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Bintan can be a paradise - but only on camera

Life in Bintan is idyllic and comfortable but the same cannot be said outside the tourist zone. ST PHOTO: LOUISA LIM
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BINTAN, Indonesia – It is only 10am, but the Instagrammers are already at it.

Clad in bright, fluttery dresses and designer sunnies, they flash peace signs and flirt with the camera, unperturbed by the searing heat. Few wispy clouds streak the cerulean sky above, making the sun-bleached dunes look even more photogenic and otherworldly.

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