After having read all my posts on my trip from Singapore to Bali by Land and Sea, you might think that I've spent a lot on this trip considering that I've travelled in First Class on the ship from Batam to Jakarta, in Eksekutif Class on all long-distance trains and slept in hotels instead of … Continue reading Singapore to Bali by Land and Sea: A 7-day mini-adventure for under S$500!
PELNI, which is an abbreviation of PT. Pelayaran Nasional Indonesia, is the national shipping company of Indonesia, operating ferries which connect the main islands of the Indonesian archipelago. The PELNI office in Batam is a 10-minute leisurely walk from Sekupang Ferry Terminal which is a gateway to and from Singapore. It is located at Jl. Dr. … Continue reading Day 1-2: The PELNI KM Kelud from Batam to Jakarta
The KM Kelud was already outside of the Port of Tanjung Priok at around 5pm, when dinner was served, and stopped short of entering the port. After about another half an hour of non-movement, the captain made an announcement saying that we are "drifting" as they are waiting for the pilot to board the ship to … Continue reading Day 2: Disembarking from the KM Kelud at the Port of Tanjung Priok
I was awoken at around 4.30am for the Subuh prayer blasted on the PA system. While there was a slight buffer thanks to my cabin door, somehow it felt really loud as compared to the ones in the day time. After the prayer, I couldn't get back to sleep since I slept for quite a … Continue reading Day 2: PELNI KM Kelud from Batam (Batu Ampar) to Jakarta (Tanjung Priok)
While having my lunch, I was informed by the staff that there was another guy sharing my room and he could get me another room for a fee of Rp100,000. I obliged, and then another staff said Rp200,000 would be good, to which I responded that I could almost buy another Economy Class ticket at … Continue reading Day 1: PELNI KM Kelud from Batam (Batu Ampar) to Jakarta (Tanjung Priok)
On first impression, the crowd wasn't intimidating after all. When I joined the queue, there was a grand total of 4 passengers - that's number of people and not groups - ahead of me, so I was processed rather fast by the guy scanning my ticket, tearing his portion off and stamping my hand with … Continue reading Day 1: Boarding the PELNI KM Kelud at Batu Ampar Port