It was my virgin trip to Bintan, Indonesia. On first impression, Bintan is no Krabi nor Phuket. It’s not Batam either. Ferry ticket was more pricey compared to ticket to Batam and the terminal was all the way in Tanah Merah. Totally out of the way. As for the resort, the ambiance in the lobby and room itself was very outdated and I wished our room came with a bathtub. #firstworldproblem #firstworldexpectation
We actually travelled all the way to Tanah Merah Terminal a few days before the trip to purchase the ferry tickets. We were told to check-in an hour before departure time and collect the tickets at the counter. As usual, we were both late but lucky for us, the terminal were not crowded so it was a smooth check-in for us.
Came out of the immigration zone and quickly spotted our pick-up service. Journey from Bandar Betan Telani to Bintan Agro Beach Resort took slightly more than 1 hour. There wasn’t much to see outside the window. I however, was impressed as to how well the road surface were maintained. No potholes okay!
Got ourselves checked in early. Had a short rest, changed clothes and started exploring.
Lunch was superb with generous portions and it was only 162,000 rupiah (approx SGD$17). The ambiance was nice but too bad the sun was glaring super brightly so we had to sit inside, under the shade.
It is amazing as to how clear the sea is. You can see fishes swimming and crabs running into their hole. I can sit by the beach and listen to the sound of the waves all day.
Dinner was crazy because the fiancé wants everything there is on the menu. I was still full from the lunch we had and I’m pretty sure he was too but he seriously tekak gatal. Just like our lunch, dinner was delicious except for the salted egg crab which was different. Our dinner set us back 570,000 rupiah (approx. SGD$59).
After dinner, we tried to do some star gazing by the beach but the spotlight were too bright that it spoilt the whole mood. )=
The complementary breakfast was ok. The best thing about it was that everything is halal.
After breakfast, we packed our bag, checked-out and headed for the ferry terminal.
I was glad that we actually rode our bike to the terminal as there weren’t any taxis around the area. 2D1N in Bintan was great but if you were to ask me if I’d come back, maybe not in the near future. 🙂
Useful information which you may or may not know:
- You are required to bring along your passport when purchasing the tickets.
- Ticketing counter closes at 8pm daily thus there is no need to rush over from work.
- Two-way ferry ticket was priced at $70 per pax. (We went on Friday and came back on Saturday)
- Bintan no longer accepts Singapore currency.
- Change your currency in Singapore. Exchange rate in Bintan is not so attractive.
- Ferry ride from Tanah Merah Terminal to Bandar Betan Telani Ferry Terminal takes approximately 1hour.
- Our stay at the Bintan Agro Beach Resort was free so I couldn’t tell how much it actually costs.
ll Pictures in this post taken with Leica D-Lux 109 and GoPro Hero 3+