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“Go to the wet market and mini mart nearby”
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Pasar Oleh Oleh
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Reviewed September 27, 2013

I think you can get information on POO from the other posts. Here's a hidden gem.

There is a wet market and mini marts nearby which sells stuff in INR (Ruppiah), where you pay what the locals do, instead of jacked up SGD prices.
Walk out from the main entrance of Pasar Oleh Oleh (POO), turn right and turn right again at the junction. Keep walking straight and you will find the place. The locals will tell you where it is if you know about it. I think its called the "Pujasera".

Anyway you can get a sim card at this place. For chinese speaking travellers the shop right at the end is run by a Chinese, so you can communicate better if you do not speak Bahasa Indonesia. Get the 1 Week package for 200MB just for a low price of INR13,000. Ask them to help you activate the sim. Note that they only have a micro sim cutter and not a nano sim cutter yet so you might have to trim it down to size, if you are using the iPhone 5 or 5s. Stock up your crackers, bottled water, chocolates and ice-creams here too!

7  Thank Desmond C
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Reviewed September 15, 2013

It doesn't look like much at first glance, but if you take the time to visit each shop and browse around, you do find differences and a good range.

I went to Bintan twice this year and visit Pasar Oleh Oleh with two different groups of friends. We enjoyed it tremendously and everyone came back with goodies like sarongs, keropok, woven straw bags, magnets/key chains with your name on them, wooden bangles and beaded purses.

Take the time and look and you do find a few little gems here and there :)

2  Thank Lin_Sg
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Reviewed September 10, 2013 via mobile

Whist one doesn't really have much of a choice - monopoly of prices since you are stuck on the island, the least the shops here can do is make sure that you give quality if you are charging tourist prices. Bought 2 packets of local keropok only to have to throw it away as it was rancid!! The shopkeeper had the audacity to tell us not to pick the packets near to the glass windows as its exposed to the sun! Touts galore for the spa all happy to offer you 10 percent discount making you feel very uncomfortable... Don't bother coming here... Only thing worth buying here is some clothes (if you like the designs) and mineral water (half the price of hotel rates)

Thank Mongster
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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 :)

Thank Jyyan
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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.

2  Thank andy_lau77
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