Bintan is an island, located 2 hours by ferry from Singapore, and, although it’s larger than Batam, it’s less populated. This is the island perfect for an inexpensive mini-getaway from Singapore.
How To Get There…
Company: Bintan Resorts Ferries (BRF)
Departing from: Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal, SIngapore
Arriving: Bandar Bentan Telani Ferry Terminal, Bintan Resorts
Cost: Economy Class- $70SGD ($50USD) roundtrip
Cost: Emerald Class- $114SGD ($81USD) roundtrip
Duration: 2 hour journey, arrive 1.5 hours prior to departure for check in
NOTE: Upgrade to Emerald Class, as you’ll get the following perks: seat assignment, Emerald Lounge prior to departure, expedited immigration clearance, onboard Visa On Arrival (VOA), complementary beverages and open deck seating.
Visa on arrival is easy and simple. If you upgrade to emerald class on the ferry, which I highly suggest, then they’ll do it all on the boat for you. $15USD up to 7 days, $35 up to 30 days.
Where To Stay…
There are SO many resorts to choose from on the island. I’ve highlighted a few, based on budget.
Bintan Lagoon Resort:
This was our choice because it’s totally budget friendly , but still a 4 star accommodation. This place is HUGE, has descent rooms, a nice beach, an ENORMOUS pool and multiple good restaurants. There is a spa, golf excursions and lots of family activities. $79USD/night
We’d totally stay here if we were to return to Bintan, as they have great service and the accommodation/amenities are much nicer. $270USD/night
What To Eat…
All resorts have multiple restaurants, with endless varieties both in/out of your room. You don’t even need to leave the premises, which makes it that much easier/better.
If you’re up early in the morning, do catch the sunrises, they’re gorgeous from Bintan…the sunsets are beautiful as well!
Relax and enjoy your getaway!