Shopping in Bintan Island - authentic goods, best outlets, malls and boutiques

In most shops on the island, they accept Singapore dollars as well as Indonesian rupees. To pay for things at a good currency, always have some Indonesian money with you – they won’t have a change in small shops. Bintan is a duty-free zone, so besides souvenirs, you can buy stuff for home, household, work, and leisure. In the shopping malls, you will find clothes and shoes from famous brands at good prices.
For many years, the beautiful island of Bintan has being attracting tourists with its amazing scenery, interesting sights and extensive beaches. This is one of the few places in the world … Open
Things with the national color you should better buy in Tanjung Pinang or Tanjung Uban. However, you can buy things from the local craftsmen at great prices in small settlements in the jungles. On the opposite, in places, where there are many tourists, you should buy only magnets and postcards. The other things in such places are usually overpriced. Definitely bring back home a cat-shaped statue. They are usually made from wood and are later hand-painted. For the local people a cat is not just a nice and gracious animal, but a true symbol of family and warmth, which is vital for the Indonesians. Besides wooden cats, you will also find stone, ivory, and clay statues of different colors and shapes.
In small remote villages you can buy rattan and grapevine furniture. The seamstresses can buy local fabrics. The most beautiful paintings are painted on the finest silk. If you don’t like to sew yourself, but you like the local outfits, you can buy a silk dress, a pashmina, or a scarf. If you plan to visit a lot of local temples, buy a sarong. You will save money on renting it before entering a temple and you will have something to bring back home. You can also buy quite cheap Indonesian-style jewelry on the island. In some places, you can see the whole process of production of a ring or a necklace from the material you liked. Copyright
Palau Bintan or just Bintan is one of the best places for a holiday with children. A long flight and a necessary acclimatization are compensated by a comfortable water and air temperature … Open
However, they also make vases and candlesticks from precious metals. Those, who like natural cosmetics, will like the choice of products for hands, face, and body care. The price for different creams, masks, and shampoos is not high, but you should better buy it in the stores, where the sellers speak English, otherwise there is a chance to misuse the product. If you like sweet things, don’t pass by the local honey. In Bintan, as in the rest of Indonesia, has an unusual taste and creamy consistency. A traditional souvenir is jasmine tea. If you want to buy coffee, especially as a present, try it first yourself. The thing is, Indonesian coffee might be too bitter for some people.
When you first come to the market in Bintan or go to a small shop, you will be unpleasantly surprised with high prices. Remember: the locals always expect people to bargain. The only exception is supermarkets. For the Islanders the bidding is first of all an intellectual competition for a mutual fun. When you debate about a price, don’t raise your voice, over criticize it or insult a seller. A polite smile and a pleasant tome will give more you more benefit. Also remember that if you buy cosmetics and jewelry in small shops or from a person, you increase the chances to spend your money on low-quality goods.
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Unique touristic spots around Bintan Island

Heavenly pool-bridge Sky Habitat

From the series “Most Scary Swiiming Pools”
Three bridges connect skyscrapers located next to each other. A wonderful recreation area is equipped on each of them. Gardens with live plants adorn the two lower bridges. You can take a sun bath and relax in the natural greenery here. It was decided to convert the third and highest bridge into an infinity pool. The presence of such recreation areas in the residential complex is highly appreciated given the hot tropical climate of Singapore. A small terrace with sun loungers is located on the highest bridge except for the pool. Live plants were also planted here. A small recreation area with tables is located by the pool. You can have a romantic dinner there. … Read further

Swissotel The Stamford

From the series “The World's Tallest Hotels”
On the 71st floor of the skyscraper there is a popular Equinox restaurant with circular panorama. Visitors will be able to test the most popular dishes of Asian and Western cuisine. Among the bars accessible to the hotel guests, one should especially mention the City Space. Delighted by the panorama of the city, visitors can taste the varieties of alcohol and elite cigars, brought from different parts of the world. … Read further

Masjid Sultan

From the series “Top Largest and Famous Mosques Worldwide”
At once there can be about 500 believers. The main peculiarity of the building is a huge gilded cupola. The mosque is situated on the territory of the popular touristic district Kampong Glam that’s why it is known mostly for every tourist. But not everybody knows that the first mosque was built there even at the beginning of the 19th century. Later the Muslim community has drastically increased and needed a bigger mosque. The building of the new mosque has begun by order of Sultan Hussain Shah. Until nowadays the mosque is named in honour of him. … Read further

Shopping advices for the whole region around Bintan Island

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