Riau Islands

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  • Day235


    December 23, 2015 in Indonesia

    We arrived in Batam by ferry from Singapore (45min) and 1 day later left by ferry to Jakarta (28 hours). For the 1 night we stayed with our host Vany and with her friends we spent such a great time discovering Batam and trying out tasty Indonesian food!

  • Day1


    February 15, 2017 in Indonesia

    After a long travel including a 17 hr, 10,000 mile flight, we made it to Singapore. With a goal of eating and trying to stay awake until evening here, we wandered a bit, enjoyed the dim sum and the food courts. Here for a few days before heading to Makassar.

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    Grand Hyatt to Sky Bar Malaysia by Bus

    August 2, 2017 in Indonesia

    Grand Hyatt

    Grand Hyatt is quite strategically located in the centre of the town and in one of the most famous shopping districts of Singapore, the Orchard Road. The hotel is just at a 30-minute distance from the Changi International Airport. Having toured Singapore on quite a few occasions, I was aware of the convenience of travel by Bus. My experience travelling by Bus allowed me to explore the city on a larger scale as I came across many locals and interaction with them proved beneficial in terms of selection of my destinations and got to know more about the country. I always prefer to book my tickets through, which is quite, hassle free and convenient. With a pleasant experience once again as I preferred to travel by bus. I took a bus from Far East Plaza Bus stop, which was right below the Grand Hyatt Hotel. It dropped me off to KLCC Bus Stop and Sky Bar was just about 10 minutes away from here. There are buses every 10 minutes and the duration of the journey was about 10 hours.

    The entrepreneurs visiting the country thanks to the well-equipped business centres of the hotel consider grand Hyatt as one of the best. The wifi here is however a paid service. The hotel has about 5 signature restaurants that have been managed by the celebrity chefs here. The food is just delicious and completely worth the money. The restaurants excel in local and international cuisine. If you are interested in music, the hotel also has a live music venue. A stay at this hotel shall set you back 316SGD. It houses about 670 guest rooms and a huge outdoor pool. The hotel also has a 24-hour fitness centre. The moment you exit this hotel you will come across a string of towering shopping malls and scores of entertainment districts.

    Sky Bar Malaysia

    If you are in Malaysia and looking for something different, you have come to the right place. This Microbrewery in Malaysia is definitely worth checking out. The place has some of the most picturesque views of the magnificent skyline and fountains of Malaysia. The place is also famous for serving great beers and hosts some famous Djs. The moment you enter this place it will look like a classic beer bar with lemon yellow interiors but as soon as you start strolling inside you will come across trendy seating and a funky dance floor. The best part about Sky Bar is undoubtedly their selection of brewed beers.

    Travelling by road in Singapore and Malaysia is a boon especially because both the countries boast of the best roads and connectivity. Locals too prefer travelling by Bus as they prove to be the best option economically. Hiring a Cab normally attracts a good amount of surge and proves quite costly. Make sure to try out the Express Bus options as well. These buses halt only at major tourist destinations thereby saving a lot of your travel time.
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  • Day1

    Reaching Bukit Tima Nature Reserve from

    August 17, 2017 in Indonesia

    The Southern Ridge

    The Southern Ridge is a 10 kilometre stretch where you can stroll amidst the trees and experience large range of flora and fauna within the Ridge. The Ridge offers one of the most picturesque views of the city southern island and harbour. The Ridge is spread across an open space on a hill where Singapore’s most popular parks and gardens are located. The Ridge is well connected by path ways. It basically connects two hill tops where you get to walk between these two hills at a great height.

    The Ridge is made up of the Hort Park, the Labrador Nature Reserve, The Faber Park and Telok Blangah Hill Park. It is quite famous amongst bird lovers. The birds fly around freely in their natural habitats. Make sure to carry your cameras along. You can also go on a hike and you will be treated to a serene view of the magnificent skyline of Singapore. The Ridge has great historic importance associated with it. It is frequently visited by the locals and tourists as it has a one of a kind wavy structure. The Ridge also features canopy walk and a forest walk. If you look around carefully you will see a great variety of different kinds of flora and fauna. The bridge is open from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm daily – seven days a week.

    Public Bus No. 197 will take you to the Southern Ridge

    Singapore has a good network of roads and is very well connected. This makes traveling completely hassle free and convenient. If you are looking forward to visit all of the above places then i recommend you to travel by bus as not only will it save you some money but also time. Check out for quick ticket booking and awesome discounts!!

    Bukit Tima Nature Reserve

    Experience the best that the nature has to offer at the Bukit Tima Nature Reserve. It is located only 12 kms away from the city of Singapore and is completely disconnected from the hustle and bustle of the city. It is considered to be Singapore’s most diverse and Asia’s richest ecological system. You will come across distinctive varieties of animals, plants and insects. Spread across 163 hectares of land, Singapore’s highest hill – the Bulkit Timah Hill is also located here. The iconic part of this hill is on top of it where there is a huge botanical collection of various Malayan plants. The Reserve is famous amongst nature lovers. 40 percent of the nature’s reserves of Singapore are found here. The most noteworthy point of this reserve is that it is connected to the neighbouring catchment area through the newly designed Eco link. The Eco link is a one of a kind Ecological Bridge which spans across 62 metres in length. The Bridge was established keeping in mind smooth transition of habitats from the two nature reserves.

    Public Bus Nos. 67, 75 and 171 will take you to Bukit Tima Nature Reserve.
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  • Day1

    Top shopping malls of Singapore

    November 14, 2017 in Indonesia

    Singapore and shopping go hand-in-hand together. We have all known of friends and family who have flown to the Lion City simply to shop to their heart’s content. Why, we ourselves may be part of this crowd. In addition, if so, you would know that the shopping malls are given quite a place of respect.

    Reaching these places would not be a difficulty since they are all easily accessible by buses, tickets for which you can book online from

    Three such shopping malls simply charmed me off my feet:

    Vivo City: It is one of the biggest malls in Singapore and the world, covering more than 1 million square feet of retail space on the HarbourFront Walk. Shopaholics will be in retail heaven here, the mall is jam packed with brand name stores stocking luxury and everyday items, from Armani to Gap and Watches of Switzerland. It is the one-stop destination for everything fashion, entertainment and top-level designer brands are spotted here by the dozen and then some more. Its little wonder this mall consistently wins awards including its most recent accolade in the World’s Retail Destinations category. Shopping outlets at Vivo City are spread across seven levels and cover just about every brand name imaginable.

    The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands: Marine Bay is known to attach itself to luxury spontaneously and The Shoppes is a luxury mall that will please you instantly. Open atriums, views of the bay itself and the presence of high-end designer brands like Burberry, Chanel, Gucci and Dior, one can simply walk through this architectural magnificence even if they aren’t a shopaholic.

    Mandarin Gallery: Situated on the famed Orchard Road in Singapore, Mandarin Gallery has managed carving a name for itself focusing on independent designer boutiques only. The Mandarin Gallery offers sophisticated shopping at over 50 branded boutiques. The mall space is small and intimate offering well-heeled customers a chance to browse and purchase in a discreet area, with personalized service and VIP attention from the stores assistants.

    Glamorous accessories are a star attraction at the gallery with tenants such as luxury mobile phone specialist Vertu, fine French jewelers Mauboussin and historic pen makers Montblanc.

    Far East Plaza: Far East Plaza is one of Singapore’s oldest shopping mall and is known to attract a young and cool crowd that are looking for some of the best bargains. There are about 800 retail shops spread across the six levels of this mall and is known to cater to locals as well are tourists who are looking forward to buying something different. There are also quite a few electronics as well as accessories available here like Cameras’ and CDs’ at rates quite lower compared to market prices. Accessories are also reasonably priced. This includes bags, belts and jewelry. There is also a huge range of branded electronic products, which are on sale, and I would recommend you to start with Level one of this huge shopping mall. Kwok Gallery is one of the biggest attractions of this mall.
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  • Day1


    December 5, 2017 in Indonesia

    Best accommodations to stay at after a tiring Bus Journey

    The best luxury hotels in Singapore comprises of a host of famous and some of the most internationally renowned names. There are also some accommodations here, which are although luxurious but are not instantly recognisable. The best part of these accommodations is that they are easily reachable even if you are travelling from Malaysia. There are luxury buses that will drop you off straight from your pick up point in Malaysia to the doorstep of these hotels. I booked my bus tickets from

    The Ritz Carlton Hotel This hotel is a mix of regency style fittings and fixtures as well as modern amenities and facilities. The roofs feature floor to ceiling windows and offer some of the best-unobstructed views of the skyline of Singapore. It is just a 20 to 30 minute drive from the Changi International Airport of Singapore and the hotel boasts of one of the largest guest rooms compared to any other hotel in Singapore. One of the unique features of this hotel is that the place is home to a 4200 contemporary collection of arts by some of the best artists. Landscapes, gardens, rocks as well as an outdoor swimming pool surround the hotel. It is just a short walk away from the Theatres by the Bay Playhouse making this place a unique experience for its visitors. It houses more than 608 guest rooms with 2 restaurants specialising in local as well as global cuisine. If you are a fitness freak, you will be happy to know that it features a 24-hour fitness centre with some of the most experienced trainers. Coffee and Tea is not just available in the rooms but in the common areas as well.

    Raffles Hotel Raffles Hotel opened its door to the people in the year 1887 and has since then become a significant luxury landmark in Singapore. It is also considered one of the world’s most famous hotels as VVIPs consider staying here. The hotel walls are full of classic works by some of the most popular artists. Entrepreneurs who are in Singapore on a business trip as it is located right in the heart of the financial district of Singapore also prefer the hotel. Raffles today has become one of the most important tourist attractions – thanks to its colonial ambience and pages of history. A stay here will cost you around SGD 636. It is home to about 103 guest rooms with a full serviced spa and an outdoor pool. There is also a 24-hour business centre for you to conduct meetings online. Free Wi-Fi is available across the premises and not just in the rooms.

    This hotel is in proximity to some of the most significant landmarks like the China Town Heritage Centre, Raffles City, Esplanade Theatres, Asian Civilisation Museum and the Singapore Flier. The check in time of this hotel starts at 2:00 pm and ends at around noon. You will be quite happy and pleased if you opt to stay in any of the above hotels.
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  • Day1

    Sawang Selatan

    December 19, 2017 in Indonesia

    Butterworth is a beautiful town located to the North of Seberang Perai. Most of the people here speak Malay, Chinese and Tamil. The town is considered the mainland halve of the State of Penang. It is just three kms away. It was unofficially named as Bagan. However, in the later years it was named Butterworth after a British Official who had served as the Governor for the town. The best points of interest here are the Butterworth Bridge and the Penang Bird Park. During my stay in Butterworth, I made sure to visit the temple of Nine Emperor and the experience was just mesmerizing.

    Butterworth is the second largest town and is located in the mainland state of Penang in Malaysia. The place is famous for being home to several industries, food factories. Asia’s largest fairy is located here and trust me the experience was quite memorable. My Bus journey from Singapore to Butterworth was quite convenient and if you are planning to take a bus to the departure point, let me tell you it is quite close to Little India and Komtar. There are about two operators plying on this route between Singapore and Butterworth – Konsortium Express and Sri Maju. These two operators are known to provide some of the best coach services from Singapore to Butterworth. The journey between the two cities by bus takes around 11 hours and so I chose to travel in the dead of the night. I would recommend you to do the same so that you do not spend your precious hours of the day travelling.

    I had booked my bus tickets from this website and the experience was seamless. The prices on the website are quite reasonable and the buses are quite comfortable and equipped with some of the most modern facilities like charging docks. I had booked my tickets with Konsortium Express and my pick up point was Golden Mile Tower in Singapore. The Bus departed at 12:00 am and I was in Butterworth at 10:00 am in the morning. However, if you choose to travel in the day it might take some more time depending on traffic. The ticket cost me about SGD60 for a window seat. Ticket prices usually start from SGD41 and go up to SGD55. Another Operator plying was Sri Maju Express, the buses were all booked here, and I chose Konsortium. The pickup point for Sri Maju Express was Golden Mile Complex. Make sure not to confuse between Golden Mile Complex and Golden Mile Tower. There is only one bus during the day with Sri Maju that departs at 9:00 pm in the night. The price is fixed at SGD40. Both buses will drop you off at Boon Lay Shopping Centre and trust me the variety of products here is such that I made a whole in my pocket for about SGD500 even after this long journey.

    I would recommend you to book your bus tickets in advance, as there are scores of people heading to Butterworth during the week end for a calm and relaxing time.
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  • Day1


    February 12 in Indonesia

    Best places for Street shopping in Malaysia

    Kuala Lumpur’s street markets are arguably the best places for first-time visitors looking to experience authentic Malaysian culture. Offering a dizzying array of fresh produce, apparel, handicrafts, accessories and jewelry all at excellent prices, these lively roads are great for those who’ve grown weary of the city’s sleek and commercialized malls. Open from sunrise until past midnight, these outdoor bazaars can get pretty hot and humid so we highly recommend wearing comfortable clothes and shoes as well as drinking lots of water.

    Traveling in Malaysia is quite convenient since it has some major bus terminals and express buses are the preferred mode of transport here. Tickets for which can be booked online from

    Petaling Street

    Known as the most popular street market in Kuala Lumpur, Petaling Street is a lively and vibrant shopping district in Chinatown KL that houses hundreds of stalls selling all kinds of stuff at dirt-cheap prices. A massive green awning covers the entire street, shielding vendors and visitors from the scorching heat and pouring rain as they shop for counterfeit handbags, watches, trainers, and clothing. Best of all, prices can be brought lower still as haggling is the way of life here. Petaling Street is also filled with a delightful array of local cuisine - Chinese and seafood restaurants as well as hawker stalls can be found along its many alleyways, resulting in an interesting mixture of aroma filling the air that’s almost impossible to resist. The best things about these restaurants is that they are open till late in the night with some of them open even till 4:00 or 5:00 am. One thing that you need to know the moment you step into Petaling Street that you need to do some smart bargaining unless you dont want to get ripped off. Prices are generally quoted 15 to 35 percent higher than what they are truly worth. Any one who has been to this street will not refrain from telling you that it is a shoppers heaven and is completely in a different league when compared to most of its glamorous counter parts. It is a completely different scene in the night when the market is completely lit up with vibrant and colourful bright lights. It is in recent times that the street has got a major make over.

    Kasturi Walk

    Situated beside Central Market, visitors flock to Kasturi Walk for fake-label handbags, watches, tee-shirts, and flip-flops while samplinga number of local fruits and snacks – minus Petaling Street’s hectic crowds and (often) unsanitary alleyways. Accessible within a five-minute walk from the Pasar Seni LRT station, the entrance of this covered street market features an intricate pewter wau bulan, a traditional Malay kite that resembles a butterfly. While Kasturi Walk does not have the same extensive range of traders as Petaling Street or Central Market, the goods are reasonably priced and you can get even better bargains here. Kasturi Walk also hosts live cultural performances in conjunction with the city’s many festivities.
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  • Day10

    Bintan (Indonesien)

    January 11, 2017 in Indonesia

    Wir haben uns für einen Kurztrip nach Indonesien entschieden. Mit der Fähre fuhren wir von Singapur eine Stunde übers Meer zur Insel Bintan. Auf der Fähre hatten wir eine fantastische Aussicht auf die Skyline von Singapur und die grossen Frachter, die neben uns vorbei fuhren. Auf der Insel angekommen waren die Temperaturen genauso hitzig wie wir es kannten von Singapur. Es wartete bereits ein sehr netter Taxifahrer aus Sumatra auf uns, der uns eine Stunde durch die Gegend chauffierte bis wir dann im Mutiara Beach Guesthouse ankamen. Auf dem Weg zeigte er uns auch noch von nahem die Ananasplantagen. Der erste Eindruck war sehr positiv und alle waren sehr aufmerksam und freundlich. Wir bezogen unser Häuschen und machten uns mit einer Stärkung im Bauch auf zum Strand. Am Abend genossen wir ein leckeres indonesisches Essen und flohen dann vor den Mücken. Nach wenig Schlaf, da wir am Morgen um 3.30 von muslimischen Gebet geweckt wurden, entschieden wir uns zu einem ruhigen Tag mit Strand, Lesen und einer indonesischer Realaxing-Massage.😎 Vor den Mücken geschützt verbrachten wir den letzten Abend noch mit Siedler spielen und Lesen. Am nächsten Tag fuhren wir bereits wieder nach Singapur.😊Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Provinsi Kepulauan Riau, Riau Islands, Kepulauan Riau, Riau-øyene, Riau-øyane

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