Have you heard about Bintan, the biggest island of the Indonesian Riau Archipelago?
I know it is tempting to pronounce the name like the Indonesian beer Bintang, It is OK, do not worry because once you are there; you can sit back with your beer. It is rather effortless to get from Singapore to Bintan with our ferry service. As it became a popular weekend getaway for many people living in Singapore or Johor, many ferry operators are able to take you there. If you feel like you need to unwind from the crowds, it is the right choice to come to Bintan.
Bintan is almost 2x bigger than Batam but has about 4x fewer inhabitants. There are many resorts in the North of the island. In the South, there is Tanjung Pinang, the capital city of the Rian Islands Region. With its old town built on the piers and the nearby Senggarang village, this is the place to come for some authentic historical experience. The Northern town Tanjung Uban in the resort area has a ferry terminal called Bandar Bentan Telani that is used often for the route to Singapore or Batam. It takes about an hour with the ferry, or It is also possible to order a speed boat.
How to get from Singapore to Bintan?
Firstly, there is a booking app that can help you to organize your tickets. There are 3 ports on Bintan Island (Tanjung Pinang, Bintan Lagoon Resort, Bandar Bentan Telani) where you can go. The ferry from Singapore leaves from the Tanah Merah ferry terminal which is just next to the Changi Airport. Book your tickets online and catch one of the several boats that leave to Bintan Island every day.
Tanah Merah ferry terminal (TMFT) to Bintan
To get from the airport to the Tanah Merah terminal is easy; it is only about 6 minutes in a taxi, or you can catch bus number 35. It is about 55 minutes to take the subway to "Tanah Merah" and get on bus number 35. There are 3 routes from Tanah Merah to Bintan:
from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal to Bandar Bentan Telani.
from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal to Bintan Lagoon Resort.
from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal to Tanjung Pinang.
Top 3 things about Bintan that you should know to enjoy your visit.
Chill and Play is the rule that applies to places like the Crystal Lagoon or YOLO bounce Park or Golf Clubs like Ria Bintan. Besides water sports, it is possible to take more Action based activities like paintball.
There are many brilliant restaurants and food markets too. Learn about the local culture and history in the old town of Tanjung Pinang and Senggarang village. While you are exploring the culture of the island, you can also stop at the Thousand Face Temple.
Explore the nature of the island. This island still keeps a lot of the natural heritage. So go to see the lovely beaches or take a hike to the mountain Bintan Besar.