If you fancy a little break away from the hustle and bustle of Singapore, Bintan makes for a lovely get away for a very small price.
It’s Easy to arrange for a few nights and on top of that it’s very affordable which makes for a perfect opportunity to visit a little bit of Indonesia
Little booking is required unless you plan on travelling during the peak season of summer (June-August). You can pretty much turn up at the Singapore ferry terminal Tanah Merah and your away.
Easiest way to reach the terminal from the city center is to take the MRT to Tanah Merah and grab the number 35 bus, you’re there for as little as S$2!
There are a number of ferry company’s you can go with and the tickets are very competitively priced, so shop around at the terminal and find the best rate, I managed to bag a S$50 return ticket with Penguin ferry’s and it’s important to buy the return part so you can get the visa easily (must have ticket going out of Indonesia to get the visa).
All Indonesian visa’s (which many travellers will need) you can buy when you arrive for roughly $25 US dollars but they also take Singapore dollars ($35) as well. This is handy and you find all the island resorts take Singapore Dollars so no need to exchange your cash.
If you want to go on a real adventure when you arrive by ferry you can rent a moped for a low per day price, people crowded around the entrance of the terminal waiting for you to hire off them so it’s really easy to pick one up, then you can go off to explore the island and try and hunt down a hut by the beach for the night, if you can’t find anything then by all means sleep under the stars.
For the less adventurous driven travelers (like myself) you can opt for booking a package with everything all together for a low price. I managed to book a beach hut on Hostelworld for half the price of the beach resort 2 minutes up the road which was partnered together. That meant for a cheap price I got to have the fun of an awesome beach hut for a dirt cheap price and was able to use all the top class facilities just a small walk up the road. It even included a free shuttle bus (round an hour drive to get to the real paradise and the shuttle journey was worth it for the remoteness aspect) so it was a really easy holiday to organize and the whole trip, transport, food, accommodation and transfers for roughly £99 weekends.
Can I recommend Bintan? 100% yes! After having a very long week working on my intern job in Singapore this very easy to do weekend trip was really laid back and easy, I really enjoyed it. The whole trip I felt so relaxed and at peace away from the big city of Singapore it has been just a real delight. Also the cheap food and very affordable full body massage at the resort (a little under £20!) really made the trip for me getting the opportunity to visit a little taste of Indonesia was a really joy as I got to try the food and meet the very friendly happy locals and all in all it was a great experience. If you’re staying in Singapore for more than a week it really is worth taking this trip and I highly recommend, go and have fun and I hope you enjoy Bintan as much as I have.
Have you been to Bintan? Comment below and let me know what you thought of it.