Stepping on Bintan Island ground for the first time was felt so good. Somehow I felt familiar with the place. The greens, the street and the winding road were a total resemblance of Mataram – Tanjung in Lombok Island where I had stayed for 5 years. Tanjung Uban was a small city, which reminded me of Tanjung in North Lombok. It took us around 30 minutes to finally reach Lagoi.
Lagoi or also known as Lagoi Bay is the northern tip of Bintan Island where expensive resorts are. Banyan Tree, Angsana, Nirwana Beach Resort, Bintan Lagoon and many more are located in the area, making it as one of popular vacation spots in Indonesia. Unfortunately we are not staying in one of those fabulous resorts 😀
J’s housing is in Bintan Lodge. This is actually a budget hotel for budget travelers who come to Lagoi with family. If you google it you will find a nice looking living room with tv set and stuffs but to be honest it is not as good as it is shown in the picture. However, my friend told me that the lodge is divided into two areas. One is rented by companies for their managers or staff who bring along their family to stay in Lagoi and the other one, which possibly the nicer one, is for public. I took some pictures but it was too messy I am too embarrassed to show it here ha ha (you know how your living is like when you’re just moving in!). Here’s a picture from other source:
As we were entering Lagoi, there were so many lodging house abandoned. The area was once so alive with the resorts employees. It had once become a mini-town. But then these people started building a family, or the company found cheaper rent outside Lagoi hence many of them left the area and living somewhere else.
On our first night in Lagoi, which was last Saturday, we visited Pasar Oleh Oleh. This is where you can find something to buy for your family and friends back home however if you are Indonesian like me you won’t buy anything there. First, the items are definitely over-prized and second, they are all similar to those you can find in Bali, Jogja and pretty much everywhere else in Indonesia.
We tried the food there, which was not like the best taste but ridiculously expensive!
The seafood feast closed our first day in Lagoi, Bintan. You can read about our departure day here and stay tune for more Year End Holiday Trip 2013 series!