bintan

    by bkarjee Written Nov 8, 2005

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    Pasar Ole Ole has a collection of shops selling the local handicraft items and the prices are reasonable. The handicraft items are mainly wooden crafts and a lot of items made of sea shells too.

    What to buy: Decoration pieces, paintings by local artists

    What to pay: Maximum US$10

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    Nirwana Beach Hotel shopping corner: Paintings for sale

    by bkarjee Written Nov 8, 2005

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    Paintings by Local Artists for sale

    We saw these paintings for sale at the shopping corner at the Nirwana Beach Resort, next to the Reception desk. We also saw an artist working on canvas. After talking to him we found out that he is from Bali and comes twice a week to make portraits and sell them to admirers. These paintings were too good but also too expensive-selling for millions of Rupiahs.

    What to buy: The paintings offcourse

    What to pay: S$200 and more

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    The Real Bandung Factory Outlet: Factory Outlet Shopping

    by xuessium Written Feb 12, 2008

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    This factory outlet isn't here till a couple of years ago.

    It occupies a bluish building right next to the customs building and thus is just a stone throw walk away.

    What to buy: You can find branded goods such as Acercrombie & Finch, Boss, Nike etc going at slashed cost prices as long as you don't mind the items looking outdated, dusty and well, sometimes, fugly. You will find a whole warehouse full of T-shirts, pants, jeans, bermudas, belts, sunglasses, undies.....as long as you have time to look through them.

    What to pay: Check the price tags.....

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    Real Bandung Factory Outlet: Shop at the Factory Outlet!

    by dinida Written Jun 15, 2010

    Mostly selling Men's, Women's and children's clothing here. It is definitely cheaper than buying at the other stores in Bintan plus its original (only because its rejected). Though the place is quite small, we spend about 1hour there only. No food here.

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    Pasah Oleh Oleh: tourist trap

    by cehansen Written Jan 5, 2008

    Most resorts offer rides to the local tourist village - a series of shops selling clothing, fake designer handbags and souvenirs - run by the local tourism venture. The only trouble is you're then stuck here till the next bus out, usually 1 1/2 hours! Not a lot to do if you're not into the shopping, a couple of restaurants here too, and prices cheaper than resort - but again, unless you want to pay extra (about Sing $20) for a taxi back to the resort (compared to $3 for the bus) you're stuck till next bus out. Fine if you're with a group to share costs, not so hot on your own!

    What to buy: Fake designer gear!

    Worth taking the trip to enjoy the spa - a very relaxing treatment in the newer retail block over the road at half the cost of resort. Cost me Sing $99 for 3 hour treatment. bliss!

    What to pay: not a lot, Singapore $ cash, or credit card charged in Indonesian currency

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    Kassa Bazaar: Supermarket shopping

    by Tenzin Updated Feb 18, 2005
    Excellent souvenirs too.

    I've always made it a point to visit the country's supermarket. It always give me an insight into what the locals eat, live and spend on. Next to staying with one, the supermarket offers the closest glimpse you can get to how the locals live.

    For example, in Japan I finally got to see why fruits are individually sliced and served at the buffet spread. A honey melon could cost up to US$50 or more!

    What to buy: Indonesia is justly famous for her coffee and if you come across the one in the photo do buy more. My only regret was that I got only 1 small box. Unlike other coffee that comes in paperbags, this one falls loosely into the cup. After it dissolves, it sinks to the bottom and it doesn't come with a bitter after taste. Nor does it have the artificial taste of instant coffee. Somehow instant coffee gives me a bloated stomach that brewed coffee doesn't.

    Tora Bika tastes strong yet comforting without being overwhelmingly so. Nicely balanced. The local beer Bintang is smooth and fragrant. At S$1 per can it's easily 30% the price sold in Singapore.

    In case you wondering about the tube, it's toothpaste. Strange brands that I've never seen before even in Bali but the taste is palatable. Don't eat it though.

    What to pay: Pay as locals do, shop in supermarkets.

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    Currency

    by wathy Written Jan 22, 2004

    What to buy: Tips for women:
    Many fashionable clothes are imported from Hongkong and Korea in fair price.
    If you are not visiting these 2 countries and end up in Tanjung Pinang, you can take this opportunity.

    What to pay: Although the currency in Indonesian is Rupiah, Singapore Dollar is acceptable.

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