The holiday weekend is celebrated by the local Malay community in Bintan with traditional boat racing called “Utara Race Perahu Jong”. Yesterday (28/1/2017), the Trikora beach on “Kampong” Teluk Bakau, Bintan island, were filled with excitement of these traditional wind powered wooden mini boat and cheering support from competing students. Joint by more than 200 competing team, the “Utara Race” is regarded as a most awaited family events in the year of rooster.
With 2 Indonesian islands not far from Singapore with very similar names, have you ever wondered what’s the difference between Batam and Bintan? While both are popular holiday destinations for residents of Singapore, we share with you which island to go to based on what kind of island getaway you’re looking for.
Bintan welcomes diplomatic tours of 36 ambasador from around the world in Bintan Lagoon Resort on last weekend (29/7). The allures of Bintan island along with its pristine tourism industry has become a unique destination for eco tourism and leisure tourism as well. The governer of Riau Islands province, Nurdin Basirun, inform the guest of honour that in the near future, the Indonesian government through his term of governancy will also includes Anambas region as well as Natuna to be a part of integrated tourism destination.
Vihara Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva
This is praying place for the Buddhist is located in Tanjung Pinang, called Vihara Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva. The monastery is built in 2010. Vihara Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva has a unique feature compared to other monasteries. Vihara Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva has 1000 statues of Buddha. Historically, there are thousands of arhats in all over the world. Arhat is a person who has achieved the highest spiritual purity in following the teachings of Buddha. These statues are inspired by the purity of arhat in Buddhism.
Otak-otak is a grilled fish cake made of ground fish meat mixed with tapioca starch and spices. It is widely known acrossSoutheast Asia, especially in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore, where it is traditionally served fresh, wrapped inside a banana leaf, as well as in many Asian stores internationally — being sold as frozen food. It can be eaten solely as a snack or with steamed rice as part of a meal.
Penyengat Island is a small island that is approximately 6 km from the town of Tanjung Pinang, Riau Islands province. This island measures approximately 2500 meters x 750 meters, and is approximately 35 km from the island of Batam. This island can be reached by using a boat or better known by pompong boat. By using pompong boat, it takes approximately 15 minutes drive.