Bintan is the largest island in the Riau Islands widening of Malacca to the South China Sea and has about 3,000 large and small islands, stretches across Singapore and Johor Baru, Malaysia. The location is very strategic because Bintan is located on the southern peninsula of Malaysia at the mouth of the Strait of Malacca and its history is a favorite stop for merchant ships India and China to take shelter from the storm and provisions.
Bintan Island is the largest island in the Riau Archipelago newly inaugurated in autonomy as a province in 2004, with Tanjung Pinang as the capital province. Bintan Island is located about 50 miles south of Singapore. The main economic activities of the island of Bintan, in addition to mining and inter-island trade, tourism is perhaps the greatest contribution to regional income.
Top tourist destination here is Bintan Resort, a tourist destination in the form of a spectacular beach in the north of the island with an area of 23,000 hectares on the white sand overlooking the South China Sea. The island also has a fascinating history trail in Tanjung Pinang and Penyengat. There is also the location for surfing, ecotourism and various international events. The northern part of the island of Bintan, which is known as Lagoi, supplied to the domestic and foreign tourists.
Lagoi area is laid out very well with maximum security, to ensure safety for tourists. Structuring Lagoi like Nusa Dua in Bali, with some 5 star hotels, golf courses and SPA. Currency imposed on luxury hotels is Singapore Dollars or US Dollars. Although Bintan island has no airport of its own, but access to the Bintan island can be reached by air from Hang Nadim International Airport Batam, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur or by sea from Port Sri Bentan Pura, Stulang Laut Malaysia.
It is estimated that approximately more than 5,000 people who are directly or indirectly employed in the tourism sector in Lagoi. They supplied the township, dormitory complete with the traditional markets for everyday purposes. Conditions imposed very strict, namely: market prices in the traditional village of Lagoi not allowed higher than the market prices of Tanjung Pinang. This township like a small town. For managerial level staff, provided an apartment located in a more orderly environment of the area adjacent to their work places respectively.
There are international-class hotels and five fantastic golf courses, some of the best in Asia. Two are located on Bintan Lagoon Resort is known for its design of 18 holes of championship golf world. The Jack Nicklaus Seaview Golf and Ian Baker-Finch Woodlands Golf offers a spectacular view of the green, undulating golf courses and scenic. Other courses include the Laguna Bintan Golf Club, located in the Ria Bintan Resort. Ria Bintan Golf Championship Course is the best golf courses in Asia in 2008.
On the west coast of Bintan are Tanjung Pinang, used to be a quiet town, but today is a busy provincial capital. Here you will find ancient houses an interesting stage in Senggaran, here are some Buddhist temples, including the ancient temples shaded large banyan tree shade. On the other side, is 15 minutes from Tanjung Pinang is a small island of Penyengat.
While along the east coast of Bintan is white beaches, blue sea and some islands are interesting. There are also beach trikora here. On the island of Nikoi contained villas and outbound activities have been developed, ideal for a perfect natural getaway. Fast boat will take you from the beach of Bintan to the island of Nikoi.
Further south on the coast of Bintan, Loola Adventure Resort offers ecotours and adventure trips for groups and the whole family. Along this coast is Bintan Agro Beach Resort which promises complete relaxation including special spa treatments.