The religious places within a region usually give you a glimpse of the lifestyle of the people, so places of worship are must-visit Bintan attractions. Start by taking a boat down to Senggarang, where a plethora of different kinds of Chinese temples are available for you to visit. Admire the cultural significance of these temples which host different deities that locals go to for varying purposes, and have been going to for several centuries. A very interesting Chinese temple to visit here is the Banyan Tree Temple, where a former village headman’s home now houses a place of worship with a banyan tree overgrowing the building.
Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike are also recommended to visit the 500 Lohan temple, situated not far west from Tanjung Pinang. Here, you can see 500 statues modelled after souls that have achieved nirvana; these souls are also referred to as “Lohan” or “Luohan”. If you journey to Trikora Beach and look for a small Catholic church there, you may also stumble upon a small grotto housing a statue of the Virgin Mary. This a great place to pray and meditate, especially if you are of the Christian faith.
Indonesia also definitely has Muslim places of worship, as it is a Muslim country, and one of the well-known Bintan places to visit is actually a mosque located on Penyengat Island. This mosque has an eye-catching yellow and green colour scheme which is great when you want to photograph its splendour. Nearby to this mosque are ruins of an old palace, a reminder of historical events during the ruling of the Johor-Riau kingdom.
Bintan is home to a number of mangrove forests, and some of these are located very near to our Bintan Island Club Med resort. Be sure to visit these unique forests where you can see not just huge mangrove trees with their roots sticking out, but a colourful array of fruits and flowers as well. These natural wonders don’t just serve as tourist spots; they trap sediment and keep the coastal waters beautifully clear by preventing erosion of the coast!
Another way to enjoy the natural picturesque beauty that Bintan can offer is via a sunset cruise with your loved one (or ones). Watch the orange circle that keeps us alive dip behind the water, leaving the sky painted orange, and take a moment to contemplate the little things in life that make living a fantastic experience. The adventures don’t end when the sun sets though; at night, take a firefly night tour near the mangrove river to watch these bioluminescent critters light up the darkness like fairies in a fairy tale. Definitely a Bintan attraction not to miss out on!
If what you are looking for is a place to visit in Bintan to get some familiar but still locally-made eats, then the Akau’ open-air street food night bazaar should be on your itinerary. This large hawker centre has a variety of food options to choose from, especially if you love Chinese and Indonesian-style cuisine. Besides this, you also need to visit at least one of the ‘kelong’-style seafood restaurants around Bintan to enjoy fresh and delicious seafood overlooking calming waters. It’s an experience that’s difficult to replicate when you head home, especially if you come from a bustling city.
Most of the activities above can be arranged through excursions when you stay with us at Club Med; not only will you get to do everything that tourists do in Bintan, but all your needs in terms of food, alcohol, and more will be taken care by us. Live that luxury life and make the most of your vacation here at Bintan Island!