A travel guide to Batam islands
One of the fastest growing tourist attractions in Indonesia is Batam which is one of the islands that comprise the country’s Riau Islands. This island is mainly famous among the travelers for the appeal of its seafood cuisine that comes with an irresistibly cheap tag price. In addition to that a variety of outdoor activities are available for those who are seeking for the adventure in Quiet Island away from the metropolitan city life. Batam prides itself as a dinner’s the sport that delights visitors with freshly caught seafood offered at incredibly cheap price. In addition, there are varied dining options are also available apart from seafood which includes fast food; fine dining and local specialties and even some vegetarian options.
Chinese, Japanese as well as Korean foods are also available there. One of the place which is most visited by the tourist who are visiting Batam Island is the Barelang Fisabillah Bridges, and structure that is considered as the icon and pride of Batam. It is composed of six spectacular bridges each of the bridges has its individual engineering styles. The first of the bridges was particularly designed and built exclusively by the Indonesian engineers. Another attraction worth a traveler’s time is the Maha Vihara Duta Maitreya. This temple is a major attraction in Batam because it is one of the south Asia’s largest Buddhist temples. The religious area attracts thousands of both visitors and Buddhist devotees each day. Daily tips are available from a forty five minute ferry service originating from Singapore’s Tanah Merah port to any of the ferry terminals in Batam. One can book ferry ticket to Batam from Singapore by online.
There is a transportional service available from Johor Bahru in Malaysia. Travelers who wish to visit the island’s resorts usually take the trip either for the Waterfront City or Nongsa terminals. There is also an international airport on the eastern portion of the island, serving mainly domestic flights from Bandung, Jakarta, Jambi, Pekanbaru and Surabaya. Batam’s designation is an industrial free trade zone and it whilst the island has become more crowded, it provides the perfect mix of the business and the leisure. Batam now stands as the third busiest entry point into Indonesia. It stands after Bali and Jakarta.
Due to its proximity to Singapore, many numbers of top class hotels and resorts, golf courses and tax free shopping malls have been emerged. It has also become a popular destination for local residents and international tourist alike. There are ferry’s available from Singapore to Batam island. Most of the tourist book ferry ticket to Batam from Singapore and starting their travel. Singapore’s Harbourfront center ferry terminal is around twelve miles away across the strait Singapore. In general these ferries are purpose built modern passenger only crafts with a choice of standard or business class seating on offer. The ferry terminal at Batam center and Sekupang are places where majority of ferries arrive. The terminals at waterfront city and Nongsa are mainly used by tourist bound for Batam’s resorts.