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Day 222: Singapore – Batam

Posted by Thomas Andersen Posted on May - 28 - 2011

Distance: 15.11 km
Ridetime: 00:37:18
Average: 24.3 km/h
Total distance: 10501 km

As I cycled through Singapore on the way to the ferry I was getting excited. In a few hours I would be in Indonesia, a place that would very much be a contrast to super developed Singapore.

“Why don’t you just go to Bali like all the other tourists” was what the lady in the tourist counter at the terminal said to me when I asked about a ferry to Sumatra. When I explained I had plans to cycle there she looked even more horrified. I had already been heavily warned by my friends in Malaysia about cycling in Indonesia, but after 7 months on the road I have learned to not pay too much attention to what people say about their neighboring countries.

I had also been told that Batam would be a full of prostitutes as it is a popular destination for men from Singapore. Perhaps they have cleaned up the city lately, I stayed in the nice part of town, or I went to bed too early. I didn’t see too much action going on.

Categories: Indonesia
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2 Responses so far.

  1. Morten says:

    Cool! Don’t listen when you can hear for yourself 😉

  2. Wowww!!!
    You ride that bike? How do you bring all the stuffs? Maybe I should check out all the 220 something days so I can see how you do all the amazing trip.

    angke of Indonesia