Just a stone-throw and a ferry ride away from Singapore and Malaysia, Batam Island is the most favorite getaway trip for those who want to enjoy the true island life. Batam might be a small island but it offers an adventure from the best island culinary trip and pristine beaches that’ll make you crave for more. Find out what else it offers!
What’s an island trip without strolling down the white sandy beaches while listening to the melody of the waves crashing into shore? In Batam, the most popular beach is Nongsa Beach and it’s only 10 minutes away from the airport, and if the sky is clear, you’ll not only see blue skies and the blue waters, but also Singapore! In the morning or in the evening you can chill on the secluded beach to enjoy the sun setting or rising in the beautiful horizon.
On this day you can also visit Batam’s icon, the Barelang bridge. There is a total of six bridges connected up to 50 kilometers and connecting three main islands which are Batam, Rempang, and Galang. Although the one visited the most is the very first one standing proud with its spectacular tall structure. In the evenings, you can also enjoy a lot of seafood delicacies like barbequed crab or prawns on a stick that they sell on the streets.
At night you can enjoy a night cuisine on fresh seafood at Golden Prawn or many other well-known seafood restaurants In Batam, you can always get fresh seafood in a lot of places. Around Barelang, you can find many seafood restaurants like Barelang Seafood. Here, not only do you have the opportunity to see the magnificent panorama of the waters and the first Barelang bridge, but you can pick your own seafood fresh from their waters. The must-try dishes here is the Sweet and Sour Fish, Steamed Shell, and Stir-fried Baby Kailan with Mushroom. You can also visit the beaches at night for a relaxing time watching Singapore light up from afar.
Try the famous Mie Tarempa, spicy noodles served with shredded codfish for your lunch. It is located in Sei Panas but since it's a popular stop, don’t be surprised with the long waiting line! Also, don’t forget the famous Sop Ikan Batam or Batam Fish Soup, where tourists from all over the world come to try and those who have tried to keep craving more.
Batam is known as a shopping getaway, so you should visit the biggest shopping mall in the island, the 8,9 acre Nagoya Hill. Here you can find rows of shops offering everything you need like clothing, accessories, sporting equipment and even handphones at a cheaper price. Or Batam City Square (BCS) who also has great choices of clothing stores and accessories store is endless and truly heaven for shoppers from all over the world.
After a good shopping spree, a relaxing spa session would be the best way to end the day. Indulge yourself in the best massages in town. Try visiting Xoleil Spa, newly open and the perfect place to pamper yourself into tranquility. It also offers a wide range of luxurious spa treatments, meni pedis, hair treatments, and you can even chill by their special Himalayan sea salt pool!
Visit South-East Asia’s biggest vihara or monastery, the Maha Vihara Duta Maitreya. Located only 14 km from the Hang Nadim Airport, reaching the place takes only 16 min by car. This 4-hectare land was built on 2 Nov 1991 and welcomes everyone. The Vihara functions as a place for Buddhist praying and rituals.
You can also try out the variety of water sport activities that can be found in numerous resorts you can stay at in Batam. The newest adventurous tourist destination that you can come visit is the Sea Forest Adventure. You can find your classic water sports like the banana boat, canoe, and jetskis, but you can also find their unique inflatable floating water sports park. Take your loved ones here for the time of your lives.
With a vast array of things you can do in Batam, it is no wonder that Batam Island is one of the best getaways for tourists from all over the world. So what are you waiting for? Come visit Batam Island to experience the true meaning of island life!
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