Singapore: Side Trips


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The hour-long ferry ride from Singapore makes the Indonesian island of Bintan a perfect escape, especially if you're hankering for a bit of quality time tanning by the beach. Framed by blue sky, powdery sand and clear turquoise waters, the 18-mile beach at Trikora on Bintan's eastern coast is especially lovely. Ferries for Bintan depart from the Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal; you can check schedules and buy tickets online from Bintan Resort Ferries. Depending on the season, round-trip tickets cost between S$48 and S$59. Visas (US$10 for seven days) are available on arrival. Remember to pack insect repellent.

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