I came with my hubby who had spinal injury and he walks very slowly & needs my aid most of the time. I also brought along my 8yo & 4yo boys together with my husband's friends (3 adults including 60-70yr old lady, 2 kids- 4yo girl & 1 yo boy) for this short getaway.
My hubby is also a vegetarian and we stayed in BCC hotel. There are a few vegetarian options around the hotel, walking distance too. BCS mall is the shopping centre located beside BCC hotel. There are 2 Chinese vegetarian cafes in the mall, level 3 or level 4 (sorry cant rem). 1 of them has westernised options such as waffle/pancake with ice cream topping, spaghetti. There is another one behind the hotel in the evening, mainly with Chinese & malay dish options. The best impression I had was I ordered half kg of fries which cost Rp30,000. (equivalent SGD$3). The area behind the hotel was like the old lau pa sat or satay club (Singapore) with many food varieties. There is another vegetarian restaurant with dessert options across the road, behind the hotel. But this one we did not go as I am not confident to bring my hubby to cross the road on our own without traffic light. There is 1 vegetarian restaurant located at their biggest Chinese temple. It serves rice with different dishes options like mixed vegetables stall in Singapore, but you have to self-served and pay at the counter. There is a counter that cooks Bak Kut Teh and claypot dishes. As it is a big temple, it may need 2-3hrs to visit and having a meal at the temple. It is a good recommendation for Chinese vegetarians to vist Batam for a short getaway.
This small island offers many services to satisfy you from head to toe. You can do your hair at Nagoya Shopping malls, body massage at Nagoya area, good food in most of the area and beauty services like pedi and mani.
Many shopping malls, great seafood and good massages can be found in Batam. There is Penuin market where you can get local titbits, wholesale items like bags, socks, hair accessories, pedi/manicure items, etc.
Batam is nice to go shopping. Prices are good, especially for electronics and gadgets. branded bags are plenty but we do not know which ones are originals and which ones are not.
Sin City and will avoid going back again!! Everything is excessively expesnive!! Better to remain and spend the money in Singapore or if not, proceed to Phuket Island / Thailand
Easy access to most areas around Nagoya Shopping Mall area. You can consider walking and avoid people calling you to take "Taxi" or "Ojek"! Depends where you plan to go to.
.. Try walking and explore the safe city. Remember to keep your belongings tight and secure. (Hold your bags over your neck and shoulders - Cross)
Great and affordable holiday trips for families with young children, great romance for couples and solo traveler looking for mood and change of environment.
Beware of the taxi driver. They will offered high price per trip. So it will be better to find cab with meter rather than negotiating a price.
Safe Island to travel to. Avoid late night as recently many young motorists have been trying to rob ladies especially of their handbags.
for short trip it was ok. a bit expensive staying here rather than being in jakarta or bandung which is waaaaaaayyyyy much better.
taxis and food are very expensive. mayb its because many singaporeans inhabited this island.
Surprisingly dirty and backward still in the city area despite years of tourism and the subsequent number of visitors each year.
Not much to see at all other than shopping malls. Taxi should be metered, right now it's a rip-off for taxi fare.
An undeveloped island with shopping centre springing up here and there mainly for the tourist money, especially from Singapore.
A great contrast when you walk in Singapore to Batam. I can walk for long distances in Singapore and still enjoy the walk but not in Batam without any footpaths, no roadside trees, potholes here and there and with the traffic whizzing past you every few seconds.
If you are a non-smokers, we highly recommend you not to go Batam. Almost everyone there is smokers! And they smoke like hell.
Yes! From day to night! :( Also, the vegetables are not really fresh either. Well, unless you pay for more you may get it though. Cause as far as we know, the vegetables are all import from other town or other country. When you go Batam, you'll find that you are in between Singapore, Malaysia & Indonesia.
A good place for a short getaway for those with a budget. Go for the massage as its much cheaper than Singapore and Malaysia.
Its a well-developed place close to Singapore. Relatively cheaper and is the ideal short-getaway for relaxation and food.
Batam is a place for relaxation and shopping. There is a few places u can visit. 1 of it is a spa secret in nagoya area.
Nice place to relax, living costs are low. If more inhabitants can communicate with English will be more attractive.
Visitors can consider go Batam Center or Nagoya for short trip. There are plenty of hotels, Spas and shopping malls.
Things are cheap and local food are delicious, must try!
If you are there for shopping, 1-2 nights will be sufficient. If you want to go for spa, then another day would do.
Spa is cheaper than Singapore. If you are daring, try venturing roadside food, and you will be surprised with the wonderful delicacies.
The few shopping centers that must go for shopping are Batam Center Mall, Nagoya Megamall, Batam City Square Mall.
When you are in Batam, must eat their nasi pandang and seafood.
It is like Johor Bahr but cheaper. If you enjoy cheaper groceries, massage, Malay food. A short and cheap getaway.
Modern facilities are available now and more hotels coming up...Can't wait for Aston Batam to be fully completed.
This island will be a more attractive tourist destination in time to come.
A place to really chill and relax day by day. Dont feel like going back home due to the cheap living life here.
A vibrant city with lots of nice restaurant and cafe to choose and not forgeting the local Indonesian dishes .
Good and well managed spa and massages . Need alot of improvement on the road highways as more and more vehicle are plying which cause heavy jams . Good news is the immigration dept has improved tremendously whic is a good sign for travellers .
Try to bargain with taxi drivers on the costs first. Decide well and plan where you need to go and the cost.
Best is to look at the map and choose a hotel that is most nearby to your places you require to go, Save on your transport cost. Though rupiah is cheap, but you can end up paying alot for your transports around. It shouldn't cost you more than 50,000 to most nearby places.
I love everything about Batam..from the food,entertainment,shopping & also the people who are very friendly.
This Batam Island is a place where everyone must visit to relax and have great spa service at cheap price.
Shopping paradise could be used for this island as well. Food variety is available more than 100 dishes to eat and restaurants are all over you can find on this Batam Island.
Massage in Batam is cheap and good! If looking for seafood, can try Harbour Bay - Wey Wey 1 Restaurant.
Their food is nice and cheap.
noting much to see .went to the indian temple , look like any other temple in singapore and malaysya .
Nice and friendly ppl, despite not all you can trust but majority are. What more I can say is massage.