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Travel Guide To Batam

  • Indonesia
  • Batam
  • 105.4 km²
  • 31°C, Wind
  • Mon 12:19 am
  • Rupiah
  • Indonesian, English
  • 2.211 million
  • Always enjoyed my stay with Hilton Hotel and Resorts, top class room service and rooms have great outside views and luxury assessories. Thanks for great experience.

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    Jessica Brown

General Information About Batam

Batam is the largest city (kota) of Riau Islands Province of Indonesia as well the name of an island. The city of Batam administrative area covers several islands: Batam Island is the core urban and industrial zone. Both Galang Island and Rempang Island are connected to Batam Island by short bridges, the 3 islands are collectively called Barelang. These latter two islands maintain their rural character, as does nearby Bulan Island, also administered as part of the municipality (kota). Batam is an industrial boomtown, an emerging transport hub, and part of a free trade zone in the Indonesia–Malaysia–Singapore Growth Triangle, located 20 km (12 mi) off Singapore's south coast and also part of the Indonesia–Malaysia–Thailand Growth Triangle. The Batam municipality has a population of 1,164,352 in the 2015 intercensal survey. It is the closest part of Indonesia to Singapore, at a minimum land distance of 5.8 km. During the 2010 national Census, Batam was the fastest-growing municipality in Indonesia the decade prior, with a population growth rate of 11% per year. In 2017 it has been reported the island suffered from severe job losses, some 300,000 workers have been laid off.

Transport

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Ferry

The local ferry terminal ports connect to nearby Singapore and Bintan, and provides routes to Johor Bahru (Malaysia). Five ferry terminals are on the island: Harbourbay, Nongsapura Ferry Terminal, Sekupang, Waterfront City, and Batam Centre International Ferry Terminal. Connections to Singapore is by way of Harbourfront and Tanah Merah Ferry Terminals run by Singapore Cruise Centre (SCC). The most recent incident happened on 29 November 2015 when a ferry 'Sea Prince' hit floating object(s) while en route to Singapore from Batam and began leaking. A total of 97 passengers were rescued on life rafts. Signs showing a picture of a raised finger over a pair of lips have been placed in August 2014 at the Batam Centre International Ferry Terminal to request silence while queuing for immigration to hear names being called and clearly hear instructions given by the immigration officer. Some visitors have been sent back immediately on the first ferry available for flouting this rule. The signs are also applicable at other terminals, but they are not strictly enforced.

History

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Landscape

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Batam Nightlife

Popular Bars in Batam

Indonesia Batam 105.4 km² 31°C, Wind Mon 12:19 am Rupiah Indonesian, English 2.211 million
Nagoya is the nightlife entertainment district in Batam. There are several things to do; you can start your evening at the outdoor food hall called Santai (meaning 'relaxing' in Indonesian) then simply set off to one of many karaoke bars near Lucky Plaza. If you are a real sports buff, there are several Irish pubs broadcasting live football matches or Formula One on a big screen. You may try the eclectic nightclubs before heading back for a good night's sleep. An added bonus for being a duty zone, you can get Heineken and other imported beers for nearly the same price as Bintang. And although you might find the nightlife scene in Batam different from what you are used to back home, it is worth experiencing.

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