Right after the week I got back from Phuket, I was invited by Bintan Resorts for a short getaway!
And guess who’s my travel buddy this time? No prize for the right answer though!
Yes, it was Clarinda again!! Same buddy but different destination ^^. Thanks to the Great Bintan Sale, we were offered the 2D1N BEST FRIENDS FOREVER package! How appropriate since we have been best friends since we were 13!
The BEST FRIENDS FOREVER package includes:
1 Night Stay with Daily Breakfast (Twin-share basis)
Bintan Mangrove Discovery Tour (Day / Night)
60 mins Body Massage
Set Dinner for 2
Who says travelling needs to be expensive? Well.. not anymore with the Great Bintan Sale! You can now plan a getaway from as low as $140+ with an all-in experience fares, including accommodation, ferry, land transfer and selection of activities!
The trip from Singapore to Bintan was only about 50 minutes by ferry. We collected our ferry tickets at Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal and off we go! ^^
Probably the weirdest place to take an OOTD shot!
Upon arrival, we were greeted by the staff from Angsana Bintan – the place we would be staying! The staffs were really friendly and even initiated a conversation with us since we have to wait for the other guests before hoping on the shuttle bus! What a great start unlike my last year’s trip where my friends and I got really lost at ferry terminal!
The journey from the ferry terminal to Angsana Bintan took us about 10~15 minutes. We were surprised by how welcoming the staffs were! They even hit a gong once we got down the bus! Surprise surprise~!
The front desk staff quickly attended to us and we proceeded with check-in.
And what’s a welcome without a welcome drink?
Refreshing lemongrass drink I loved ^^
But Clarinda found it weird…
After we got our room key, we hurriedly scattered to our room! *excited*
And this was our room for the night! Once we stepped into the room, there’s an alluring scent that Clarinda & I really love! It smelt like an… “atas” spa! Guess Angsana Bintan really lived up to it’s name of a spa resort!
The room also comes with a balcony where you get to overlook the swimming pool and beach, nice sofa where you could just relax and watch telly and a bathroom with an attached bath tub.
Wash up a little and we were ready to explore!
We spotted the small yet cozy pool with nice pool lounge chairs!
A restaurant by the beach!
And a private beach!
This wass the first time I stayed in a resort with a private beach so I was absolutely thrilled! There were beach chairs for you to just relax, do nothing and enjoy the sound of the sea. THAT’S THE LIFE I WANT!
We saw a nice bridge with
some lots of rocks so we decided to explore further.
And I conquered the rocks… Just a little!
Almost slipped and fell to our death because our shoes have got NO FRICTION.
NEW BALANCE = NO BALANCE?!!
Clarinda was also saying that the bridge was the perfect place for a proposal. Just imagine the guy standing at the end of the bridge and the girl walking down aisle… And when she says yes, fireworks will burst in the sky! HAHAHA. Too much Korean drama I guess.
The sight was so calm and relaxing! We didn’t want to head for dinner at all! So we took a few more shots……
And we have to leave anyway! Our driver came to pick us up for dinner at the Kampung Kelong Seafood Restaurant! The journey to the restaurant was rather interesting- we need to take boat to get to the seafood restaurant!
The entrance to the Mangrove River
Spot the pink boat!
Life vests were provided too!
A peaceful quick ride through the Mangrove River….
And we’re here!
Kampong Kelong Seafood Restaurant
We were served a 3 course set meal + hot tea. The fish was pretty good (thanks to the tomato sauce), sambal kang kong was alright but the soup was wayyyyy too salty! I’m a fan of salty food but the soup was just too much to handle!
We ate our meals REALLY fast since we were famished! Wrong move, wrong move. That left us with about an hour plus to waste before heading for the Mangrove Night Tour!!
So we mingled with this cute Hong Kong kid named Sam Son!
Such an outspoken and cute kid! He kept talking to us in Cantonese but since Clarinda & I couldn’t speak Cantonese, we could only go “Huh??” and laughed it off. And before we even knew it, our tour guide came in a speed boat and picked us up for the Mangrove Discovery Tour! Clarinda & I were pretty freaked out initially because the thoughts of riding a boat at night was just.. daunting!
But our worry was uncalled for! The tour was absolutely safe and the tour guide also constantly made sure that everybody on the boat was okay! The Mangrove Discovery Tour was a pretty cool experience because we finally got to see fireflies after living for 22 years! They looked like falling stars (oh, so pretty!) and it’s definitely something you can see in Singapore! We even had the chance to try catching the fireflies!
And don’t worry, we were told to released the fireflies before we headed further so no fireflies were harmed or killed in this Mangrove Discovery Tour!
After the tour, we headed back to our hotel for … Supper. Yup, I was hungry….
Every order came with a complimentary Keropok + Belacan Chilli! Yum!
And it was food comma right after supper! :P
That’s all for the Part 1 of my Bintan trip! School starts LATER so… watch out for Part 2 later this week!
Want to take a short getaway without bursting your wallet? The ‘Great Bintan Sale’ is what you need to look out for this season! With up to 60% off your next Bintan vacation, you get to enjoy an all-in experience fares, which includes accommodation, ferry, land transfer and selection of activities! Booking starts from August 15th to September 15th and they can be used for travel every day of the week till December 15th, 2013.