Batam, Indonesia

Day trip from Singapore to Batam via the ferry.

We stepped out of high rises, high-lights and high prices to well…. the complete opposite.

Parked right around the corner from the Singapore terminal was Paul Allen’s (Microsoft co-founder) 414 foot, $200 million yacht named Octopus – the biggest privately owned yacht in the world.

We had 2 choices – the island of Batam or Bintan. We were told to go to Bintan because it had luxurious resorts, shopping and nice beaches.

We chose Batam.

A short taxi ride to Nagoya for the best massages ever. A little Indonesian lunch and a bottle of wine from the tiny duty free shop – 75% cheaper than in Singapore. It’s going to taste that much better too.

The exchange rate from roughly one to one to $1 equals $10,000 rupiahs.

The night sky was especially beautiful on the return trip.

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