Tired of the mainstream beaches with ‘unnatural’ sight? If you are looking for natural sights, fresher air and adequate amount of sandy beach, Cakang beach (read: Cha-kank) might be the one for you. Greenery fresh with its lush mangrove and banyan tree forest might be the most adventurous place to visit during your stay in Batam-city island.
Part of the Riau Archipelago, Indonesia, Galang is located just south of Batam and Rempang which themselves are just south of Singapore and Johor. The nearest city to Galang is Tanjung Pinang on Bintan, about a 30-minute boat ride away. The convenient way to visit the island is by the Barelang Bridge which also crosse Rempang island.
Cakang beach were first known to open by the local fisherman village. As the initial inflows of Vietnamese immigrant, the UNHCR administration office established in Galang to run the Galang Refugee Camp during the Vietnam war in1979-1996 period. By the grace of Indonesian government, many Vietnamese Boat People and asylum seekers were temporarily accommodated in the Galang camp during the determination of their refugee status and their subsequent resettlement in the United States, Australia and some European Countries. Many Vietnamese from their new resettled countries have come back to visit Galang.
Cakang beach is one of the farthest end of Galang Baru island, Galang baru is a small patches of land about 3 hours away from the down town Batam center. To be precise, Galang (Indonesian: Pulau Galang), is an island of 80 km2 located 25 m (40 km) southeast of Batam, belonging to a group of three islands called Barelang (abbreviation of Batam–Rempang–Galang).
Today, Galang Island (and the former refugee area known as Sinam Camp) is managed by Batam Industrial Development Authority (BIDA). In 1992 according to Indonesian Presidential Decree No. 28/1992, the expanded BIDA Working Area includes Rempang Island, Galang Island and several small nearby islands. BIDA built 6 bridges which were inaugurated on 25 January 1998. They provide a land connection between Batam Island – Tonton Island – Nipah Island – Setoko Island – Rempang Island – Galang Island – Galang Baru (New Galang) Island in order to develop all these islands