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“Visit only if you're bored with your resort”
Review of Pasar Oleh Oleh - CLOSED

Pasar Oleh Oleh
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Level 5 Contributor
39 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Visit only if you're bored with your resort”
Reviewed August 11, 2013

Knowing that Pasar Oleh Oleh was created just for tourists, we were a bit shocked to see that the "shopping village" was really small. Every other shop sold the same items. There were only two restaurants there - we only ate at Bintan Idol both days, because there was some pungent smell going on at Cafe Helo Helo.

Bintan Idol was not too bad in terms of service, IF you don't expect too much. The wait staff sometimes come back to tell you they have run of this and that, but they are always quick to provide alternatives. They obviously forgot one of our dishes on the first day because we had to ask thrice before the steamed fish was served. Oh btw, try to go earlier (about 5ish) before the crowd sets in, or you'll end up waiting for some time because the cooking is really slow. We thought the food quality was quite good; the flies thought so too judging from the way they kept wanting to join us at dinner.

The acoustic band was not too bad; well versed in multi-language songs. But if you're the cheapo type like us, politely reject them when they ask if they can play some songs for you. If you accept them, please at least tip them some. To their credit, they are not pushy for money.

I didn't like most of the souvenirs available. My personal favourite were the personalised magnets. I love the ones sold at the shop near the back of the village (near Cafe Helo Helo). Run by a family, they provide excellent service :)

Visited August 2013
Thank Jyyan
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English first
Singapore, null, Singapore
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Don't waste your time going to this pasar.”
Reviewed June 24, 2013

Just like some of the reviews here. I would not advise anyone going to this place. There are only a couple of shops here selling things at outrageous prices. Things could be much more expensive than Singapore even when inflation in Singapore is shockingly high. There is this expensive restaurant call Bintan Idol Café. Spent SGD $208.00 and only to get a small portion of crab, prawn, lemon chicken, kang kong, vegetable, toufu & 3 bottles of Bintang Beer. The beer itself cost SGD$8 per bottle. Hardly cheap at all. I can get similar portion of the same menu at any coffeeshop at Singapore at SGD $100 ++. The main purpose of strong SGD enables us to get cheaper meals when overseas but this is not the case here. Looks like Bintan has lost it's attraction and is no longer cheap. I would rather make a trip to langkawi if I am going for another beach holiday in the future.

Visited June 2013
2 Thank andy_lau77
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Singapore, Singapore
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Your time will be better spent elsewhere”
Reviewed May 4, 2013

There is just a handful of shops at Oleh Oleh (and in another shopping area that just across the road from it) - unfortunately, quality souvenirs are rare and far between. You may have a better chance of finding something memorable at your hotel shop.

Visited May 2013
Thank Tanya D
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Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed March 10, 2013

Not at all recommended. Prices in this 'market' are a tad lower than the resorts but are still expensive as hell. But you can try the spas if you want after bargaining quite a bit, of course. It's a very touristy market. Don't bother wasting your time by going here.

Visited March 2013
1 Thank traveophile
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Singapore, null, Singapore
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Dont waste your time here”
Reviewed December 25, 2012

This is a very small area with only a few shops around. However the items sold at the shops are very over priced.

Went to eat at one of their eatery. Food was so so but it was expensive considering the place was rather old and run down.

Bought some instant noodle @ $2-$4 each , we walked out of pasar oleh oleh and went to another non-tourist site (nearby) and they were selling the same items 50% lesser

Visited December 2012
1 Thank Redfield_12
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