Batam is not the capital city of Kepulauan Riau Province. Despite this fact, it is the largest city in that region, even more so than its true capital city, Tanjung Pinang. The Batam Island’s close proximity to Singapore makes it some sort of economic gate that bridges that nation with Indonesia. As such, Batam is predominantly occupied by industry-oriented infrastructures including factories. It is then easy to think that this place is not suitable to be made as one of holiday destinations. Who would want to spend their days-off around a place that is riddled with factories, right? Plus, the island is situated close to the equator, making its general temperature a little too hot with high humidity. However, do not be mistaken; within its rough fronts, Batam has a number of tourist attractions that make it worth visiting anyway. And we are not talking about industry-focused tourism. In fact, most of the Island’s tourist attractions have nothing to do with factories at all. Many Singaporeans in fact head to Batam for a quick getaway. This goes to say that despite the fact that the Island is occupied by industrial facilities and infrastructures, people still see it as something nice that offers great things to enjoy.
Batam holiday is an experience that has a lot of things to do with urban entertainment. The highlights of the Island can be observed through the following short list:
Maha Vihara Duta Maitreya Temple
Some say that this is the largest Buddhist temple in Southeast Asia. You can take that claim with a grain of salt, though. This site occupies an area of 4.5 hectares wide and consists of five main buildings. The Graha Maitreya is able to accommodate up to 2,000 people. You can learn about the temple’s message of universal love by taking a guided tour.
The Barelang Bridge
Symbolically, this bridge represents the island’s emerging prosperity. You can take photos of buildings and restaurants standing on the waterfront.
Ocarina Park boasts six golf courses for you to practice your swing. Your kids, meanwhile, can enjoy a giant Ferris wheel next to the ocean and swim at the waterpark.
These are of course to mention only a few of the Island’s best features for tourists to enjoy during their stay. You do not have to worry about where to stay as Batam has some of the best hotels to spoil you during your holiday there.
Speaking of Batam hotel, one great suggestion for you is to take one in the Waterfront City complex. By staying at one of the hotels in this area, you can enjoy oceanic view directly from your room. The hotels also boast some of the best restaurants and bars. You can enjoy local dishes, like ayam bawang, for example. This dish is composed of rice, fried chicken, chili, and garlic. As a side dish, take the bak kut teh, a soup made of herbs, soya sauce, and pork ribs. Go on a trip to the island around May to October, where the region is drier.