Bintan was meant to be an all-expenses-paid surprise for M for our 900 days anniversary but thanks to my inability to hide secret and M’s dislike for secret, I ended up telling him the plan one week prior to the date.
It was my first time to Bintan, M’s second and when I was at Singapore’s ferry terminal, I was genuinely beginning to get scared. The number of foreign tourists definitely outdo the Singaporean perhaps on a 3:1 ratio. While the number of Chinese national was scary, what surprised me the most was that even though the Chinese’s behaviour was well known to be unruly. The other foreigners were starting to be rude as well.
Lucky for us, after we made it out of the crowd, our resort transport was already waiting for us. So at least we got that going.
I made a reservation at the 4-star Grand Lagoi Hotel. I picked the hotel mainly because of its proximity to the Plaza Lagoi and was hoping that if things get too boring at the resort, at least we can spend time at the shopping area.
The room was in near perfect condition but if I have to nitpick, the Wi-Fi was almost non-existent. The in-room menu was definitely resort-priced for e.g: a can of Tiger beer is priced at IDR78K (SGD7.50). But the toilets were well-equipped and we got a corner unit which was slightly bigger.
The staffs were really nice – they took the initiative to ask where we were going and provided directions and also help us arrange for transportation when we needed. The hotel breakfast was adequate and the game room had Switch, PS4, Pool Table, etc.
Places to Go
Plaza Lagoi: The shopping arcade beside the hotel was extremely sad. At any time you can count the number of people in the area. The weekend bazaar as what they called it, makes up of merely 8 tents selling food.
Lagoi Bay: Continue walking down and Lagoi Bay fare a little better. There were a lot more crowd playing along the beach and also shopping at the mart. The goods sold at the mart here were considerably a lot cheaper than the ones nearer to the Plaza.
Places to Eat
Warung Yeah! : One of the most if not the most, well-known establishment in the area that is known for its affordability but great flavour. A lot of choices of food and the service staffs are really nice too. We liked it so much, we came by one more time before we returned back home.
Aneka Seafood Restaurant: For dinner, we got the staff at the hotel to arrange transportation (I think the transport was around IDR 300k (SGD 29) to and fro). The restaurant on stilt (kelong) was an interesting concept to me (I guess that’s what they meant about Farm to Table). We ordered the usual Singapore staple like salted egg chicken, crispy sotong, sambal kang kong and clams. The bill came to about IDR700k (SGD67) which the taste did not justify. Will gladly spend my money elsewhere.
Overall, I enjoyed myself in Bintan. 2D1N is definitely not enough! The staffs certainly made the stay a lot more enjoyable and I can’t wait to be back to enjoy the other parts of Bintan.
Till then again,