Visiting Galang Island Batam

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Ready to Go to Galang Island

Planning to go on a tour or travelling, we definitely want a smooth trip, comfortable accommodation, cheap hotels, good food, cheap plane tickets, close to everywhere, and can rent a motorbike or car.


In Galang Island, there is natural beauty and unique culture of the local community. There are many uniqueness, starting from the village (desa), sub-district (kecamatan), district (kabupaten) and provincial levels.

In Indonesia, each province has different and interesting characteristics. Each province has a different and unique culture and lifestyle.

In the 1980’s, Galang Island suddenly became famous. This island was a topic of discussion in the United Nations since it became home to thousands of Vietnamese boat people, refugees who left their country following the Vietnam War.

They came here by boat in alarming conditions.  40 to 100 refugees travelled cramped into one small boat. They floated for months in the South China Sea without any clear destination.

Many died in mid ocean, but others managed to reach Indonesian territory including Galang Island, Tanjung Pinang, and nearby other islands.

The United Nations and the Indonesian Government made Galang a temporary safe haven before refugees were processed for settling in other countries.

Many Vietnamese in America, Europe and Australia, still keep grateful memories of the time when they finally found some peace on this pretty island, with its white sand beaches.

Here were built houses of worship, a school for their children and a cemetery to bury the dead.  At present, this ex-refugee camp is a tourist site.

The government is taking good care of the preservation of nature and maintaining the condition of the forest.

The environment is also well maintained.


Visiting Galang Island, we will witness routine community activities in unique traditional cultures. And there are special dishes and food as part of culinary tours that are delicious and yummy.

By visiting this camp, visitors are brought back to the past tragedy, when thousands of Vietnamese left their home country to seek protection elsewhere.

Visitors can see a church and a temple  built during that era, which are still well-maintained and can be used by tourists.

On Galang visit the Vietnam Village, site of the former refugee camp of the Vietnamese Boat People Village who arrived here between 1976 and 1996.

See an exact replica of one of the small boats used in 1975 by hundreds of Vietnamese refugees to cross the seas to escape a homeland fraught by civil war. The Quan An Tu Monastery, built in 1984, is the island’s most visited attraction.

By visiting this camp, visitors are brought back to the past tragedy, when hundreds of thousands of people left their country for protection. Visitors can see worship places built during that era, which are still well-maintained and can be used by tourists.

In this place there are also regular events or activities held every year, both national and international.


The journey to Galang Island is now very easy. We can enter through various modes of transportation.

To reach this island, take a ferry to any of the Batam’s six ferry terminals. Batam’s Hang Nadim airport serves domestic flights from many cities in Indonesia. The Vietnam refugee camp is located in Sijantung village on Galang Island some 50 kilometers from Batam Center.

You will get a clear explanation about the daily life of the refugees by visiting a building previously used as a UNHCR office.  In this building, you can see pictures of thousands of refugees who once lived on the island.

You can also see pictures of incidences incured by the Vietnamese during their time here.  This building is now used as a reception office and information center for visitors.

The condition of the infrastructure is getting better. Starting from highways, airports, trails, ports, bridges, stairs, even some places can be reached by toll roads.

We can visit by plane, car, ship, bus, motorcycle and bicycle. At some point, we can take the train. We can also walk freely.


In Galang Island, as technology getting better. We can easily find locations for mini markets, shops (warung kedai), Money Changer, ATMs, Bank BRI BCA BNI Mandiri, BTPN Bank Nagari BJB, supermarkets, and restaurants. So we will not starve or lack the necessary items.

If you are sick and need help, you can also visit clinics, drugstore pharmacies (apotek), practice doctors, hospitals, and health centers (puskesmas).

In this place we can also look for places of worship such as mosques, churches, and others.


Finding place to stay in Galang Island is very easy. We can stay at home stays, hotels, inns, hostels and other places.

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Experience and Reviews

There are already many visitors have visited Galang Island, there are many interesting stories that are told. Like feeling satisfied, happy, wanting to come again, sleep well, and almost no one is disappointed or complains to come here.

So, visitors will find out on how to find the best hotels, where is exactly located, why it is amazing, how much is the fare and rate, who are the people, whom to ask, and when is the best time to visit.

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That’s all the information we provided, hopefully useful.

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