Bintan Island is the
largest island in the necklace of Riau Archipelago, covering an
area of 1,140 square kilometers. In old Chinese, the name of
Bintan Island means the “Memory of a Dream”, and in true sense of
the term, Bintan Island is a land of long dust-covered roads,
verdant green vegetation and sleepy villages, nestled amidst
mangrove swamps, and kelong, or fishing villages built on stilts
over the water. Today, a major tourist destination, Bintan Island
is slowly waking up, and starting to get a life!
Its close proximity to Singapore has made Bintan Island a popular
tourist destination. Most of the tourism of Bintan Island is
concentrated on the north coast around Lagoi. There are many
wonderful and interesting places to visit in and near the Bintan
Island, Indonesia. Some of these have been listed by online hotel
for the benefit of the discerning traveler.
The highest mountain on
the Bintan Island Bintan Besar, is the remnants of an old volcano,
and at an elevation of 376 m, is the highest point on the Riau
Archipelago. It is also the only place where one can get to see
the vestiges of the tropical rain forests, that at one time
covered the whole of Bintan Island, Indonesia.
Tanjung Pinang is the main port town on Bintan Island. The town
has a Museum located on Katamso Street, which is open to the
public. There is also the 28 meter tall Raja Haji Fisabillah Monument
of Struggle, which was raised in memory of the hero Raja Haji who
died during the battle for Malacca. Another popular tourist
attraction here is the Sungai Ular (Snake River) Buddhist Temple,
opposite the harbor in Tanjung Pinang.
The most popular beach on the east coast of Bintan Island is the
Trikora Beach. The sand is white, the water is spotless, and it is
a great place to relax in.
The nearest International airport is
Fisabilillah International Airport, located 10 km East of Tanjung Pinang. To make arrangements for a taxi from Airport
to Tanjung Pinang, contact one the taxi operators or travel agents that have
counter in the Airport.
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