Think quick vacay, think Batam.
The largest city of Riau Islands is not just about resorts. From golf courses (there are 7!) to food haunts (lots and lots) to shopping destinations (both malls and smaller stores), Batam offers up more than just sand, sea and sun.
Getting to this popular destination’s a no-brainer. Several ferry companies operate 60-minute journeys daily from Singapore Cruise Centre at HarbourFront Centre to Batam Centre Ferry Terminal. You can purchase a visa on arrival for seven or 30 days (from $20). And once there, get around via taxi (look for those with yellow number plates as they are licensed), or arrange for a driver with your hotel or travel agency.
If you are unsure about hotfooting it here for a brief break from work, let this list of Batam’s 9 holiday charms convince you to do so.
By Hazel Vincent De Paul + Pinky Chng / Some text adapted from thefinder.life and www.straitstimes.com; Additional reporting by Christopher Ong Ujine, 3 September 2018
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