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Tanjung Pinang harbour, Indonesia, Bintan
Tanjung Pinang harbour, Indonesia, Bintan | © Thomas Cockrem / Alamy Stock Photo
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How To Spend 48 Hours on Bintan Island, Indonesia

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Updated: 30 November 2018
Those looking for more than idling by the beach, here is a great 48 hour-itinerary to explore Bintan Island, Indonesia.

For Singaporeans, Bintan is a convenient island getaway. For Indonesians, it’s an upscale resort destination unlike anywhere else in the country. This spot in Indonesia’s Riau Islands has something for everyone, whether you booked that ferry ride for outdoor adventures or fascinating cultural experiences. Here’s everything you need to try on a short weekend getaway to Bintan.

Day 1

08.00: ATV your way along the beach

Start the day right by getting yourself acquainted with Bintan’s amazing landscape at the helm of an ATV. Tourists can sign up for a session of this adventurous ride at most resorts, driving through jungles, hills and coastlines. This wild ride is perfect for couples, groups and even families. Tourists can start with an instructor before venturing off to conquer the muddy, challenging trails themselves.

11.00: Explore Panglong Village

Natural Feature
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A view of Trikora beach in Bintan, Indonesia,.Photo by Yuli Seperi/Alamy
Man on wooden boat in Bintan, Indonesia | © Yuli Seperi / Alamy Stock Photo
Natural charm and historic significance put this village on Bintan’s tourism map. Bintan’s early settlers, the Orang Laut (Sea Gypsies) came to settle and build their homes here some hundred years ago. The seaside wooden houses and charming traditional boats testify to the community’s ways of living as skilled seamen, with the appetising aroma of burnt fish puffing from the grill on the houses’ yards. This village also features iconic brick igloo-like domes called Rumah Arang, which locals used to employ to make charcoal back in the 19th century.
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Atmosphere:

Outdoors, Local, Photo Opportunity

14.00: Leisure time at Crystal Lagoon

Amusement Park
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South-East Asia’ First Crystal Lagoon, Treasure Bay, Bintan.
Southeast Asia’s first Crystal Lagoon, Treasure Bay | © heru sukma cahyanto / Shutterstock
Head to Treasure Bay, where endless activity options await. If you feel like chilling, lounge on the daybed or hover around on a unicorn float while sipping on cold drinks at Crystal Lagoon, a 60-hectare artificial saltwater pool. More energetic travellers can swim or try one of the watersports activities on-site.
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Sun:
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Mon:
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tue:
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wed:
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thu:
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Fri:
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat:
9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Atmosphere:

Outdoors, White Sand, Touristy

Bintan Center Traditional Market

Farmers' Market, Market, Indonesian, Asian
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In Bintan, tourists do not need to go further than the market to find scrumptious local food to try. A melting pot of cultures and communities, the island’s market has everything from street nasi goreng to Chinese dumplings. If you’re feeling adventurous, try to find gonggong: a delicious meal of snails native to Bintan.
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Sun:
6:00 am - 4:00 pm
Mon:
6:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tue:
6:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wed:
6:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thu:
6:00 am - 4:00 pm
Fri:
6:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat:
6:00 am - 4:00 pm

Atmosphere:

Traditional

Day 2

06.00: Trikora Beach

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Trikora beach at Bintan Island
Trikora beach at Bintan Island | © iwan satria angga pradana / Shutterstock
Trikora comprises four adjacent beaches with powdery white sands and turquoise waters. Tourists can try catching the glimmering sunrise early morning or simply aim for a casual stroll and chillouts at the beach cabana, sipping coconut ice and munching some traditional seaweed dodol. The beach is also popular for swimming, snorkelling and diving. Once Bintan’s main tourist hub, the nearby villages are inhabited by local fishermen and boat-makers.
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Atmosphere:

Outdoors, White Sand, Scenic, Photo Opportunity, Peaceful

10.00: Visit the Thousand Face Temple

Buddhist Temple
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Temple with 1000 Statues Face in Bintan
Temple with 1000 Statues Face in Bintan | © PACIFIC PRESS / Alamy Stock Photo
Vihara Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva is known for its magnificent statue garden, showcasing some 500 life-size figures. A grand Chinese-style Buddhist temple sits on the other side, occupied by even more impressive and gigantic statues. The shrines are open to those who come to pray, while other tourists are welcome to admire the unique statues and majestic architecture.
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Atmosphere:

Outdoors, Local, Architectural Landmark

12.00: Shop and eat at Tanjung Pinang

Building, Natural Feature
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Tanjung pinang harbor, Indonesia, Bintan
Tanjung Pinang harbour, Indonesia, Bintan | © Thomas Cockrem / Alamy Stock Photo
The capital city of the Riau Island archipelago makes a splendid spot to hunt for local crafts, sample traditional dishes and visit historical sites. The city is home to old colonial and traditional buildings, as well as landmarks and houses of worship scattered around the main strip of the town. Penyengat Island, an 18th century Sultanate fort town with the Grand Mosque, palace complex and historical monuments, is only 15 minutes boat ride from Tanjung Pinang’s coast.
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Outdoors, Historical Landmark, Architectural Landmark, Local

16.00: Sunset and dinner at Lagoi

Natural Feature, Shopping Mall
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Fun activities at Lagoi Beach Bintan | © thennyfeliciano / Flickr
Lagoi is the new hip tourist hub on Bintan Island, dotted with modern establishments like shopping malls, restaurants, resorts and attractions. Waiting for sunset is a blast, whether you choose to stroll down the beach, chill at one of the beachside cafés, or canoe around the coastline. Fresh seafood dinner can be had at the famed Kelong Seafood Restaurant, followed by drinks and music at the Caribbean-style Calypso Floating Bar.
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Atmosphere:

Outdoors, Touristy, Scenic

Lagoi Bay Lantern Park

Park
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When the sky goes dim, this lantern park turns on the lights in the form of beautiful things: marine creatures, landmarks, and more. The vibe can be as romantic or magical as you want, accompanied by the rumbling sounds of the sea just steps away from the park.
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Sun:
2:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Mon:
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tue:
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wed:
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thu:
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri:
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat:
2:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Atmosphere:

Outdoors, Photo Opportunity