Bintan is one of the islands of the Riau Archipelago of
Indonesia. It is situated at about 40km south of Singapore. Its
capital, Tanjung Pinang is actually the capital of the Riau
Arcipelago. From here you can see the importance of Bintan

Compared with Batam, Bintan is richer in its history. In
conjunction with this background, it has more historical sites
to visit.

Bintan's history is interwoven closely with those of Malacca and
Johor Sultanates. Bintan and the rest of Riau Archipelago were
ruled by the Malacca Sultanate. When the Portuguese attacked
Malacca in 1511, its king fled to Pahang of the Malay Peninsula
and later to Bintan where he tried to repossess Malacca. His
successor moved to Johor and established the Johor Sultanate.

Later, the Dutch gained control of Bintan island. However, the
Dutch was chased out of Bintan by a force supported by the
Malacca Sultanate.

In 1824, the Treaty of London finally settled that the islands
south of Singapore fell under the Dutch territories whereas
those north of Singapore including Singapore were British's.
Again, Bintan was under the ruling of the Dutch.

Pulau Penyengat is a must see historical site for visitors. It
is situated at about 6km from Tanjung Pinang. It was the
religious, cultural and administration centre of the region in
19th century. Sultan Mahmud Shah of Malacca gave this island to
his bride, Raja Hamidah, daughter of Raja Ali Haji, the Bugis
commander of Bintan in an attempt to reach peace between the
Malay (Malacca Sultan) and the Bugis (Raja Ali Haji). A grand
mosque, Masjid Raya was built on the island. It is beautiful,
huge and visible from Tanjung Pinang.

Raja Ali was the hero to Bintan's people. There is a monument
built by the seaside of Tanjung Pinang to commemorate Raja Ali
Haji who sacrificed his life for his people against the Dutch.

Within the town of Tanjung Pinang, there is a Dutch Colonial
Graveyard. The tombstones are decorated with carving. One may
see the seamen's life in the old days.

Banyan Tree Temple is a popular place for the local Chinese
community and Singaporean visitors. It is situated in a town
called Senggarang. The temple is about 100 years old.

For holiday makers, there are 2 areas for you to choose i.e.
Lagoi at the northern part or Trikora Beach at the east coast of
the island.

Lagoi is full of high end resorts like Banyan Tree Resort and
Club Med Ria. These are exclusive resorts complete with golf
courses designed by the world renowned golf course designers.
Needless to mention on the standard of facilities and amenities
provided by these resorts.

Resorts and hotels at the Trikora Beach are affordable to
average visitors. To name a few: Bintan Agro Beach Resort,
resorts complete with fishing facilities like Ocean Bay Resort
and Kolam Kelong Trikora. There is even a resort providing
diving services - Traveler Pondok Wisita. Visitors may stay in
its airconditioned and non-airconditioned rooms overnight before


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