Pulau Batam Off The Beaten Path

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    Birds Best Shop at Golden Prawn Restaurant

    by machomikemd Updated May 27, 2011

    they sell birds nests for the Bird's Nest Soup here at the Golden Prawn Restaurant where assorted Dried Bird's Nest from cave swiftlet birds are harvested by adventurous pickers from nearby caves along the Riau Islands (since the bird's nest are located high in the caves) and the birds nest are primarily from Bird Saliva and is an aphrodisiac for the chinese. a small box of Bird's nest here will sell about 200,000 Indonesian Rupiah for a small 50 gram box.

    address of Golden Prawn Resturant Bird's Nest Shop is: Jalan Bengkong Laut, Batam, located in the Golden City Complex owned by the Golden View Hotel.

    buy birds nest then have it cooked
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    Indonesian Fruit Stalls

    by machomikemd Updated May 27, 2011

    cheap roadside fruits at fruit stalls and you would see lots of these local food stalls all around Nagoya Area selling or hawking various kinds of tropical fruits and goodies like mangoes, durian, Star Apples, Jack Fruits and other kinds or fruits whether fresh or dried or picled or preserved and they cost really cheap from 4,000 Indonesian Rupiah up to 20,000 Indonesian Rupiah depending on the type and number of fruits you will buy to munch on.

    fruits galore
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    Sawadika Reflex Massage

    by machomikemd Updated May 27, 2011

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    a massage parlor in Batam offerinf thai style and indonesian style Bali Type Massages andit cost really cheap. The massage center offers traditonal Tha Massage and the Balinese style massage and other services like a foot scrub and hand and nail polish. A typical balinese style whole body massage will cost about 80,000 Indonesian Rupiah or about 12 Singapore dollars excluding the tip and will last about 90 minutes.

    address is: Sawadika Komplex Top 100 Blok C no. 7 (Top 100 Shopping Center), Pasar Nagoya, batam Indonesia

    tel no: (62) 0778-450-616

    front sign
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  • Not worth go further south than the Barelang Bridg

    by Baketown Updated Mar 21, 2010

    There are 2 or 3 other citings in the virtual tourist that wrote about the southern part of the island beyond Barelang Bridge. The reports are vague and intrigued me to hire a taxi paying the taxi 500,000 Rp (say USD$55) to go from Nagoya to the South passing the Barelang Bridge. It was a huge letdown.

    There is nothing to see just bushes and trees along the 2 hours ride until you come to the end of the paved road. The taxi would not go any further onto unpaved dirt mud road.

    I was roped in by the unspecific report about bridges pass the Barelang bridge and later was told the normal fare to reach the Barelang bridge was only 15,000 Rupiah. It wasted my time and money (half a day).

    My advice is for you to go to Barelang bridge, after stopping at the middle of the bridge enjoying the sight and then drive pass the next bridge, you will see an entrance to the a "Golden Fish" restaurant on the left hand side of the road. Drive towards the restaurant and have a meal and enjoy the spectacular view (you would not regret the view).

    Unless you have plenty of time to burn then you wanted to venture south of the Barelang bridge and look at the forest on both side of the road.

    If you wanted to reach isolated part of the island, there are better alternative like hiring a boat where they will take you to a more scenic and isolated place. Luckily the road condition was OK (some pothole and fairly straight and little traffic). Little traffic was because it was a dead end road leading to nowhere.

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    Cruise along the Barelang Highway (Motor/Bicycle)

    by agc Updated Mar 18, 2007

    Get off from the ferry terminal, approach any of the "ojeks" aka motor taxis, and negeotiate a price to rent his motor. I paid Rp 150,000 for a day(those guys hardly earn Rp 40,000 daily). If you're paying more than that, I would suggest you not to. Remember, never deposit your passport to them!!

    The entire highway is about 80km long. It is very interesting in the first half, the other half is just downright boring. The Barelang Highway is a "highway" that links 4 islands to Batam. The bridges are very nice.

    http://user.chollian.net/~hwayon/sing/batam.htm

    That is a very useful website, it has maps and stuffs that you will need.

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    The southern islands

    by rajitravel Written Mar 27, 2006

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    If you have time, you should venture to the islands south of Batam Island such as Pulau Sekikir, Pulau Rempang and Pulau Galang. These islands are connected to Batam Island via bridges and the scenery here is very beautiful.

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    The local shops

    by rajitravel Written Mar 27, 2006

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    This is a typical shop that the locals normally frequented. It sells, cigarettes, drinks, instant noodles, soap, etc. Going around is not cheap by the Indonesian. So, shops like these really helps with daily needs.

    The local shops are very bright and colourful to see by car. There are many local shops in Batam.

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    Car services

    by rajitravel Written Mar 27, 2006

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    If you notice along the streets, you'll probably see people repair tyres and car services. Though illegal, this can be seen widely. Equipt with a portable generators, they could assist with your flat tyres or other related problems of your cars. I would say it as very convenient.

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    The southern islands

    by victorwkf Written Feb 20, 2006

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    If you have time, you should venture to the islands south of Batam Island such as Pulau Sekikir, Pulau Rempang and Pulau Galang. These islands are connected to Batam Island via bridges and the scenery here is very beautiful. More photos of these islands are at the travelogue section of this VT page.

    View of southern portion of Batam Island
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    Explore the island on your own

    by victorwkf Updated Jun 26, 2005

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    It is rather easy to move around the island and the taxi (cabs) are cheap. So you can ask a local guide to bring you to some nice and off the beaten path places on the island. However, you have to be careful of your belongings as there are pickpockets on the island, especially the busy city areas.

    Beautiful landscape of Batam Island, Indonesia
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    A Quite Lifestyle without the Stress

    by keeweechic Updated Jul 13, 2003

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    As you make your way around the island, you can still see examples of Kampong (village) living with basic facilities in some cases set in these tranquil settings. The shower was a covered set up between some trees.

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    Looking At Singapore from Batam

    by cokes Written Sep 2, 2006

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    Singapore is situated really close to Batam and you can see in my photo`s the view of Singapore from my hotel.

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    Singapore skyline visible

    by bkarjee Written Jun 2, 2006

    This is the skyline of Singapore when we are approaching from Batam. Looks grand. Manhatten of Singapore you may call it.

    Singapore skyline
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    monkeys @ the Vietnamese Refuge Center

    by rajitravel Written Mar 27, 2006

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    aah! These monkey really come close to our car! Look at that one with the big arm. I think the locals must really love their company : ) Directions: Galang island

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