Travel Tips in batam
The main modes of travel are taxis (“official” and “unofficial”), ojeks (motor cycle taxis which you can hire to take you to your destination as a pillion passenger), privately operated mini-buses and walking. There are no becaks or bemos, so common in some Indonesian towns and cities. If you are bold enough and maybe just a little crazy, there\'s also driving yourself! Step out your hotel door, exit any shop or walk down any street and you will be offered taxis, taxis and more taxis. Wait by any thoroughfare and you will have a car glide up, perhaps beeping the horn and flashing its lights with the driver asking where you would like to go. NEVER alight from the driver’s near side if you stop in the street. If a following Ojek or car sweeps by and hits the door YOU are considered responsible for the damage to the Ojek or car and the taxi as well as any compensation due to the injured. Be aware that ojek drivers spend much time sitting around in particular locations just waiting and looking. They tend to become the eyes and ears of the neighbourhood, sometimes providing information to both the police and those outside the law. But there is no doubt that using Ojeks is riskier than using a taxi. Stand by any major street or road and within a couple of minutes a private Mini bus will roll up beeping the horn or flashing its lights. Signal and they will pick you up. You need to determine whether the bus is going where you want to go (sometimes not easy if you have no Indonesian) and settle on the fare. Most mini buses have no indication on the outside of the vehicle as to their destination. Most of the places you are likely to want to visit in and around Nagoya can be reached by walking. But be aware that the street layout can be quite confusing and it’s a good idea to know how to ask for and understand directions in Indonesian or to purchase a map. Be aware too that many of the pavements are in poor condition and watch how you go. Sometimes traders use the footpaths as trading or storage areas so you will need to walk in the streets. Be careful of vehicles. You SHOULD NOT walk around Nagoya alone at night other than in the main entertainment and shopping districts. As a group of two or more you will be fine in but venture out alone in some areas and you are needlessly inviting risk.Take great care at traffic lights and pedestrian crossings – they do not mean the same in Batam as in Western cities. If you really have to test your nerve by driving yourself then remember that despite what the issuing authority in your home country may have told you your International Licence will not be recognised here. You must have a licence issued in Batam or run the risk of being sued and locked up in the event that you have an accident.
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|USEFUL LINKS - Batam|
|What to wear|
However, the dress codes in Batam are more relaxed. It is accepted that visiting Bule men often will wear short pants and t-shirts suited to the hot climate and Western style low cut jeans with short tops and exposed midriffs are now standard dress for many young local women. It is not entirely uncommon to see some girls wearing shorts in public. However, if you are going to see an official or wish..
Do not drink tap water, even in 5-star hotels, unless you know that it has been boiled for at least 5 minutes. Safe, good quality bottled water is cheaply and readily available in shops, restaurants, bars and at roadside stalls and is used by most locals as well as visitors. Your hotel usually will supply free bottled water for you each day. Generally you can safely enjoy ice in your drinks. Restaurants,..
Don’t expect to find such sophistication you may find in Singapore, though they are only some miles away. But Batam is duty free and the prices can be very cheap, a bit like Singapore and Hong Kong in the “good old days”. You may want to visit some of the shopping centers a little out of Nagoya like the malls at Batam Centre and Pambil (near Muka Kuning). Paintings, wood carvings, pottery, etchings..
|DOs & DONTs|
Do ensure your passport and valuables are placed in a safe or safety box at your hotel. Carry a photocopy of your passport identification pages and your entry/departure card in case you are asked for ID by the police or some other authority. Don’t carry or displaying large sums of cash and be a little wary when using and leaving ATM machines (take a look at who might be watching and waiting – if..
|HEALTH AND VACCINATION REQUIREMENTS|
International certificates of valid small-pox, cholera and yellow fever vaccinations are required only from travellers coming from infected areas. The only mandatory requirement is a Yellow Fever vaccination certificate (to protect the Indonesian community) if you are travelling direct from Africa or some areas of South America. ..
Batam is best reached via Singapore if you are travelling from most of the rest of the world. There is an international airport on Batam but at present few international destinations are served other than charter flights. From the airport you can take a taxi or a clean, modern MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) train to the HARBOUR FRONT ferry terminal (previously known as the World Trade Centre). Ferries depart..
Batam is an island so it is not surprising that seafoods play a major part in most local cuisines. Try the local fare – it is different, very cheap and very tasty. Be aware too that the Chinese or Thai dishes with which you think you are familiar may be somewhat different here, often delightfully so. Pujasera are outdoor food courts with a number of warung (small stall-like kitchens) serving meals..
Don’t bargain if you are not in intention to purchase the products. Remember that once you enter into a bargaining process and reach a consensus it is considered impolite and a show of bad faith if you do not conclude the transaction. Please note that you can’t bargain in the big shops with marked prices, restaurants, etc. However, in shops with marked prices you can usually expect discounts of 20..
Don’t stand in an aggressive manner, like with hands on hips or pointing directly at someone with your index finger) Don’t embarrass people, particularly in front of their subordinates, even in jest. Indonesians are not used to such behaviour and have great difficulty in accepting the loss of face it is considered to cause. Be careful with your ironic humour. This will go down like a lead balloon..
Batam Island enjoys a tropical climate all year round with temperatures ranging from an average minimum of 25 degrees to an average maximum of 34 degrees Celsius (77 to 95 Fahrenheit). Humidity ranges from 73% to 96%. The annual average rainfall is 2,600 mm (about 105 inches) with the wet season extending from November to April/May and the dry season from June to October. The dry and wet season..
|BATAM NIGHT LIFE|
Batam nightlife’s scene features bars, nightlifes, karaokes and discotheques. Nightclubs are mainly to be found in the bigger quality hotels usually with live bands and performers. Live music is occasional, but more likely disco or cable TV showing the sports channels. Most are aimed at ex-pats and visitors but some also attract regular local patronage. Some are popular spots for meeting local..
|BATAM ATTRACTIONS AND THINGS TO DO|
If you want to enjoy more leisure, you can visit the resorts of the Nongsa and Marina Waterfront City, which can be reached by a short taxi ride from Nagoya. Some facilities at Batam’s resorts are gyms, spas, and massage treatments, while activities available include go-karting, squash, golfing, fishing, jet skis, sail boarding, cable skiing, horse riding, parasailing, tennis, and more. You can visit..