Are you living in Singapore and its environs and you are looking a quick and refreshing quick gateway? Look no more, as Batam Island is the place to visit. This is the very place that is worthy for you to pay a visit for a few days and even a short weekend getaway. Getting to Batam is relatively easy as it’s just a forty-five minutes ride from Singapore via a ferry. You can easily get your hands on ferry ticket to Batamthrough online portal such as Easybook.
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Despite the dented reputation of being a low-quality destination, Batam Island is ideally a perfect gateway for extended families and friends looking for a refreshing base with beautiful water sports, shopping, eating seafood and considerably affordable massages. Besides that, there are few tourist attractions that is surely worthy for you to pay attention to. Let’s have a look into them!
Fresh seafood and they are affordable
Seafood is likely one of the first thing you would think of when visiting any island, but fresh seafood that is going at a low price? That’s unheard of! Admittedly, there are numerous seafood restaurants around Batam Island but be sure there not as the latter. The likes of Harbour Bay Seafood Restaurant and Golden Prawn Seafood are the only ones that equal the ranks. You are likely to find a collection of seafood such as mussels, crabs, prawns and more
Drink beer and alcohol like they are free flow
With no doubt that beers are cheap here especially as compared to the ones in Singapore. Good news for you if drinking sparks interest to you, you are going to guzzle liters and fill up your volumes before heading back. You will never run short of a place to enjoy a cold beer here in Batam.
Golf with the pros
Not many places offered world standards golf courses but you might just in luck as Batam is well known for having several. One of the iconic golf course will be Tering Bay International
Shopping in Nagoya Hill Mall
Nagoya Hill Mall is one of the best malls to shop in Batam Island. You will be able to indulge in loads of local foods and products such as Indonesia local tidbits, Indomie (best instant noodles ever, period!), and even Indonesian Layer Cake or Kueh Lapis. All and all, this place is famous for it’s sports equipment too, predominantly, golf equipments.
Refresh yourself with massage and spa
Needless to say, Singaporeans or folks working in Singapore who need refreshment can stop looking further as Batam Center will be able to provide you with just that. You will be pampered with the variety of choices and their service providers are unmatched. At only 260,000 Rp or 30 SGD you can get the venerated traditional Balinese massage. Talk about having the best treatment without breaking your bank.
Enjoy water sports and adventurous activities
I hope you are one adventurous spirit as you can find yourself spoilt with choices of adventure sports from land to water. Getting your hands dirty with banana boat, parasailing, windsurfing, kayaking, jet ski and go kart will only set you back a mere SGD 100 or less.
Visit Maha Vihara Duta Maitreya Buddhist Temple
Regarded as one of the biggest temple in South East Asia, it houses laughing Buddha statues of various sizes and costumes. Unlike other traditional temple, this modern day monuments is huge and you can find a number of food stalls and vegetarian restaurants here.
Visit the Barelang Bridge
The Barelang Bridge (Jembatan Barelang) is a chain of 6 bridges of various types that connect the islands of Batam, Rempang, and Galang. The bridge itself is a spectacular architectural piece that tells a local tale. Along the bridge, you can also find yourself indulging in local street food. A 45 minutes ride might sound daunting but trust me, it’s worth a visit.
Visit Batam’s Coastal Backwaters
Batam is unlike any island that only holds modern charms. The coastal backwaters of Batam will bring you back to the old time charm where you can see fishermen village of stilt houses that stood as a testament of Batam’s past of simplicity.
In conclusion, you will never be short of activities here in Batam and this gorgeous island is definitely worthy of your visit. Getting to Batam is relatively easy when you can make your booking online to get your hands on ferry ticket to Batam with Easybook.