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5 best things to do in Batam - The best of the lot for you

Located just opposite Singapore, this is an amazing weekend destination to be found in Indonesia. To know of the best things to do while in Batam, read on.

1

Relax, away from all the noise

Compared to the other popular holiday destinations around the world this place is just picking up on its tourism factor, therefore, it is not as noisy or as crowded like the other places. Utilize this while it lasts and gets away from it all in spectacular Batam. Book yourself a room at a Nagoya hotel in Batam the likes of Travelodge Batam and spend a weekend on this quaint yet attractive destination that is home to a number of restaurants, cafes, spas, and other local historic attractions.

2

ry your hand at water sports

This is one of the major activities people partake in while in Batam. It does make sense since the destination is situated right next to the water. Again, compared to the other parts of Indonesia or even Singapore, you will be able to enjoy water sports at a much lower cost here. Some of the activities you can partake in include jet-skiing, snorkelling, and kayaking. Canoeing is also a much-loved thing to do on the waters here.

3

Visit the Maha Vihara Duta Maitreya Temple

This is one of the most relaxing ways you can spend a few hours while in Batam. To find some internal peace and a sense of serenity, make sure you visit the temple. After you look around the temple and balance your inner self, you could also stop by at the cafe found here and purchase a variety of yummy vegetarian dishes including snacks and buns that are made in the shape of the cutest animals.

4

Spend a day on Penyengat Island

You'll be able to find quite a number of smaller islands around the main Batam island and these places are perfect for day trips. The said island is not the largest place in the area which makes it easier to explore as you can walk around the whole place in just 2 hours. If you plan on spending a day here, the time it wisely so that at the end of your two-hour exploration you will rest just in time to watch the sunset. An attraction that can be found on the island is a local mosque which is also called the yellow mosque. Legends say that to make the walls of this building stronger, egg shells were used during its construction.

5

Check out the local cuisine

Being an island, an obvious thing you must try while here is the seafood. Again, compared to the other parts of southeast Asia, the food here is far cheaper. One of the most popular dishes you must try is the chilli crab. Afterwards, you could also sample the black pepper crab and calamari. You must also try the freshly caught deep water prawns and other delicacies provided by the local restaurants that are popular for, and excel in seafood dishes.