Thursday, August 22, 2013

Pasar Oleh Oleh Bintan

Sadly to say, while Bintan may have beautiful beaches for one to have a really relaxing vacation, it is not a place where you can find fantastic shopping, if any for that matter. Possibly the only market that's nearby is the Pasar Oleh Oleh. It's also the best place for you to get the touristy stuffs such as Bintan T-shirts, souvenirs, magnets, etc, or do massages. There're two restaurants there, so if you want to have cheap food rather than expensive resort & hotel fare, this is the place to check out. All resorts & hotels provide the shuttle service to Pasar Oleh Oleh at a price of $6/adult, $4/kid.


It looks like a small Malay village, but most shops are not open. I wouldn't say this is an exciting or fun place to visit, but everyone who visits BIntan should visit Pasar Oleh Oleh once, just for the sake of it.

There was practically no other tourists in sight when we were there. Only a few locals were sitting around enjoying a lazy afternoon. The kids were running anywhere and everywhere but I let them, just cos there were not many people around anyway.

We ordered takeaways from the Helo Helo restaurant, and they have fried rice, noodles, etc for $3.50. That's really cheap for a touristy place like Bintan. I also ordered chicken wings, which were super yummy.

Like I said, not an exceptionally interesting place, but we don't really get to see such buildings or setup in Singapore, so not bad to check the place out. :)

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