Indonesia is an ideal destination for a quick vacation for several reasons. At present, the Indonesian currency is weak, which means that 5-star hotel rooms can cost as low as US$30 a night. There is also a pretty good selection of getaways to choose from, whether you are looking for a weekend stay at Bintan or a week-long beach party at Bali.
For more information, check out the Official Indonesia Tourism website.
There are 6 resorts on the island of Bintan, the largest in the Riau island group. If you want to splurge on an exclusive, pampered getaway, try the world-famous Banyan Tree resort where your room comes with a personal outdoor jacuzzi. If you don't want to spend too much, there's always the beachfront resorts of Mayang Sari and Mana Mana, which can cost as little as S$200 for a 2-night stay. For information, call Bintan Resort Management at 339-1368.
Getting There: Ferries leave from the Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal daily, and cost about S$40 for an adult return ticket.
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The most famous and popular beach resort destination in Indonesia, and arguably in Asia. There are several main areas, around which entire towns have sprung up: Kuta, Nusa Dua, Ubud, Legion and Sanur, all located to the South of the island. Try and time your visit to coincide with a festival, like the exotic Negara bull races between July and October. Beyond the beach resorts, there are dormant volcanoes, jungles, temples, and rice fields to check out. You can also use Bali as a springboard to explore the Spice Islands. For an excellent guide to Bali, check out The Bali On-line Travel Guide.
Getting There: Bali is listed as Denpasar (the island's capital) in airline listings. From Singapore, it's a 3-hour flight on several airlines, including Singapore Airlines, Garuda and Sempati Air.
Batam is a mere 30-minute ferry ride from Singapore. Waterfront City is the biggest attraction, with facilities for bungee jumping, go kart, paintball, parasailing, seafood and even a snow park
Getting There: From the World Trade Center Ferry Terminal, ferries leave every half hour from 7:30am to 8pm; return tickets cost about S$30 for adults and S$21 for children. Call AutoBatam Ferries (271-4866) or Dino Shipping (270-2228) for details.
Located just next to Bali, Lombok is drawing many travellers who want to avoid the commercialism of its more famous neighbour. Appropriately, some have termed it "Bali Before Tourism". Most of the inhabitants still live in poor villages with mud huts. There are many markets here where you can check out traditional arts and crafts like weaving, pottery and basketry. From Lombok, it's a short trip to the Gili Islands, where you can dive and snorkel. Also, not too far from Lombok lies Komodo Island, famous for the giant lizards of the same name.
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