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Ferry to Batam and Turi beach resort

Postby pakjohn » Mon, 24 Nov 2008 10:30 am

My wife organized a nice weekend for us in Batam, our first visit there. The resort was nice, clean, modern and the staff very friendly. Had a really nice experience at a budget price. I have to comment on the ferry ride though..

Started with signs at the departure hall that read "Please don't queue around the turnstile prior to being called" or something to that effect. There was, of course, about 2 dozen people doing just that. When the turnstyle is opened it's like a bum rush for the boat, the people will literally knock you aside to get past, running as best they can. Most are older people, from 40 to whatever. Once on the boat they smoke, lean on the back of your chair, spit, hack, throw trash on the floor and generally make an awful mess. About 20 minutes from Batam they start queing up again and God help anyone that has an aisle seat since they're sure to be sat on, leaned on and have to dodge phlegm, sneezes, coughs and elbows to the head. My wife and I were the only westerners on the boat... not fair to say these were singaporean people, but they boarded in Singapore, had Singapore passports and sounded like Singaporeans.

I've ridden much, much worse in other countries and see this rush for the good seats all the time, but not the spitting, hacking, and trashing. But.. the price is right and the ship seems dry enough so we'll probably do it again the next time we want a quick cheap get away weekend.

BTW, our destination was Turi Beach Resort, it's halfway through an expansion and remodel. Nice budget resort, the new part is clean and has good views. Very friendly staff and notably good service... only saw a couple of western couples but I'm sure plenty go there. Shopping in the new Mega mall is really cheap but we didn't buy very much so can't say if the quality is the same. Knock off jewelry, handbags and logo wear is abundant. Overall, a nice place and a cheap weekend get away.
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Postby Bafana » Mon, 24 Nov 2008 11:00 am

Turi Beach is good fun, nice and relaxing. Especially like the pool bar which is a great way to get sun burnt (back in my drinking days off course).

The taxi drive in and out of town to the malls can be very frightening when the roads are wet and the taxi driver just don't give a damn. The savings are worth it (remember to pay duty at customs in Singapore on anything on the radar). Be aware that when it rains you may be delayed getting back to the resort as the roads have been known to be cut.

IF you go regularly get to know a taxi driver in Nagoya and call him to pick you up as you may end up payign teh same as the hotel taxi but he will drive you around alll day inside of just a one way trip.

On the spit, hacking and trashing on the ferry it is standard for all ferries Singapore-Indonesia (Wavemasters are excepted as totally enclosed). I chalk this down to FREEDOM BABY.

Singaporeans are so under the thumb here that when they get a chance some act like a kid in a candy store. I must admit (without pride) in the past that after a particularly long stretch in Singapore without relief I have thrown a butt or two over the side railing whilst still in Singapore waters (still at the dock actually), ground my smoke out on the the ferries deck whilst dropping my wrapper on a nearby chair whilst downign a duty free tiger beer.

These acts in themselves are a release from the ever watchful eye of over governance and social engineering that some say occur in Singapore.

So apologies for the rudeness of your fellow passengers but as someone who has in the past acted in a similar way thought I may be able to shed a light on why...

(hope that knock on the door wasn't the thought police)

LOL and if the Authorities are reading this my intentions are not anarchy just commentary so please avoid wasting time by focusing on little old me...
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Postby pakjohn » Mon, 24 Nov 2008 1:55 pm

Well said Bafana and I appreciate the insight... I wasn't too put off by it just wanted to comment on the contrast to most Singapore transportation. Like I said, I've seen worse.

Thanks for the tips.. the road to Nongsa center was washed out in two places and under contruction, we really went more to see what was there than anything. I didn't get the drivers number because he worked for the hotel, but I'll get one next time. :) And next time I'll be one queing up early for a footrace to the good seats... lol! :)
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Re Batam ferries

Postby KevinJames » Tue, 15 Mar 2011 1:45 pm

Sorry about your bad expereince on the Tanah Merah to Nongsa Batam ferry; it is used by many grannies who like to go for gambling. The ferries to Sekupang and Batam Center and not so bad (except on Singapore holiday weekends).

Good news about the ticket price: the phoney ferry cartel "fuel surcharge", in effect since 2008, was just lifted 3 days ago.

The check in "tax" on the Singapore side is now down from Sin$21 to Sin$6. The Batam tax is still Sin$7.


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