This is the original boom town, showing a lot more skin than you’ll find in the rest of Sumatra. The heart of town is the Nagoya Entertainment District, dotted with beer bars and massage parlours. Other attractions include Nagoya’s shopping centres – Nagoya Hill Mall is the most popular – which are often packed with Malaysian and Singaporean weekend visitors.
Like Singapore, Nagoya is divided up into main avenues and tributary blocks and exhibits a certain Chinese industriousness similar to the city-state.
It ain’t pretty, but Nagoya is ultimately functional, and an interesting enough overnight stay it you’re hell-bent on arriving in Sumatra by boat via Singapore and Pulau Bintan.