Batam

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One of the largest parts of Indonesia’s Riau Islands, this scenic gem features an extraordinary bridge, a gigantic monastery and a picturesque waterfront.

Batam Island, one of the largest fragments in the Riau Islands chain, is home to a picturesque waterfront resort, a renowned Buddhist temple and an iconic bridge. It is among the fastest growing parts of the Indonesia islands. It is also home to many golf courses and an amusement park.

The island’s highlight is the Maha Vihara Duta Maitreya Buddhist Temple, which is believed to be the largest of its kind in Southeast Asia. Explore 4.5 hectares (11 acres) of grounds, which contain five buildings. The main hall, the Graha Maitreya, has a capacity of 2,000 people. Take a guided tour of the complex and learn about its message of universal love.

The Barelang Bridge is a symbol of the emerging prosperity of the island. Visit the chain of six bridges of varied designs, which stretch across 2 kilometres (1.2 miles) of water. Capture photos of the majestic structure from the shops and restaurants on the waterfront.

Take the kids on the giant Ferris wheel by the ocean at Ocarina Park. Swim in the water park. Practise your swing at one of the six golf courses on the island.

Stay at one of the hotels in the Waterfront City complex. Enjoy the view of the ocean from your room. Sample the bars and restaurants of the hotels. Send your taste buds wild with some of the local dishes, such as ayam bawang, a blend of fried chicken, garlic, chilli and rice. Try the bak kut teh soup, made from pork ribs, herbs and soya sauce.

To get to the island, take a domestic flight to Batam’s Hang Nadim International Airport from nearby cities, such as Jakarta. You could also travel by boat to one of the island’s ports. Once on the island, get around by car, bus and taxi. The region remains hot and humid year-round, though it is far drier from May to October.

The enormous temple, fascinating bridge and scenic waterfront reveal Batam Island has much to offer on top of its emerging prosperity.

Top hotels in Batam

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Swiss-Inn Batam
Swiss-Inn Batam
3 out of 5
Komplek Villa Idaman Baloi, Batam, Batam Island
SG$32
per night
Mar 6 - Mar 7

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of BCS Mall (Batam City Square) and Nagoya Hill Mall. Maha Vihara Duta Maitreya Buddhist Temple is ...

3.9/5Very Good! (224 reviews)

"The room is clean, staff were friendly and polite. Great location, shopping and eateries are all walking distance. Only improvement is the breakfast, should have more varieties but the coffee is good. Overall is very good, value for money."…"

Reviewed on 5 Nov,2019

Swiss-Inn Batam
Turi Beach Resort
Turi Beach Resort
4 out of 5
Jalan Hang Lekiu Nongsa, Batam, Batam Island
SG$120
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

Located in Batam, this beachfront resort is next to a golf course, 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Nongsa Pura Ferry Terminal, and 13.2 mi (21.2 km) from Batam Centre Ferry ...

3.7/5Good! (376 reviews)
Great short vacation

"Rustic, cozy and delightful."…"

Reviewed on 25 Nov,2019

Turi Beach Resort
Zest Hotel Harbour Bay
Zest Hotel Harbour Bay
2.5 out of 5
Jl. Duyung Sei, Jodoh, Batu Ampar, Batam, Riau Islands
SG$26
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

Located in the heart of Batam, this hotel is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Nagoya Hill Mall and 2.5 mi (4 km) from BCS Mall (Batam City Square). Harbor Bay Ferry Terminal ...

3.9/5Very Good! (213 reviews)

"Should provide coffee and tea making in every room."…"

Reviewed on 31 Jan,2020

Zest Hotel Harbour Bay

Popular things to do in Batam

Gardens by the Bay
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Gardens by the Bay

4.5/5(514 reviews)

Three waterfront gardens make up this stunning combination of nature and human ingenuity.

Orchard Road
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Orchard Road

4/5(368 reviews)

Shop till you drop for the world’s most popular brands at Singapore's premier retail and entertainment strip.

Top activities in Batam

Spa Experience at Spa Central Batam with Ferry Transfer & Lunch
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Spa Experience at Spa Central Batam with Ferry Transfer & Lunch

92% of travellers recommend
SG$179
Per adult
1 Day Batam Premium City Tour
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1 Day Batam Premium City Tour

SG$99
Per adult
Batam Car Rental with English Speaking Driver
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Batam Car Rental with English Speaking Driver

SG$31
Per adult
Batam Private Car Charter
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Batam Private Car Charter

SG$131
Per adult
Universal Studios SingaporeTM Ticket
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Universal Studios SingaporeTM Ticket

78% of travellers recommend
SG$81
Per adult
Batam Spa Massage Trip with Hotel Transfers
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Batam Spa Massage Trip with Hotel Transfers

SG$58
Per adult

Reviews of Batam

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Jul 12, 2019

Friendly staff. Blitz cinema was awesome.. Good leg room... Went to watch spiderman movie.. Great stuff....