Grand Lagoi Village Cafe & Resto is an restaurant that serves quality dishes of international food. it's located Grand Lagoi Village Cafe hotel itself which is at the Northern part of the island, Village Resort Grand Lagoi is the perfect destination to experience the rustic and quaint side of Bintan....more

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Grand Lagoi Village Cafe & Resto is an restaurant that serves quality dishes of international food. it's located Grand Lagoi Village Cafe hotel itself which is at the Northern part of the island, Village Resort Grand Lagoi is the perfect destination to experience the rustic and quaint side of Bintan.


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Grand Lagoi, Jl. Gurindam Duabelas, Plot 27 & 29, Lagoi Bay, Sebong Lagoi, Tlk. Sebong, Kabupaten Bintan, Kepulauan Riau 29155, Indonesia



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  • Bintan's Vibrant Resort: Cassia Bintan

    Only a short 45-minutes ferry ride from Singapore, Bintan offers you a quick getaway from all the hustle and bustle in the city. It’s time to stop stressing about all those things inside your mind and let’s go all the way to Bintan! This Negeri Segantang Lada is ready to bring you a journey to serenity. Set to become the next Bali equivalent, Bintan has lots of resorts. When you have so many options, picking the right ones can be quite a challenge. Therefore, HalalTrip is here to save the day! One of the resorts we highly recommend for every unique soul who craves for something colorful, vibrant, and edgy is Cassia Bintan by Banyan Tree. This is where you should stay, seriously.   CASSIA BINTAN Image Credit: Cassia Bintan Address: Jalan Teluk Berembang Laguna Bintan Resorts, Sebong Lagoi, Tlk. Sebong, Kabupaten Bintan, Kepulauan Riau 29155 Phone: (0770) 693111 Website: Instagram: @cassiabintan Facebook: Cassia Bintan Without much more hustle and sweat, Cassia Bintan is perched in a perfect location where it is only 10 minutes away from Bandar Bentan Telani Ferry Terminal. You can go to Bandar Bentan Telani Terminal with a ferry from Tanah Merah, Singapore. A single Economy Class Ferry Ticket fare starts from SGD 45 for a one-way trip and SGD 58 for a round trip. Then, for Emerald (First Class) Ticket starts from SGD 62 for a one-way trip and SGD 102 for a round trip. *Ticket fare can change depending on the off-peak or peak season. This 5-star hotel opened at the end of August 2017, so the building is relatively new. The concept this resort is based on is very zingy and youthful. Furthermore, Cassia Bintan has apartment-like features where all types of rooms have a living room and a trendy functional kitchen. A great place for those who are fond of cooking! Whether you are planning to stay alone, with your cliques, colleagues, or your partner, what's not to like about cooking breakfast in the morning with a view of the blue sea? P.S.: They have Market 23 in the lobby area for you to pick out some ingredients for your meal with so many instagrammable spots. You can also find a recipe book inside your room and have a Thai style BBQ feast. If cooking is not your thing then, don’t worry! Most of the restaurants in Bintan are Halal. There are various Halal restaurants near the resort, from Lotus Café, Treetops, Vista, XANA Beach Club to Saffron restaurant. If you would like to try somewhere more romantic, try having dinner at Kelong Restaurant or Dinner on the Rocks. Imagine a candlelight dinner under the stars overlooking the South China Sea landscape. Craving for something more aligned with the local taste? Go to Sederhana Nasi Padang. They also have Prayer rooms available! Or go to Pujasera in Kota Sebung or Rimba Jaya, you will have a variety of local food choices there. We recommend that you check with the restaurants just to make sure of their Halal status. Image Credit: Cassia Bintan Now, let’s talk about what the resort’s offers, Cassia Bintan has a very fun lobby! There are board games, card games, foosball, and darts. Furthermore, because of its aesthetic design, you definitely want a selfie or a we-fie. Cassia Bintan is absolutely instagrammable. For you beach lovers, this resort offers access to a private beach that is only about 1.5 km away from the resort! There, you can either have a blast with your friends and family or you may choose to go the total opposite of a relaxing time by the beach. Reading a good book alone or with your lovely partner. Imagine having a sweet sunset moment with your loved ones while walking feet-in-sand on this clean white sand beach. Image Credit: Cassia Bintan This resort will give you the best relaxation for the rest of your weekends since it is very close to the beach. You really can hear the soothing sound of waves inside your room. Other than that, if you are seeking for a more therapeutic experience, head over to Banyan Tree’s award-winning spa where you will be in the hands of massage experts to massage all that stress away! There are golf courses nearby as well if golf sounds more like you.   Cassia Bintan Room Options One-Bedroom Apartment Image Credit: Cassia Bintan These funky rooms are for two persons and are 42sqm - 51sqm. There is a No Breakfast option that starts from SGD45, With Breakfast starting from SGD 57. These are the different themes that they offer for these One-Bedroom apartments:  Stay and Play option costs SGD 110 (catered for golfers) Loft Ocean View for SGD 140  Garden option costs SGD 175 Ocean option costs SGD 225 (exclude taxes)  All types of rooms have a kitchen, living room, free wi-fi, air conditioning, and microwave. All rooms are non-smoking rooms.   Two-Bedroom Apartment Garden or Ocean Image Credit: Cassia Bintan For those who would like to bring more people to the room, especially for family or group of friends, the Two-Bedroom Apartment is a good choice. This 62sqm-71sqm room has two options, which are Garden View for SGD 260 and Ocean View for SGD 300 (exclude taxes). The room facilities include a kitchen, living room, dining room, free wi-fi, breakfast for two, air conditioning, and microwave. All rooms are non-smoking rooms.   Activities and Things To Do 1. Foam Pool Party Image Credit: Cassia Bintan What more can we say, a pool of bubbles is definitely a YES! And it is FREE, weee! Price: Free Opening Hours: 3 PM – 7 PM (Saturdays only).   2. Water Sport Image Credit: Cassia Bintan Feeling adventurous? Water sport such as Snorkeling and Jet Ski is one of Banyan Tree’s private beach available activities. Enjoy Bintan’s beautiful ocean from under or above. Jetski Price: Starts from SGD 43 for 15 min and SGD 160 for 1 hour Safari Tour Opening hours: 9 AM and 4 PM Location: Marine Centre Snorkeling Price: Around SGD 36 Opening hours: 9 AM and 4 PM Location: Marine Centre   3. Speedboat through Mangrove Image Credit: DestinAsian If you like watching some wild animals and having a wild adventure, there will be pythons hanging on the branches and some monitor lizards, but we can assure your safety! Seriously. Price: Around SGD 38 (60 minutes tour) Opening Hours: Day tour at 9 AM, 10.30 AM, 1 PM, and 3 PM. A night tour at 7.30 PM. Location: Roundtrip pick-up from Cassia Bintan   4. ATV Image Credit: Grant Durr on Unsplash Nothing beats zipping around nature with an ATV to get the blood pumping! Release your stress by riding an ATV! Price: Around SGD 58 (30 minutes) Opening Hours: Marine Centre   5. Yoga Maintain your physique, mental, and spiritual by doing Yoga. If you have not tried doing Yoga before, this is your time… Price: Free Time: 5:30AM – 7AM Location: Santai Deck at Angsana Resort by Banyan Tree   6. Release Endangered Baby Turtles into the Ocean Image Credit: Cassia Bintan Well-known for big on caring for marine life, Banyan Tree offers you this activity though Cassia Bintan. Just imagine watching tippy-tappy baby turtles’ feet getting back into the ocean? Such cuties! Price: Free Time: Check for updates on Cassia Bintan’s Facebook or Instagram Location: Cassia Bintan’s private beach   7. Busung Dune Desert and Telaga Biru Image Credit: Wonderful Indonesia Visit Gurun Pasir Busung that is 40 minutes away from Cassia Bintan. Make sure to bring a camera or your phone with you because this place very beautiful and magical! Price: Free Opening Hours: 24 hours Location: Jl. Raya Busung, Busung, Seri Kuala Lobam, Kabupaten Bintan, Kepulauan Riau 29152   8. Lagoi Beach Image Credit: DestinAsian More beach? Go to Lagoi Beach, this popular public beach has plenty of selfie spots, eateries, and shops. Price: Free Opening Hours: 7AM to midnight Location: Sebong Lagoi, Teluk Sebong, Sebong Lagoi, Tlk. Sebong, Kabupaten Bintan, Kepulauan Riau So, now you know where to go and stay in Bintan for a relaxing holiday! Even if you are not staying in Cassia Bintan, Bintan island itself has so many more things to do and explore. May the situation improve so that the borders can be lifted soon, Insha Allah!...

  • Glamorous Camping! You Need To Try These Top 10 Glamping Spots In Asia

    If you’re not familiar with the term “glamping”, fear not – you’re not alone. The first time I heard the word “glamping” I didn’t know what it meant. Clearly I’m not following the trend. When I looked into it though, I realised it was exactly the kind of thing I enjoyed – being one with nature minus all the icky stuff: the heat, bugs, and make-shift bathrooms! Glamping is basically the words ‘glamorous camping’ put together. And who wouldn’t like some of that? via GIPHY We scoured all the glamping spots we could find in Asia to come up with these top 10. They have adventure, relaxation, the modern comforts that you are used to, and all the nature you want to be a part of. Even with all the luxury the rooms afford that makes it feel like you’re in a bubble, the view right outside your window and door reminds you that you are a world away from your regular life and its responsibilities. Get ready for a rejuvenating trip! 1. Trizara Resorts, Indonesia Picture Credit: Trizara Resorts Facebook You’ll feel like you’re camping alright, in these tent-like structures. Trizara Resorts believes in disconnecting from electronics and connecting with nature, and whether you are a solo traveller, couple or a group, they have a host of activities to make that possible!  Picture Credit: Trizara Resorts Facebook There’s nothing like making new friends on your travels, and some of the best ways to do that are through team sports. Engage in an archery battle, relax with some yoga, go paintballing, or play futsal. There’s the bungee trampoline, flying fox or high rope for those adrenalin junkies, an Amazing Race or Treasure Hunt for some afternoon fun.  Picture Credit: Trizara Resorts Facebook They also have off-site outings like hiking and off-road for those who want to explore. All this and more with the home comforts of a good bed to ensure a great night’s sleep and an attached bathroom amid other luxuries! In line with their policy, they don’t have a TV though, because they don’t think you need it! Address: Jalan Pasirwangi Wetan, Lembang, Bandung. Jawa Barat.Price Range: From SGD$227/nightContact: 022 82780085Email: trizararesorts@gmail.comWebsite: 2. La Cocoteraie Ecolodge, Indonesia Picture Credit: La Cocoteraie Ecolodge, Indonesia Facebook If you’re looking for a place to go for a special occasion, look no further. La Cocoteraie Ecolodge is a small hotel set in the middle of breath-taking beauty. The staff is like family, which makes your experience there that much warmer, friendlier and more comfortable, and they are willing to decorate your room according to your requests, which makes for the perfect special holiday.  Picture Credit: La Cocoteraie Ecolodge, Indonesia Facebook There are no motor vehicles allowed on the island of Gili Trawangan which means you get there by boat, and then take a horse and cart, cycle or walk to the hotel. It also means that the beauty and peace of the island is undisturbed, allowing you to have a holiday of another level. Lounge by the pool, explore the island (it only takes about an hour to walk around the whole place) or seek adventure in the sea.  Picture Credit: La Cocoteraie Ecolodge, Indonesia Facebook You get a bicycle and snorkelling gear to use for free once you arrive, so you can get those muscles working, or simply lie on the beach with the sky as your screen to enjoy the sunset or star-gaze. The perfect place to go glamping in Indonesia. Address: Gili Indah, Pemenang, North Lombok Regency, West Nusa Tenggara 83352, IndonesiaPrice Range: From SGD$105/nightContact: +6281907976985Email: lacocogili@gmail.comWebsite: 3. The Canopi, Bintan Picture Credit: The Canopi The Canopi is known for its water sports, so if you feel like a fish in water, check it out. You can take it slow while still toning those muscles on the water tricycle, have a bit of a Wipeout experience by attempting to scale obstacles in the water, of shoot for the sky in the Jetovator!  Picture Credit: The Canopi Water slides keeps kids happy, kayaking, parasailing and more are all part of the Water Experience. If you want to take a break on dry land, try your hand at the shooting range, or explore Treasure Bay Bintan’s private forest in a UTV or an ATV off-road adventure.  Picture Credit: The Canopi Based on what kind of nature buff you are, you can pick the Garden Tent, Lagoon View Tent, Safari Tent or the Glamping Deluxe Tent. Each one features a four-poster bed, air conditioning, wifi, mini fridge and more. Address: Jln. Raya Haji KM 01 Kawasan, Pariwisata, Teluk Sebong Lagoi, Bintan, Kepulauan Riau 29152, Indonesia.Price Range: From SGD$165/nightContact: +62 770 - 69 - 2252 / 2253Email: reservation@thecanopi.comWebsite: ​ 4. Glamz at Genting, Malaysia Picture Credit: Glamz  Not too far away from Kuala Lumpur, you can forget that the city even exists. Have a vacation at the all new Glamz at Genting, with tents that are pretty cosy but offer you creature comforts like no other regular tent does! The indoor facilities are comparatively less than the other places mentioned above, but the surrounding nature and the cool weather that you immerse yourself in makes up for it.  You can opt for a cozy night in one of the Bell Tents or experience the one-of-a-kind dome room. The dome rooms are mostly for couples on vacation or even for families with children. The dome rooms are relatively spacious for its price! However, if you're traveling with friends or looking for a more 'camping-like' experience, we definitely recommend the bell tents! To elevate your glamorous experience, you might even want to try the VIP Dome with Private Jacuzzi ;) Address: 1, Jalan Meranti, 69000 Genting Highlands, Pahang, MalaysiaPrice Range: From SGD$86/nightEmail: 5. Kamu Lodge, Laos Picture Credit: Kamu Lodge Kamu Lodge differs from the rest of the glamping resorts by providing you with the opportunity to integrate yourself with the locals. Allowing you live like and observe the locals, Kamu Lodge’s speciality is slow travel, which helps in creating memories that last a lifetime. Picture Credit: Kamu Lodge Facebook They encourage their guests to get up close and personal with the paddy fields and process of harvesting rice, net fishing and gold panning (an easier method of mining and you can keep anything you find!). You can also trek through the forest and have a picnic at the waterfall, try your shot at the archery range available, or get a massage at the Kamu Spa, with all the local curative herbs being used to soothe your body. The lodges are hybrids and environmentally friendly. Picture Credit: Kamu Lodge Facebook They have thick walls to keep the elements out, solar panels to source the electricity, and built with natural resources but still including a bed and a hot shower. They may not be luxury tents, but you still have basic comforts that give you a good night’s sleep! Address: Ban Nioy Hai, Muang Nga District, Oudoumxay Province, 06000, LaosPrice Range: From SGD$185/night (April to October); SGD$227/night (November to March)Contact: +856(0) 20 5603 2365Email: info@kamulodge.comWebsite: 6. Hintok River Camp at Hellfire Pass, Thailand  Picture Credit: Hintok River Camp at Hellfire Pass หินตก ริเวอร์ เเคมป์ ณ ช่องเขาขาด Facebook Home to two World War 2 sites, Hintok River Camp is a favourite amongst history buffs. Even if history is not your thing, Hintok is worth a visit as they have been honoured with many titles, including one of the top 10 adventure resorts, top 7 gorgeous places to go glamping in Thailand, Thailand Boutique Award and 3rd Amazing Back-to-Nature Hotel in Thailand. Picture Credit: Hintok River Camp at Hellfire Pass หินตก ริเวอร์ เเคมป์ ณ ช่องเขาขาด Facebook Hintok River Camp is a tented camp that sports gorgeous views along with their natural spring pool – the perfect place to lounge about and drink in the view. The tents are air-conditioned with private bathrooms, a hot shower and more, and you step out of it into another world of beauty. On-site activities include the museum, mountain biking, a sheep enclosure, Thai massage, a trekking trail, and more. In the vicinity of the Camp is Treetop Adventure Park to satisfy your adrenalin cravings with their zip line, flying fox, tightrope, and more. You can also enjoy canoeing, bamboo rafting, exploring The Lawa Cave and gorgeous waterfalls. Address: 109 Moo 9 Ban Wang Khamen, Tambon Thasao, Saiyok, Kanchanaburi 70150, ThailandPrice Range: From SGD$230/nightContact: +66(0) 81 754 3898Email: info@hintokrivercamp.comWebsite: 7. Elephant Hills Floating Luxury Camp, Thailand Located close to popular destinations like Phuket, Krabi and Koh Samui makes getting to Elephant Hills easy, but it still manages to feel like another world once you get there. Elephant Hills is Thailand’s first luxury camp, and it consists of luxury tents on solid ground as well as the floating tent camp on the Cheow Larn Lake. You have to book a tour package with them – you cannot book rooms individually – so your stay will include experiencing both tented areas, as well as interacting with and observing elephants in the most ethical way possible. Don’t worry, they are all about conserving wildlife as well! In addition to offering you little luxuries in your tent like a comfortable bed, a hot and cold shower, and electricity amongst other amenities, their rooms are built responsibly, using solar and wind energy and a unique waste management system for sustainability. Elephant Hills is set is some of the most beautiful natural landscape, and part of your tour allows you to go trekking and explore on of the world’s oldest evergreen forests. The Jungle Lake Safari gives you a well-rounded experience by letting you roam in the wild, as well as taking you to civilisation – the market, to be precise – where you get up close and personal with the people, food and culture. There is a guide on hand to translate as and when you need it. You aren’t always chaperoned though! You are free to enjoy the scenery and gorgeous sunset from your tent deck, jump into the lake like it is your backyard pool from that same deck, and explore the surroundings in a kayak by yourself. It is a truly rejuvenating experience and something everyone should try at least once in their life! Address: 170 Moo 7 Tambon Klong Sok, Panom District, Suratthani 84250 ThailandPrice Range: From SGD$850 for 3D2N Safari Tour+ Package (room included)Contact: +66 5200 1186 / +66 5200 1196Email: info@rainforestcamp.comWebsite: 8. Jungle Beach Camp, Ahungalla, Sri Lanka Standard Glamping Tent Deluxe Glamping Tent Picture Credit: Jungle Beach Ahungalla Jungle Beach Camp is another great location to lose yourself in nature. On the tropical island of Sri Lanka that offers diverse landscape like green mountains and blue seas, Jungle Beach Camp is set in the south which is the prime location for beach holidays. Take your pick between the Standard Glamping Tent and Deluxe Glamping Tent (the former can host four people while the latter, six) whether you are a couple, family, or a group of people. Picture Credit: Jungle Beach Ahungalla Their thatched roofs and wooden structure makes you feel like you’re roughing it out in the wild but with the comfort of an en-suite bathroom, shower, and a warm bed to name a few. Experience Sri Lankan hospitality through the service, delicious food, a relaxing Ayurveda massage, and more. Soak up the sun on the beach, try your hand at the waves, or get involved in a game of volleyball. Picture Credit: Jungle Beach Ahungalla Watersport Get your adrenalin going on a jet ski ride, diving, snorkelling or deep sea fishing, or whale watching. Your holiday here is what you make of it! Address: Wathuregama, 80562 Ahungalla, Sri LankaPrice Range: From SGD$222/nightContact: +94 776 216 328 or +94 775 959 40Email: junglebeachahungalla@gmail.comWebsite: 9. Madulkelle Tea and Eco Lodge, Sri Lanka Picture Credit: Madukelle Set in the Knuckles Mountain range lies Madulkelle Tea and Eco Lodge. Waking up to breath-taking views of green mountains and blue skies as far the eye can see, to the chirping of birds and morning nature sounds, you feel like you’re in another world. Sri Lanka is known for its tea plantations which make for some of the best views. Honeymoon Suite Picture Credit: Madukelle The deluxe room is a sturdy canvas tent – which makes you feel like you’re camping in Asia – with a bed, desk, attached bathroom, hardwood floors and a porch where you can sit out and appreciate the incredible beauty at your feet. There are also net-covered windows (much like ones found in tents) that can be closed off with the canvas or opened up to let in the breeze and view from the comfort of your bed. They also offer honeymoon suite that comes with a private dining facility, a bathtub, and many more little details to make your stay enjoyable. There is a family lodge available as well. The Lodge offers a dining area with incredible views, a library with internet, an infinity pool, little cosy spots within the plantation – perfect for getting lost in a book, amongst other facilities. There are many places nearby to go hiking, trekking, wildlife watching, or even to the city if you’re missing the city life. Madulkelle Tea and Eco Lodge offers day trekking, night camping, cooking Sri Lankan dishes with a chef, waterfall excursions, tea picking and a plantation visit, and a few other activities to get you up close and personal with the surroundings. Each activity is priced differently and is not included in the cost of the room. There is plenty to see and do at Madulkelle, and it is perfect for an adventurous holiday or a relaxing one. Address: Madulkelle - Habaragala Road, Kandy, Sri LankaPrice Range: From SGD287/nightContact: +94 (0) 813801052Email: info@madulkelle.comWebsite: 10. Jetwing Kurulubedda, Sri Lanka Picture Credit: Jetwing Kurulubedda The Jetwing range of hotels manages to integrate luxury with nature beautifully, and they have a whole range of locations in different natural surroundings for just that purpose. Located in the southern region of Galle that is commonly known for its beaches, history and food, Jetwing takes you instead to the jungle a little away from the coast, to a world of its own, hidden away among the lush greens and paddy fields. Hosting 6 luxury villas, Jetwing allows you to be one with nature in absolute comfort. Picture Credit: Jetwing Kurulubedda Views of paddy fields and the sound of a flowing river nearby never sounded so good! Spacious rooms, polished wooden floors, attached bathrooms, air conditioning, a tea and coffee making facilities are just some of the comforts they have thought of in the basic deluxe room. Picture Credit: Jetwing Kurulubedda Take your holiday a step further by getting the booking one of two stilted Dwellings that offers a rain shower, private plunge pool and the symphony of birds that share the habitat. Get lost in this world within itself or head out nearby to one of the top beaches in the world – Unawatuna Beach, for the Mahamodara River Safari, the Kottawa Conservation Forest, the Handunugoda Tea Estate, get behind the scenes of a Cinnamon Peeling Centre, or explore a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is Galle Fort. Address: Jetwing Kurulubedda, Galle, Sri LankaPrice Range: From SGD$181/nightContact: +94 91 2223744, +94 114 709 400Email: resv.lighthouse@jetwinghotels.comWebsite:

  • 6 Truly Indonesian Dishes to Try When in Bintan

    Indonesian cuisine is one of the most delicious cuisines in the world that is widely known for its richness in spice and flavor. Being only a 60 minutes catamaran ferry ride away, Bintan is the ideal getaway to relax your mind and treat your taste buds. Here’s a list of the top dishes we recommend to try the next time you’re in Bintan. It would be a culinary sin to miss out on them!   1) Indomie Similar to Maggi or Ramen, Indomie is the largest manufacturer of instant noodles in Indonesia. It also refers to the dish itself and holds a special place in the hearts of Indonesians. Local restaurants are known to serve Indomie with a side of vegetables, sausage and a fried egg on top. Pictured above is Indomie goreng with fried egg and sausages which we highly recommend at Warung Yeah in Plaza Lagoi. Of course, the variations are endless but one thing’s guaranteed for Indonesians – it tastes like home. So, make sure to make a pit stop at Warung Yeah or Pujasera food stalls in Bintan to try out this tasty local treat. Also, pick up a few packets from the local convenience stores to bring home as a yummy souvenir!     2) Hidang Style Nasi Padang Walk into a Nasi Padang restaurant and you won’t be handed a menu. Instead, mouthwatering local dishes are spread out on the table in front of you. This mini buffet style is what they call “hidang” and you will be charged only for the dishes you eat.  Following the traditions of the Minangkabau people (an ethnic group indigenous to the Minangkabau Highlands of West Sumatra), visitors are served a variety of dishes which includes some of the must tries in Indonesia, such as Gulai and Rendang Padang. Gulai is a succulent, thick and spicy coconut-based gravy that is typically yellowish in color and is usually cooked with some type of meat. Rendang Padang entails beef or mutton that is slow-cooked over a duration of up to seven hours and is much drier and darker in color than normal Rendang in neighboring countries. In Bintan, have a taste of this authentic Indonesian cuisine at Lamak Basamo in Plaza Lagoi or Sederhana Nasi Padang in Tanjung Pinang.     3) Ayam Goreng Kalasan Indonesia’s Ayam Goreng Kalasan is fried braised chicken served with steamed rice, cucumber, sweet basil and sambal bajak. What makes this dish truly Indonesian is the accompaniment of sambal bajak - a hot sauce typically made from a mixture of a variety of chili peppers, shrimp paste, fish sauce and vinegar. Better known as sambal belachan in its neighboring countries, sambal bajak is commonly eaten in Indonesia with fried foods as a condiment.  Named after its place of origin in Kalasan, Yogyakarta, the Ayam Goreng Kalasan is popular for its bumbu seasoning which seeps into the tender meat. Try it out at Spice Restaurant while you’re in Bintan!     4) Sate Sate is a grilled skewered meat served with delicious dipping sauce made from soy and peanuts. Sate is also popular in its neighboring countries but Indonesian sate is often coated in the peanut gravy before being served. Sate Madura is one type of sate variant that is popular among Indonesians. It uses thinner chunks of meat as compared to other sates and its black sauce contains kecap manis (sweet soya sauce) – an Indonesian favorite. Try out the local delicacy at Banyan Tree’s Treetops Restaurant with a view.     5) Otak-otak Otak-Otak is a grilled fish cake that is served using banana leaves, made from a mixture of grounded seafood (fish/squid/prawns), scallions, garlic, and coconut milk which is then bound together using tapioca starch. ‘Otak’ is the word for brains in Indonesian, the idea being that the whiteish gray colour and spongy texture of the dish resembles brains. Otak-Otak can also be found in a few other Southeast Asian countries, but those tend to be brighter in color and different in taste, depending on the ingredients and recipe used. One of the best Otak Otak can be found along the streets of Kawal, a local Bintan fishery.     6) Ayam Bakar Bumbu Kecap  The term ‘Ayam Bakar’ translates to roasted chicken, which is usually grilled over hot charcoal. While you will be able to find delicious roast chicken all over the world, what makes the Ayam Bakar one of the top dishes in Bintan is the Bumbu Kecap spice mix that it is marinated in. This spice mixture is made by grinding up shallot, ginger and garlic, chili, tamarind, candlenut, and plenty of sweet soy sauce (kecap manis). It is usually served with sambal kecap, a sweet and spicy dipping sauce that is the perfect accompaniment. Village Resort Grand Lagoi, Bintan serves up a mean Ayam Bakar Bumbu Kecap for lunch so head over there for a taste of Bintan’s finest!     ...

  • 5 Must-Try Bintan Activities for Adventure Seekers

    1) Rough it Out with ATV rides      ATV rides or All-Terrain Vehicle, refers to a four-wheeled drive buggy designed for off-road use. Rough ride and experience the adrenaline rush through the rugged terrain of Bintan. Accompanied by a professional, the group will explore the off-road terrain of Bintan that is sure to leave your adrenaline pumping for more.   2) Fly High with Air Adventures     Take an exciting sea plane ride at Air Adventures in Lagoi Bay. The first of its kind in Asia, the open cockpit is a great way to catch a bird’s eye view of the scenic Northern coast of Bintan. Air Adventures has been ranked as one of the must do activities in Bintan by TripAdvisor and understandably so. There is nothing more exclusive and memorable as a view of the beautiful island from above, and bring home the perfect memento - your very own certificate of achievement at the end of the flight.   3) Cruise Along the Beach on Ninebot     Hop on the Ninebot tour at Nirwana Gardens to get a feel of riding your very own personal transportation robot. It is equipped with a self-balancing mechanism which moves forward and sideways with a slight tilt of your body. Beginners don’t fret, there are trainers who will assist with the equipment and a short training before the tour. Opt for the early morning sunrise tour or catch the amazing sunset tour along the beach. Either way, you’re in for a stunning view!    4) Elevate Above Waters with Jetovator     Jetovator is one of the newest additions to the water sports activity lineup in Bintan. Available only at Treasure Bay Bintan, test out your motor skills flying above water. Riders will be coached thoroughly on how to operate the machine and achieve proper balance.  Once the balancing technique has been mastered, riders will be propelling and elevating into mid-air in no time. Treasure Bay Bintan is opened to public and there is also a prayer room on site.   5) Explore Off-Beaten Tracks on a Mountain Trek     Going on a Gunung Bintan Adventure Trek is a great way to experience the dense tropical rainforest amidst Bintan. Be rewarded by the amazing view from 340 metre above surrounded by ancient trees and rubber plantations. Be at one with nature as you trek through the undisturbed rainforest which is home to wildlife such as eagles, silver leaf monkeys and more.  At the foot of the mountain, take a few sips from the Princess’ Pool or go for a cool shower after sweating it out on the trek!             ...

  • Notable Mosques to Visit on your Next Trip to Bintan

    Muslim travelers visiting Bintan need not worry about finding mosques or prayer facilities when visiting the island. Bintan’s population is predominantly Muslim and not only are the mosques easy to locate with the help of locals but are also worth a day trip down to have an insider’s look into the local Muslim community and the island’s rich history.    Masjid Al-Muhajirin Masjid Al Muhajirin is the biggest mosque in Bintan resorts and it can hold about 1,500 people at any single time! Following a short walk down the trail, you will find the mosque nestled amongst beautiful surrounding of lush trees and plants. The mosque is a place where travelers can find solace and enjoy the serenity and tranquility of the quiet surroundings amidst the local community.   What is unique about the mosque is its Javanese-style and classic open architecture with outdoor study areas for students learning the Quran and religious studies. Depending on the time you are there, you may even get to see the children huddled around for lessons. Masjid Al-Muhajirin is easily accessible via taxi or car. Keep an eye out for the huge boulder that spots the mosque’s name engraved in Arabic!     Address: Jalan Kota Kapur, Sebong Lagoi, Telok Lagoi, Bintan Regency 29155, Riau Island, Indonesia   Masjid Raya Sultan Riau The Grand Mosque, or Masjid Raya Sultan Riau is the jewel of the island as it is one of the oldest and most historical mosques on Penyengat Island. Masjid Raya Sultan Riau is located on Penyengat Island which is a short 10-minute boat ride away from Tanjung Pinang. The mosque’s yellow and green façade is a beautiful blend of Javanese and Dutch architecture. Interestingly, a large part of the mosque was made of eggs which were gifts from the Sultan’s loyal subjects on the occasion of his wedding.     Since its construction in 1832, the building’s original shape and form has not been altered. What is special about the mosque is a handwritten Al-Quran manuscript that greets visitors at the main entrance of the prayer hall. Preserved and displayed carefully in a glass case, the manuscripts were written by the prince of Penyengat Island in 1867.   -- Apart from the mosques, there are plenty of public prayer facilities available in Bintan Resorts. Below are few tips on where they are and how to find them at Plaza Lagoi and Treasure Bay Bintan.   Prayer Room at Plaza Lagoi Plaza Lagoi is a Muslim-friendly shopping mall located in the heart of Lagoi Bay. Apart from the collection of Indonesian gifts, cultural artifacts, clothing outlets and Halal food, prayer facilities are also available at Plaza Lagoi. Located at 1st floor B Block Plaza Lagoi next to toilet, the prayer room is equipped with ablution facilities. Not only is the prayer room open to public, its location makes it easily accessible to Muslim shoppers during prayer times.       Prayer Room at Treasure Bay Bintan   Muslim travelers heading to Crystal Lagoon for water activities or just relaxing at Chill Cove will be glad to know that Treasure Bay Bintan has a public prayer room. Now, you can have fun without having to worry!       ...

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