Indonesia

The View from the walkway adjacent to the beach

Holiday Where-to: Batam Island

I had previously travelled to Batam City for Business. However, it seemed that the island had so much potential for a holiday that I just had to try! Well I tried it recently and the holiday was pretty awesome!  Here are some things about Batam City, for those who want to travel there!

 How do I get there?

Location:

Batam City or Batam Island is in the Riau Islands, in Indonesia. It is part of a few Islands that are “tax free” 0% tax on all goods and services offered in the Island. There are two ways to get to Batam, Flight or Ferry.

Visa:

Citizens from the following countries do not require a visa, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR, Malaysia, Morocco, Peru, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore.

For more information on Visas for Indonesia visit: imigrasi.go.id

How do I get around?

Batam City has multiple taxi operators and “private” taxis that are un-licensed. A good car rental and private passenger carrier that I have personally tried is http://www.batamrental.com. I would recommend a private operator as the comfort and driver familiarity of the roads are often better. The local taxis are usually dirty and uncomfortable; a pretty terrible ride.

What is on the island really?

Resorts, Hotels, Shopping Malls, Temples and many other attractions and sites to see!

Resorts

The Resort that I stayed at Turi Beach Resort (Agoda Link: Agoda.com) in Nongsa was pretty awesome. Good service, Attentive Staff, Large rooms and most of all, a private beach and pier.

Other Facilities provided by Turi Beach resort:

Island Bar, Spa, Outdoor swimming pool with pool bar, Tennis courts, Rock wall climbing, Water sports, Yacht Club, Conference rooms, ballroom, business center

Some pictures from my stay there:

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Shopping

You can choose from various shopping Malls in Batam City Center, including Nagoya Hill Mall, MegaMall and other malls in the area. Sadly, I have no photos of the malls. Might take some when i’m back there again.

Other Attractions

Batam is also home to the largest temple in South East Asia, the Maha Vihara Duta Maitreya Buddhist Temple, (Trip Advisor Link: Tripadvisor.com)

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Maha Vihara Duta Maitreya Buddhist Temple

All in All Batam is a great experience to relax, unwind and is not as crowded as other tourist destinations such as Bali, Indonesia or Phuket, Thailand.

Indonesia: Absurd Legal System.

This is in reference to the Article:

http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/SEAsia/Story/STIStory_777943.html

We have always heard that Indonesia is the country with relaxed laws and baby smokers.

 

Also, it has a very strict policy against the filming of pornography, Something that the lead singer of Peter Pan, Ariel, learnt the hard way after being sent to prison due to the videos with Luna Maya and some other chick.

Luna Maya

Luna Maya - Hot Even With Clothes On

However, nothing, I mean NOTHING I have heard so far regarding the law system in Indonesia has beat this

” JAKARTA (AFP) – Three Indonesian men and a woman arrested for allegedly making a pornographic video were ordered to re-enact steamy sex scenes as part of a police investigation, a detective said on Thursday. ” – ST News

I wonder if the police were jerking off to the people doing it while high on a mix of concoctions or if they were seriously prosecuting these people via the use of re-enactment from the SUSPECTS. Hilarious. Another strange thing is their strictness when it comes to filming home-made sex videos. It is strange that a country with so much more to worry about would spend time, money and effort to arrest those whom are a little more, experimental, with their sex lives. When they could be avoiding some other *hint* things that could be a little more beneficial to the countries well being.

” It was one of several attacks reported during 2005 in the 550-mile channel separating the Indonesian island of Sumatra from the Malay Peninsula, Singapore perched at its southern tip.” – National Geographic.

So If one committed murder in Indonesia, would they ask the suspect to re-enact the murder by stabbing the dead corpse again? I wonder.