The north and east coasts of Bintan are attractive tourists resorts. The main attractions are the old town of Tanjung Pinang and the relatively untouched beaches. To get there take a ferry form the Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal. The trip takes about 45-90 minutes depending on the quality of the ferry.
Batam is a small island city in the Riau Archipelago. Ferries are available daily from the World Trade Centre (WTC) (now renamed to Harbourfront MRT) and Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal (TMFT). Ferries depart approx. every 40 minutes. It is famous for it's boisterious nightlife and amazingly fast growing economy - a veritable border boom town that has been growing at 30% a year for the past 11 years..
A 24 hour visit is well worth and great value for money - a world class 4 staff hotel room goes for only $50 night.
A bustling Malaysian city right at the border with Singapore. Comfortable air-conditioned busses leave at intervals of 7 minutes from Singapore and the trip takes about 1 hour.
Melaka or Malacca is a great place to visit. It bears witness to six centuries of existence with a rich cultural heritage. The Dutch, Portuguese and English buildings and monuments reflect the former presence of these colonial powers. Melaka is also synonymous wiht Straits-born Chinese culture.