Saturday, February 4, 2017

Batam - Bintan Trip

"My favorite thing is to go to a place where I've never been".

Yes, it is quite a challenge and sometimes it leads you into new story, new memorable things.

So, a few days ago I challenged my self to accept the offer from my good mate whom travelling to Bintan, Riau Island.

Even the trip was kinda sudden, but the time was perfect. There were lotta things on my mind, I have to get away for a while. Plus, in Indonesia itself, I have never been traveling outside Java & Bali hehe..The third reason is my friend whom based in Batam, already arranged all the itinerary so I didn't have to worry.

"Good things come to those who book flights" (Source: Pinterest)

So after some considerations, I booked a flight to Batam. Felt super excited.

Here I share you the details of my amazing 3 days in Batam and Bintan.

Day 1

Arrived at Hang Nadim (airport) in the afternoon (out of schedule because of the 2 hours delay. Hufft). So i didnt get a chance to visit the town. After picked up by my friend Tyo at the airport, we're heading straight to the Telaga Punggur Airpor to go to Bintan. It only took 1-hour drive with the ferry which cost IDR 65000/person).

There, our hotel staff was ready to escort as to our hotel at Aston Tanjung Pinang. Not much to do at the night (it's a small city), except went w/ my friend to have dinner w/ his family.

Anyway, at Batam harbour, my friend Paulina Tangguh and her husband drove alllll the way from Batam to catch up with me. She is my high shool friend who superrrrr kind. She brought me nasi hainan + bolu kemojo, bcz she worried me of suffer from hunger >< I love 'em!

- Tiket pesawat Sriwijaya Air : Rp 560.000
- Tiket ferry                             : Rp 65.000
- Aston Hotel for 3D 2N           : Rp 600.000 (Lucky for me, i got this special price, bcz my friend is  used to work there as a designer. Yeay!)
- Rent a car in Bintan for 2 days : Rp 500.000


Day 2

Pulau Penyengat (Penyengat Island)

We're leaving hotel at 10 am. On the second day, we went to Pulau Penyengat, which mean, we had to go by boat. Within half an hour from the harbour, we arrived at Pulau Penyengat. This ia a historic small island that holds many heritage sites such as Sultan Riau Mosque that initially built by Sultan Mahmud in 1803.There is also an additional building called the Rumah Sotoh. According to the description, th place is famous bcz it is believed that the mosque was built by using mixture of egg whites, lime, sand and clay. There are also historical tomb of Raja-raja, old historical buidling and so on so on. I wasnt really into historical sites like this, but i did enjoy the island. The quite vibe, the old and colorful house, the fine path..And i heard from our becak driver Pak Anyong that this island is inhabited by one large family. So, when they hold a ceremony, they don't need to make any invitation :)

- Sewa becak motor for 40 minutes drive : Rp 30.000 (the driver will give you a tour around the island and explain every site )

- Tiket kapal: Rp 7.000/person

Kedai Kopi Maryam

It was past lunchtime after we explored Penyengat and the stomach scream loudly, need to be fulfilled :D But my friend insisted that we must not eat before arrive at Trikora. (He said he knew one fine place to have lunch there). Ok, so we decided to Kedai Kopi Maryam which near from the harbor and where we parked.

This tiny coffee shop is the most decent place i saw around the city. Definitely not a wrong decision as the coffee itself is delicious and cheap! It’s a beautiful place to relax before or after a stroll into the island.

- Teh obeng (es teh) : Rp 5.000
- Kopi O                     : Rp 5.000
- Kopi Spesial Maryam : Rp 10.000

Cheap. right? :D




Pizzeria Casa Italia (Trikora Beach)

Copying from my IG account. This place is owned by Italian family who already became Indonesia citizen. I can spend hours just sitting here and enjoy the beautiful view of the white sand, blue sea, and the clear sky.

- Pizza tuna: Rp 50.000
- Coca cola+ice: Rp 11.000
- Parkir mobil: Rp 10.000

Trikora Beach

Perfect place to getaway to unwind and relax. This is some of the photos I’ve captured there.

Potong Lembu

Eat like a local!

So, "Potong Lembu" is highly recommended by my friends.. They said i have to eat the famous Bak Kut Teh here (*on the right) bcz it's the best in town. Plus, the original teh tarik. Potong Lembu it self is located in old china town. It's a crowded pujasera' that separated between halal side & non-halal. Of course, we are on the non-halal side :D Pork time!

- Bak Kut Teh: Rp 46.000
- Nasi Bak: Rp 25.000
- Gong-gong: IDR 20.000


Day 3 (Batam)

RM Sumber Rezeki

Leaving hotel, again at 10 am then headed to the harbour for Batam depart. Batam has not much to offer except for culinary. Paul and her husband picked us at the harbour and we stopped by at Nongsa for seafood lunch. The place has a nice view of Singapore. From where we sat, we can see the famous Marina Bay Sands Hotel (lucy me, i ever stay in this hotel twice :p). The food here is delicious but after i saw the bill i was shocked as they charged the Kepiting for Rp 300.000! ><

Kampung Tua Tereh

On the way to Batam city, we stopped at Kampung Tua Tereh, a fisherman village and took some picture there.

Montigo Resort

This is some picture from Montigo Resort. Tio used to worked there as designer. The resort itself is owned by Singaporean. Thx to Tyo for taking us there :p The place is stunning!

My friends are soo into culinary (esp. pork). In the car, they couldn't stop about where i should eat and what menu i should try. So here we were. My friend fav place at the downtown. Their taste couldn't be wrong. Best pork! Aleng Sio Bak Pui Medan

(Pertokoan Nagoya Indah Blok C I No. 12 Nagoya - Batam)

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