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Batam
Travel Guide

Batam Island showing landscape views, a luxury hotel or resort and swimming

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.

Montigo Resorts Nongsa
Montigo Resorts Nongsa
4.5 out of 5
Jl. Hang Lekir, Nongsa, Batam, Batam Island
The price is SG$503 per night from 21 May to 22 May
Excludes taxes & fees
Offering direct access to the beach, this Batam resort is 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Nongsa Beach and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Nongsa Pura Ferry Terminal. Tamarin Santana ...
4.3/5Excellent! (390 reviews)
A Must stay to Spoil Yourself
"The staffs was very friendly and respectful towards us. The buffet breakfast spread was full of variety and good. The rooms were clean n comfortable. We are very happy with our stay at Montigo. Just need a bit more maintenance on the exterior and facade of the villas."

Reviewed on 1 Feb,2020

Montigo Resorts Nongsa
Harmoni Suites Hotel
Harmoni Suites Hotel
4 out of 5
Jl. Imam Bonjol No. 1, Nagoya, Batam, Batam Island
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is SG$43 per night from 24 Apr to 25 Apr
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in the heart of Batam, this spa hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Grand Batam Mall, Nagoya Hill Mall and BCS Mall (Batam City Square). Harbor Bay Ferry ...
4.2/5Very Good! (291 reviews)
"The hotel was clean and very homely. My parents had nothing but only pleasing words about the hotel and its staff. Will definitely be staying here again for my next stay."

Reviewed on 6 Feb,2020

Harmoni Suites Hotel
Batam Marriott Hotel Harbour Bay
Batam Marriott Hotel Harbour Bay
5 out of 5
Harbour Bay Downtown, Jalan Duyung, Kel Sungai Jodoh, Kec Batu Ampar, Batam, Batam Island
The price is SG$139 per night from 7 May to 8 May
Excludes taxes & fees
Situated in the entertainment district, this luxury hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Harbor Bay Ferry Terminal, Nagoya Hill Mall and BCS Mall (Batam City Square). ...
Batam Marriott Hotel Harbour Bay
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Panbil Residence Apartment Batam
Panbil Residence Apartment Batam
3.5 out of 5
Jalan Ahmad Yani, Panbil Estate, Muka Kuning, Sei Beduk, Batam, Batam Island
The price is SG$61 per night from 24 Apr to 25 Apr
Excludes taxes & fees
Situated in Batam, this aparthotel is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Kepri Mall and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Drak Bike Park. Batam Centre Ferry Terminal and Nagoya Hill Mall ...
4.1/5Very Good! (98 reviews)
"Didn’t really fancy too much in this hotel. Breakfast a lot of food didn’t replenish shortly after all were taken off. Distance a bit far from shopping location. Necessities not fully provided. Short of hand towel. My frd’s room short of safebox, bowls, wardrobe light not working. Hotel can consider ..."

Reviewed on 28 Jan,2020

Panbil Residence Apartment Batam
Lovina at Pollux Meisterstadt
Lovina at Pollux Meisterstadt
3 out of 5
Pollux habibie batam - Batam City, Tower 1, 11th Floor unit 1115, Batam, Riau Islands
The price is SG$46 per night from 29 Apr to 30 Apr
Excludes taxes & fees
Situated in Batam, this apartment building is within 2 miles (3 km) of Batam Polytechnic, Batam Centre Ferry Terminal and Batam Center Shopping Area. Mega Mall ...
Lovina at Pollux Meisterstadt
Studio Apartment Nagoya Mansion Batam
Studio Apartment Nagoya Mansion Batam
3 out of 5
5 Jl. Raden Patah, Batam, Kepulauan Riau
The price is SG$37 per night from 26 Apr to 27 Apr
Excludes taxes & fees
Situated in Batam, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Grand Batam Mall and Nagoya Hill Mall. Harbor Bay Ferry Terminal and BCS Mall (Batam City Square) ...
2.3/5 (7 reviews)
Recommended Outlet.
"Good location reasonably near to town centre. Nice quiet location,only early morning loud blaring of prayers from nearby mosque spoil morning sleep!"

Reviewed on 29 Jan,2020

Studio Apartment Nagoya Mansion Batam
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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12 Jul 2019

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