Trip Start Nov 01, 2006
179Trip End Oct 31, 2007
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Tim and Rachel come to Batam because they want to get to Java and direct flights from Singapore to Jakarta are rather pricey. So they are flying with Air Asia from Batam to Jakarta for about 25$ each. They took a boat from Singapore's lovely, plush Cruise Centre. The boat took about an hour and, a 30 day visa fee of 25$ each later, they stood on Indonesian soil.
Batam is pretty forward by Indonesian standards (we are to understand) but pretty backward by Singaporean standards - which raises the question of why it's a popular destination at all
We had a bite of dinner (lots of rice and curries, one of which had some rather suspicious meat in it and was no doubt one of the cheaper cuts - ear, perhaps, or toenail maybe) and then just got an early night to make the most of the extra hour the Indonesian time change had provided. Tomorrow: Java, East of Krakatoa. (T)