Wednesday, January 25, 2017

A Perfect Weekend Getaway In Batam

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Ever watched Phua Chu Kang and come across the famous phrase of “Best in Singapore, JB, and some say Batam”? Well, this Batam is exactly the Batam that I’m about to share with you. The close proximity to Singapore makes Batam a great weekend getaway destination for tourists from Singapore. It’s relatively easy to get to this wonderful island where you can easily buy a ferry ticket to Batam using online portal like Easybook. On top of that, the short journey makes it perfect for a short trip.

Apart from the stunning beaches and delicious seafood, Batam also boasts of an extremely happening nightlife. While in Batam, you should definitely try out the following: 

Shop at Nagoya Hill Mall 
This is the biggest shopping mall in Batam and possibly one of the coolest hangout spots in the island. Because of its convenient location, it always stays crowded. The prices of the goods here are slightly on the higher side but fear not, you can still find great deals here as opposed to local malls in Singapore. It’s no surprise that tourist flocks here to get their hands on golf equipment here.

Visit Batam City Square Mall (BSC) 
Batam City Square is a shopping center located at Jalan Bunga Raya. The 6-storey building offers shopping, recreation and pleasure in one place. This is an awesome place to spend or splurge an afternoon away as the things here are generally much cheaper than Nagoya. You can find loads of activities here such as pamper yourself in nail salons, shop like a local in supermarket, watch movies like a local and most importantly will be shop away in the 3 floors of clothes outlets.

Adventurous water sports
If you are not much into shopping, then you should definitely try out some of the adventure sports here. You will never run short of activities when it comes to water sports as you will be spoiled with choices such as banana boat, parasailing, windsurfing, kayaking and jet ski. All that will only set you back SGD 60 or lesser. If you are into exploring the vast ocean, snorkeling is definitely your next best option.

Go Kart Riding
 
Go karting is quite popular here in Batam. You should head out to the Golden Go Kart Center where the pricing is affordable and the tracks are also fun. Fast track will probably suit the adventurous souls as you can make quick turns and drift at a higher speed. However, if you are here with kids, slow track will be a safer option.

Canoeing & Kayaking
The best activity to test your synchronization and coherence through paddling a double seater Kayak. This is also the very activity that allow you to develop a special bond with your partner while kayaking through the romantic beaches of Batam.

Visit temples
Pay a visit to the serene temples such as Tua Pek Kong Temple and Maha Vihara Duta Maitreya Temple to restore some inner peace. Great difference can be seen while you are visiting both the temples — one speaks tradition while the other speaks modern.

You can easily find lines of Laughing Buddha statues in Maha Vihara Duta Maitreya Temple and on your way out; you can enjoy the mouth-watering vegetarian buns that can be found in the food stalls or restaurants inside the temple.

Visit Barelang Bridge
A landmark that best represent Batam, you will be amazed by its architectural splendor. You can enjoy the picturesque seascape with the surpassing beauty of sunset while you are here.

Spa and Massage
A relaxing massage is exactly what you need after a long and tiring day of fun and excitement. You can easily get traditional Balinese Massage in most of the facilities here without breaking your bank.

Enjoy seafood
A trip to Batam is incomplete if you don't try out the seafood. The seafood here are scrumptious and extremely affordable. Prepare as you will drool over the black pepper crabs, steamed fish, fried golden calamari and huge tiger prawn. I would highly recommend a night out at one of the romantic wooden huts at KTM Resort to enjoy your food with your loved ones undisturbed.

Visit KTM resort
When you are in Batam, you should definitely visit this place at least once. It is located near the ferry terminal and offers a spectacular view of the entire waterfront. Taking a morning stroll among the amazing landscapes of KTM resort is a great experience.

All in all, a great getaway can sum up in the above mentioned activities. After a long week of work, you surely deserve a perfect weekend getaway in Batam. Just remember to make an early ferry booking by visiting online portal such as Easybook to get the
ferry ticket to Batam.


1 comment:

  1. I just went Batam last Christmas, I tried their massage, it is relatively cheaper than in Singapore, the hotel we stayed is very near to Nagoya Shopping Mall

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