Bintan Island, Indonesia

IMG_2329Just 1.5 hours and $25 from Singapore buys you THIS view. For the king of all weekend breaks, look no further than Bintan. I’d string out this blog post, but since my 24h revolved around a sun-lounger cabana, two back to back novels, and miscellaneous Bintang beers, the pictures say it all.

Here’s everything you need to know to love Bintan:

  • Batik Shirts. Perfect beach chic.
  • ‘Tera MaKaci/Sama Sama.’ Which means ‘Thank You/Your Welcome,’ made to sound even lovelier with this sing-song phrase.
  • Indonesia has to be home to the world’s MOST beautiful furniture, often hand carved and imported from Bali.
  • One particularly friendly customs official greeted everyone off our boat with an individual rendition of a top 40 Hit. The girl in front got Lady Gaga. I got Shakira’s Waka Waka. If only Singapore immigration was this fun!
  • Duty free :)

How to get there:

8 ferrys per day depart Tanah Merah Singapore to Tanjung Pinang Bintan. Schedules available here or ferrys to Bintan Resorts in the North, click here.

Online booking is only available for the Bandar Bentan Telani Terminal (For Bintan Resorts). For Tanjung Pinang Terminal Bintan, reservations are only by text or phone by providing your passport number. Payment is on arrival at the port.

Open return tickets with Wavemaster are $50 SGD plus $26,000 IDR departure tax from Indonesia. Booking for the return trip is only on arrival at Tanjung Pinang Bintan.

A 7 day visa on arrival is available for $10 USD.

Marjoly Beach Resort is on the South East Coast. Beach front bungalows are available from $75 SGD, including free return pick up from Tanjung Pinang Ferry ($80 from Bandar Bentan Telani Terminal.) Transfer time is approx 45 mins from the port.

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