Long holidays equate to me wanting to go on a short getaway trip.
Dating a military guy equates to difficulties in leave approvals.
Adding the two up, equates to us going to nearby countries – I am so glad Batam is just a short 30 minute ferry ride away. I can’t wait to explore more of such nearby islands together!
During our last trip there, we stayed at Batam View Resort, a quaint quiet place with its own private beach. It is just beside Montigo resort – Ferry departs from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal, and goes to Nongsa Ferry Terminal where the shuttle bus from the hotel will pick you up. If you would like to be at a more centralized place, I’ll advise to stay in one of the many city hotels. My pick would be iHotel Batam, which is just beside Nagoya Hill shopping center – with numerous mani pedi nail salons, hair salons, spa and massage parlor (some of which are strictly for men only) as well as fake branded items. Oh, and not to forget, A&W! There’s a really huge supermarket there as well, and I really can go crazy buying all the snacks and indomee back home…
Itinerary for Batam:
Eat, sleep, chill, slack, swim, laze around, eat.
Batam View also has its own seafood kelong, I really wouldn’t mind eating with such a view everyday… take note that the seafood here is slightly more pricey than those outside, recommended to go to:
1. Golden Prawn Seafood Restaurant where the food is the cheapest among those I’ve ate at.
2. HarbourBay – my favorite! The view is to die for! Choose an outdoor seat, and watch the sun set as the day fades into darkness.