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Angsana Hotel (Bintan) Review

During our stay in Bintan, Indonesia, My husband and I chose Angsana Hotel to live for one night.

After we arrived at Bintan Ferry terminal, staff from Angsana welcomed us and let us take a short rest in their lounge, which is just at the terminal hall.

Then we took the Angsana shuttle bus to hotel, and it takes about 15 mins.

The minute we got off the bus, a staff strike the gong in front of the hotel hall to welcome us.

It’s not peak season, but there are still many tourists in the hall busy with check-in or check-out procedure. A friendly staff guided us to the sofa. Then welcome drink and dessert were served to us.

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Hall is connected with dinning area. That’s where guests have breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Corridor is very long, since there are many rooms in this hotel.

Finally, we reach our room.

Room is nice and cozy. And the best part is ocean view balcony.

From where, you can see the beautiful sea, beach and swimming pool.

Because when we arrived there, it’s already lunch time. And we were starving, so we had lunch there.

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We ordered Mi Goreng (stir-fried noodles) and Nasi Goreng (stir-fried rice). They served us with a kind of cracker first. My husband likes it. It also contains a special bean. As you can see, the lunch is really in big portion. Both of us like the chili sauce. It is special, because it also has sour tomato flavor. Hmmm, food is good. But considering the price, it’s not that good.

After lunch, we took a walk to the beach.

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Walk through the garden first, then swimming pool and got to the beach.

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It suddenly became cloudy after lunch.

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It was supposed to be many water activities, but got called off due to bad weather. We were so looking forward to participate in releasing the sea turtle, but we were just told that activity already finished.

walking along the beach or lying down on the beach is quite relaxing.

Then we went to the activity room to have some fun.

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We almost tried every game. My husband was so surprised that I, as a Chinese, don’t know how to play table tennis. πŸ™‚

They also have gym, but due to our schedule, we didn’t go there.

When we went back to our room in the evening, we received this letter and small gift  from the hotel.

Breakfast is buffet, including eastern and western food.

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They have congee,

pancake and waffle,

Soto ayam, (a kind of chicken soup, and I add in glass noodles and some vegetables)

bread and tea,

Indonesian special snack,

freshly made omelette,

and fresh fruit.

Breakfast is nice to me. But if let me rate the food, I will probably give it 3.5 out of 5. Just compared to the cozy room and warm service, food is not that great.

Before we left, my husband tried their special banana coffee.

If you are going to Bintan, you can take Angsana Hotel into consideration. We had great experience there.

And in the morning, we found some monkeys fighting/playing just in front of the hotel.

Mangrove Tour in Bintan

Angsana Bintan Review Part 1

My husband and I went to Bintan (Indonesia) for a short 2D1N trip. A highlight of our Bintan tour was the Mangrove Tour. It is available at Angsana Bintan Resort. It is probably by an external service provider rather than Angsana, but Angsana Bintan will help to facilitate the booking, including 2-way transport to and from the Mangrove Tour.

The price of the Mangrove Tour was around $45 SGD per person. It is rather pricy, but quite worth it if you like nature. First, the driver will arrive at Angsana Bintan to pick you up, and drive you to purchase the ticket from an office. Then, he will drive you to the Mangrove. Total travel time is approximately 15 minutes.

Upon reaching the Mangrove, life vests are provided and we boarded a small boat (maximum capacity should be around 6-8 people, but we were the only tourists at that time). There will be a boat driver, and also a guide. Amazingly, the Indonesian guide spoke Mandarin (and quite good Mandarin in fact)! Apparently, there are many Chinese tourists to Bintan.

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The Mangrove Tour itself is around 1 hour in duration. Other than looking at the mangrove trees, the guide will give some explanation. The people there used to burn mangrove tree roots to make charcoal, but the practice was banned due to environmental concerns. There are also many animals in the Mangrove. We managed to spot a snake (coiled up in the tree branches), a monkey (can be seen in the video), bird (should be kingfisher), as well as small fish. Apparently, there can be monitor lizards as well.

 

Overall, it was quite an unforgettable experience. There should be no such equivalent tour in Singapore (possibly there is land tour, but not river tour of mangrove).

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Note that the Fireflies tour is exactly the same tour as the Mangrove tour, but it is at night. We did not go for the Fireflies tour. Note that it can be very dark in Bintan at night, as there are very few street lights. Most places are completely dark at night.