Newly constructed building, a blend of traditional and modern design surrounding an open space, with a pleasant sitting area by the water fountain. Strings of decorative lights shinning all around. Jazz music filling up the air. Picture perfect. Isn’t it! That’s Lagoi plaza. A newly constructed shopping mall or rather entertainment area in Bintan, Indonesia.
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In this post I will share our experience of visiting Lagoi Bay, thanks to my husband who suggested that this place needs a special mention. I will also cover the major attractions at Lagoi Bay.
It’s difficult to describe exactly how we felt at Lagoi Bay. Probably mix feelings including excitement, melancholy, a bit dreamy, a bit romantic and slightly scary. Have you ever felt like this while travelling to a new place? Especially, when you are the only visitor!
It was our second day at Bintan. After relaxing in our resort the Nirwana Resort Hotel (read review of this beautiful property) for almost 1.5 days, we thought it was time to explore a bit. Since we were already late for the other part of the town, A promotion poster of Lagoi plaza caught our attention. Specially the lantern park and trick museum.
Free drop and pick up from the resort was an added advantage. So we decided to visit Lagoi plaza, which is a newly constructed mall in the Lagoi bay area and has all the Souvenir shops.We hopped in a 6 p.m. shuttle and reached Lagoi plaza in around 30 mins. Scheduled pick up from Lagoi plaza (back to our resort) was at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m..There were around 8-10 tourists who got out of the shuttle along with us. Blame in on a weekday but there were only handful of visitors in the mall. It was almost 7 p.m., So we planned to take the last shuttle back to the resort, which was at 10 p.m.
The moment we reached Lagoi plaza, we hopped into a 7/11 department store to stock up our supplies, because in entire Bintan resorts area you don’t find such shop with reasonable price.And then it was time to take a look around. Seemed like there was not much to do. But we explored a couple of activities, which will help you utilize and enjoy your time at Lagoi Bay.
Photo opportunity – Lagoi plaza has many options where you can take those beautiful pics for your Instagram and make everybody wonder. There is also a trick photography store, but unfortunately we could not visit it. Right in front of Lagoi Plaza, is a beautiful beach too. Since it was already dark, we dint go till the beach
Lantern Park –One of the main reasons for us to visit Lagoi plaza was the lantern park. I had never seen something like this before. Gaint lanterns showcasing endangered Animals, glowing beautifully in the dark, our experience here was a magical & dreamy one. Although being only visitors in the park, we were little uneasy too. However kids will surely have a great time here !
Indulge in Local flavors – I must say that Lagoi plaza is a beautiful complex but most part of it is still vacant and you will find only handful of shops, most of them are restaurants where you can relish on the local cuisine at reasonable price. There is also a roof top bar at the hotel adjacent to the Plaza, but we dint visit it.
Spa & Massage parlor – There are a couple of Spa & massage shops around. The Spa offers a free drop to Bintan resort area. If you have time you can indulge in little pampering. My husband opted for Massage, while I was checking out the restaurant.
Paddle out Odong odong- Once we finished visiting the lantern park, we noticed some vintage cars and vans on the corner of the road.These vehicles looked attractive with all the colors and glow lights around. We decided to take a ride as there was nothing much to do. After sometime we figured out that these funny vehicles are without engine and you have to paddle them like a bicycle.. But it was too late to change our minds as our little one already made up his mind to get a ride. So there we go paddling the Odong Odong along the road. It was tiring but a different experience.
Enjoy the Music & pleasant atmosphere – finally after exploring the entire area, we realized that we still have around 45 mins in hand. At the beginning it was boring as we were the only visitors in the entire mall, except for few locals here and there. We could hardly see anybody. Then we sat at the restaurant enjoying the music, entire atmosphere; indulge in conversation with locals over the drinks.
The Positive Side – Initially I was little uncomfortable, as the entire set –up reminded me of some thriller/Serial killer movies (like house of wax or Zombie land) where you have the full carnival set up with lights, rides and everything but nobody around and a bunch of Zombies may suddenly pop up from somewhere.
But thanks to my husband, who made me see the other side of it. Of course this place deserves a special mention as it has its own charm.
And then I realized that actually this mystic place looks more like a set of La La land or some other musical romantic movie. Where the smooth sound of beautiful Jazz music was filling up the air, Making you swing unknowingly to the rhythm under the clear skies, surrounded by all the lights and beauty. How romantic isn’t it! I wished Ryan Gosling would have appeared from somewhere!!!What a pleasant place to spend some good time with your loved one.
To sum up, our visit to Lagoi Bay was not an exciting but dreamy one.. And yes the place grows on you and we started to enjoy our time. It was for sure a memorable one.
So whenever you are in Bintan, take some time out and visit Lagoi Bay for some unforgettable experience.
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