Bintan Island or Negeri Segantang Lada is an island in Riau peninsula of Indonesia. The island belongs to Riau Islands province, the capital of the province is Tanjung Pinang, located in the South and is the most crowded place on the island. On the island, there are many hotels and resorts, of which the most famous is Bintan Resort with an area of 300ha.
Pulau Bintan is an island which was split into two parts. The first part, with its brilliant colors, is Bintan resort’s entrance, which is carefully designed, depicting a miniature coastal resort on the North side of the island. And the rest is the area where local people live. The rest of the island is separated from the Bintan resort by large fences and security guards.
As the largest island among the 3,200 islands of Riau peninsula and the largest island province in 27 provinces of Indonesia, Bintan Island covers an area of about 1,140 km square, has a coastline of 105km long, with a population of fewer than 250,000 people.
To get to Bintan Island, you can depart from HarbourtFront Center (Singapore). You go to HarbourFront MRT and then you will see the sign to the harbor. Tickets are available at Sindo Ferry (Penguin). There are also many other companies for you to choose.
Round-trip tickets are available near $50. For round-trip tickets, you have the flexibility to choose your time back to Singapore, but you must do it one hour before departing.
The journey to the two towns of Bintan: Tanjung Pinang and Tanjung Uban – is the best way to learn about the people and culture of this island. In these two towns, you will have the opportunity to enjoy many local delicacies, shop or visit traditional villages, etc. Also, you can discover the highest mountain in the Riau Mountains – Bintan Besar which have the height of 400 meters.
The flights to the island are very limited because there is no international airport, so visitors often have to stop at the airport of another island and then come here. But the easiest way to get to Bintan Island is by boat from Singapore.
It takes about 45 minutes to get there (about $50 for each trip) that you can come to the “dreamland” of any traveler. On the island, there are also many hotels and resorts, of which the most famous are Bintan Resorts with an area of 300 hectares. Today, Indonesia is promoting Bintan as the next destination for tourists after Bali.
There are many beautiful beaches on the island that you shouldn’t ignore when coming here, just come to the beaches on this island and you can enjoy the wonderful experiences, like lying on the smooth white sand, listening to the wind, bathing in the sunshine of the tropical island,… all will make you feel relaxed.
Tanjung Pinang, the main port city on Bintan island, is located west of Bintan Bay, the largest city on Riau peninsula from which it is very easy to get to Singapore.
Ulay Sungai (Snake River) Temple is the attraction on the opposite side of Tanjung Pinang. You can go to some small islets to visit the fishing village just a couple of minutes from the town and of course Penyangat Island, where there are many mosques, especially the Masjid Raya, an old royal mosque.
Tanjung Pinang is famous for its delicious and cheap seafood dishes, with a variety of seafood choices including mussels, shrimp, fish, squid. Traditional Riau dishes are also served here, one of which is the “Otak Otak” specialty – fish cooked with coconut milk and Indonesian spices, wrapped in coconut leaves. And of course, you can also find traditional Padang dishes.