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Batam Nightlife: Best Bars and Clubs [2024]

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Batam is a small island 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, mainly from Singapore and Malaysia. Unlike many other Indonesian cities, you'll find that Batam is rather well organized, clean, and with reasonable traffic. The island has long been known as a low-cost getaway for people living in Singapore, locals and expats. It has seven golf courses, several resorts and the costs are a fraction compared to those in Singapore and Bali. Its nightlife has three sides: - A more "Western"-oriented district, called Kampung Bule, with small pubs and hostess bars - A more modern and trendy nightlife targeting upper-class Indonesians living in Batam - A more "Asian"-oriented nightlife, with discos, KTVs and massage parlors I will review each of these in the following article.

Medan Nightlife: Best Bars and Nightclubs [2024]

By Tibs →
I spent a few days in Medan and I had the opportunity to try its nightlife. 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. The few foreigners you might meet there are often Singaporean and Malaysian businessmen, or English teachers. In spite of being Indonesia's third-largest city, the number of decent clubs and bars in Medan is low. To write this review of Medan nightlife, I had to include some underground clubs that most people wouldn't feel comfortable visiting. For this reason, if you are a "normal" clubber, I would only recommend trying the first three venues listed below.

Bintan Nightlife - Tanjung Pinang & Lagoi Bay [2024]

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Bintan nightlife is very limited. The island, located about 1 hour from Singapore, is not exactly popular with party-goers but with families, couples, or golfers. Most of the tourists stay in the north of the island, in an area called Lagoi Bay, in resorts that are isolated from one another. They are all several kilometers away from the two main cities in Bintan (Tanjung Pinang and Tanjung Uban). Many visitors will never leave their hotel as they will find everything they need there: Beach, pool, spa, restaurants. Some of the biggest resorts, such as the Club Med , may have a bar, but don't except anything happening there unless you are staying for New Year. If you are desperate for partying while in Bintan, there are a few options, though. All of them are located in the capital of Bintan, Tanjung Pinang. The city is not that small with over 200,000 inhabitants, but it isn't very developed yet. There aren't any modern malls, and not even a Starbucks yet as of today. Most r

Palembang Nightlife: Best Nightclubs and Bars (Updated 2021)

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Updated in April 2021. 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, its nightlife is limited. Most clubbers are guys, and the few girls who accompany them are often professional. There is usually no dance floor: Customers book tables and they just stay within the same group, without trying to mingle with other people. The DJs are pretty much always playing the same famous EDM or Rn'B tracks. Most often, they are women who are chosen mainly for their looks.