Get Off the Beaten Track in Bintan
Escape the bustle of Singapore and return to the real natural beauty of Indonesia in Bintan, the largest island in the Riau Archipelago.
This is an ideal destination for those who wish to get out into the wilderness with many stunning hiking destinations, along with quiet and pristine beaches that are ripe for swimming, surfing, kayaking and snorkelling. Scuba diving, boat rentals, chartered fishing tours and bike tours are other fantastic ways to get to know the island.
Must-see destinations include Jumbo Park, home to seven Sumatran elephants. You can learn all about these gentle giants, see an elephant show or go on a variety of elephant trail rides. The nearby Penyengat Island is a visually beautiful and historically significant site that was used as a fort in the 18th century. Here you can find the tomb of the 19th century Islamic historian and scholar, Raja Ali Haji. Other great spots to visit are the Banyan Tree Temple, the 500 Lohan Temple and any of the huge seafood markets.
Bintan is also a golfer’s paradise, with five beautiful golf courses that rank among some of the best in Asia. The Ria Bintan Championship Golf Course has 27 holes and was awarded the title of Asia’s Best Golf Course in 2008. You’ll also find two magnificent courses at the Bintan Lagoon Resort, world renowned for its cleverly designed championship 18-hole golf courses. Then there’s the Ian Baker-Finch Woodlands Golf Course and Jack Nicklaus Sea View Golf Course that offer fast greens and beautiful scenery. Last but not least of the five is the Laguna Bintan Golf Club at the Ria Bintan Resort.
Whatever your adventure, Bintan can be that hidden tropical paradise you’ve been searching for.