Tourism of Indonesia
Ready to Go to Batam City
Planning to go on a tour or travelling, we definitely want a smooth trip, comfortable accommodation, cheap hotels, good food, cheap plane tickets, close to everywhere, and can rent a motorbike or car.
In Batam City, there is natural beauty and unique culture of the local community. There are many uniqueness, starting from the village (desa), sub-district (kecamatan), district (kabupaten) and provincial levels.
In Indonesia, each province has different and interesting characteristics. Each province has a different and unique culture and lifestyle.
Batam is the largest city in the province of Riau Islands, Indonesia. The city administrative area covers three main islands of Batam, Rempang, and Galang (collectively called Barelang), as well as several small islands.
Batam Island is the core urban and industrial zone, while both Rempang Island and Galang Island maintain their rural character and are connected to Batam Island by short bridges.
When we look out from Singapore’s high towers across the Straits onto the Indonesian islands, there the islands of Batam and Bintan appear very inviting, basking in the sun.
Lying less than one hour by fast ferry from Singapore, the islands promise a completely contrasting environment from that of busy metropolitan Singapore.
Batam and Bintan are only two of the more than 2,400 islands that make up the Riau Islands province, stretching from Sumatra, rounding north east all the way to the Anambas islands in the South China Sea.
The island of Batam today is the third busiest entry port to Indonesia next to Bali and Jakarta. Situated so near to Singapore, it is a favorite resort for residents and international tourists in Singapore who wish to get closer to nature, relax for a short vacation of golf or sailing, enjoy mouth watering fresh seafood, luxuriate in a traditional royal spa, go shopping or just for family fun.
Although Batam, Bintan and the Karimun islands are designated an industrial free trade zone, yet there are still plenty of wide open spaces and hundreds of large and small untouched islands in the Riau archipelago where we can have that feeling that we are entirely alone on the island.
Twenty years into its hectic development, Batam has indeed become more crowded, where business mixes with pleasure.
With no less than six ferry terminals, wide roads cross-crossing the island, an international airport and clusters of industries, hotels and housing estates, Batam still promises a leisurely weekend getaway offering reasonably priced freshly caught seafood, fine golfing, plenty of duty-free shopping, or an escape to a remote island ideal for trekking, diving, snorkeling and lazy fishing.
The environment is also well maintained.
Visiting Batam City, we will witness routine community activities in unique traditional cultures. And there are special dishes and food as part of culinary tours that are delicious and yummy.
For shopaholics, Batam offers the excitement of shopping at the Nagoya Superblock with its 450 kiosks and 170 shops with a Hypermarket on Nagoya Hill.
Batam has six golf courses, a large number of good hotels for businessmen in Nagoya town , beach resorts and Spas at Nongsa, and shopping malls galore.
One of the well-known Golf Course is the Palm Springs Golf and Country Club, which is conveniently located only 2 minutes away from Batam’s Nongsapura Ferry Terminal.
Batam’s own Nongsa Point Marina has berthing facilities for yachts , and sailing and diving facilities for those wishing to explore Riau’s many islands.
The island of Batam is connected by six large modern bridges- known as the Barelang bridges to the islands of Rempang and Galang to its south.
On Galang are remnants of the Vietnamese Refugee camp now a museum to the struggles for survival that the Vietnamese had gone through, leaving their country in small, cramped boats to escape brutalities at home.
At Telunas beach on Sugi island, already in the Karimun archipelago, an idyllic resort offers groups of visitors the exhilarating experience of living on a remote island, away from the noise of civilization to listen to the sounds of nature.
Here rooms built on stilts overlook blue-green waters. Explore the jungle, enjoy the serenity of white sandy beaches and return home completely invigorated
There are six beautiful golf courses located just on Batam Island alone. The Indah Puri Golf Resort is set in greenery and ringed by water, and is designed by renowned golf architect Ronald Fream.
Each of the 18 holes of the championship course is distinctive with its own special character.
The Palm Spring Golf and Beach Resort ranks as one of Batam’s most popular courses with three nine-hole layouts. TheBatam Hills Golf Resort has an 18-hole championship golf course designed by Pro Max Wexler.
It is part of the Waterfront City development that includes housing, a marina club, campsites and cable skiing. The Clubhouse has picnic and barbecue areas, karaoke lounge, saunas, squash and tennis courts, jungle and jogging treks, and a swimming pool.
Other facilities on the island include the Southlinks Country Club and the Tering Bay Golf & Country Club.
Seeing the Barelang Filsabillah Bridges is a must for any visitor to this island. The icon and pride of Batam, especially the first bridge is beautifully designed, and constructed entirely by Indonesian engineers, connecting Batam with the island of Tonton Nipah.
The height of this bridge is 38 meters, and is 642 meters long. There are six bridges in all connecting Batam with Rempang and Galang to its south giving one the feeling as if the Barelang islands are one large island.
When you proceed to Galang island, here you will find the Vietnamese Refugee Camp. Here are the Ngha Trang Memorial Wall in tribute to the boat people of Vietnam , and the Galang Museum.
Another Batam feature is the Maha Vihara Duta Maitreya, one of the largest Buddhist temples in South East Asia which draws thousands of devotees and visitors daily.
At the Padepokan Seni art center in Sekupang you can see arts and crafts from all over Indonesia, as well as various kinds of performances that are staged every day for visitors and tourists.
Desa Seni, is an art village built to maintain, conserve and develop Indonesian culture in Batam, and to manage a cultural institute where qualified instructors conduct various shows and courses.
For duty free shopping go to Batam’s own Nagoya , the commercial center of Batam. Here are shops, restaurants, hotels, spas, dance clubs, karaokes, cinema bars, music lounges, shopping centers and plazas.
Shopping malls are available mostly in Batam are at Nagoya, Waterfront City and Batam Centre. The most popular on Batam are the DC Mall, Lucky Plaza, Centre Point, Batam Centre Mall, Robinson & Ramayana, and Megamall.
At Nagoya, the major city center of Batam, are shops, restaurants, hotels, spas, dance clubs, karaoke, cinema bars, music lounges and shopping plazas.
The Lucky Plaza and Jodoh Square. have shops and boutiques selling Indonesian art and crafts, duty free goods, and branded luxury items. Nagoya at night lights up as entertainment facilities spring to life.
The government is taking good care of the preservation of nature and maintaining the condition of the forest.
In this place there are also regular events or activities held every year, both national and international.
The journey to Batam City is now very easy. We can enter through various modes of transportation.
By Ferry to Batam: here are frequent daily ferries connecting Singapore’s Tanah Merah port with Batam as well as between Johor Bahru, Malaysia, and Batam. The journey from Singapore takes a pleasant 45 minutes.
The island of Batam has six ferry terminals, they are at Sekupang, Waterfront City, Batam Center, Harbour Bay, Nongsapura and Telaga Punggur.
Batam Center receives the most ferries from Singapore and Johor. Ferries to Harbour Bay carry passengers wishing to go to Nagoya, Batam’s business centre, while the terminals at Waterfront City and Nongsa serve mostly tourists visiting resorts.
At Sekupang are ferries that ply between Batam and the main island of Sumatra and to the Karimun islands. While Telaga Punggur is the terminal for ferries plying between Batam and Tanjung Pinang on Bintan island.
Batam Fast and Penguin Ferry provide ferry services between Singapore and Batam Island. While Berlian Ferries provide numerous daily ferries to Harbour Bay , formerly better known as Batu Ampar. For information call the Harbour bay Counter at +62 741 5100, or +65 6272 0501 at the Singapore Counter.
Batam’s Hang Nadim’s international airport, located in the eastern part of the island, receives mainly domestic flights direct from Jakarta, Padang, Surabaya, Medan, Pekanbaru, Jambi, Palembang and Bandung.
Airlines serving Batam are:
Garuda Indonesia, Lion Air, Indonesia Air Asia, and Sriwijaya Air .
The condition of the infrastructure is getting better. Starting from highways, airports, trails, ports, bridges, stairs, even some places can be reached by toll roads.
We can visit by plane, car, ship, bus, motorcycle and bicycle. At some point, we can take the train. We can also walk freely.
In Batam City, as technology getting better. We can easily find locations for mini markets, shops (warung kedai), Money Changer, ATMs, Bank BRI BCA BNI Mandiri, BTPN Bank Nagari BJB, supermarkets, and restaurants. So we will not starve or lack the necessary items.
If you are sick and need help, you can also visit clinics, drugstore pharmacies (apotek), practice doctors, hospitals, and health centers (puskesmas).
In this place we can also look for places of worship such as mosques, churches, and others.
Finding place to stay in Batam City is very easy. We can stay at home stays, hotels, inns, hostels and other places.
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Experience and Reviews
There are already many visitors have visited Batam City, there are many interesting stories that are told. Like feeling satisfied, happy, wanting to come again, sleep well, and almost no one is disappointed or complains to come here.
So, visitors will find out on how to find the best hotels, where is exactly located, why it is amazing, how much is the fare and rate, who are the people, whom to ask, and when is the best time to visit.
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