EXPLORE THE OLDEST COASTAL TROPICAL RAINFOREST AT BANYAN TREE BINTAN
Singapore, April 2012– All year round, guests at Banyan Tree Bintan and Angsana Bintan have the opportunity to explore one of the world’s oldest coastal tropical rainforests that surrounds the two resorts in Tanjung Said, on the northwest tip of Bintan island in Indonesia.
The Ranger Trail enables nature lovers to trek through a wide variety of tree and plant species found in the tropical rainforest. Led by a trained ranger, guests will have the opportunity to observe indigenous flora in Bintan and understand how locals use them for medicinal value to cure ailments such as digestion problems or to apply on bruises or scars. Guests will also learn which plants and fruits are poisonous or protected by the community.
The trek begins from the resort and winds up a nearby hill in the Laguna Golf Club area where expansive views of the South China Sea await. Along the way, guests will come across plants such as palas, harendong, jerawut, marapen, kerisan as well as the pitcher plant - one of the most protected in Indonesia. For centuries, locals have been using the pitcher plant to cure stomach ailments. The second stop is an herb garden containing star fruit and tamarind trees, spinach, lemongrass and basil. This is followed by a short break with light refreshments and ends with a bicycle ride to Kampung Baru, a village where guests can witness the daily rituals and traditions of a community that has been settled there for generations.