South Bintan Heritage Tour
Did you know? “Of the estimated 2,500 residents on Pulau Penyengat, about one-third of them are related to the island’s historical royalty.”
Take the full-day South Bintan Heritage Tour and explore the enchanting heritage and lifestyle of the island folk. About 1.5 hours by road from Bintan Resorts is Senggarang, a little Chinese fishing settlement where you will find an intriguing 200 year-old banyan tree. The tree stands sentinel to a shrine of the former home-owner, and the spot is a pilgrimage site for local and regional Buddhists who visit to ask for good luck. Walk throufgh the Chinese Park and you will see a Giant Buddha statue. Several centuries-old Chinese temples line the village’s cobbled-stone square, while by the water’s edge are wooden houses built on stilts. Hop onto a boat for the short ride to Pulau Penyengat, an island on the southern tip of Bintan island. You will be rewarded by intriguing heritage sites such as an old Dutch fort, royal mausoleums, ancient palaces and the Sultan of Riau’s Grand Mosque. According to a local belief, the mosque was built with egg whites presented by loyal subjects to the sultan on the eve of His Royal Highness’ wedding. Not to be missed is the capital of Bintan island, Tanjung Pinang, the seat of trade and commerce. The harbour area also offers visitors an authentic experience of the local trading port. Along the way, you may stop to shop for dried seafood and prawn/fish flavoured crackers.
|Tour schedule (Bintan time)||9 am (8-hour guided tour)|
|Tour pricing (min. 2 pax to go)||Adult: IDR 840,000 (approx S$84) Child (3–12 years of age): IDR 600,000 (approx S$60) Child (below 3 years of age): Free, no insurance coverage|
|Price includes||Two-way land transfers Fully guided tour Local lunch at Tanjung Pinang Bottled mineral water Insurance coverage|
Tour reservations can be made directly at the activity desk of all Bintan Resorts hotels.