MUM SAYS We loved glamping in Bintan!

Mum of two Paulyn Ng talks about the fun her family enjoyed during her first glamping experience.

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About a month ago, my husband and I planned a little family getaway to Bintan with some friends. I’d first heard about “glamping” from a friend’s Facebook feed ― she had made a trip to The Canopi on Bintan island, which is an hour’s ferry ride away.

Glamping ― or “glamorous camping” ― means that you’ll have facilities that are more luxurious, while still being able to experience the great outdoors.

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My family enjoys going out and experiencing nature. We go hiking pretty often ― every Sunday if the weather is good. We enjoy trekking in places like the TreeTop Walk at MacRitchie Reservoir or Sungei Buloh.

We usually carry my younger son, Kyven, who is almost 3 and around 10kg, in a toddler carrier on our back, while my older son Kyler, 6, is usually able to complete the two- to three-hour walk on his own.

However, we had stopped short of bringing the kids camping, because we were daunted by the idea that we’d not have access to a proper bathroom.

We had stopped short of bringing the kids camping, because we were daunted by the idea that we’d not have access to a proper bathroom.

So, we felt that “glamping” would fill the gap perfectly. We’d get to experience nature, but we’d still have the option of sleeping in an air-conditioned room and have our own bathroom.

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We planned the trip with two other families, and there were a total of five kids. My husband found a deal with a travel agency, where we paid just $500 for two adults and two kids, for a two-night, three-day stay.

Because Kyven has eczema, we spent a lot of time packing everything we thought we might need. We felt that we were more than prepared.

But one thing that we couldn’t prepare for, was the weather. With hindsight, we should have checked the weather forecast before booking the trip!

We took the hour-long ferry ride from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal at 9am Singapore time and arrived in Bintan at 9am, local time as Indonesia is an hour behind us. However, we didn’t realise that the check-in time was 2pm.

The staff told us that the rooms weren’t ready, so we had to wait five hours before we could go to our room.

It was raining cats and dogs at the time by the way!