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Pulau Bintan

Pulau Bintan


Just across the water from Batam, Pulau Bintan is trying to market itself as a high-end playground for well-heeled visitors from East Asia. Top-end resorts huddle around the Lagoi area on the island’s northern coast – in close proximity to Singapore – and the east coast around Pantai Trikora is a more affordable and laid-back option for Bintan beach bums.

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Lagoi Bintan’s resort area stretches along the northern coastline of the island along Pasir Lagoi, with hectares of wilderness buffering the hotels from commoners to the south. Security is in full effect, with checkpoints at access roads and at hotel entrances. The beaches are sandy and swimmable, the resorts have[…]

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