Think you are done exploring Batam? This post might prove you wrong. Here is the list of the 5 MOST interesting things to do in Batam:
1. Unleash your inner shopaholic
Batam City Square
Looking for cheap retail products to buy? Batam City Square is your best bet! This multi-storey mall might look unappealing on the outside, but it has almost everything you need inside – cinema, KTV, spas, eateries and hypermarket. This place definitely reminds me of the Lucky Plaza.
Operating hours: 9AM-10PM
Address: Jalan Bunga Raya, Batu Selicin, Lubuk Baja, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau 29442, Indonesia .
2. Savour cheap and fresh seafood
A wide selection of seafood
If you are a fan of seafood, this is a place that must not be missed. The famous 933 Golden Prawn restaurant serves not only CHEAP but FRESH and HOT seafood.
Enjoy your food above the water
Uniquely, the restaurant is built over the water. There, you can relish the seafood while enjoying the gentle sea breeze.
Operating Hours: 9AM-11PM
Address: Jalan Golden Prawn, Batam, Kepulauan Riau 29458, Indonesia
3. Immerse yourself in the local culture
Tua Pek Kong Temple
Courtyard of the Tua Pek Kong Temple
Statue scattered around the courtyard
One of the most visited cultural sites in Batam is none other than the Tua Pek Kong Temple. Also known locally as Vihara Budhi Bhakti, Tua Pek Kong Temple is the oldest Chinese temple on the island. You would be surprised by the numerous beautiful statues of notable ancient Chinese folklore characters.
Operating hours: 6AM-6PM
Address: Jl. Imam Bonjol Kompleks, Windsor Central, Nagoya, Batam, Indonesia
A spectacular night view of the Grand Mosque
The Grand Mosque is NOT the typical mosque you see around. Also known as Masjid Raya Batam, the Grand Mosque was built without the iconic decorative domes that can be found in most mosques. It features a three-tiered equilateral pyramid above the prayer hall, minimising the use of pillars and thus maximising the space for worship.
Operating hours: 8AM-8PM
Address: Jl. Engku Putri, Teluk Bering, Batam Center, Batam, Indonesia 29444
4. Get adventurous!
Aerial view of the Sea Forest Adventure
Aqua Adventure Track
Want to experience outdoor activities, nature and survival science all at once? Sea Forest Adventure has it all. It is a recreational complex suitable for all ages. Its activities are mainly split into four main segments: Aqua Adventure Track, Paintball, Archery, Jetski & Knee Boarding.
However, do note that an entrance fee is required.
Operating hours: 9AM-5PM
Address: Jl. Hang Lekiu, Nongsa – Batam, Riau, Indonesia 29465
Swinging by the sea at Viovio beach
Relish your childhood memories while swinging away by the sea at Viovio Beach! At Viovio Beach, not only can you spot tiny crabs crawling on the sand, you can also catch some starfish lying on the rocks.
However, you will have to pay a cheap entrance fee of Rp. 10,000 (SGD1).
Operating hours: 6AM-7PM
Address: Pantai Viovio, Kebun Raya Batam, Sijantung, Galang, Batam City, Riau Islands 29485, Indonesia
Flyboarding at Turi Beach
Parasailing at Turi Beach
Jet skiing at Turi Beach
Looking for more fun than that? Make a trip down to the Turi Beach! There is a wide variety of adventurous water activities at the Turi Beach, namely jetskiing, parasailing, wakeboarding, flyboarding, and hoverboarding. If you have not tried this before, I guess it is time for you to step out of your comfort zone and give it a shot!
Operating hours: —
Address: Turi Beach Resort, Jl. Hang Lekiu, Sambau, Nongsa, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau 29465, Indonesia
Pristine coral reef at the Abang Island
Snorkeling at the Abang Island
That’s not all – did you know that Batam has a beautiful underwater world to explore? Try snorkelling and scuba diving at the scenic Abang Island! The crystal clear waters make it a great spot for snorkelling and scuba diving. At Abang Island, you would be able to find beautiful coral reefs and various types of colourful ornamental fish.
Operating hours: —
Address: Galang, Batam City, Riau Islands, Indonesia
5. Don’t forget to bring back some local food
Yong Heng Food Trading
Yong Heng Food Trading sells almost all types of local snacks. You can also try the food samples before deciding whether to buy.
Operating hours: —
Address: Komplek Ruko Golden Prawn, JI. Golden Prawn, Bengkong Laut, Bengkong, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau 29444, Indonesia
Batam Layer Cake
Layer cake (kueh lapis) can be easily found in Singapore but good ones are hard to find. Rated by netizens as one of the best layer cakes, Batam Layer Cake provides an assortment of flavours: cheese, prune, durian, cinnamon, chocolate and original. Not only that, the layer cake is freshly made and served warm!
Operating hours: 7.30AM-5PM
Address: Bengkong Laut, Jalan Sumatera No. 01 (Jalan Golden Prawn)
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