What do you think about having a vacation in Bintan, Riau Islands? A line of luxury resorts, sitting on the edge of the enormous swimming pool? Well other than those, Bintan has many tourist destinations which worth to see. Here are 5 must-visit tourist destinations in Bintan.
- Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva Vihara
Situated on the uphill, near Jl. Raya Asia Afrika KM 14, Kijang Kota, Tanjung Pinang, Vihara Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva is a grand Buddhist temple that has been attracting many tourists since 2017. The sight there is something that you might expect in Myanmar or southern China. Discovered in the town of Tanjung Pinang on Bintan Island of the Riau Islands, the Vihara, otherwise Called Vihara Patung Seribu (Vihara of a million statues). However, the number is actually exaggerated. The temple is actually home to 500 statues. Just like China’s magnificent Terracotta Army, the statues were really produced by an artist in China. Each statue is human alike, depicting Buddhist monks, while inside the temple a further 40 statues of revered gods can be found. The place will undoubtedly give you a different kind of adventures.
- Rumah Arang
Indonesia also has Igloo, but it is working as a place to burn woods into coal which locally called as Rumah Arang (charcoal kiln). In Bintan, the number of Rumah Arang has decreased since the prohibition in producing charcoal from mangrove forests, while some ruined. No entrance charge to go to the site.
- Penyengat Island
Penyengat Island is located near Bintan Island. In there, tourist can visit the Grand Mosque of this Riau Sultanate, or Masjid Raya Sultan Riau, tombs of sultan Engku Hamidah and King Ali Haji, as well as the heritages of Kingdom of Riau Lingga such as Balai Adat where tourists can wear Malay traditional attire for 25,000 IDR.
- Busung Sand Dunes
The sand dunes that look like the desert is one of the picturesque spots for tourists in Bintan Island. Although it seems to be naturally made, the sand dunes are the result of mining excavation after the ban on sand exports. Close to the area, there’s a lake that provides clear blue waters.
- Safari Lagoi
Safari Lagoi is home for several animals that are stored and endangered species such as the Orangutan, Komodo, Honey bear, elephants, and crocodile, among others. Most animals and creatures found in Lagoi Safari are stored from illegal animal trade and tropical meat industry.