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Since ancient times, it was an excursion to the archipelago and it was playing
an important role in the province's life
PULAU BINTAN is the largest island of the Indonesian archipelago of Riau. His existence became known by Marco Polo when he returned to Italy. In the 18th century, Bintan was the seat of the sultan of Johore. The history of the island is vast and loaded with the traces left by many conquerors. The Sultans of Malaysia, the Portuguese and later the Dutch, the pirates and the Chinese, all left their mark until the declaration of the definitive independence of the island by the sultan of Riau.
Bintan is located southeast of the cosmopolitan Singapore. It is very close to Ecuador and has an average temperature of 26 ° C. Its 400,000 inhabitants include the Malay, Bugis, Orang Laut (gypsies of the sea), Chinese, Arabs and other ethnic groups. The majority of the inhabitants are Muslim, but there are also Christians, Buddhists, Hindus. The currency of the island is the rupee.
Bintan is connected to Singapore by fast boats and then an hour's drive to Bandar Bentan Telur, on the southern Bidan coast.
Of particular interest are the excursions organized inside the island or in the neighboring archipelago. The landscape is truly impressive, seeing the rich vegetation, the animal kingdom, from paradise birds to reptiles. Apart from the thousands of nearby islands that you can visit by boat, you should not miss the rest of the island, the old town of Malaysia, the palaces of the Sultans, the Buddhist temples and one of the oldest temples, the Banyan Temple, is located next to the ancient Banyan tree, and they still consider it sacred and worship it.