TBK for Farang - 2007 report (- lot nicer than Pattaya!)
Karimun Island - Tanjung Balai town (TBK) for Farang 2007 report
Why is TBK recommended? Numerous copulation possibilities for old men with beautiful, brown skinned, white toothed, smiling young women. All at minimal cost: $10+/pop.
Pattaya going down....Pattaya going down.....Pattaya gone.....
It has become a den of thieves, strange characters and ugly women. Naturally we are looking for something new and better. TBK may be it.
Long has been known to loads of Malaysian and Singaporean sex-tourists as a top meat-ing destination, conveniently located just a couple of hours ferry ride from an English speaking country.
Yet it sees so few westerners. The place is packed with willing, cheap and beautiful young women. Farang might still get a few stares but will always receive top service. The island is still quiet and mostly unspoilt. But as our numbers grow, we can turn this place to our style. Big, ugly and loud. So, what are you waiting for?
1. The sex scene
2. Travel details
3. Useful essentials (accomodation, food, money, etc)
link to TBK maps (the two maps join at Padi Mas hotel as indicated)
*** Papa's cock...***
After quickly getting through immigration, the rain just started. I quickly bought a pack of kretek smokes (they are gooood!) and crouched down on the corner of the terminal. Good opportunity to organize my thoughts. Soon the locals noticed the 'farang' and one by one came over to introduce themselves and offer their services: "Want hotel, want transport, want lady?". But without exception their opening question always was: "Where are you from?" After the tenth one I had enough and simply said: " I come from the same place as you and go to the same place too." He seemed a bit surprised but was quick to ask back: "Where?"
"I am coming from papa's cock and going to the grave. Just like you, just like anybody." - was my somewhat angry reply and he laughed. "Yes, true....hehehe. Papa's cock. By the way, do you want girl?"
In fact hee seemed quite a nice chap. Quite young, intelligent looking and with a great wide smile. He also spoke great English. All the people here look so much more healthy than the miserable inhabitants of Batam Island, I got to observe. They have more energy, more pride. So we made friends soon. I refused his help to find a hotel but take his number to go looking for "chicken" later.
*** Meet the chickens...***
From the ferry I already noticed two large hotels on either side of the terminal building. They are right next door. So I just walked in, looked at the room. It was quite crappy but would do until I would look around for something better. Showered, secured the bags and went to look for a wartel office to call my moto-friend. However he was already waiting at the main doors, smiling wide as usual. I wanted to go the "Villa" first. I knew it would be somewhere near. But to my surprise he insisted that it was 'very far', 10 kms or so.
Anyway, we left and after a few minutes and some turns we arrived. Certainly it wasn't 10kms but more like 2kms. Immediately I was surrounded by these young chicks from every side. Quite a few healthy, slim lovely ones among them. Talked a bit with the papasans (bosses seem to be men here, which I like a lot). My young driver seemed surprised that I was able to negotiate with them on my own. But the prices were still far too high. No wonder because my "moto-friend". Also, it bothered me quite a bit that he lied at the very first instant about the distance of the place. If we start like this what's going to happen next. I couldn't trust him.
So, my instruction was to just take me back to the hotel because I wanted no girl today. There I paid him and wished good bye. Went to look for someone more mature and reliable. Just in front of the ferry terminal I met this middle aged nice man, driving a 4WD Kijang. We got into talking. He spoke no English at all but was keen to learn. We agreed on a price and arranged for an evening trip to the Paya Labu Chicken Village (I like to call it Paya Labia. Why not?)
He picked me up soon after sunset. The road is good, quiet and the place is not too far, just around 10 km. You will note that the quality of vehicles on Karimun is so much higher than on Bintan. Therefore even for this shorter trip you will pay about same as there to go to the 30km.
*** P. Labia....town ***
Paya Labia is not far from the beach, except you take another turn. Only the last one km stretch is unsealed. He paid some gate-money, parked in front of the first house and then I went to look around alone. The village is like a circle (see map above). Houses on both sides of the circle road. Quite interesting looking in the dark and clean enough. There were not as many girls as I expected but still quite enough good looking, young ones. Got a 80KRp. ($9) ride from the first mamasan (not to ride the mamasan, she was ugly). The "chick" I picked was pretty enough, especially for the price. Also well mannered and subservient, like any woman should be.
The next mama wanted 200KRp for about same quality and I just walked on, laughing. Then she came after me, offering 150, then 100K. I continued walking. The next "delicacy" was a very fragile looking but energetic girl with fabulously exotic face. There were several more I liked but wanted to leave some for next time. All in all good experience. Service everywhere good, nice people and I was not discriminated for looking different than them. Rooms not quite Dolly/Surabaya quality but still much cleaner and nicer than the Cambodian "fuck-boxes". If they speak English at all, I don't know because I forgot to ask. But some might, as they did at "Villa". Also it all seemed very safe to me, at that early hour. No signs of aggression or drunken people. Well, not many customers yet either. Although beer an Guinness is on sale in large quantities.
The return road we took was a different one, via Merral. By that time loads of motorcycles plied the asphalt, on the way to the "chickens". This driver was a very pleasant personality and we agreed to go back again another day for same price. Also, after comparing with other taxis I think he gave me a good enough deal.
**** More chickens...***
As I vaguely remembered from the previous day, I decided to walk to the Villa and Ruko complex. I knew it was near Padi Mas hotel and the department store. I got lost once, wandered around but all in all it was still a pleasant walk. Finally I got there, had a drink at the corner restaurant and was standing soon inside the gate of Villa. The prices came down to 100-120KRp for ST. But they wouldn't let me do it on'site. It's got to do something with the licence. Take-away only.
They all kept pushing LT overnight but I feel it is a bit perverted to spend so much time with a woman. You can easily become stupid like them. So, it had to be ST or nothing. Not wanting to go all the way to my place I decided to use the room at Erison Hotel (marked on map). Had to pay for all day but it is still cheap. Took one girl then we returned together.
The layout is the same as at Paya Labia, but the circle road here is tiny in comparison (see map). Still lots of houses all around. Chatted a bit with the bosses. I liked the fact that the managers here are mostly men and not old women like at Labia Village. So, did a couple of more deals since I had the room for the whole day. It was not because I like women so much. But rather that I quite enjoy buying them and making the commercial transaction with other men like me. It feels as if we cooperate in something good. Like at Dolly. The Ruko-karaoke complex next door is just one single block of rooms and has many girls too. But they very much insist on LT and the girls are not as good looking, in my opinion.
I was too lazy to walk back after this but they have motos on site, some boys always seem to hang around. The other days were pretty similar. The town itself is not that famous, but the people are friendly enough. There are some Chinese temples, nice island scenery and cheap, good food. Easy to spend more than a few days. Everywhere you go, men (old and young) keep nagging you: "Want girl? I know pretty girl, cheap, cheap." But it is rather fun than nuisance. They are simple, friendly people.
Also because of the chinese population, the "Crazy Screamers" early in the morning are not as prevalent as in Jawa Island. (If you don't know what it is: They are some strange creatures, determined to drive all the population mad by vailing and screaming at early hours of the morning and many times a day. They live in high towers which have many speakers on the side. There are many more in Jawa and Sumatra. No surprise the tourists don't stay long. But TBK is safe).
**a/. Ruko complex
**c/. Paya Labia
**a+b/. Ruko and Villa are located next to each other. Ruko is a Karaoke center, one straight building. While Villa is like a little village (very similar to Paya Labia, just smaller) - see maps for both. You can only take-away from both. There are no ST rooms on site (although the girls sleep there). Price of ST is 100-120KRp (one hour plus travel) and LT 200-300KRp, depending on the girl. Not all the same price.
Villa is the nicer, with more girls and prettier ones (though this can change). They are about 3 km from town and about 1.2 km from the Padi Mas Hotel. Really you can walk there. It's a pleasant relaxing walk in typical village setting with gardens and rice fields. The map will guide you.
When you see the Ali Mas restaurant, you are half way. Then soon you will reach the drug store and restaurant on the right. You turn right, between the two. As you walk in, Ruko is on your right and Villa further beyond on the left, with an arched gate.
It is quite deserted during the day but safe. By 12 noon both are open. There are numerous houses all around and chickens inside. Just choose what you like. If you want ST, they organize moto for you back to the hotel. But they try to push LT. The bosses are real friendly as are the "wenches". If you don't fancy going to your own room, a couple of hotels on the road (Alisan and Erison) have rooms from 60KRp. It is full day rate though, no ST rates. If you want to bang several then just take one room out and keep bringing them.
You can also ride the blue mikrolet from town for 2000Rp. this road leads to Meral village. Have to change at the "Y" intersection (where the two maps join).
**c/. Paya Labia (some call it Labu)
Is out of town, about 10 kms. If it seems to rain then of course a car is preferred. A return trip by Kijang plus 2 hours waiting time shouldn't cost more than 100-120KRp. (you must negotiate hard). Easiest is to find a taxi at the ferry terminal. Then get the number of the driver for more visits.
It is a proper village, similar in layout to Villa, but much bigger. Looks quite crappy daytime but at night when the lights are on, quite atmospheric (like the Bintan Chiken Vilej). You can do ST here in the rooms, from 80KRp/pop. This includes the room price. Some mamasans might try to ask more but just walk on. There are many houses and over a hundred girls. Also many cute goats and pussicats that you can play with. Food, smokes and beer are available.
2. Travel to TBK
Karimun Island is strategically located just a short ferry ride from Malaysia and Singapore. Several ferry companies run comfortable airconditioned services. If you are arriving by air from "Farangland", then possibly Singapore will be the more convenient entry point. Arriving from Thailand, you can come via Malaysia.
Ferries from Singapore leave the Harbourtown terminal three times a day during the week and six times daily on weekends. Check current timetables at terminal. Usually there is one boat morning, midday and afternoon. The trip takes 2 hours in airconditioned comfort. Even too cool. Bring a sweater or lots of body fat.
From Kukup (near Johor Baru) in Malaysia also many ferries run daily. This way you can bypass Singapore if you are coming from Thailand.
Link to Singapore map and report:
Getting out of Karimun Island:
From TBK to Kundur Island (more pussy) one boat leaves at 12 noon. There is also one daily boat to Tanjung Pinang (Bintan island) at 12 noon via Batam.
From TBK to Batam ferries depart at 7.45, 9.00, 10.15, 12.15, 15.30 (one hour trip)
From TBK to Kukup, Malaysia 7.45, 8.45, 10.30, 11.45, 14.15, 14.45 departures
From TBK to Singapore: several times a day, check time table (two hours trip)
Also two daily boats to Dumai on Sumatra (Buang Sampah sex-village)
Links to Batam and Bintan maps and reports:
TBK ferry terminal looks a bit disorganized when compared to Singapore. As you arrive don't join the main queue of passengers at immigration. Instead, walk around them straight into the building and say "visa". Soon an attentive English-speaking officer will fill out some forms with you, take your $25 USD for a 30 day visa and you will be out quicker than the rest. You can also buy a one week visa for $10. If you don't have USD it complicates things a bit but they will change IRP, MR or SGD at pitiful rates (as in Batam).
As you walk outside, a bunch of moto drivers will surround you, offering lift to town. Keep your cool, smile, smoke a cigarette. They are nice guys but you won't need them at this stage. The nearest hotel is right next to the ferry and there are at least five within 500 metres. See the map, marked with "H". Better pick one of these for the first night and then look around for better value. Tanjung Balai town is small. (see map). You can walk most everywhere. On Jalan Trikora and Jalan Nusantara you will find numerous restaurants, money changers, minimarts and hotels.
The ferry terminal carpark is also a good place to find motos and taxis any time of the day or night.
Departure from TBK: There is a bit of chaos. International departures are from the front of the terminal and domestic from the back, where the restaurants are. Keep asking which boat is yours as many arrive and all the time and they all look the same. The porters are good source of info and they are nice guys. If you have lots of time, the restaurant on the roof in the far rear is more quiet and has no crowds.
Tanjung Balai is the main town on Karimun island. The boats arrive right at the centre of town and you can walk to a large number of hotels (despite of what taxi drivers might tell you). As the sex-action is somewhat spread out, you must use the services of moto-taxis or taxi cars. To the Villa and Ruko a moto is fine. To the Chicken village a car is much better. ( But a lot of guys ride motos anyway.)
In Batam you will arrive at Sekupang, the main terminal. Taxis will throng you here again and a ride to town is 50Krp. There is a taxi-voucher office or you may pay the driver. Same price. Outside the gate there are some restaurants and you can flag a taxi for 40KRp.
In Bintan you arrive at Tanjung Pinang. In the center of town. You can walk to hotels.
3. Hotels, food, banking, etc.
As usual, I recommend you check in to the one hotel near the pier (as marked on the map). Then you can go look for something better. There are very many rooms, and most are empty during the week. No need to reserve. Saturday night is the busiest. It is worth to look around as you can get a comfortable, clean room for 100KRp and a dirty, noisy one for 200K.
The Padi Mas Hotel is reputed to be the best in town. They have some services like safe-deposit, and the rooms are huge. But still not good value for the price they are asking (250K+). Also, you are near the chickens of Villa but far from the rest of town, shops, food, etc. You can even stay at Erison and Alison hotels but the same applies. Here, unlike Batam, room prices are same every day of the week.
Padang restaurants are all over town and one meal start around $1. Chinese food is also widely available. A couple of night-markets set up every evening. One at the ferry and another a bit further inside town. Money changers are also on the main streets and near the ferry. Rates are good for Singapore dollars, Makaysian Ringgit and USD but not for other currencies. Thai baht gets poor rates if changed at all.
Very relaxed and friendly island. Even more than Bintan and definitely much nicer than Batam. Roads are dark at night but it is quite safe in my opinion. It is a small island. Everyone knows everyone. Large developments are planned for the area and this might bring changes. One of those might be that your sex-tourist money will be very much appreciated in the future. As said previously, TBK has a strong buddhist chinese flavour and this makes it less conservative than the rest of the country. As a "farang", westerner (they call them "bule" here) you might be stared at sometimes but will get good service and local prices. Worthwhile change after Pattaya.
In TBK the phrase for LT is "booking". For ST say "short-time" (as in English).
A basic dictionary you can use:
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Going to find chics in end Oct 07
Hi all strong brothers.
Any of you all going there this Oct 07. I would like to join you guys. I want to look for a fair Chinese indonesia girl to satisfied my desires. =. =
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Plan to travel to Tanjung Batu : Kundur Island
Plan to go to Tanjung Batu , this weekend , any brothers can help me and let me know where to stay and where is the place for mongering.