Before I take you to visit one of popular island in Bintan I would like to express my concern regarding other blogs that I know had started the blogging journey in about the same time as I did. Last night I went around to check on them and my heart sank to find out that some of them were not exist anymore. Whether they had moved their blog somewhere else or they just completely deleted it I don’t know and though we might not visit each other so often in the past, I still feel like losing something. Isn’t it weird? Have you ever felt that way when knowing blogs that you were familiar with have suddenly gone?
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(Sigh) Okay, let’s move on to our other trip in Bintan. This time we moved away from the beach and visited Tanjung Pinang, the capital city of Riau Islands, which is located in the south of Bintan. It is actually just a small town without big and tall buildings around. Penyengat Island is another small island nearby that has become a tourist attraction of the area.
Penyengat in English means sting. The story behind its name came from a man who discovered this small island after days of sailing. He didn’t know that the island was full of bees. As he rested he disturbed the bee hives and got stung. He ran to safe himself and when he met another fellow who asked him what happened he mentioned “the island full of stung” and that is why now the island is called Penyengat. Whether the story is true or not, God knows.
Penyengat island was once a twin-seat of the Sultan of Johor-Riau Kingdom. The cemetery of Sultan and his family is one of the attractions in this island. Some visitors come only to see the cemetery and send prayers to the late Kings.
1. Penyengat Island is accessible from Tanjung Pinang harbor with only around 15 minutes crossing by a small public boat.
2. It costs IDR 8.000,- net per person to cross with the boat.
3. Disembark the boat only in the jetty near the mosque.
4. Once you are in the island take a Bemor, a cart transportation using motorbike, to go around the island. It costs IDR 30.000,- per hour. That is enough to visit the entire island.
5. You may want to bring a hat and sunglasses because it is so hot during daytime.
From Penyengat Island we continued our trip for another beach adventure. Trikora beach is on the plan as we moved ahead. Stay tune to see what I had for after lunch snack there