Many thanks to Chandrana, Yihanz, Marc and Richard for their help in the forum.
Well it would be rude that I seek for help from you all but not leave any share about my trip to Batam. I only managed to write this as the moment I return from my trip I was filled with lots of assignment to do, no time la.
Here it is.
I came to know about Batam through my friends who had visited there last month during the holidays and what caught my interest was their constant rumor about cheap massage. I had visited Batam before but that was a short one day trip with my mother so I didn’t really pay much attention to anything.
I arrived at Batam on Saturday morning with a group of 3, we decided to drag a guy friend along as it was advice that we should have one male friend for our protection. We stayed at Harris Hotel and so far the hotel was so-so la, most of their furniture come from Ikea. Their room was slightly small but I still enjoyed my room view.
On the first day we decided to take a cab as advised since we weren’t really keen on exploring Batam on the first day. So far we’ve been to three malls, one opposite our hotel, BCS Mall and Nagoya Hill and surprisingly there is no difference from each mall. Altho there is lots to buy at Nagoya Hill. We tried Ayam Penyet Ria and some bakso. I have tried ayam penyet in Singapore but the one they have at Batam is certainly better.
After our tour around the malls in Batam, we’ve only managed to buy quite a lot of snacks and stuffs for us to bring back.
We decided to skip seafood dinner for the next day. So after our wild shopping, which was apparently very cheap we went straight back to our hotel.
We are curious young adults so during the night we decided to have a little stroll down the park that I could see from my bedroom window. It was nearly midnight and I have to say it was one of a kind walk we had, nearby the park there was a street race and the road was filled with about a thousand of youngsters racing their bikes. Our guy friend is a class 2b/2 motorcycle license holder and owns a Hayabusa but by watching these youngster which I believe is as young as 15 riding their bike, they were really skilled and had daring guts. He felt inferior.
Jokes aside, our walk was no regret. I mean seriously you don’t get to see this kind in Singapore, or even Malaysia.
The next day we decided to book a driver recommended by one of the two Destination Experts in here, Richard. We decided to visit the camp of Vietnam recommend by one of the hotel staff. It was a very long journey but overall we took lots of beautiful pictures and had a good chat in the car.
Batam has lots of wonderful scenery. The first bridge was really nice, but the rest of the bridge doesn’t seem pleasant. Rather dull and ordinary looking.
When we reached the camp sight, there was really nothing much to see. What’s left are a number of building which are being taken down. They should preserve these building. It was really disappointing, should have listened to the driver but then the driver was a really nice guy and recommended us to see the beach nearby and that really got our moods back up again. The beach was so sandy and white and the water was crystal clear. Too bad we didn’t bring with us swimming gears or else we would have taken a swim. Nevertheless what we hear from other forums that the beach in Batam isn’t clean, this beach was definitely on a class of its own, it’s drawback is you must travel very far for it and there isn’t much facility there as well. Just fishermans nearby.
So we decided to explore nongsa and check out the resorts there, the journey took us almost 1 hour and 30 minutes. I must say that the road conditions in Batam is not as smooth and the traffic is very rough. I really appreciate the drivers patience and understanding. We checked Batam View Beach Resort and Turi Beach Resort and by far according to my view that Turi Beach Resort is my next stay when I visit Batam again.
As for seafood, I read around here in the forum that Wey Wey is a must try seafood. Again from nongsa it is another almost 1 hour ride and because of that we decided to invite the driver for dinner as a token of appreciation. We had to force the driver to eat with us, he was really cute when he kept saying “paiseh lahh” but then we managed to get him to eat with us.
The food at Wey Wey were very cheap if you compare them to Singapore. Overall I enjoyed every dish we ordered. I will have to give this seafood restaurant a thumbs up and a must visit place whenever you are at Batam.
After our fill we decide to call it a day. Many many thanks to the driver on the information's he gave us and his patience in driving. Seriously being a passenger going around Batam gave me quite a few scares as other road users at Batam will just swerve into your lane out of no where. It’s quite incredible how the driver can keep cool in these situation without crashing into any of them or without causing quite a lot of drama when swerving to avoid them. As for me, or even other Singaporean drivers we would certainly have crashed.
The next morning, it was all rush but luckily we did our shopping on the first day. We didn’t go for any massage as we’ll make that our next visit when we come to Batam. We managed to bring 3 box of instant noodles without any questions btw as maybe the officers are used to tourist bringing box of instant noodles back to Singapore? I guess so.
Overall many thanks to Chandrana for the information needed and Richard for the driver recommendation.
I was quite pleased with my trip or maybe before coming to Batam I was always expecting for the worse.
Thanks guys, looking forward to my next visit.Edited: 5:28 am, January 12, 2013