It was a cloudy morning at 7am when the ten participants gathered at the Tenah Merah Ferry Terminal for a quick holiday getaway.
Upon arrival at Bintan Island, we were greeted by our friendly local tour guide. Our first stop was South East Asia’s biggest Guan Yin Statue Temple and we had local Ayam Penyet for lunch.
“It’s the best grilled chicken that I had ever tasted… Yummy!” shared Mr Michael Ong.
Thereafter ,we enjoyed an hour of relaxing massage, followed by a shopping spree at the new and biggest shopping mall in Bintan. We then checked in at the Aston Tanjung Pinang Hotel & Convention Centre for a well-deserved short rest.
In the evening, we travelled to ‘Akau Potong Lembu’ food centre for dinner and had a wonderful feast of the many local favourtie dishes, especially the ‘shark fishcake’ & Bintang Beer. On the way back, we had some local durians for supper, and a lucky draw was conducted at the hotel.
“Time flew and what a fulfilling day!” — Paul Phung.
The next morning, our private tour guide took us to view the spectacular 500 Lohans Temple. Next, we headed to the north-eastern part of Bintan= the scenic Trikora Beach. We stopped midway and had a taste of the delicious local home-made fish otah and satay meehoon. The Trikora Beach, with the beautiful multi-layered sea of blue and green crystal clear water, was indeed a great place to unwind.
We ordered coconut drinks and “fresh sea clams” to chill, relax and were completely soaked in the surrounding cool sea breeze. Finally, we returned to the city centre for a sumptuous seafood lunch featuring fresh delicious mud crabs and flower crabs, in addition to prawns, squids, etc.
A tour of the old town aided in our digestion and before we knew it, we had to bide farewell.
“It’s a nice relaxing mileage gained for all and we thoroughly enjoyed our short holiday break away from the crowd” — Edwin Ang, AAIG Chairman.
Lok Weng Hoe, Member, Auto Adventure Interest Group