A quick getaway to Bintan Island is a paradise for anyone looking to take your mind off everything and just RELAX for a few days. But while you’re there, do you know what else Bintan has to offer? Read on to find out how you can make the most out of your time at Bintan. Here are the TOP 5 most interesting things you can do!
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1. TASTE LOCAL DELICACIES
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What’s a holiday without trying some of the best local food around? Your trip to Bintan is no different! One of the best ways to learn about the culture of a place is through its food. Yes, that’s right, not only can you fill your stomach, you can also learn more about this wonderful island.
So what kind of food should I try? You may ask. Well, the benefit of local food is that it is very easy to find because it’s quite literally all over the place. But here are some dishes that may be worth a try in case you’re asking:
Pisang keju – fried banana fritters
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Tapai pulut – fermented tapioca wrapped in banana leaf
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Ayam presto – soft bone chicken
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Gong gong – boiled sea snail
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Ikan bakar – charcoal grilled fresh fish
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2. GO FOR A SPA
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When you think of Bintan, you think of relaxation. And when you think of relaxation, what do you think of? SPAS, of course! One of the best places to unwind your mind is in a spa, where you can forget about all your worries for the day. There is definitely no shortage of spas in Bintan, but which ones are the best? Here are our recommendations:
Nirwana Gardens – Anindya Spa
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The word “Anindya” is derived from the ancient Sanskrit meaning ‘perfect beauty’, which is exactly how you will feel after spending time at this spa. Get ready to feel completely refreshed after your experience at the newest addition to Nirwana Gardens!
Plaza Lagoi – Mollinda Spa
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Visitors looking for a simple and fuss-free massage are in for a treat at Mollinda Spa. Located conveniently at Plaza Lagoi, take your pick from a variety of massages from the traditional Bintan massage to a hot-stone massage.
Banyan Tree Bintan – Banyan Tree Spa
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Surrounded by the natural beauty of rocks and old growth trees, Banyan Tree Spa Bintan features lavish reminders of nature. Harnessing local ingredients and featuring excellently appointed treatment rooms, your search for an unsurpassed spa experience ends here.
Plaza Lagoi – NiBBana Health Massage & Spa
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Unwind at NiBBana Health Massage & Spa after a full day of activities at Plaza Lagoi. Rejuvenate your senses with top-notch wellness services and pocket-friendly rates.
Angsana Bintan – Angsana Spa
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With fresh body treats using local ingredients, your senses will be perked up during the spa experience. Enjoy a relaxing foot wipe, finish a cup of floral brew and prepare to feel the best of Indonesian hospitality at Angsana Spa resort in Bintan.
3. VISIT LAGOI BAY
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Also known as the new “Heart of Bintan“, Lagoi Bay is a 1300 hectares development that includes holiday resorts and villas, outdoor activities, shopping options and lots of dining options. During weekends, you can participate in exciting events such as fun runs and festivals.
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A calm and serene location, Lake Lagoi is perfect for fishing, jogging nearby and pedal boating. You can even get your catch cooked at Danau Cafe located by the lake.
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Free shuttle service from most resorts and the ferry terminal means you do not have to worry about getting here! At Plaza Lagoi, you can buy everything from Indonesian gifts and souvenirs to cultural artefacts. There’s also a brand new food court and trick eye museum. As mentioned earlier, Mollina Spa and NiBBana Health Massage & Spa are also located here.
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You don’t have to travel all the way to Paris to keep your love locked! Do it right here at Lagoi Bay to celebrate your memory of the beautiful times you spent together.
Check out ABC’s of Bintan Resorts – ALL YOU NEED to Know (2019) to find out more!
4. EXPLORE THE WILD SIDE
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The island of Bintan is, after all, still relatively untouched by modern development. It’s hard to find places in Singapore where you can completely immerse yourself in nature, so why not take advantage of Bintan’s natural beauty?
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Animal lovers will surely be delighted at the range of different animal species found at the Safari Lagoi. These include an array of rescued and endangered animals such as the orangutan, Komodo dragon, sun bear, elephant, a 6-metre crocodile and many more! Additionally, also consider visiting the aviary and eco-farm nearby.
Mangrove Discovery Tour
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Take a journey down the Sebung River to learn more about the wonders of Bintan’s mangrove forests. You can also choose to go on a night tour for an unforgettable magical experience with fireflies!
5. CREATE ART & CRAFT
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Another way to best discover the heritage and culture of a place is by learning about its art. Here at Bintan, you can even participate in some of these activities yourself!
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The most popular art form associated with Indonesia is certainly very family friendly. Everyone can have a go at trying Batik art, either by using a canting (spouted tool) or a cap (copper stamp).
Pandan Leaf Weaving
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Have a go at one of the more common Southeast Asian art forms. Or, purchase one of the useable products made from pandan leaves, such as bags, mats and baskets.
Now that we’ve helped you sort out your activities, also take a look at the 8 Best Resorts to Stay in Bintan!
So, where will your next vacation be? Bintan, of course!