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Batam

Batam
Batam is an island and also a city in Riau Islands Province of Indonesia. Many go to Batam for a short holiday with friends and family, duty-free shopping and great seafood.

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General Information

Batam is an island and also a city in Riau Islands Province of Indonesia, known for its free trade zone area. It is located 20 km off Singapore's south coast.

Where virgin jungle once stood are now whole new towns, mosques, churches, temples and supermarkets, soon to be followed by reservoirs with enough water to supply a population of 800,000 and for industrial use, an airport-to become an international gateway - a fine telecommunication system, well equipped industrial parks, and the beginnings of a large new urban center.

One of Batam's biggest attractions is the fresh and delicious seafood. Giant prawns, live still crawling crabs, live fish taken straight from nets in the sea, lobsters, clams and shellfish are cooked in a variety of styles and all delicious. Try the local 'gong-gong' conch shell where the succulent meat inside is fished out with a pin and dipped in a spicy sauce before eating.

Attractions

Maha Vihara Duta Maitreya

One of the largest Buddhist temples in Southeast Asia, Maha Vihara Duta Maitreya is also known as the Laughing Buddha Temple. This sacred space attracts thousands of Buddhist followers each day. The temple was built by the Chinese community in Batam and is a great example of a modern day monument on the island.

The main hall contains some fascinating statues of Buddha, while the side chambers feature Guan Yin (Goddess of Mercy) images.

Vihara Buddhi Bhakti Temple

The Vihara Buddhi Bhakti temple is also known as Tua Pek Kong Bio among locals and is a must-visit site for all visitors. Featuring impressive modern Chinese architecture, its most attractive spot is the sacred garden, located behind the temple. The picturesque garden houses stone sculptures, scriptures, Buddha statues, and tables where visitors can enjoy a cup of tea under the afternoon shade provided by the surrounding trees.

Old Camp Vietnam Village

Vietnam Village is the site of the former refugee camp of the Vietnamese Boat People Village between 1976 and 1996. Visit an exact replica of one of the boats used in 1975 by the Vietnamese people to cross the seas in order to escape a homeland fraught by civil war. Quan An Tu Monastery, built in 1984, is the island's most visited attraction.

Nongsa Coast and the Waterfront City area

Each beach on Batam Island has its own characteristics, though the northeast peninsula of Nongsa coast and the Waterfront city are the best known to Batam visitors. Only one hour's drive from the Sekupang you will find a perfect spot to bake in the sun on the beach or to splash in the crystal-clear sea water.

Many resorts and clubs provide water sport activities such as jet skiing, parasailing, speed boating, windsurfing, snorkelling, canoeing, and much more. The Waterfront City is also a perfect spot for you to enjoy a seafood lunch or dinner.

South of Batam Island

The six amazing bridges, all comprising various individual engineering styles are iconic to Batam. 'Barelang' is the contraction of the three islands names: Batam-Rempang-Galang. Barelang Bridges link the tiny island of Tonton Nipah to the larger Setoko, Rempang, Galang, and Galang Baru Island together. All bridges afford visitors convenient access as though they are travelling on a single big island.

The total stretch of all six bridges is about two kilometres, and travelling from the first bridge to the last one should take around 20 minutes. The Tengku Fisabilillah Bridge that connects Batam and Tonton Island is impressive and the most popular.

Nagoya

The city of Nagoya is also known as Nagoya Entertainment District. Nagoya is famous for its entertainment facilities, mainly night life entertainment such as bars, pubs, music lounge and KTV. During the day, shopping is an activity most visitors do in Nagoya, with a wide range of goods in many shopping malls around the city. Public facilities such as banks, money changers, supermarket and plenty of restaurants could be found in Nagoya. In addition, there is also giant swimming pool, tennis, squash and health massage.

Batam Centre

The new Batam Centre is intended to be the new commercial centre. The place itself also resembles Batam as an emerging island. It is a modern administrative and commercial centre which in the future will replace Nagoya as Batam's main commercial area. Built with state-of-the-art modern architecture, representing a successful development throughout the years and a bright future of Batam. Large scale buildings in the new commercial zone are in a striking contrast to those presenting the early years of Batam.

As it is a designated new commercial centre, you may find complete facilities in Batam Centre. Similar to Nagoya, shopping would be an activity most tourist would do in Batam Centre, and even more than Nagoya itself in the near future. Visitors with youngsters may wish to visit Water world at Dutamas near Batam Centre. Here you will find a nautical adventure theme park with waterslide and pool designed to capture the youngling's imaginations. The newly built seaport / ferry terminal completes the area even more by providing direct access from nearby areas.

Shopping

Batam City Square

This shopping centre is location on Penuin which that has It is a shopping centre that sell products overseas with various forms such as bags, watches, shoes, clothes, accessories with attractive price.

This area could be reached by public transportation more or less 10 minutes from the Port of Bay Harbour, 7 minutes.

Diamond City Mall

This shopping centre is location on Jodoh which that has attractions for female Muslims’ cloths with good quality in terms of prices and also sells outside products other than domestic. This area could be reached by with public transport approximately 5 minutes from the Port of Harbour Bay, 7 minutes from Nagoya, 15 minutes from the Port of Batam Center and 45 minutes from Hang Nadim Airport.

Lucky Plaza

This shopping centre is location on Nagoya which that has IT products and it is also the largest in Batam. You can just walk if you are staying in the area of Nagoya and you can reach there less than 10 minutes from the Port of Bay Harbour, 15 minutes from the Port of Batam Center and 45 minutes from Hang Nadim Airport.

Nagoya Hill

This shopping centre is location on Nagoya which that has everything that we need in our daily lives and it's also accommodated with many eating places that offer a taste either local or international.

Food & Beverages

Golden Prawn Seafood Restaurant

If you venture into the islands south of Batam Island i.e. Pulau Sekikir, Pulau Rempang & Pulau Galang via the bridges which connect them together, please drop in and enjoy seafood at Golden Prawn Seafood Restaurant at Bengkong. The special about this restaurant are it's were built on the traditional wooden houses on the water. You also can see the view of the beautiful sea especially during the sunset. The seafood here is cheap, tasty and you should try the coconut as well.

Nagoya

You can find excellent Western food in downtown Nagoya Entertainment District outlets, such as Red Cock, Bistro and Lucy's Oarhouse.

Food courts (Pujasera)

There are lots of food courts or pujasera in Batam. The biggest one is the 400 seat Nagoya Food Court, opposite the Hotel Sahid Rashinta. Try 888 Seafood Tofu Claypot, Pork Knuckle, Tom Yum soup or New Hai San Seafood and steamed orb fish. Pujasera A1 is located near Lucky Plaza and opposite A1 is Pujasera OKI. Both sell wide variety of Chinese and local food and there's another New Hai San Seafood branch here. Another Pujasera, Sindo Happy is located at the intersection of Jalan Iman Bonjol and Jalan Windsor. There's a variety of local food stalls located on the left side of Nagoya Hill entrance where you can find sate, ayam panggang and ikan bakar.

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