If you fancy a break from the Singapore city life, Bintan Island makes a short get away for a small price.
It’s very easy to do a 3D2N package on a backpackers budget.
How to get to Bintan Island from Singapore:
Advance booking is not required unless you plan on travelling during the peak season in the summer (June-August). You can turn up at the Singapore ferry terminal located at Tanah Mirah MRT station and pay on the day for your ferry transfer.
Easiest way to reach the terminal from the city centre 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 take and tickets are very competitively priced. Shop around at the terminal and find the best rate, I managed to bag a S$50 return ticket with Sindo ferry’s and it’s important to buy the return part so you can get an Indonesian visa.
Sorting out an Indonesian visa
Indonesian visa’s (which many travellers will need) Can be purchased on arrive for roughly $25 US dollars, you get a form to fill in and its pretty straight forward to arrange. Didn’t have any issues with getting this at all, was a piece of cake.
Great news! Visa, free entry is now available for many countries around the world for up to 30 days. Check before you arrive to see if you are able to have access to this Visa free entry into Indonesia scheme.
Getting around the Island
The easiest and cheapest option to explore Bintan is to rent a moped which can be arranged for a fair price at the Bintan boat terminal on arrival. It’s really easy to pick one up and many rental companies are awaiting new arrivals as you get off the boat. Then you can go off to explore the island and try and hunt down a beach hut by the coast for the night, if you can’t find anything then by all means sleep under the stars.
Another option, you can opt for booking a resort package which includes transfers from the boat terminal, make sure you book in advance and you can arrange to be picked up on arrival.
Places to stay once you get to Bintan Island
I booked 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 backpacker friendly 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) it was an easy getaway to organize and the whole trip, transport, food, accommodation and transfers didn’t cost that much over a long weekend.
If you’re interested in staying at the same place, I wrote a blog post with a video about the backpacker option I found.
Can I recommend Bintan Island as a Get away from Singapore?
It was an easy weekend trip to arrange to this laid back island, Great way to escape the busy Singapore city life for a long weekend.
After the whole trip I felt relaxed and ready to return to Singapore, a hidden paradise not that far away.
The cheap but tasty food 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’s worth taking this trip. Go, have fun and I hope you enjoy Bintan Island as much as I have.
Try a cocoanut straight from the tree, its delicious!
Have you been to Bintan or looking at going? Feel free to leave a comment in the section below, thank you!.