After my travel to Australia in 2006, I went to Batam Island. I took a ferry from the Singapore ferry terminal. It was less than an hour ferry ride to the island. Most people from Singapore and Malaysia spend their weekend to this place since they can avail of cheap commodities and services.
Batam is a city in the Riau Islands Province of Indonesia known for its free trade zone located 20km of Singapore’s south coast. It has various resorts, night clubs and karaoke bars.
Upon reaching its port, I went straight to the malls looking for some stuff and they were really of cheap prices. I ate bakso, a local soup as recommended by Aya Mansuri. I rented a motorcycle with a driver to tour me around the island and it was fun.