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Bintan Nightlife - Tanjung Pinang & Lagoi Bay

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Since Bintan nightlife is limited, this review will focus mostly on Dope nightclub in Tanjung Pinang. I will give you a few other clubbing options as well, notably in Lagoi in the north of the island. Dope Nightclub Open since 2012, Dope is the only proper nightclub in Bintan at the time of writing. If you are staying in a resort in the north, don't get happy too quickly as it is located in the provincial capital Tanjung Pinang, which is at least 2 hours away by car.

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

Batam Nightlife Guide

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
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.

Golden Palace and Jambi Nightlife (Sumatra)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
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.

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

Golden Dragon - Lampung Nightlife

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Golden Dragon is a one stop entertainment center in Batam with a Chinese restaurant, a pub, a karaoke (KTV), a nightclub, a spa and a function hall for events. It is located near the seafront, about 2 kilometers from the city center (a nearby hotel is Aston ). Considering Lampung nightlife is limited to mostly dangdut cafés, it is one of the most recommended venues in the city (the other one to try is Centerstage in Novotel Hotel ). The club is very quiet during the week, unless they have a special event (sometimes on Wednesdays). Typically, they will have a live band playing Indonesian love songs, then a DJ playing more aggressive electronic music. On the weekend, they like to bring a hot female DJ from Jakarta and sometimes a few sexy dancers. The entrance fee (first drink charge) is Rp50,000 on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, Rp100,000 on Wednesday and Friday, Rp150,000 on Saturday. Girls get in for free before midnight.

Medan Nightlife: Top 5 Nightclubs & Bars

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
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

Top Spa and Massage Parlours in Medan

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
This review is about the best spas and massage parlours in Medan. If you want to read about the best bars and clubs, please read the following review: Medan Nightlife . Medan is a conservative city. I feel it is also much more religious than Java in particular. There are so few foreigners in town that if you are white, people will look at you as if you were an alien. I didn't feel really comfortable there to be frankly speaking. Whenever I was walking around in the city, I could hear derogatory comments or racist slurs such as "idiot bule".  Unsurprisingly, massage parlours and spas in Medan are quite discreet. From what I read in the news, several of them have been shut down or raided by the police in the past couple years. To my knowledge, these include Glamour Spa, Escape Spa, D'Blues Spa, Dream Spa and Grand Winner Spa. The last three were apparently shut down in November 2014. Diamond Spa as well was raided and since then, they have changed their co

Octopuss Spa and Massage Parlour (Indonesia)

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Octopuss Spa is a chain of middle to high-end male spas located in several Indonesian cities. It can be compared to the  My Place Spa or Delta Spa  chains. It also operates some other brands such as Cumi Cumi Spa in Bandung. They provide 4 types of rooms/massages with prices ranging from 20$ to 45$ for an hour. Typically, they will have the following amenities: Hot and Cold Pool, Sauna, Jacuzzi (Steam) and Gym. The current number of locations is likely to expand fast. At the moment, you will find Octopuss Spa in the following cities: