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“Just a simple ordinary exhibit not a museum” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Galang Vietnamese Refugee Camp

Galang Vietnamese Refugee Camp
Riau Islands Province, Indonesia
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Ranked #1 of 1 Attractions in Galang
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Singapore
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“Just a simple ordinary exhibit not a museum”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

Nothing much on Pulau Galang, except for this "museum" with small exhibits and a wooden shacky chapel. The beaches were horrendously murky and filthy and not worth the 1-1.5 hour drive from Batam Centre. Can give it a miss.

Visited August 2013
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Singapore, Singapore
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80 reviews 80 reviews
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“Spooky”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

This is probably the most interesting place to visit from Batam. It is a little far and you will need your own vehicle. This place is the remnant of what was previously a refugee camp. During the Vietnam war when refugees arrived on he shores of Singapore, they were invariably dragged back out to sea by the Singapore Navy and Army commandos. So it was very kind of the Indonesians to provide a place for the refugees. Yet this place has all the gloom and tragedy. This place is said to be haunted as there were many suicides during that time. It is a reminder to cherish what we have in our current life.

Visited April 2012
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