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Galang Vietnamese Refugee Camp

Riau Islands Province, Indonesia
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Important history a long trip from Singapore

I came here on a day trip from Singapore. It's a fairly long day as the ferry is between 45 to 60... read more

Reviewed May 15, 2017
Phung H
via mobile
My boat # 1576 SG.

Hi i am a person lived in there on 1989 and was 2 and haft years with a lot of memory in there like... read more

Reviewed December 24, 2016
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Riau Islands Province, Indonesia
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Reviewed May 15, 2017 via mobile

I came here on a day trip from Singapore. It's a fairly long day as the ferry is between 45 to 60 minutes, there's a short immigration queue on both sides, and from the harbour bay Ferry terminal it's another 80 minute taxi ride. I...More

1  Thank Phung H
Reviewed December 24, 2016 via mobile

Hi i am a person lived in there on 1989 and was 2 and haft years with a lot of memory in there like a second land i was bond any way i love to see any one in the boat 1576 SG for get...More

Thank hairsalon175
Reviewed November 29, 2016

I didn't realise that this place existed. There is so much history and stories there that needs to be curated and displayed to visitors especially in a time like this now. The place was quiet and serene, almost surreal. Its a long drive from Batam...More

Thank AngelaTan75
Reviewed October 17, 2016 via mobile

The vietnamese camp is à Nice " Green place" with monkeys . Good for the kids. The place is clean . The memorium is interresting and we realize It Was very close to pur period of Time.

Thank bluestone976
Reviewed March 11, 2016 via mobile

Interesting visit to see the way of live of the boat people, Vietnamese refugees. When you realise that these happened during your life time, you realise how fortunate you are! Do check out the goodess of mercy temple on the hill top, it has very...More

3  Thank IvanS225
Reviewed November 26, 2015

Place is of historical significance...but the 4 hour roundtrip from Batam was hardly worth it...lots of abandoned buildings, couple of boats that carried the refugees, and a small museum...

Thank thelonious22
Reviewed October 13, 2015

the only reason i visited was bc i was a resident of this camp back when it was first built. galang 1, as it was called, doesn't exist anymore. this attraction only has remnants of galang 2 and 3. i only know that bc i...More

3  Thank Van N
Reviewed July 29, 2015

There is not much to do and to see in Batam, so I would recommend to have a visit here, if one is in Batam. One needs own car, public transport there not convenient . Its a great area, which can only be explored by...More

1  Thank Ansrichter
Reviewed June 16, 2015

This is my second visit to the Camp and this time I brought my children. My daughter was involved in some UN Youth activity so it was good for her to see how the UN worked to help the refugees. It was an education for...More

1  Thank AndrewYew
Reviewed August 31, 2014

The refugee camp kept most of the things intact, with lots of photos displayed in one of the larger rooms. For most of us who has never seen or understood about refugees, it is a good learning experience to tour this place.

Thank eTripPlanner
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Phung H
May 9, 2017|
Response from AngelaTan75 | Reviewed this property |
it should be about 60 SGD. Try contacting this driver Isra +62 852-6451-4710​⁠​ on whastapp. I used him the last time I went to the place. He understands some simple English, but you can get by using Google Translate
May N
January 21, 2017|
Response from AngelaTan75 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, you can , but it is about 2 hours drive. Get a trusted driver though. I used this guy called Isra and he is really good! (You can whatsapp him at +62 852-6451-4710​⁠​)