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Batam Nightlife Guide

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Nightlife in Batam - Overview: Batam is a small island in the Free Trade Zone (FTZ) located about 45 minutes from Singapore by ferry. With a population of 800,000 souls, it is the home to a small community of expatriates , most of them working in the Oil & Gas or in the High Tech manufacturing. Unlike in other parts of Indonesia, you'll find that Batam is rather well organized and clean. Close to Singapore and very little traffic. NEW REVIEW October 2016: 18 Best Hotels Near Batam Nightlife and Spas The Indonesian island of Batam has long been one the best kept secrets as a low cost getaway for Singaporean local and expats.  The island has seven golf courses, several resorts and the costs are a fraction compared to Singapore and Bali. There is also an expat entertainment area like Blok M / Kemang.

Gili Trawangan Nightlife - Best Bars and Nightclubs (Lombok)

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I wrote this summary of Gili Trawangan nightlife (Lombok) after spending 3 nights there in May 2017. I had not visited the island in almost 10 years, and yet it didn't change much. It is just a bit more crowded, more expensive and dirtier.  Most visitors are young Westerners between 20 and 30 years old. Among them, many are couples on their honeymoon or backpackers on a 6-month Southeast Asia tour. The latter aren't as numerous as in Bali or Thailand, probably because of the prices (overall you'll spend twice as much in the Gili's). They tend to stay for a short period of time only, on their way to other parts of Indonesia. The ones who stay longer usually work in diving centers and form the only real expat community on the island.

Top 35 Sexiest Indonesian Female DJs (FDJ)

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There are hundreds of Indonesian Female DJs (shortened FDJ) playing in all kind of clubs in the country. Some are smart, educated girls with actual DJing skills while others are borderline prostitutes who get their gigs who knows how. Sorry for being shallow but this review will not focus on the quality of the music played. Most Indonesians don't really care about it anyway, as long as it's loud and famous. I only paid attention to the physical traits of the girls to select the sexiest, prettiest and hottest ones. I didn't include any Indonesian Topless DJs (TDJ). There are a few in Jakarta, usually in clubs like V2 and Oppai (B'Fashion Hotel). The most famous ones are TDJ Barbie Tyas, TDJ Terre, TDJ Nava, TDJ Fitri, TDJ Beiby Pricilia Maxwell, TDJ Lisa, TDJ Adelia and TDJ Diana. Sarah Ardelia, a softcore erotic model, can also be added. Without any further delays, this is the list of Indonesia's Top 35 sexiest female DJs (with the girls' Instagram

Guide to the SHVR Ground Festival 2018 (with Discount Codes)

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The SHVR Ground Festival 2018 is the most exciting dance music festival so far this year in Jakarta. It will take place in the Allianz Eco Park, Ancol, on May 4th and 5th, 2018. In this review, I will tell you everything you need to do about it: Which artists will attend, where to stay nearby, how to buy tickets (with discount), and how to prepare for the D-Day. Don't hesitate to leave a comment at the end of this article if you need more information! Artists Line Up: The line-up confirmed for this year's event features some of the world's most famous DJs and composers on the EDM and Trance scene. There are also several up-and-coming artists, some of them that you should follow closely like the band FKJ (French Kiwi Juice). Here are some of the names, along with videos of their most famous songs: Alan Walker (DJ Mag No. 17 Best DJ in the World) Nicky Romero  (DJ Mag No. 50 Best DJ in the World) Gareth Emery Disclosure  (DJ Ma

Is Bali Becoming a Sex Tourism Destination?

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One of the biggest changes to Bali nightlife since the past 5 years is the seemingly growing number of prostitution or semi-prostitution venues in Bali. Those places were once discreetly located in Sanur or in some seedy streets in Denpasar, but they are now everywhere and they are certainly not trying to hide. In Kartika Plaza, you have the new District Club which features sexy dancers and karaoke rooms with Lady Companions. It is owned by Tommy Winata, famous for being behind naughty clubs like Golden Crown in Jakarta. Other naughty KTVs include EC Bali , Tang Chao (for Chinese) and Level One . In Denpasar, Akasaka was extended with a new room called A-Club , also with sexy dancers and prostitutes. The old room in Akasaka is packed on weekend and during my visit there, I saw fully naked women trying to sell tequila shots to customers in exchange for private lap dances. Considering the head-banging music that was played there, we can imagine most people inside were

Jakarta Nightlife Explained in Less Than 500 Words

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I've written dozens of articles about Jakarta nightlife , but some people don't have the time to read them. This is a summary of everything there is to know, in less than 500 words: Even though Jakarta is the capital of a conservative and Muslim-majority country, it has a fun and diverse nightlife that comprises some of the best bars, nightclubs and spas in Southeast Asia. As you can see on my Jakarta nightlife map , most of the trendy venues are located in the South of the city while "naughty" spots can be found in the North . For this reason, it is ideal to stay in the city center around  Grand Indonesia or Sarinah Mall ( Where to Stay in Jakarta? ). Budget hotels in this area cost around 40$ per night and 5-star properties around 200$. The only way to get around at night in Jakarta is to use taxis or apps like Uber /Grab. A 30-minute midnight ride from the nightclub  X2  in the South to  Colosseum  in the North will cost about Rp60,000 (5$). Taxis ar

Bengkulu Nightlife: 3 Best Nightclubs and Bars

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As you can imagine, Bengkulu nightlife is not the most glamorous in Indonesia. This coastal town is quite small, with only around 300,000 inhabitants and very few foreign tourists visiting it apart from surfers/backpackers. It does have an interesting history as it used to be a British possession from 1685 until 1824. Once called Bencoolen, it was given to the Dutch who, in return, agreed not to oppose British settlements in Singapore (among other things). The options for sleeping in Bengkulu are limited but they are all rather cheap. I stayed in  Tanjung Karang Hotel , which is clean, comfortable enough and costs only Rp300,000. You also have hotel chains like Santika or Amaris  (closer from the nightlife). If you are on a budget, the cheapest option is Xtra Hotel . What to do at night in Bengkulu? I don't think you can have a real party during weekdays and the best thing you can do is simply eat in a seafood restaurant by the beach. On weekends, you may want to try one of

Malang Nightlife: Best Bars, Clubs and Spas

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Malang is one of the nicest cities I've been to in Java. It is a mid-sized mountain town just 2 hours from Surabaya, relatively clean (for Indonesia standards) and with a pleasant weather. As you would expect, Malang nightlife is not the most happening. The current hotspot is actually the brand-new Starbucks, in front of which you may surprisingly see a couple of Ferraris. If you want to party, you have a few good bars and nightclubs though, enough to keep you busy for a weekend. Most bars are laid-back beer houses or live music cafés with a student crowd. They are not so sophisticated and their prices are as low as it can get. Clubs are more diversified. The best ones are modern, with a rich crowd, sexy girls and decent entertainment (DJs, bands, dancers). On the other end of the spectrum, you also have more underground joints with prostitutes and drugs easily available.

Seminyak Nightlife in Less Than 500 Words

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This article will tell you everything you need to know about Seminyak Nightlife in less than 500 words. Seminyak is a small coastal town in Southern Bali, one of the top destinations for party-goers in Asia. It is located between the villages of Kuta/Legian on one side and Canggu/Kerobokan on the other side. It is a 45-minute taxi ride from the airport. The nightlife in Seminyak is upmarket compared to Kuta. One of the reasons is the high density of luxury accommodation, including resorts and villas. It is also where most expats in Bali live.

Kuta Nightlife in Less Than 500 Words

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This article will tell you everything you need to know about Kuta Nightlife in less than 500 words. Kuta is the main tourist destination in Bali. Originally a small beach town, it is now an urban area with 400 hotels , 5 modern malls and hundreds of clubs, restaurants, massage parlors and shops. It also has its fair share of pollution, noise and crime. To get around, it is best to have your own scooter (but you must have a travel insurance to drive one) as the taxis will invariably try to rip you off (except Blue Bird). Apps like Uber and Gojek are a good option as well. Walk when possible to avoid getting stuck in Kuta's notorious traffic jams. Kuta is popular with every age groups and every nationalities (especially Indonesians, Australians and Chinese). While some luxury hotels have opened recently, it is still considered a budget-friendly city: You can find a decent room for less than US$50$ and eat for less than US$8. If you don't have a place to stay, yo

Solo Nightlife (Surakarta) - Bars, Clubs, KTVs, Spas

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Small in size but touristy, Solo (or Surakarta) is often considered the little sister of Yogyakarta. I was in the city to visit a French friend who lived there for 8 years. He showed me the nightlife on a Friday and a Saturday night. Guest-Friendly Hotels in Solo The city is home to plenty of hotels, but beware as many are conservative and may not accept if you stay with a girl you aren't married to. As a rule of thumb, avoid small family guest-houses and any hotel with the name "syariah" on it (obviously).

Surabaya Nightlife: Best Nightclubs, Bars and Spas

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I have always enjoyed Surabaya nightlife even though the options for nightclubs and bars are limited and somewhat provincial. 3 million people live there, making it the second largest city in Indonesia. Compared to Jakarta, it still feels laid-back and unsophisticated. The streets are rather clean, you can walk on the sidewalks and the traffic is not horrible. There are several modern malls, but none of them as chic as Plaza Indonesia or even Grand Indonesia. Few expats live in Surabaya and even fewer tourists visit it. As a result, you may get more attention than usual from the people. If you are a single guy, it is nice to see girls smiling at you in the streets or in the malls. On Tinder and other  dating apps , expect to become quite popular. Meeting a normal girl is fairly easy in certain clubs and bars like Desperados, Jimmy's, Eclectic or Colors Pub. In other venues, you may have either a lot of "lady companions" or just younger girls who are part

Golden Palace and Jambi Nightlife (Sumatra)

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Since there isn't much nightlife in Jambi, I thought I would write mostly about Golden Palace, its most famous nightclub, and just mention a few other options for the adventurous party-goers. Golden Palace is the only proper clubbing option I found in Jambi, though I guess it is not very interesting for foreigners. It is your typical Indonesian live music venue, rectangle-shaped, with high tables on the dance floor and a mezzanine. The band finishes at midnight and it is then replaced by a DJ playing funky house techno. If you are lucky, you might be in Jambi during a special event (check Golden Palace's social media accounts below). In that case, though the entrance fee may increase to Rp100,000, you will have a full house and possibly more Western music/sexy dancers.

Jember Nightlife: E-Club

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Jember nightlife is very quiet as you could imagine. The only decent nightclub I could find is E-Club which is located about 1,5km from the city center (I was staying in Aston Jember ). It is a small venue with a 200 pax capacity. Nothing luxurious there, just the walls, a stage, a bar and high tables on the dance floor. Entry was free but some busy nights it can reach Rp50,000. The crowd was mostly made of guys, not particularly dressed up for the occasion. There were less than 10 girls. A band was playing a mix of Indonesian and famous English songs. After midnight, it stopped and was replaced by a DJ (house music).

Palembang Nightlife: 7 Best Nightclubs

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Palembang is the second largest city in Sumatra after Medan . It does not receive a lot of foreign visitors apart from Malaysians and Singaporeans. As with most provincial towns in Indonesia, you'll remark the following features when partying in Palembang: - Most clubbers are males who either take drugs, get hammered drunk or look for paid sex - The music program management consist of selecting pretty singers or pretty DJs, regardless of their skills - The concept of a dance floor is non-existent. Instead, you have high tables that are available if you take at least a bottle (or less when the club isn't crowded) - If you are hoping to meet a girl in a Palembang club, your chances are slim as most girls are either working (as GROs/LCs) or the girlfriends of the other guys - Alcohol is always expensive, even in lower-end places. If you go somewhere with abnormally cheap alcohol, you're probably drinking methanol. - The police does occasional "razzias" o

Semarang Nightlife: Best Bars, Clubs, Karaokes and Spas

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Semarang is the 5th largest city in Indonesia with almost 2 millions inhabitants. Yet, its nightlife is not very developed apart from a few male-oriented bars, clubs, karaokes and spas. As a friend from Semarang told me, the problem is that most young people fall into one of these categories: - They are single but they still live with parents - They are conservative or not interested with clubbing - They married young and already have kids - They left Semarang for Jakarta, Surabaya or Bali - They cannot afford partying In the end, the few people you see in clubs are Indo-Chinese men/local businessmen/government employees (all of them with their escorts/LCs), some Indonesians on business trips or traveling, very few expats and occasionally, students.

Bali Nightlife 2016

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As South Bali is becoming more crowded and more urban, its nightlife has somewhat improved. It is still much less interesting that Jakarta nightlife , but if you come to Bali for the weekend you will certainly enjoy it. Most things haven't changed for many years so you can also read my previous  Bali Nightlife review  from 2013. Here are my top recommendations for partying in Bali in 2014/2015: Skydome in Skygarden Kuta

Bandung Nightlife: Best Bars and Nightclubs (Updated 2016)

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UPDATE 2016: The new hotspots for Bandung nightlife are the following venues: MOX Club , Shelter , Southbank  and Sobbers . Bandung  nightlife is just as interesting as the nightlife in   Bali  or  Jakarta : - Jakarta  is a gigantic city, with a lot of wealthy locals and expatriates. Its nightlife tends to be chic and sophisticated, with hundreds of venues competing to get the spotlight.

Medan Nightlife: Top 5 Nightclubs & Bars

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I spent a few nights in Medan in April 2015, unfortunately on weekdays only. I had the opportunity to try a few clubs there but most weren't too busy and I imagine it is more lively on weekends. If you need to book a hotel in Medan, I recommend Grand Delta Hotel , which belongs to the Delta Spa group. As you would expect, Medan is far from being a party town. It is more conservative than many other Indonesian cities and there are also very few tourists. Most foreigners living there are Singaporean and Malaysian businessmen with a small community of expat english teachers. As I wrote on the review  Spa and Massage Parlours in Medan , the police is active in controlling nightlife activities, in particular when it comes to drugs. Last February, the Lee Garden club was shut down after ecstasy pills were found ( Diskotik Lee Garden Tutup ). In spite of this, recreative drugs do not seem difficult to find and clubs such as Tobasa, XXX3 or Retrospective are know

12 DJs I Want to See in Jakarta in 2016

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If there is any club owner/manager reading this website, please invite one of the following DJs/Musicians to play in Jakarta :-) Full playlist and more available here: Playlist Jakarta100bars 2016 Gui Boratto Stephan Bodzin Extrawelt Recondite