Are bored to stay in your home? Are you free in your winter holidays? Why not take a trip to Riau islands and stay in the Bintan resorts? This resort filled island is only 45 minutes away from Singapore by ferry.
The town of Bintan is full colours and a great destination for exotic pleasure that include gambling as well. The local language spoken is Bahasa Indonesia. But English is the most popular language spoken in the Bintan resorts. In some places mandarin is also spoken.
To get to Bintan, one has to get visas for Indonesia. A 7 day visa permit will cost something about US $10 per person. This visa gives the permission to visit the special economic zones of Bintan, Batam, Karimum. The best way to reach Bintan is to take a flight to Singapore and then by ferry to the resorts. It is nearly an hour’s ride by boat to the resorts. Speed and motor boats also ply from Singapore to Bintan.
Get around the island
To take a tour, there are various modes of transports. Some people use hired taxi. The taxis can be easily availed by bargaining. Cars for private use are also available for rent of 50-100$ per day. It also depends on the distance of the trip to be taken. The cheapest means of transport is the rental scooter. With only 35$ per day of charge, these are easily available and accessible. Not only do they provide the rental scooter, they also supply with 2 litres of gasoline. The best part is that gasoline is available in nearly every roadside store. Then if you are travelling in a large group, then you have the option of hiring a minivan.
Once you visit the Bintan resorts and batam Island bia the easybook batam ferry, do not miss the chance to visit the Trikora beach. The beach is an excellent place to visit and has exquisite views. There are numerous beach as well as sea sports available to play. If you want silence and prefer isolation then you have the beaches around Sumpat.
There is also quite a lot of shopping that you can do. Various wooden handicrafts are available in the market. Although it is a tourist spot, yet the items available are quite cheap and pocket friendly.
Although the items are cheap, there are issues of currency exchange. Although the resorts use Singapore dollars, yet the shops might have problems regarding the use of international money. They need to paid with local currency. Although there are different malls like Ramayana or Bintan, they are not of any match to the malls of Jakarta or Kuala Lumpur.
The Bintan resorts are a heaven for food fanatics. The hotels serve with one of the best kind of sea foods that are available in the world. So if you are planning to go on a holiday, the Bintan Islands are one of the best options available.