Indonesia is promoting Bintan as the next best tourist destination after Bali. Bintan is eastern neighbouring island of Bintan. With 45-50 minute trip by motorised catamaran across the Singapore Strait made the island has made this pristine island an attractive potential for beach-front International hotels and resorts. The Indonesian sea route through the Bintan straits has been considered very safe for sailing of small freighters. Bintan Island was one of the locations where turtles were found in large numbers; in the 1950s, during the nesting season, at least 2 nests used to be found every day on the coastline of Bintan Resorts. Now, the nests are not found as frequently as in the past. Turtle tracks, nests, eggs, and egg shells have been recorded during patrol surveys conducted during specified periods, not only in Bintan but also in the Pasir Pasan beach.
At Bintan and in its close vicinity of its capital city of Tanjung Pinang, there are a number of historical monuments linked to its ancient history and modern developments. Its closeness to Singapore has resulted in development of beaches as popular resorts with hotels and other paraphernalia to attract tourists. Some of the well-known sites of attractions are the Penyengat, Tanjung Pinang city, Raja Ali Haji Monument, the Colonial Graveyard, Chinese Pagodas, Banyan Tree Temple, and its many beaches and resorts. Natural Maritime Culture is also part of the historical nature’s heritage of mangroves, many species of animals and birds and the rich and exotic maritime nature of the sea life. The Trikora group of beaches is situated on the easternside of Bintan and are numbered from 1 to 4 from south to north. The approach road from the capital city is 45 kilometres (28 mi) to its northeast and passes through a local town called Kangka Kawal and a picturesque fishing town called Teluk Kawal.
The island has developed over the centuries in two distinct zones, namely, the southern and the northern zones, which are clearly differentiated from the prevalent life styles of people living there. The northern tip of the island, Bintan Resorts (Lagoi), 45 minutes from Singapore by ferry, full of expensive resorts and manicured lawns. As it has very little in common with the rest of the island, the resorts are covered in the Bintan Resorts article. Separated from the resorts by checkpoints and armed guards, the rest of the island is “real” border town Indonesia, home to electronics factories, fishing villages and local style resorts (beach and adventure type) along the East Coast Bintan.
Furthermore, in the southern part of Bintan lies one of the oldest city in Riau island named Tanjung Pinang. Many years ago, this tighly knit city were used to be a local destination for prostitution and gambling (just like neighboring Batam), but after a clamp-down by the local authorities it is regaining its rightful reputation as one of Indonesia’s most historical cities, with its ancient vibrant market partly located on stilts in the sea. The earliest history of Bintan is linked to the history of Nagoya Hills, which is integral with Batam, near Bintan island and other islands of the Riau archipelago. The Chinese chronicles have mentioned that Batam was inhabited by 231 AD when Singapore island was still called Pulau Ujung (Ujung Island). Bintan came under the control of the Malacca kingdom from the 13th century. Later, the Sultan of Johor ruled from here and his reign lasted till the 18th century. Sadly, nowadays many of the resorts are Singaporean owned and the island is marketed to Singaporeans, eco tourist and golfer from Eastern-Western countries as well. This has led many hotels and shops are priced in Singapore or US dollars. However, Batam-City with the local knowledge have the upperhand to guide you on a blissful and memorable trips within your budget with no string attached of course. 🙂