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Bintan Resort, Indonesia 15 - 18 June 2009

The flight from Perth to Singapore takes the same as from Brisbane to Perth - Five and a half hours!

After the four weeks in Australia we decided to finish our trip off with a week in Singapore to get a final Asian touch. We opted to head out to Bintan Island in Indonesia, for some sun, sand and sea, for the first half of the week and then finish off in Singapore.

Its under an hour's fast ferry ride to Bintan Resorts from the Tanah Merah terminal which is not far from Changi Airport. So, we found one of the hotels from the Fragrance Hotel chain out in Joo Chiat Road and stopped there the night. Its quite an interesting area out there - lots of the classic shophouses and plenty of places to eat.

Incidentally, its worth checking out the Fragrance Hotel and Hotel 81 chains for reasonably priced accommodation in Singapore. There are branches in the centre as well.

We found a decently priced chalet in Nirwana Beach Club on Bintan through Expedia and booked before leaving Oz (around 50 Euros a night). Although you need a visa and enter Indonesia, that's about it! Its really Singapore on Indonesian territory - drinking water in the taps ... ... We enjoyed it a lot there - the chalets were quite OK but not opulent and its great to sit out front and look over the lake, and spot the wildlife (very large monitor lizards, kingfishers, ...). (Chalets are split into two so you have to hope your neighbours are quiet!). The whole Nirwana Gardens complex is large (3 hotels,plus villas, numerous restaurants) and the facilities, pool, restaurants, etc can be used by all guests.

The beach and sea there are lovely.

Prices at the restaurants etc are not giveaway but OK. If you like a beer on your terrace for an apero, think about getting a few at either the Tanah Merah ferry terminal duty free shop or the shop where the boat lands on Bintan. (All drinks prices are the same in Nirwana Resorts (and pricey) and, with 20% service + government taxes added on to menu prices, you can get beers at a third of the price and keep them in the fridge!

Singapore - Joo Chiat Street - Fragance Hotel

Singapore - Joo Chiat Street - Fragance Hotel


Singaore - Joo Chiat Street

Singaore - Joo Chiat Street


Singaore - Joo Chiat Street 2

Singaore - Joo Chiat Street 2


Singaore - Joo Chiat Street 3

Singaore - Joo Chiat Street 3


Bintan - Nirwana Beach Club Chalet

Bintan - Nirwana Beach Club Chalet


Nirwana Beach Club Chalet - View of lake

Nirwana Beach Club Chalet - View of lake


Nirwana Beach Club Chalet - View of lake 2

Nirwana Beach Club Chalet - View of lake 2


Wildlife near chalet - Monitor Lizard!

Wildlife near chalet - Monitor Lizard!


Monitor Lizard checking out Alan

Monitor Lizard checking out Alan


Monitor LIzard - with forked tongue

Monitor LIzard - with forked tongue


Wildlife near chalet - Kingfisher

Wildlife near chalet - Kingfisher


Activities Anyone? - only the beach for us!

Activities Anyone? - only the beach for us!


Beach 2

Beach 2


Beach 3

Beach 3


Beach 4

Beach 4


Beach 5

Beach 5


Beach 6

Beach 6


Sunset at Kalong - Calipso Bar

Sunset at Kalong - Calipso Bar


Sunset at Kalong - Calipso Bar 2

Sunset at Kalong - Calipso Bar 2


Sunset at Kalong - Calipso Bar 3

Sunset at Kalong - Calipso Bar 3

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