Batam is part of Indonesia’s Riau Archipelago. It is not too far from Singapore and can be accessed from the island nation via a boat. Batam is renowned for its massive shopping malls, pristine beaches, thriving nightlife, and bustling resorts. If you happen to be in Malaysia or Singapore, take time out to visit Batam and enjoy a few fun-filled activities there.
Here is a list of five things that any traveler to Batam must enjoy and experience.
1. Shop Till You Drop
Shopping is the most popular activity in Batam as the prices of things are extremely low. Make it a point to visit Nagoya Hill Shopping Mall, which is the largest in Batam. There are several other shopping malls that will beckon the shopper in you. At these malls, you will be able to buy electronics, perfumes, souvenirs, and clothes. Be sure to buy kue lapis, which is a local delicacy. This layer cake is hard to resist!
2. Enjoy a Gastronomic Adventure
Be sure to enjoy the local cuisine; it will give you an insight into the culture. Seafood has a strong presence in Batam and this is the best place to taste the salted egg, fried calamari, prawns, barbecued fish, mussels, and fresh oysters. In many restaurants, you can enjoy live music as you relish your seafood sitting beside the ocean.
3. Get Active with Watersports
Be sure to visit the Batam Cable Ski Park. It is situated next to the sea. You can try water skiing and wake-boarding while here. The park also offers jet skiing, snorkeling, and canoeing. Alternatively, you can head over to a beach resort to indulge in water sports. There are ample untouched beaches in Batam waiting to be discovered. At these beaches, you can enjoy parasailing, windsurfing, and flying fox. There is something for everyone in Batam, including kids and seniors.
4. Discover Spirituality at Maha Vihara Duta Maitreya Temple
You cannot leave Batam without taking time out to visit the awe-inspiring Maha Vihara Duta Maitreya Temple. The temple houses vibrantly colored statues of Buddha and devotees throng here to pray for good luck by burning incense. Be sure to check out the 12 zodiac signs’ carvings located opposite the temple. After your tranquil and serene visit, you can sit in the temple café and enjoy the mouthwatering vegetarian fare.
5. Get Awed by the Sunset at Barelang Bridge
Barelang Bridge connects the island of Batam to Galang Island. Before you get mesmerized by the sunset, check out the bridge. It is an engineering marvel that connects the two islands effortlessly. After that, you can find your spot on the bridge, which attracts, numerous people at late afternoon to click stunning pictures of the sun setting in the horizon.