Bintan, Indonesia: Travel/Tourist Information Guide
Bintan is the largest island of the Riau archipelago which is made up of over 3.000 islands. It is located immediately across Singapore and Johor Baru, Malaysia. Bintan’s land area is 2,403 square kilometers. This administrative region is one of the six administrative regions of the Riau Islands Province. Within its vicinity is the autonomous area of Tanjung Pinang. The history of the island can be traced back in the early 3rd century. It was a trading post between China and India. Over the centuries, Bintan was under the control of China, the British, and the Dutch. In the 12th century, Bintan was known to be the “Pirate Island” as the Malay pirates used to steal trading ships that were sailing on these waters.
Nowadays, Bintan is a perfect beach paradise ideal for tourists who wants to enjoy the beach. It offers a lot of things to do including snorkeling, sailing and exploring the island. The nightlife is not as bustling as the nightlife in Bali, but there are bars and pubs that tourists enjoy every night. These watering holes can also be spotted in the hotels and resort, which provide luxury accommodation. There are also budget hotels that is perfect for solo backpackers who just need some comfortable beds to sleep after a long strenuous day of touring the island. Hotels also provide assistance for tours and excursions to the places at the outskirts of the city.
If planning to get in by plane, the Raja Haji Fisabilillah Airport in Bintan is an airport that serves domestic flights. However, tourists can also fly to the airport in Batam that serves both international and domestic flights. Another alternate way is to fly to Singapore and take a ferry to Tanjung Pinang. There are three ports in Bintan: Sri Bintan Pura (Tanjung Pinang), Lobam and Bandar Bentan Telani/Lagoi.