Batam is close to Singapore; it’s difficult to imagine, but just 30 years ago there had been only a small fishing village on its territory. In 1989 Batam has become a free trade zone and an airport has been built there, and then modern hotel complexes and associated infrastructure appeared. Today the island is a prestigious resort with luxury hotels and golf resorts, enchanting beaches and lots of interesting sights. The main value of the island is its beautiful nature, while the number of architectural landmarks is relatively small.
Indonesians are quite a contradictory nation. On Batam Island, you could either be surrounded by friendly people who are always ready to help, or you could collide with an aggressive youth … Open
The permanent symbol of the island is Barelang Bridge, which is associated with nearby islands Rampang and Galang. The name of the bridge consists of syllables present in names of islands, which they connect; many Batam guests prefer to admire them at sunset. Several unlaundered fishing villages have survived on the island; walk through them would be the best way to experience the culture and traditions of the indigenous population.
The most interesting places to visit are villages Teluk Mata Ikan and Bakau Serip. There are old buildings and religious shrines, which can be considered the most important architectural monuments of the island. The territory of one of the most picturesque fishing villages features an amazing Buddhist temple; Vietnamese refugee camp would be also interesting to visit. During the war, immigrants from Vietnam founded a small settlement on the island. Through the efforts of architects and historians it has been completely restored and today represents a very interesting open-air museum. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
Just a few decades ago Batam Island was a land if fishers and artisans who used to live here in small villages. However, the island became a part of the free trade’s zone in 1989 and … Open
Several important landmarks are situated in the capital of the island, in Nagoya. There visitors can see two beautiful temples, Maha Vihara Duta Maitre and Vihara Buddhi Bhakti attracting pilgrims from all over the world. Temples have incredibly beautiful and sumptuous decoration, they would be interesting even to those who were never interested in Buddhist culture. In the immediate vicinity of the capital there is the beautiful pagoda Cetya Tri Darma, as well as the ancient Japanese cemetery, which also has great architectural value. For many tourists scenic walks become favorite pastime. Despite the dramatic and rapid changes, the island was able to maintain its pristine natural charm.
Every resort city has its own attractive markets and shops that offer interesting souvenirs and handicrafts made by local artisans. Batam is no exception. Fans of shopping usually go to Nagoya shops where they can buy quality tobacco, alcoholic beverages, chocolate, and perfumes at very attractive rates. In order to buy unusual souvenirs, it is better to head to local markets where it is possible to find items by local craftsmen.
There are lots of ways to do something really active on Batam Island. For instance, if you want to try yourself in water skiing, then go to CableSki Park. Besides, you can also try surfing … Open
Fans of beach recreation will be pleased with the choice of resorts for any taste. Nongsa is often referred to as the most prestigious resort of the region. It is the location of the most comfortable beaches, high-class restaurants, modern entertainment centers, and luxurious hotels. Waterfront is also very popular with fans of comfort. This resort area is rich in sports centers specializing in various water sports. There are excellent beaches in the capital. The capital city is an excellent choice for travelers who like to combine beach recreation and interesting excursions.
The coastal area of the capital is the location of numerous discos and bars, so there is no wonder why so many young people prefer to relax there. Vacationers seeking a calm holiday in a peaceful and secluded place also have a great resort to attend, Sekupang. There are several beaches that have managed to retain their original beauty and a peaceful atmosphere. There are many hiking paths and natural landmarks not far from these beaches.
Landscaped resort areas in Batam will please fans of upscale vacations. Coast of the island has an advanced infrastructure; you can find a lot of leisure and entertainment centers on its … Open
Travelers, who want to visit Batam together with other members of their family, are recommended to pay attention to Batu Ampar. Despite the fact that this resort is located not far from the capital, it is deprived of loud entertainment venues and numerous tourists. Beaches are incredibly calm and peaceful there. There are many sports grounds and playgrounds for children not far from the coast. Charming cafes with a selection of national delicacies will not leave anyone hungry. Telaga Punggur is a small resort town with a very attractive peculiarity – it is the best destination for everyone who likes fishing. Vacationers are welcome to rent a boat and all the necessary gear.
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