Some months back my girlfriends and I decided to make an impromptu trip to Batam.
It’s just a one hour ferry ride away from Singapore, and safer than you may think it is for girls. It’s a popular and easy to plan (actually no planning required at all lol).
You can just google for any ferry companies to Batam, or even on sites like Groupon (now Fave or something?) I went via Majestic Ferry but there are others like BatamFast, Sindo etc. It’s under S$50 all-in. If you’d rather a package of hotel+ferry, it’s also available but some packages impose a compulsory half day tour which I prefer not to join since I did that before.
We stayed at Nayoga Mansion, which was a tad too far for my liking. I think it’s better to stay at Nagoya Hill, right beside Nagoya Hill Shopping Centre. Actually, I realised that Mega Mall (right in front of Batam Centre Ferry Terminal) is much nicer and newer than Nagoya Hill Shopping Centre.
In terms of things to do there, there really isn’t much, besides cheap massage, grocery shopping, movies and food. So if you’re looking for exciting things to do and see, perhaps you’ll be disappointed. It’s not exactly as fun as Bali or Phuket, it’s more like going to Johor Bahru. lol.
We did manage to eat something really nice though:
Apparently this is quite famous haha. We had a delicious selection of ayam penyet, fried tofu, soup. It was really good!
Anyway there’s the usual Starbucks, JCo, Black Canyon, A&W, Pizzahut etc, so not to worry for those who don’t know if you can get used to the Indo taste. lol.