Vietnam Village

Vietnam Village, Batam: Address, Vietnam Village Reviews: 4/5

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Gary D
Busselton, Australia607 contributions
Historically significant...but needs a Cash Injection NOW
Mar 2019 • Couples
280k Vietnamese passed through this site between 1979 and 1996...and the world seems to know ZIPPO about it.
This needs money spent on it BIG TIME, as it is predominantly in decay...although some churches are being renovated. This is, after the Bridge, the supposed No 2 Tourist attraction in the Batam Island Group...and if restored, could be so, so much better.
An absolute eye opener, and so glad we visited...but, it has so much potential to shine...not only for Batam, but out of respect to the Vietnamese who were uprooted from their homelands here.
There were barracks, homes, churches, schools, administration blocks, hospitals...with the jungle wining the battle in most areas
Well worth the drive....but, please...throw some good money at it Indonesia...it deserves it!!
Written April 7, 2019
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Hetty M
Bintan Island, Indonesia394 contributions
Family outing
Aug 2018 • Family
Still no. 1 place to visit during our holiday in Batam.
Place you can learn about how Vietnam people reach, stay and leave Bintan during that period.
Entrance about IDR 5.000 per person and car will charge IDR 5.000.

However about 50% of the place has no refurbishment, many broken histories. We really need those broken to be reform, this is historical and still many Vietnameses come to visit this place to remember the history or to educate their childrens and other tourism
Written September 19, 2018
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caroltay2018
Singapore, Singapore404 contributions
Vietnam Village Batam
May 2018 • Couples
Was quite an experience to visit the village where the refugees had stayed.. the place was a big area but currently it serves as a park for visitor only..
Written July 31, 2018
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kuu-kanko
Helsinki, Finland551 contributions
Mostly left to decay
Jun 2018 • Solo
I wanted to see the bridges between the islands and seeing that the Camp Vietnam is on the second last island from Batam decided to visit there on the same trip.

The camp area is vast and needs to be toured by a car. I took a taxi from Nagoya and it took a bit over an hour to reach the camp. The entrance fee was 5000 rupiah for me and an additional 10000 for the car. After the gate there was a signposted road to follow (with some signs also in English, but not all).

Most of the camp buildings were already gone so it was difficult to imagine that you were actually in a former camp. Almost all of the remaining buildings were just left to rot. Some of them had already collapsed, some were still standing but they were empty. Practically nothing to see in them.

Only a few buildings were maintained. Amongst them was a small museum which consisted of three rooms with paintings, photos and a model of the camp when it was in operation. The museum was being expanded so hopefully they would add something more in the future.

There is also a cage with deers in it and monkeys in front of it begging for food. That was the cute part of the visit.

A refugee camp like this would have the potential of showing moving stories of the people who lived in it. Unfortunately this place does almost none of that. You would have a significantly better visit with a guide who could tell the stories.

Even though there was not much to see the entrance fee is so small that I wasn't disappointed. I would have gone past the camp anyhow visiting the islands. For going to the museum alone I wouldn't find the trip from Batam worthwhile.
Written June 20, 2018
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shernellt
Trinidad232 contributions
Interesting place to learn the history of Vietnamese refugees to Indonesia
Jun 2018 • Friends
After reading some reviews about this place, I thought it might be a good place to visit. Depending on where you’re coming from in Batam would determine how long the journey would be. We were staying at Tanjung Piayu, a bit south of Batam Island, so we got there in about 40 minutes by car. You have to cross about five or six bridges to get to this place, as it is situated on the island of Gelang. You must have your own transportation to get here, preferably car or private bus. There is no public transportation to get there and by motorcycle would be too tiring as the journey is very long. Along the way it’s all trees, hills and open water (across the bridges). It’s a straight road to get there so you won’t really get lost. Just follow google maps or ask the locals on the way. We were three adults and two children, so we paid Rp 30,000 to enter. The various places to visit are quite far from each other. You can’t really walk, so you need your vehicle to drive to each one. There are toilets at every location, but no where that sells food, drinks or snacks. You’ll have to prepare and bring your own food.The various places include:
1. Catholic Church
2. Buddhist Temple
3. Protestant Church
4. Boats that transported refugees
5. Section with deer (you can feed them)
6. Museum (lots of info here)
7. Small jail
8. Hospital

Along the way on the compound there are lots of monkeys. Be careful if you stop your vehicle to feed them.

One disappointing thing is that many of the buildings were in a dilapidated state. Some were being repaired while we were there and others just seemed abandoned. Hopefully in the coming months they’ll be repaired.

All in all, it was a good learning experience, especially at the museum with lots of photos, paintings and explanation on how the Vietnamese people came as refugees to the island.

Written June 10, 2018
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Mazen A
Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia16 contributions
Recommended
Apr 2018
Interesting site.. you will see what is left from the Vietnam village .. also you may see some of their stuff. School, infirmary, church, accommodation ..

Worth the visit if you are nearby Batam
Written April 1, 2018
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danielchristopherlim
Sentosa Island, Singapore3 contributions
nice place for tourist
Mar 2018 • Solo
i visit this place for the first time and it was really far from the main town nagoya, worth to try and such a nice place to learn about the vietnam refugee history. worth to try if u come to batam.
Written March 19, 2018
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lazargolijanin
15 contributions
Learnt something today
Feb 2018 • Solo
Never new so many vietnamese people came to Batam as refugees. Amazing small park that showed where they stayed the houses, budist temples, churchs etc.
Written February 21, 2018
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meteor101
Batam, Indonesia60 contributions
Must place to see
Jul 2017 • Family
This is the most interesting place must visit in Batam. It is a big place and far way from Batam City. You need to book a car to go there. You will stop in the Barelang Bridge for taking photo. In Vietnam Village, there are Temple, Catholic Church, Retreat place for Catholic, cementary, old prison and hospital. Also, you can visit some beaches with white sand for relaxing.
Written July 1, 2017
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KwanLing
Singapore, Singapore377 contributions
A place with history values
Jun 2017 • Family
A good place to understand some history back in the old days about this Vietnamese refugees camp. There is a museum which exhibits photos or items to tell all the stories. You need a car to come to this place.
Written June 30, 2017
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