Bintan Island is the neighbouring island of Batam, part of the Riau Islands in the Malacca Strait, on the northern tip of Sumatra. It is an easy 45-minute ferry ride from Singapore, making it a favourite holiday resort among visitors traversing the two islands. Its capital city of the same name is one of Indonesia's most historical, offering a nostalgic vibe ... More>and with iconic seaside markets partly built on stilts. Overland and along its coastline, it is picturesque with palm-fringed bays and five-star resorts – some featuring great golf courses designed by golf pros and catering to business travellers. Among its collection of great beaches is Trikora, a beautiful stretch of white sand lined with sellers offering local delights. Up north there is Sumpat beach, which comprises a few fishing villages along its white unspoiled sandy coastline. You’ll enjoy an abundance of seafood in Bintan, where it is always fresh and very affordable. Its other town of Tanjung Pinang is home to many local seafood restaurants. There may be no sprawling malls here, but you can get pretty unique souvenirs and some really neat bargains here. Among the collection of great hotels in Bintan are the Bintan Lagoon Resort, Angsana Resort & Spa Bintan, the Banyan Tree Bintan, and the Bintan Lagoon Villas.