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Top Things to Do When on Bintan Island – An authentic experience

Bintan Island is situated in close proximity to Riau Archipelago of Indonesia. The Island is splendid for a getaway with friends and family.


Experience the history and culture of the Senggarang Village

Bintan maybe a small island but it is steeped in rich history and culture. As a strategic point in the Indo China trade route, it plays a vital role in the Malay support system. The village of Senggarang became home for Chinese migrants who settled here in large communities. This charming village occupies houses of different styles and architecture. The community in the village is close-knit; therefore, the doors are always left ajar, so you are free to take a peak when passing by to understand their way of living. A stroll along the village will be a refreshing experience especially if you enjoy exploring old temples.


Balinese massage

De-stress your mind and body by getting a spa treatment while you are there. If there's one amazing thing a visitor must experience in Bali that is getting a classic Balinese massage. There are plenty of places that offer full body massages at very reasonable rates. You'll be surprised by how cheap a luxury spa in Bintan can be, even at a luxury hotel the likes of The Residence Bintan by Cenizaro.


Enjoy the best bargains in Tanjung Pinang

Bintan's capital Tanjung Pinang is a small town with friendly locals. It's a great place to taste local food, learn about the culture and grab some interesting souvenirs to take back. Shopping here is pocket-friendly since most products are locally manufactured. The big shops have electrical equipment, antiques and food. The street shops have lovely Javanese batik clothing, gems, local handicrafts and much more. If you prefer a shopping mall instead then the Plaza Lagoi Mall has it all.


Eat local food

The quaint and quiet Sebung village serves some of the best seafood in Bintan. The food here is fresh, lip-smacking and affordable. You get a range of seafood including prawns, lobsters, crabs, mussels, and off the hook fish. The restaurants that stand on stilts have the best views of the surrounding mangrove. You can also try the night food bazaar, which is ideal for local snacks. The resort's layout quite a spread as well and if you are staying at a recognized hotel, you can try a buffet style meal. The food courts also offer great variety and tastes.


Visit the Bintan Elephant Park

The Bintan Elephant Park allows visitors to interact with the gentle giants. You can feed them, understand their behaviours, and learn about their living habits as well as diet. Elephant rides are also available and are one of the kind experience. The price of the rides varies according to age and duration. 10 Sumatran elephants perform fun tricks and groove to disco music. The show runs throughout the week but check the time schedule before you go. The elephant park is located in Lagos and is a short ride from anywhere in Bintan. Your hotel will assist you to find the location and you can even reserve a package through them.