Things Tourists Do in Batam Island

Batam Island is a small coastal city in Indonesia located just a few kilometers away from Singapore. However, it provides spectacular opportunities for a terrific vacation. It is an ideal venue for memorable escapades because of the many things one can do when on a Batam travel.

Here are some of the most ideal activities:

1. Swim at Nongsa Beach
Nongsa
Batam Island is particularly known for its beautiful shores; and among the most popular is the Nongsa Beach. It is a good getaway venue when the pressure and noise of urban gets too much. Its main features aside from the sea include the luscious greeneries and stunning culture.

2. Visit the temples
Masjid RayaMaha Vihara Duta Maitreya
There are two striking religious destinations in Batam Island: the Masjid Raya (Grand Mosque) and the Maha Vihara Duta Maitreya (Buddhist temple). The Grand Mosque is known for its pyramid structure; and both are located in Batam Centre.

3. Recreate at the Waterfront City
Waterfront City in Batam
One of the most exciting places in Batam Island is the Waterfront City in Batam Centre. It is a recreational complex that features different attractions and activities including water sports area, fishing pond, go-kart racing track, football field, and beach.

4. Bond with the family at the Ocarina Park
Ocarina Park
A good place to bring the kids to is the Ocarina Park. It is an amusement park where families can bond with each other with fun and excitement. It has a large ferris wheel and several rides which everyone will enjoy. It also has a water park and a 3D cinema within its complex; as well as foodcourt-style dining venues.

5. Enjoy the nightlife
Nagoya
In Batam Island, the center of nightlife is in Nagoya. It is where karaoke, disco houses, bars and nightclubs are concentrated. Tourists will surely find it great to go there are just enjoy the night away. However, people should be wary because prostitution is kind of rampant here.

6. Shop
batam mall
One of the ultimate tourist activities in Batam Island is shopping. Densely commercialized, the place gives home to several shopping malls and markets where people can shop until they drop for duty free items. From apparels to handicrafts, there is surely at least one store selling whatever you are looking for in Batam Island.

7. Try the local delicacies
batam food
The best way to love a foreign place is by tasting the local delicacies there. Food is always a good gauge on how unforgettable a place could be. In Batam Island, the delicacies served are really nice. The seafood dishes are something to look forward to.

8. Talk to the people

Bahasa is the main language of Batam Island; but tourists can use basic English to communicate because most locals understand it. This makes mingling with people possible and easy. Doing so will expose one to a better view of the culture and traditions of Batam Island.

There are lots of other things one can do in Batam Island. When going there, it is best to include the aforementioned activities in the itinerary. People who do not have enough time to design their own trips may avail tour packages to Batam.

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Finding the Best Travel Deals this 2013

Traveling is fun, but it can be very costly. This is a common problem among people that’s why not everyone can pursue their dreams of going to places. However, there has always been a solution for this; and that is the existence of travel deals. Since 2013 began, tour promotions in Singapore has become like a dozen for a penny. As there are quite a number of options, the real question now is ‘how to find the best travel deals?’

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Basically, the internet is the primary ally in finding the best travel deals nowadays. Travel agencies from all over the world post advertisements across the World Wide Web to attract potential clients. With just a few clicks, you may already find a tour package that would fit your preferences perfectly.

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However, the internet is just a platform through which you can communicate with your chosen Singapore travel agent. After clicking on their website and receiving confirmation emails, you will still have to communicate with them in person in order to settle your transactions. This is an important step to take as this will assure you that you are dealing with actual companies. Remember, the internet may be a good source of travel packages; but it can also be the hub of notorious scammers. Clearly, we don’t want to do business with these kinds, right?

It is not exactly a bad thing to do online booking, particularly if you do not have that much time to go around the city finding the best travel agency for you. However, you can spend your spare time attending huge travel fairs like the NATAS Fair 2013.

ImageBasically, this convention gathers the top travel agents in Singapore in one venue so the traveling public no longer needs to go to places to find the best deals. The event aims to provide a one-stop shop for the people, and for the travel agencies to showcase the best deals and promotions they offer. Most times, these events are held for a few days, and exciting games and raffle draws are often held to add to the fun of the fair.

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However, the search for the best travel deals does not end when you found your preferred tour package. Remember, the best travel deal is provided by a good travel agency. As there are so many of these companies in Singapore, you are advised to conduct some brief background check. Remember, a good Singapore travel agent should establish good professional connections with top airline and hotel companies around the world. Long years of doing business are plus as well; and finally, the travel agency should be a proud member of the National Association of Travel Agents Singapore and International Air Transport Association; and its operation should be authorized by the Singapore Tourism Board.

It is definitely easy to find the best travel deals when you know what to do. Specified above are some extensive tips to follow. Good luck!

Things to Do in Bintan Island

One of the beautiful islands of Riau, Bintan is basically a favorite destination for many tourists. It has a stunning charm which complements well the beauty of its surroundings. Its main attractions are the beaches and luscious greeneries. Located on the northern part of the islands, traveling from Singapore to Bintan will only take 45 minutes by ferry. Hence, the easy access to this beautiful paradise.

As Bintan Island is a major tourist destination in Indonesia, it can be expected that a lot of things can be done there. Here are some:

1. Swimming

Bintan LagoonImage source: batam-island-info.com

Bintan Island is a coastal island which is home to stunning shores. Around the place are different exclusive and luxurious resorts in which people can find utmost relaxation and peace. The ocean water is certainly calm and cold against the tropical sun. The beds of sand are soft enough to allow swimmers to get those sexy tan lines.

2. Scuba diving

bintan-island-divingImage source: bintanworld.com

It is not just the shores of Bintan Island which tourists love. The underwater ecology is also something worth seeing. Professional divers come to the island to explore the colorful and stunning sea bed which is home to untouched coral reefs and various schools of fishes. Most areas are blessed with shallow waters so amateurs will surely enjoy it well too.

3. Trekking

Bintan adventure trekImage source: http://www.batamholidays.com

Those not interested with too much swimming may enjoy an alternative: trekking. Bintan Island is gifted with a magnificent nature that is well taken care of by the government. It is definitely an unforgettable feat to trek through the rainforests and mountain summits in the island. The island is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna, making trekking a lot more exciting. Usually, trekkers come in group via discovery tours.

4. Sightseeing

Bintan Landscape - Nirwana ResortImage source: bintanworld.com

Bintan Island is not just about the actual activities. The beauty it possesses creates an astounding spectacle which people can marvel on. The nature is a good photography subject so people should never forget to bring their cameras for some landscape and nature shots.

5. Shopping

Bintan ShoppingImage source:  travelerfolio.com

Shopping in Bintan Island, especially in Tanjung Pinang, is definitely an exciting feat. As the island is already well-developed and highly commercial, shopping malls and stores are established in almost every corner. From apparels to souvenirs, people will be able to buy something for themselves and for their loved ones back home. Two of the most popular malls are Psar and the Ramayana Shopping Mall.

6. Play golf

Bintan GolfImage source: expatliving.sg

Aside from the world class golf facilities the island is equipped with, the quietness of Bintan Island’s surroundings is basically the reason why playing golf is great there. Enthusiasts will definitely have a good chance concentrating on their game.

Bintan Island is more than just a quick getaway venue. It is a place where recreation is best done. It is an island where one gets to appreciate the beauty of life and this world more. So people should not think twice about visiting this Indonesian paradise. Bintan tour packages are available online.