Popularly known as one of the largest islands in the Riau archipelago, Batam is also one of most rapidly developing tourist destinations in Indonesia in terms of visitor arrivals. The announcement of the Batam as free trade zone in year 1989 has transformed the island into a modern and famous island with a modern airport, business and tourist centers as well as continuous growing infrastructure. The nearby Singapore is the role model of Batam, and the goal is ultimately to become one of the greatest ports of Southeast Asia and a key center of international trade, commerce and industry. Batam island's strategic position near to the Malacca Strait and Singapore will certainly aid accomplishing this goal.
One of Batam's major points of interest is the fresh and tasty seafood. Live fish taken directly from nets in the sea, giant prawns, live still crawling crabs, clams, lobsters and shellfish are cooked in a assortment of methods and all delightful. Golfing and nightlife is another main attraction in Batam. There are about 7 golf courses in Batam.The most happening area in Batam is Nagoya (The Nagoya Entertainment District’ or generally known by expats as ‘The NED’). Nagoya of Batam attracted quite a number of Indonesian girls working in karaokes, massage centres, as well as freelancing in some of the disco,clubs and bars. Furthermore, the beer in Batam is very cheap.
There are a number of Batam hotels and holiday resorts here with luxurious golf courses. White sandy beaches are surrounded with coconut trees and kampung life makes Batam island a fantastic getaway from city busy life. .As it is only 40 minutes away from Singapore if travel through with boat, there are certain tourists select to use Batam only as an access point, and then heading to other destinations in Indonesia using other kind of transportation.
Batam Hotel Review :
"We stayed at Holiday Inn Resort Batam during last year summer holiday. Location of this Batam hotel is very accessible with wonderfully friendly and helpful staffs." Henry, Australia.
"Our family stayed 2 times at HARRIS Resort Batam Waterfront during our visit to Batam. This batam hotel is wonderful. Everything gave us a memorable holiday." Jessica,Singapore.
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