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About Batam

Batam is the largest city in the Riau Islands, and the eighth-largest city in Indonesia. Within the province, it is also the most population dense, with a population of 1,141,816, reaching 1,482 people per square kilometre. By comparison, Tanjung Pinang, the next most populous city, has a population density of 834 people per square kilometre.[1] […]

Best beaches and places to snorkel in Batam

While most people know Batam as a former industrial boomtown in the 1990s, few realise that there are hidden treasures to be found in the 356 southern islands of Batam, most of which are uninhabited. Untouched, unspoiled and mostly still in pristine condition, the coral reefs near these islands make for ideal snorkelling and diving […]

Saving Mangroves in Batam: Why You Should Care

Did you know that the largest swathe of mangrove forests in the world lies just beyond Singapore’s Sentosa island. With over 3.5 million hectares of mangrove forests, Indonesia has the world’s largest area of mangrove forests[1], accounting for 25% of the total distribution in the world. But these forests are being depleted quickly – between […]

What Is Ratus and Is It Good for You?

Legend has it that ratus treatment has its origins in the royal courts of Java during the Majapahit empire, when princesses used the treatment to prepare their vaginas for consummation on their wedding night. Today this popular treatment has spread across Indonesia and is as common as getting a facial or a mani-pedi at almost […]

Travel with a conscience: Eco-friendly private islands near Batam

A Maldives-quality destination just an hour away from Singapore – that is what luxury island resort developers in the Riau archipelago are touting. Beautiful, private and fully serviced, these island resorts are also almost always environmentally conscious. It is not difficult to imagine why – with industrial and property development rapidly depleting the larger islands […]

Getting around Batam on a budget

While most of Batam may have developed rapidly, the public transport system in the city still leaves much to be desired. As such, most tourists to Batam have long relied on car rentals to get around, or booking a driver for half a day. But what if you’re a backpacker on a budget? Fear not, […]

History of the Riau Islands

The Malay Kingdom The map of early Hindu-Buddhist Malay states (polities), prior to the expansion of Srivijayan Empire in late 7th century CE. Malay early kingdoms are spread on both sides of the Strait of Malacca, on Sumatra and Malay Peninsula. The states are Malayu, Srivijaya, Langkasuka, etc. Image source: Gunawan Kartapranata / CC BY-SA 3.0 […]

Best pubs in Batam

Let’s face it, Batam’s not exactly known for having great pubs to hang out in. Not unless you have a penchant for entertainment outlets of questionable repute and equally questionable alcohol. But you’ll be surprised! There are hidden gems in the city, particularly around the Nagoya area. These range from tiny speakeasies to four-storey establishments […]

7 Packing Hacks for a Beach Getaway

Unless you’re game to take on the “no bag challenge”, most travellers tend to “overpack” for good reasons. Choosing between packing a pair of flip-flops and sports shoes is more of a to-hike-or-not-to-hike dilemma than a to-pack-or-not-to-pack crisis when your beach getaway offers a variety of activities! Whether you’re an overpacker or a minimalist, here […]

5 Group-friendly Seafood Restaurants in Batam

Looking for the perfect place to have your fill of butter prawns, lala shellfish, gong gong and crab feast? Sixty minutes away from the shores of Singapore lies Southeast Asia’s seafood paradise! Here are five prominent seafood restaurants located in Batam fit for family occasions and company feasts. 1 – Barelang Seafood Restaurant Not a […]

Popular Religious Sites in Batam

This isn’t a Batam spin-off of Eat, Pray, Love but here are four religious sites for you to find a peace of mind if you ever hop on a ferry ride and speed off to seek some adventure, 20km south of Singapore. 1 – Masjid Raya Batam Also known as The Grand Mosque, Masjid Raya […]

Your Guide to Bakeries and Pastry Shops in Batam

A good bakery is the Holy Grail for all those with a sweet tooth – especially when one’s on the move. In a foreign land where sweet mysteries are waiting to be found, here’s our trail of breadcrumbs for all you pastry hunters out feasting your way to Batam!   1- Morning Bakery Do you […]

Cafe Hopping: 5 Brunch Places in Batam

Good food, good coffee, good ambience and good conversations. Are these too much to dream of a café that can do all that so we don’t need to hop? Here are five places that caught our eyes with their WOW factor when we hit the streets of Batam for a weekend brunch-out. 1 – Anchor Café […]

The Best of Water Sports in Batam

When was the last time you said yes to new adventures? If a back-to-nature adrenaline fix is what you need, we dare you to hop over to Batam where you can literally remove yourself from the noise of the world and soak up some vitamin sea! From scuba vacations, snorkelling trips to flyboarding and private […]

What You Need to Know About Kuda Lumping

The largest archipelago in the world, Indonesia is home to over 400 ethnic groups with a rich cultural history in the performing arts that transcends the 300 languages spoken by its diverse population. Popularly known by tourists as the “cultural dance” complemented with stunt performances; the spiritual origins of Kuda Lumping has been diluted by […]

3 Picks for a Batam Spa Getaway

Batam of Riau Islands is a tropical destination located 20km South of Singapore and a short ferry ride away. Whether you are sailing away for an action packed adventure, retail therapy or a pampering retreat; the spas of Batam are not to be missed if you are a fan of value for money bargains! If […]

Batam’s 7 Kid-­friendly Mall Picks

Wondering what to do for (or with) your kids when you are going full throttle on that long­-awaited shopping spree? Here are a few tips to keep them happy along the way if your plan is to take on Batam’s malls by storm! Value for Money Entertainment 1 ­ – When There’s a Mall There’s […]

Resort: 2D/1N in Nongsa – Turi Beach Resort

Snuggled next to Nongsa Point Marina on the north-eastern point of Batam, Turi Beach is a photogenic four-star beach resort that is a 10-minute drive away from Nongsapura Ferry Terminal and 15-minute drive from Hang Nadim International Airport. Vacationers planning to hit the white sandy beaches of Nongsa will be thrilled to discover that Turi […]

Batam Food Hunt: 9 Inexpensive Spots for Local Good Eats

Wondering how to add a pinch of local flavour to your food diary? Batam is a foodie haven if you plan to comb the streets for tasty nibbles before ferrying back to Singapore with a full tummy. Celebrated good eats in Batam don’t always make appearances online. Follow our breadcrumbs for an exciting food trail […]

Galang Refugee Camp

It’s now a tourist attraction, but Galang’s Refugee Camp in Sinam was once a temporary camp that housed 250,000 refugees from Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. Remembered as Boat People, the refugees had voyaged across the South China Sea in search of a better life after the end of Vietnam War in 1975 – when Saigon […]

2D/1N in Nagoya – I Hotel Baloi

Located in the lively district of Baloi in Nagoya, the four-star I Hotel is sister hotel of the revamped Grand I Hotel. Strategically located, it’s a short 10- to 15-minute drive from Harbour Bay Ferry Terminal. For travellers catching a flight, it’s a 45-minute taxi ride away from the Hang Nadim International Airport. With its […]