In recent years, the city of Batam has become one of the popular tourist destinations in the Riau Islands. As a port city, Batam has a strategic position because international trade routes pass it. In addition, this city also has a close distance and is directly adjacent to two countries in Southeast Asia, which are Malaysia and Singapore.
The development of tourism in Batam and its surroundings is very rapid. Its location close to Singapore makes Batam one of the tourist destinations for Singaporeans on vacation.
Not only natural attractions in the form of beautiful and enchanting beaches, but Batam also has other tourist attractions that are worth visiting. Read more about the places you can visit if you are in Batam!
- Barelang Bridge
This is the icon of the most popular city of Batam. The original name of this bridge is not Barelang. Barelang is an abbreviation of Batam-Rempang-Galang. The last two names are the two islands connected by this bridge.
Barelang Bridge consists of six bridges. The six bridges are Tengku Fisabilillah Bridge (bridge I) as the largest bridge; Nara Lion Bridge (bridge II); Raja Ali Haji Bridge (bridge III); Sultan Zainal Abidin Bridge (bridge IV); Tuanku Tambusai Bridge(V bridge); and the Raja Kecik Bridge (bridge VI). These bridges connect several islands, namely Batam, Watch, Nipah, Rempang, Galang, and Galang Baru.
Tengku Fisabilillah Bridge is the most popular bridge of all the bridges because of its unique shape and is a tourist destination visiting Batam. Besides being known as the Barelang Bridge, this bridge is often called the Habibie Bridge because it was pioneered by the former President of Indonesia B.J Habibie.
- Sea Forest Adventure
Located in Nuvasa Bay, Nongsa, Sea Forest Adventure with 10 hectares is the prima donna of new tourist attractions for Batam residents and local and foreign tourists. This place is suitable for spending time with family. The facilities in it are also very complete.
Sea Forest Adventure has the Aqua Adventure Track, a floating water park facility that is really fun! You can also try various watersports in this place, such as kayaking, jet-skiing, parasailing, and others.
Several activities, such as paintball, archery, tracking, and mangrove tours, are also provided for those of you who want to enjoy them.
- Hill of Smiles
Seeing the city of Batam from a height to activities at the port with boats going back and forth, you can do it from Smile Hill, located in Batu Aji, Batam. Not only that, but you can also see Singapore with clear visible, from this hill.
Smile Hill is also a favorite place to enjoy the sparkling night in the city of Batam and Singapore from a height. Yes, at night, the view is much more beautiful. You can also go on a culinary tour with several cafes around the hill.
- Batam Forest Top
If travel to the beach is too mainstream in Batam, you need to try a tourist spot that challenges your adrenaline when traveling to the city. Try visiting Batam Forest Top in the Bukit Dangas area, Sekupang. Here you can try out various exciting outbound games and play close to nature.
Some of the outbound games offered by Batam Forest Top include Tarzan Swing, Cargo Net, Tandem Rope, X-Walk, Zig-Zag Line, Flying Fox, and so on.
- Vietnamese Village
Batam also keeps the history of the past. If you want a historical tour in Batam, come to Kampung Vietnam, located on Galang Island. Through the Barelang Bridge, you can get to the island and see various relics in Kampung Vietnam.
In the past, when Vietnam experienced a civil war, many of its citizens fled. Many of the Vietnamese eventually arrived in Batam and settled there. Residential houses, places of worship, prisons, cemeteries and even museums and monuments were built there.
Now the 80 hectare village is no longer inhabited. However, various relics of Vietnamese citizens who eventually returned to their country after the war were still well preserved.
- Waterboom Queen Garden
Batam also has an exciting water boom, you know! You can enjoy various water rides in this place with your family. Only slides until there are 10!
For adults, an Olympic pool is provided with a depth of about 2 meters. As for the children, there is a unique swimming pool as well. If you just want to take a relaxing dip in the current pool, you can do that too! Waterboom Queen Garden is located in the Bengkong area, Batam.
- Tanjung Pinggir Beach
Located in the Sekupang area, Batam, this beach allows you to feel the charm of enjoying the sea, which is the national border between Indonesia and Singapore. From the beach, you can see a view of the Singapore landscape with its high-rise buildings from a distance. If you want to feel the beach in calm conditions, it’s a good idea to visit it early in the morning because this beach will be crowded from 08.00 AM onwards.
- Abang Island
For those who like snorkeling, Abang Island is a tourist destination in Batam that should not be missed. The waves are calm, so even those of you who can’t swim can enjoy snorkeling in the middle of the sea safely and comfortably. The clear water conditions allow you to see various marine life in it, from coral reefs to beautiful small fish like Nemo.
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