Batam is a small but busy island, hundreds of multinational owned factories, towns, shopping centers. Located 20km from Singapore and 25km from Johor Malaysia, Batam is Indonesia’s equivalent to China’s SEZ’s (Special Economic Zones). The island is an industrial hub with electronics factories, a large and growing ship repair industry and an even larger oil service sector. Quite a few expats head there for work, and pubs and golf courses have sprung up to serve them. Next to Batam is BINTAN that has dual features: the northern portion of the island, Bintan Resorts (Lagoi), full of expensive resorts and manicured lawns. As it has very little in common with the rest of the island, the resorts are covered in the Bintan Resorts article. Separated from the resorts by checkpoints and armed guards, the southern half of the island is “real” border town Indonesia, home to fishing villages and some low-key beaches and golfing.