So, two weeks ago I flew to Tanjung Pinang. My second visit to this city and first time experiencing the new Terminal 3 Ultimate Soekarno Hatta. I went like
Still, it doesn’t have free drinking water. It is still chaos, inconvenience temporary food stall etc. Hell, former Ministry of Transportation said it wasn’t ready to serve….yet.
Arrived around Noon in Haji Fisabillah Airport, Tanjung Pinang, Pulau Bintan. Nothing new. I wonder if there is no event like Bintan Triathlon (Usually on May for the past 11 years ), Ironman Bintan or Tour de Bintan (November except last year it was cancelled due to haze), I guess this airport would be very quite.
Anyway, with rented car, we had lunch and coffee in local coffee shop. I forgot the name of the coffee shop, it was on Trip Advisor. Since I was sick, I didn’t feel like taking picture or else.
There are several tourism spot in Pulau Bintan like Pulau Penyengat and Pantai Trikora. But, yeah…I didn’t come here for pure holiday.
On the way from Tanjung Pinang to Lagoi, we stopped by at Vihara Avalokitisvera Graha. Wikipedia said it is the biggest Vihara/temple in South East Asia. I’m not sure about this, I think I saw larger temple with larger statue of Dewi Kuan Yin Phu Sha in Medan.
But, it is a big area!
Do you see row of statues? those statues are very hugeeeee!
Then, headed to Lagoi.Approx 1 hour drive from Tanjung Pinang, where the Ironman event took place.
There is a new tourism spot, Treasure Bay which is claimed as the biggest swimming pool in Asia (10 mins drive from Swissbell Hotel Lagoii)
Unfortunately, due to my fever and limited time, this was the closest I can get with the pool :((. you can google the picture.
and, ah! I stayed in Nirwana Resort area again, but different hotel this time (read: cheaper). Prices are very expensive in Lagoi.
will write my race recap in the next post!