Bintan with my 2 dearest good friends in Sg, knew them since 2007, but we had never travel together. So, somehow initiated this short trip.
Booked the trip through Groupon for Aston Tanjung Pinang.
Had our breakfast at Killiney Kopitiam before setting off to Tanjung Pinang. The Indon Falcon ferry really cannot make it, the air-con is not cold at all, the seating is old, cramped and not comfortable. Will avoid this ferry next time.
About 2 hour Journey from Tanah Merah ferry terminal to Tanjung Pinang, the custom under renovation, should be nicer when it is completed. The tour guide from the agency arrange for us the transportation. Waiting and waiting, they trying to group the people, so no need to arrange so many cars/vans. They customized different kind of packages, some just accommodation, some include accommodation and city tour.
After much waiting together with another pair of couple, they send us to the massage centre, we opt for the 45 mins foot massage. The massage so-so only, nothing much to mention. Well, after that we are waiting again, for the other couple before going for next destination.
Then only we set off to the lunch place, super hungry, yet the driver purposely make a wrong turn for few times before bringing us to the actual location. Damn, he has passed over the same building for 3 times. Finally, reached the makan place, place our order, our package include 1 hour massage and local lunch. So our local lunch is the ayam penyet with a drink. Almost fainted when we saw the meal being served, the piece of chicken is such a tiny one! Damn pathetic, but we are too hungry to complain, just quickly finish it. The souvenir shop just next door, so another round of waiting before we settle in our hotel. J was trying to buy the chilli paste from the restaurant but it’s out of stock already.
Room was ok, but Wifi reception not good in the room. The hotel has a nice swimming pool, gym. Breakfast is included. We were still hungry, so we went to the restaurant for some food. Order some snack and drinks, lol, then only know that the restaurant is halal, they dont serve alcohol. hahaha.. but they have this mini mart selling beer, etc.
There’s really nothing much around the hotel, or maybe we did not explore far enough? But we do find a few food stall just across the road, selling snack and noodles.
Night time we decided to take their bbq buffet beside the pool.. the setting is romantic type but i think we are the only who have make the reservation. As if we book the whole place… the food is simple nothing fantastic. Again, my dear alcoholic friend started ordering beer and wine. Is nice just to relax and chit chatting awhile.. Our only male mr chan was not with us for this trip. His gf must be thinking why these 3 ladies always drag him along for drinking session.
I guess we just too tired after wake up super damn early, we end up sleep very early instead. Next day, the breakfast provided by the hotel wasn’t that fantastic. We told to have the massage before leaving Bintan. Make the reservation the day before, however when we went over they ask us to come back one hour later. Yet, when we went back an hour later, they still don’t bother to entertain us at all, no apologies, no explanation and demand us to wait again. This is really ridiculous. Will definitely not return to this shop again.
Thereafter we just slack in the hotel till the pick up arrived to fetch us to the ferry terminal. Short trip but it’s nice to have a trip with galfriends.