Batam offers various points of interests that may suit Free Independent Travelers and Group Travelers alike. Singaporeans are known among the top tourists going to Batam. Tourists can choose varieties of rejuvenating spa packages, dive into the culinary scene, enjoy guilt-free shopping, golf packages with stay voucher or even a day tour with the sight-seeing glimpse into the lifestyle of the locals.
What makes Batam so interesting to discover?
Batam is known as the largest city of Riau Islands Province in the Republic of Indonesia. Batam municipality itself is a home for 1,164,352 residents based on 2015 intercensal survey. Batam is the closest city of Indonesia to the Republic of Singapore, at a land distance of 5.8 km. The majority of the population resided in Batam Island due to its known purpose as the city catered for industrial manufacturing, emerging transport hub, and free trade zone in the area of Indonesia–Malaysia–Singapore Growth Triangle.
There is something for everyone to enjoy in Batam. Thanks to its proximity to Singapore and attractive exchange rates between Singapore Dollars to Indonesian Rupiah, Batam has become a melting pot for investments which attracts settlers from many regions in Indonesia as well. On search engine rank, Batam is also rated among the first destination for a quick holiday by many Singapore residents.
Batam can be accessed through various points of entry. Batam have Hang Nadim Airport for domestic flights which are now connected to 12 cities in Indonesia as well as international and chartered flights to 2 countries. Batam also has several maritime routes with international and domestic ferry ports to the neighboring Singapore and Malaysia, Bintan Island, Karimun Island, and other main islands in Indonesia.
If you are a holder of a passport from countries belonging to the ASEAN region, you can get a visa on arrival at the port of entry (for other nationalities you can check here ). This is indeed convenient especially if you are planning for a quick or impulsive way to spend your holiday. Beforehand, make sure you secure the hotel booking and transport voucher confirmed.
From Singapore, you can take a 40-minute ferry ride from HarbourFront ferry terminal to Sekupang sector in the northern part of Batam. You can also take a 45-minute ferry from Harbourfront or Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal to HarbourBay – Batam’s sector to access the Jodoh-Nagoya area which is the heartland of Batam’s nightlife. Alternatively, you can also take HarbourFront to Batam Center ferry terminal, which takes 55 minutes of sea journey to Batam’s city center. You may also consider taking the 40-minute ferry ride from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal route to Nongsapura sector which gives you a quick access to Batam’s finest resorts and golf courses.
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