The Barelang Islands are near Batam.
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Barelang Islands consists of 6 islands south of Batam. Barelang gets its name as an acronym from 3 of the island's names - Batam, Rempang & Galang
The 6 islands are Tonton Island, Nipah Island, Setotok Island, Rempang Island, Galang Island and Galang Baru Island
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Barelang Islands are approximately the following distance from these locations: 30 mins from Hang Nadim Airport 30 mins from Harbor Bay Ferry Terminal, Batu Ampar 35 mins from Batam Center Ferry Terminal, Batam Center 40 mins from Sekupang Ferry Terminal, Sekupang 30 mins from Waterfront City Ferry Terminal, Waterfront City 50 mins from Nongsapura Ferry Terminal, Nongsa
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Full day hire of a taxi 500.000 (around S$70)
The largest of the Barelang Islands, Rempang Island has many nice beaches along the west coast, such as Melayu Beach, Pasir Putih Beach and Memory Hill Beach, to name a few. These beaches are good for swimming and have restaurants serving local food with drinks available.
Vietnam Village, a former Vietnamese Refugee Camp, was built by Vietnamese “Boat People” that escaped the war in Vietnam by boat, and arrived at Galang Island in 1976 and occupied the village until 1995 Around 250,000 Vietnamese occupied the camp during its 19 year history, with most eventually gaining asylum in Australia or Canada, while others were returned back to Vietnam under emotional circumstances
The Vietnamese built several buildings and temples during their stay; these have now been preserved and made into a tourist attraction. There are some replica boats of the ones used by the Boat people to flee from their homeland.
A Church and the Quan Am Tu Quil Buddhist Temple (built in 1984) are still used by worshippers today, and is one of Batam most visited attractions. The Khong Pan Su Cam Yao administration building, a clinic, and social services complex & youth center were built and ran by the refugees.
View the Ngha Trang Memorial Wall, built as a tribute to the boat people of Vietnam; or visit the Galang Museum with its many interesting artifacts.
Today the camp remains preserved for visitors to stroll amongst, and read & view the camp history from many of the displayed paintings and documents
The site is quite overgrown in places by the jungle and takes around 1hour to drive to from Batam Centre. However, on entering the site there are several colonies of Macaque monkies by the road side which are friendly. Unfortunately, there is no where around to buy food for them so it is worth stocking up before visiting here if feeding monkey's appeals to you
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There is a large seafood restaurant, Lucky Seafood Restaurant on Nipah Island
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