Just an hour by ferry from Singapore, lies the beautiful Bintan islands. A well-kept secret, Bintan boasts of clear serene shores ideal for snorkeling and light sea sports.
There is a wide variety of hotels to choose from: from fun-filled Club Med, to romantic Banyan Tree resorts, or family-friendly Bintan Lagoon Resorts.
Taste seafood on stilt-houses on the sea, and let the evening breeze and still waters relax your evening.
On the weekends, enjoy beach parties, and refresh yourself the next morning with a traditional Indonesian massage in the spa.
For the more adventurous, mangrove visits, trips to nearby Tanjung Pinang, and trips to Dolphin Island's available.
Bintan is also now getting popular as a favorite destination of cycle enthusiasts.
If you are looking for a closer-to-nature travel that takes you away from the typical 'tourist' crowds, Bintan is the place to go. The white sand beaches are endless and quiet. Remains from old Malay kingdom offers visitors a bit of history. Friendly people and good food are aplenty.
However the food and drinks on the island itself is a little pricy.
Spanning 45km X 25km, this small yet busy island of Indonesia has a population of close to a million people, and holds hundreds of multinational owned factories, towns and shopping centers. I…