Get off the beaten track in Batam Island with a visit to Galang Refugee Camp. Probably the most fascinating place in Batam, the facility used to house Vietnamese refugees from 1979 to 1996. After getting an appreciation of the island’s little known past, continue to tour other sights such as the Maha Vihara Duta Maitreya Buddhist Temple or partake in activities such as water sports and go-karting. Of course, no trip in Batam is complete without shopping for bargain deals and feasting on fresh and cheap seafood.
0940am – Collect ferry tickets at Harbourfront Sindo Ferry Counter
1020am – Ferry departs Singapore
1020am – Arrive at Batam Center Ferry Terminal and clear custom
(Reserve your return ferry timing at Batam Sindo Ferry Counter)
1100am – Pick up by our friendly driver who will bring your group for lunch at a kelong restaurant at Barelang
1200pm – Lunch at Barelang
1300pm – Depart Barelang in a relaxing car journey crossing 4 islands and 5 bridges to Pulau Galang where you will visit Galang Refugee Camp
1400pm – Arrive at Galang Refugee Camp (aka Camp Vietnam) and take your time to explore the sprawling grounds
(Tips – be sure to visit the museum and places of worship)
1600pm – Depart Galang Refugee Camp for hotel at Batam Center
(Depending on the group’s interest and the time available, feel free to request the driver to stop at Maha Vihara Duta Maitreya Buddhist Temple, Polo Ralph Factory Outlet, 1st Factory Outlet, Kueh Lapis Factory and Chocolate House)
1730pm – Check in hotel and rest
(Group might want to pre-book a massage session at the hotel for the night)
1900pm – Depart hotel for Golden Prawn Restaurant for a scrumptious seafood dinner
2100pm – Return to hotel for a well-deserved rest
Overnight: Harris Hotel or similar
0700am – Breakfast at Hotel
0800am – Visit the beach for some water sports such as banana boat, jet ski etc
(Group might opt for other activities such as go-kart or simply chill in the hotel)
1030am – Return to hotel to pack and wash up
1130am – Check out from hotel and visit the nearby mall for last minute shopping and lunch
1315pm – Arrive at Batam Center Ferry Terminal
1400pm – Ferry departs Batam Center Ferry Terminal
1600pm – Ferry arrives at Singapore
Please note that all timings are estimated and subjected to actual ground conditions. As this is just a suggested itinerary, customer can still amend the items based on his/her preference.
Please contact us for the rates.
- Return ferry tickets inclusive of taxes
- Private land transport in Batam Island
- One night stay at Harris Hotel (or similar) on twin sharing basis
- Hotel breakfast
All items not mentioned in the above inclusion list but not limited to:
- Travel insurance*
- All meals except hotel breakfast
- All activities such as water sports, go-kart, massage session
- Tips to driver
- All expenses of a personal nature
*AIG Travel Guard Insurance can be arranged on your behalf.
If time allows, we recommend spending an extra night at the highly rated Tempat Senang Resort for its pampering spa treatment and unique themed rooms.
Coordination with IWT was a breeze. Ying was quick in responding to queries and very helpful, giving tips according to her own experience climbing Pelapah Falls. Prasanth, the driver, was on-time, friendly and skillful. Despite the hours of driving and waiting for us, he always wore a smile on his face. Nan, our guide, was very experienced. He was like a fatherly figure who knew exactly what he was doing and that brought a lot of assurance to us. Pelapah Falls has its challenges but it was such a good experience for my friends and I. We had to tread through cooling rivers, climb using ropes, avoid giant ants and manage a few leeches but the amazing and therapeutic waterfalls made it all worth it. All of us were counted as beginner hikers and we all made it. So don't worry. Just do it!
– Xiuqing (Group of 5 on a Pelepah Falls & Kota Tinggi Trip in Feb 2017)
Guide and driver were very nice people. Caring, considerate, conscientious, patient, nice and fun people. Car was driven with care so that we were comfortable and did not feel car sick during the long rides. I enjoyed the trips to ijen, bromo and the waterfall at batu. Views were very scenic. Our guide Vinda and the local guides which she got along the way brought us to scenic spots (esp @ the waterfalls) and helped to take great pictures.
– Alexia (Group of 3 on a 5D4N Ijen Crater, Mount Bromo & Batu in Sep 2016)
Everything was great! From planning til the end of the trip, everything was organised. The activities were fun and itinerary was well planned. We did not feel that we were rushed at all and we get to enjoy Borobudur and Mount Bromo in our own pace. Our guide, Bayu, was very friendly and helped us a lot especially when it comes to ordering food :). This is the most relaxing, hassle-free trip I've ever had! Thanks Iwannatravel 🙂
– Sunshine (Group of 7 on a 4D3N trip to Bromo & Borobudur in Aug 2016)
I really enjoy the whole travel experience. The driver is always contactable and prompt, and transport it’s quite comfortable. The mountain guide is friendly, and is knowledgeable and ensures that the last person is not left behind, and there are 2 guides provided to us for a group of 10 which I think is quite good. The accommodation at Melaka is quite clean and it’s within the tourist attraction; Jonker Street and there’s also some free and easy time to explore with driver provided.
– Xian Ying (Group of 10 on a 2D1N trip to Mt Ophir in May 2016)
I liked how fast HS was able to plan the itinerary for our group, making it flexible to suit our preferences and how he was very prompt to answer our questions and give suggestions on things that we can do. We only ask assistance for bookings on our Vietnam trip (Mt. Fansipan trek, Lao Cai- Hanoi train tickets and Halong Bay Day Cruise). However, upon knowing that we are also traveling to Laos, HS has gone an extra mile and help us map out our Laos itinerary too. Transport provided both for Fansipan trek and Halong Bay Day Cruise were awesome as they picked us up from our hostel right on time. Our Fansipan guide was very helpful and patient and ensured everyone's safety during the trek. While our Halong Bay Cruise guide was quite informative and very entertaining as she makes us laugh without even trying. Our group was very much satisfied with the food served to us both during the Fansipan trek and Halong Bay cruise. And of course, we definitely enjoyed all the activities we did: trekking up to the summit of Fansipan, riding a sleeper train from Lao Cai to Hanoi and kayaking in Halong Bay. Organization of our trip is superb knowing that we were IWT's first customers to book for their Fansipan trek and Halong Bay Cruise trip. *^_^*
– Michelle (Group of 3 on a 4D3N trip to Mt Fansipan & Halong Bay in Apr 2016)
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