Bintan Island is one of Indonesia / Singapore’s newer attractions, the largest of 3,200 islands in the Indonesian Riau Archipelago and the 3rd largest of 27 provinces. Located just 45 kilometers southeast of Singapore, the island is easily accessible via a 45-minute catamaran boat trip from Singapore’s Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal.
Bintan belongs to Indonesia. On the northern part of the island is Bintan Brzee Beach, with swaying coconut palms and with its own beach, a perfect breather for those who would like to combine Singapore’s urban life with peace and quiet or explore the many lovely areas of Bintan, for example. Tanjung Pinang, mangroves, snorkeling, scuba diving and more
Here are all kinds of accommodations – Brzee Beach offers bungalows, beach huts or tree huts.
Bintan has a long history behind it. It was mentioned in the Chinese explorer Admiral Cheng Ho’s travel descriptions as far back as the 11th century. Since that time, Bintan has been on trade routes between Indonesia, China, the Middle East and India. The Bugis seafarers and travelers brought spices from other islands, while the Chinese traders brought tea, porcelain and silk. The Arabs bought carnations, pepper and nutmeg and sent it to Europe. In the 18th century, the Dutch, British and Americans came and traded tin, opium and pepper.
Today, visitors to Bintan can experience the bustling port of the island’s capital Tanjung Pinang, which is a strange old town characterized by rows of pile houses, chained together by a maze of small footpaths. You can experience Bintan’s Indonesian heritage in the many charming fishing villages that exude relaxed village atmosphere. Here are also the Sultan’s Mosque, generous mausoleum and palace ruins.