Saturday, 16 May 2009

Escape to Bintan I: Tanah Merah - Tanjung Pinang

Last April, I embarked on a journey to Indonesia, in the island of Bintan. Bintan (Malay: Negeri Segantang Lada) is an island of 1,866 square kilometers, and is part of the Riau Islands province of Indonesia. The capital of Bintan is the southwestern city of Tanjung Pinang.


Departing from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal

Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal is located at 50 Tanah Merah Ferry Road #01-21 Singapore 498833. It is the base for Bintan Resort Ferries providing a safe, comfortable and reliable ferry service between Singapore and Bintan Resorts.


All aboard! Bye bye Singapore!

I decided to sit at the upper deck of the ferry boat, for a better "view".



Now we're moving...

Passengers on board.


Coleman containers bound to Bintan. (I wonder what's inside?)

Don't turo-turo me!


That's three months from now.

Some nearby islands.

Another neighbor island.

WOW.


Arriving at Tanjung Pinang Ferry Terminal

Tanjung Pinang or Tanjungpinang is the capital and largest town of the Indonesian province of Riau Islands.

Arrived on time.



Passing through the immigration office, I had a short detour at the waiting area outside the terminal. Still waiting for the tour guide to bring us to the shuttle bus service.



Meanwhile, I noticed the windows of this building. Fake?



I wonder where the drains lead to?



Inside the bus, now entering the city proper. Selamat Datang! (Welcome!)



Half-half.

"Tagay!" naman ang sa Pinoy.

Traffic jam. Reminds me of a typical busy street in Manila.

"Biyaheng Langit"

"Biyaheng Gubat."

"Biyaheng Tulay."

Finally, we're here.



Coming Up Next: Inside Bintan Agro Beach Resort and Spa.


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References:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bintan
http://sg.pagenation.com/



13 comments:

Chyng said...

Wow, from SG to Indonesia! Mahal ba yung fare? How many hours ang travel? Sino kasama mo?

gillboard said...

klop tayo dyan!!!

Doc Mike said...

Kampai! I can't wait to see more of the pictures!

MkSurf8 said...

lapit lang nito di ko pa napuntahan.

@doc mike tara sama ka! hehe

Reena said...

yeah, fake windows. naku, fire hazard yun.

so is bintan better than any of the resorts in pinas? my friends went there too and they can't stop talking about how beautiful it was.

Turismoboi said...

i like the pic dont turo turo me

Jinjiruks said...

kaya pala hindi ka nakakapag-update kasi bakasyon mode kna naman eben.

iriz said...

dear, thanks for the trip few clicks away.

I really really really love that cloud. ganda ng shot. purfect! ;)

Bart Tolina said...

Punta ka sa blog ko at may libreng pagkain! barttolina.blogspot.com salamat!

wanderingcommuter said...

iba na talaga ang umaasenso!

the donG said...

good that the water was calm. the place looks very much like the provinces in the philippines.

abangan namin yung susunod na post.

ALiNe said...

natawa ako dun sa fake na window.. parang drawing yung buong building

tanjungpinang said...

Oh nice article... good blogging tips thank..