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5 Reasons Why I Love Bintan

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Me on board the last ferry ride on the last day of 2016 to Bintan

I was invited by my Indonesian friend Shandy over the New Year to Bintan for 2017 Countdown. If you have been following my Travel Blog, you will know that I have also visited Bintan recently for the Spartan Beast Race.

Read more about my blog post on the Spartan Beast Race, “An Adventurous Weekend Getaway to Bintan” here. So, here are the 5 reasons why I love Bintan after visiting this tropical island twice:

REASON 1: Close Vicinity to Singapore

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Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal

Bintan is only just an hour of ferry ride out from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal and the return tickets can be easily booked online from http://booking.brf.com.sg/. The tropical island is one of the perfect destinations for Singaporeans to visit for a quick weekend getaway or an impromptu vacation.

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Fake DJ

With the headphone MDR-1000X that was on loan to me by Sony, I look like a DJ trying to spin at the night club in Bintan. I am pretending like one only!

REASON 2: Friendly and Trustworthy Local Tour Guide

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Me and Shandy

That’s my friend Shandy and I am so glad that he extended his invitation to welcome me in Bintan for the New Year Celebration. He is a founder of his own start up travel agency company “Travelin“, Travelin means Travel Indonesia. Shandy is a friendly and trustworthy tour guide who knows Bintan really well and he is the right man you need to find when you visit this island. Shandy was the person who took care of my itinerary like lodgings, meals, tour activities, etc for the 6 days I spent in Bintan from 31 December 2016 to 5th January 2017.

Both of us even made an impromptu collaboration to make a carpool karaoke video which we had fun singing, counting down to the year 2017. This LED car with maroon 5’s songs installed on it can only be found in Lagoi Bay Plaza, Bintan Island.

REASON 3: Exciting and Vibrant Nightlife

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Silk Night Club

Another reason is the exciting and vibrant night scenes in Bintan. The newly relaunched Silk Nightclub is the best night club in Bintan to party at to get the most party vibes. The dance floor is empty before the stream of crowd arriving at Silk NightClub later the night.

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The dancefloor getting crowded with an overflow of partygoers grooving to the music and I was also getting high due to alcohol consumption.

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Awesome clubbing hits play by the band at Silk NightClub!

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I had a chance to sing the latest clubbing songs like “Worth it” by Fifth Harmony live for few minutes to the partygoers. The girl holding on the mic is one of the lead vocalists in Silk NightClub and she can bring up the party mood in the crowd with her explosive vocal.

Silk NightClub

Address: Jalan Indera Segara Site A12, Lagoi, Bintan Island, Riau, Indonesia

Tel: +62 812-7073-602

Opening hours: Opens at 6:00pm till late everyday

REASON 4: Exceptionally Beautiful and Secluded Beach

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..Lost in Paradise..

The White Sand Island is one of the best kept secrets of Bintan, merely less than 10 minutes boat ride from Trikora Beach. The island is so secluded and private that Shandy and me were the only visitors in this tiny island at a point of time.

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Your eyes will be spoiled with an amazing view of the seas and your soul becomes calm that you felt at ease and relaxed. The sand is soft and clean, the sea water is crystal clear and cool. The weather was also wonderful!

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Floating in vitamin seas

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There are 3 to 4 hammocks and swings in White Sand Island where you can take a break after a swim in the seas.

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White Sand Island is unquestionably one of the places I will visit again if I come back to Bintan.

 

REASON 5: Enchanting Fireflies Night Tour

Bintan is considered one of the best places to see the fireflies around the world and the fireflies’ night tour is definitely a must-do activity during your holiday in Bintan. As you journey through the Sebung River, you’d enjoy the enchanting sights and serenity around you with plenty of fireflies lighting up right in front of your eyes.

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Tiny lighting bug

Fireflies! This must be the prettiest sight I have seen on the first day of 2017 and it was a wonderful experience to get so close up with these tiny little lighting bugs. I finally strike off this wish to see fireflies from my bucket list.

When you are coming to Bintan, you have to look for my friend Shandy to show you around this beautiful and gorgeous island. He also provides the best guaranteed and lowest tour service rate that will make your trip to Bintan a satisfying and memorable one! If you are visiting Bintan anytime soon, you can email me at tlli.90@gmail.com and I will help to liaise you with Shandy and get the best cheapest tour service rate available. Happy 2017, everyone!

 

 


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Travel Guide to Switzerland (Day 7)

Day 7 – Preparation for departure back Home

Pack all your belongings and make sure that you have not left anything behind in the hotel room before heading to the airport for your flight departure. The tip is to pack your luggage the night before and remember not to have any LAG (liquid, Aerosol and Gel) that exceeds 100ml in your hand luggage. Next is scan through every corner of the room before checking out from the hotel. My own habit is that I try not to have my “barang barang” (singlish meaning belongings) leaving all over the hotel room

Even as a frequent traveller, I also have my things like make up pouch, glasses, etc misplaced overseas and unable to find it or retrieve back. One of the worst situations that I have experienced myself as an ex flying crew is that I cannot find my make up pouch and I cannot look like I am not wearing any make up for work. Then you have to try your luck by calling the girl on the crew list that you are closer to on the flight to lend you theirs.

Also, seek help from the hotel’s receptionist the day before if the airport shuttle service is available to transport you to the airport for your flight departure.

-End of Day 7-

 


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Travel Guide to Switzerland (Day 6)

Day 6 – Arriving in Zermatt from Lausanne

The average travel time bewteen Lausanne and Zermatt is 3 hours and 16 minutes and the quickest route is 2 hour 52 minutes. The departure station is Lausanne (Lausanne station 1003 Lausanne) and arrival station is Zermatt (Bahnhofplatz 9 3920 Zermatt)

 

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Zermatt lies at the foot of the highest mountain Matterhorn and is a mountain resort renowned for skiing, climbing and hiking. Zermatt is also one of the world’s most picturesque holiday villages.

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Zermatt is a paradise for adventurers seeking amazing skiing and snowboarding experience with breath taking scenery. Enjoy skiing down the white snowy slope with a spectacular backdrop of mountains.

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Have your lunch at any of the restaurants in Zermatt. Zermatt’s mountain restaurants are blessed with great cuisine and majestic views of the Alps.

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End your day and pamper yourself with a luxury spa indulgence.

-End of Day 6-

 

 

 


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Travel Guide to Switzerland (Day 4)

Day 4 – Arriving in Bern from Lucerne

The average travel time between Lucerne and Bern is 1 hour 15 minute. The train fare costs about 40.20 for 2nd class ticket and you can purchase your train tickets in advance from https://www.trainline.eu/.  Bern is in the German-speaking region and is the capital of Switzerland.

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The old town of Bern is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the city is truly a gem of medieval architecture in Europe. The quaint old town is framed by the Aare River and offers spectacular views of the Alps.

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Have your lunch at Restaurant Rosengarten, a laid-back eaterie with the outdoor terrance as the main attraction in the restaurant. The restaurant is also the perfect place to relax over a cup of coffee and drink in views of the UNESCO rooftops. The set menu is well-priced for bargain-conscious diners.

Address: Alter Aargauerstalden 31b Bern 3006

Opening Hours: Daily 9am to midnight

Price: CHF 20-40

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Photo Courtesy of Google Image. Berner Munster.

Take a slow stroll after a hearty lunch along the most famous building in Bern, the Berner Münster is also known as the Bern Cathedral. Climb up 254 steps to the tower and the views over the city is impressive with the Alps appear as a backdrop on a clear day.

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Another point of interest to visit in Bern is the Cheese Market. Switzerland is famous for cheese and walking through the Cheese Market, you can see the wonderful display of local cheese.

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Your body will be tired after touring in Switzerland for the past few days so pamper yourself at Solbad Schönbühl, a large saltwater thermal spa with different saunas, pools and hammams, as well as massage therapies.

Address: Mattenweg 30 Schönbühl Bern 3322

Website: http://www.solbad.ch/

Opening Hours: Mon to Fri 8am-10pm; Sat to Sun 9am-10pm

Admission Price: CHF 30 for Adults and CHF 15 for Children

 

– End of Day 4 –

 

 


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Travel Guide to Switzerland (Day 2)

Day 2 – Arriving in Rheinfall from Zurich

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My friend Windy and I took a train from Zurich HB to Neuhausen Rheinfall. The travel time directly from Zurich main train station to Neuhausen Rheinfall is 50 minutes. The Rheinfall is the largest plain waterfall in Europe and along the way, we enjoyed the serenity and picturesque views of the lake.

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Comfortable to have the waves of water cooling off your feet when the sun gets too warm.

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Beautiful home lining the lake

One of my favorite romance movies is “The Lake House” by Sandra Bullock & Keanu Reeves, a remake of the South Korean file Il Mare. It is my dream and fantasy to stay in the beautiful lake house that is shown in the movie, waking up early every morning feeling the morning breeze of the lake. It will make your soul feel much calmer and more relaxed.

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A boat trip to the rock or a round trip in the river basin are simply an unforgettable experiences, marveling at the beauty of nature.

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On a bright sunny day, the spray from the waterfalls create lovely colorful rainbow.

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The highlight is the climb up the famous rock in the midst of the thundering mass of water and the view from the top of the rock is surprisingly great which you can see and hear the waterfall gashing between the big rocks.

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The Rheinfall is one of the world famous natural features in Switzerland and you have to visit this scenic attraction to enjoy the natural spectacle of this nature wonder.

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I was here in Rheinfall on August 2012.

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A visit to Rheinfall is a popular day trip destination from Zurich and you will not want to miss seeing the gorgeous sight of this nature wonder.

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Travel Guide to Switzerland (Day 5)

Day 5 – Arriving in Lausanne from Bern

The average journey time between Lausanne and Bern is 1 hour 5 minutes. The train fare costs about €26 for 2nd class ticket and you can purchase your train tickets in advance from https://www.trainline.eu/. Lausanne is in the French-speaking region of Switzerland, and is the fourth largest city in Switzerland.

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Interior of 1st class cabin

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Interior of 2nd class cabin

I always try to book ‘forward facing’ seats for long train journey with the reason that I find that it is not particularly comfortable ending up in a train seat that faces backward.

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The train ride passes through some of the most beautiful mountains and gorgeous views of the Swiss countryside.

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The scenery is simply not to be missed and this is what I adore about taking a train ride in Europe, to admire the beautiful window-framed scenery!

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Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne

Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne (EHL) is one of the world’s best hospitality management school. From Lausanne railway station, I took a 20 minutes metro ride to Croisette and 10 minutes bus ride to EHL. I felt that my sense of direction has improved tremedously when I eached EHL to meet my polytechnic friend Shinn.

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This is my friend Shinn and I am so proud of her for being the first student in Temasek Polytechnic’s Hospitality and Tourism Management to gain admission into EHL, which is accepted industry-wide as the best hotel school in the world.

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The mountain and gorgeous views of the Swiss countryside make EHL one of the nation’s most desirable and condusive environment to go grad school.

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We went to the Old Town, one of the beautiful highlights in Lausanne boasting numerous attractions including historical building and cobble stone streets.

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Just strolling around the cobblestone streets and admiring the glory of that beautiful sunset are pleasant enough.

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Lausanne Cathedral

We also visited Lausanne Cathedral, the most beautiful Gothnic church in Switzerland.

The interior of Lausanne Cathedral is Gothic at its most elegant design with beautiful window paintings.

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Another place that you have to visit when you are in Lausanne is Lake Geneva. Lake Geneva is one of the largest lake in Western Europe and is shared between Switzerland and France.

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Somehow or rather, it feels different to catch up with your friend in overseas and know more about their life. It is also great to know that they are doing well in their own field.

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Shinn brought me to have our dinner at Cafe Romand to taste the authentic Swiss food. It was really a lovely and comfortable evening with Shinn and we had so much to talk about ranging from school, work, life, travel, future and etc. It didn’t feel like we have only met and talked to each other for the very first time. Thank you Shinn for hosting me in Lausanne!

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