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Galang Island, the Vietnamese Safe Haven


Galang Island: the Vietnamese Safe Haven
In the 1980’s, Galang Island suddenly became famous. This island was a topic of discussion in the United Nations since it became home to thousands of Vietnamese boat people, refugees who left their country following the Vietnam War. They came here by boat in alarming conditions.  40 to 100 refugees travelled cramped into one small boat. They floated for months in the South China Sea without any clear destination. Many died in mid ocean, but others managed to reach Indonesian territory including Galang Island, Tanjung Pinang, and nearby other islands. The United Nations and the Indonesian Government made Galang a temporary safe haven before refugees were processed for ssettling in other countries.  Many Vietnamese in America, Europe and Australia, still keep grateful memories of the time when they finally found some peace on this pretty island, with its white sand beaches.

Here were built houses of worship, a school for their children and a cemetery to bury the dead.   At present, this ex-refugee camp is a tourist site.
By visiting this camp, visitors are brought back to the past tragedy, when thousands of Vietnamese left their home country to seek protection elsehwere. Visitors can see a church and a temple  built during that era, which are still well-maintained and can be used by tourists.

On Galang visit the Vietnam Village, site of the former refugee camp of the Vietnamese Boat People Village who arrived here between 1976 and 1996. See an exact replica of one of the small boats used in 1975 by hundreds of Vietnamese refugees to cross the seas to escape a homeland fraught by civil war. The Quan An Tu Monastery, built in 1984, is the island’s most visited attraction. 

To Stay

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Novotel Batam

Jalan Duyung Sei Jodoh, Batam, Indonesia, 29432 Batam

The Centro Hotel & Residence

Jl Central Raya no 8, The Central Sukajadi, 29463 Batam Center

SouthLinks Country Club

Jl.Gajah Mada km 9, Sei ladi, 29444 Nagoya

Crown Vista Hotel

Komp. Top View Garden, 29432 Nagoya

Holiday Inn Batam

Waterfront City, Batam, Indonesia, 29422 Batam

Swiss-Inn Batam

Komplex Villa Idaman Baloi, Jodoh, Indonesia, 29432 Jodoh

Harris Resort Batam

Jl. Kh Ahmad Dahlan 29422 Batam Centre

Cittic Batam Hotel

Jalan Sriwijaya No.23, Batam, 29432 Nagoya

Penuin Hotel

Gedung Penuin Shopping center, Lt II Komplek Penuin center, Nagoya, Batam Island, 29432 Nagoya

The BCC Hotel & Residence

Jalan Bunga Mawar Baloi Kusuma, 29444 Nagoya

Swiss-Belhotel Batam

Jl. Prambanan 1, Jodoh, Indonesia, 29432 Jodoh

Mercure Batam

Jl Raden Patah 12, Batam, Indonesia, 29432 Batam

To Stay

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