Palau Bintan is one of the islands in Indonesia’s Riaux Archipelago, best known for the Bintan Resorts complex in Lagoi. The Malaysian Peninsula is a short ferry ride away, and most of the people booking accommodation in Bintan and Lagoi are tourists and weekenders from Singapore.
Lagoi is on the northern coast of Palau Bintan, with Singapore positioned northwest across the strait. All of the activities and facilities are organized around four- and five-star resorts in Lagoi, and there’s little cause to venture away from the main entertainment districts.
International tourists arriving from elsewhere in Indonesia are sometimes surprised by the atmosphere on Palau Bintan. It feels more like Singapore than Indonesia, and most prices are quoted in Singaporean dollars. English is widely spoken and understood.
Most of the hotels in Bintan / Lagoi are comfortable four-star operations huddled on a small peninsula jutting toward Singapore. The easiest way to get here is by ferry from either Singapore or Johor Bahru, and the trip takes less than an hour.
Visitors craving a day away from the developed beaches of Lagoi can venture east to Trikora Beach on the east coast. Once popular with backpackers, Trikora Beach is today suitable for any brand of traveler. It has been lightly developed and offers plenty of comfortable hotel rooms despite the fact that things stay quiet over here. On the west coast, Tanjung Pinang is bustling local community that’s also worth exploring.