10 Things You Didn’t Know About Bintan
1. Bintan is 2.5x the size of Singapore
Did you know that Bintan has a land size of approximately 2,402km², which is 2.5 times Singapore’s land size of 716km²?
2. The Return of The Lancang Kuning
Legend has it that every 15 years or so, the bow of a prahu (sailing boat) called Lancan Kuning would miraculously surface one-metre above the sand with the hull seen disappearing into the ground at Mayang Sari Beach, Nirwana Gardens. What makes this apparition interesting is that it would normally appear near a tree which local legend had bestowed the honour of having been used by Sri Tri Buana (Sang Nila Utama) to secure his vessel.
It last appeared in 2000, so keep a look out when you’re at Nirwana Gardens next year!
3. Street Art
Bintan has some pretty vivid and interesting wall art which was done by a local artist. These can be seen at Jl Pos Road, near Dermaga Pulau Penyengat (jetty to Penyengat). These 3-D art pieces portray the everyday lives of the local people and offer an outstanding photo-spot for visitors.
4. Petrol Kiosks
The petrol kiosks in Bintan are not open for 24-hours a day. So what do you do when you run out of fuel? Bottles of petroleum are sold at provision shops and road-side stalls. The owners will be happy to serve customers at any time of day or night!
5. Trikora Beach
Trikora Beach is a popular beach on the east coast with white sand and water in exquisite shades of blue. The weekends and holidays are usually packed with locals who come here to relax. You can visit a fishing village nearby and even have a look at how traditional boat building is done.
6. Grotto Santa Maria (Santa Maria Cave)
Situated 20 minutes away from Trikora Beach is the well preserved and maintained Grotto Santa Maria. The 14 stations of the cross, tableaus and a statue of Mary standing on a globe are the main features of this site. On Sundays, devotees come here to pray and sing songs of praise in the quaint little chapel on its grounds.
7. Mini Zoo
There is a mini zoo situated at Nirwana Gardens with residents that include pythons, crocodiles, vultures, a cassowary and even guinea pigs. Some of the animals here were rescued from poachers and illegal animal traders. These animals are cared for at the mini zoo as they would not survive in the wild.
8. Scholarships and Employment at resorts
Yearly, our operations arm PT BRC awards scholarships to local students who perform well at the primary and secondary school levels. Since 1999, more than 5,000 bursary and scholarship packages have been given out. Some of whom are currently working at the various resorts at Bintan Resorts.
9. Tanjung Pinang
Tanjung Pinang is Bintan’s capital city is the largest town of the Riau Islands province and has an estimated population of about 200,000 people. A large section of the town was built in traditional buildings and houses on stilts over the water. There are also buildings and homes with Dutch Colonial architecture dotted across the down-town areas. Tanjung Pinang is known for its local delicacies such as ayam presto,ayam penyat, dried seafood and crackers.
There are about 70 mangrove species in the world today, some of which are critically endangered. With Bintan being home to rich mangrove forests, steps have been taken to conserve this precious natural heritage. Charcoal kilins, long since out of use, are still found in various places. These kilins were once used to turn mangrove wood into charcoal. Fortunately, this practice has long stopped in many places within Bintan Resorts.