Batam is one of the islands in Indonesia, and also one of the tourist destinations nearest to Singapore. It is just almost an hour ferry ride from Singapore’s ferry terminal in HarbourFront. There are many malls, restaurants and malls in Batam. If you are planning on having your vacation there, continue reading. 🙂
Batam Fast Ferry
You can book online through their website. There are a lot of time slots from which you can choose.
The ferry fee depends on the time and day of departure and arrival. In our case, we chose to depart on a Saturday morning and return on a Sunday afternoon. Our total fee was S$97 (~ PhP3375) for 2 persons, two-way, inclusive of surcharge and Batam terminal fee.
The trip is approximately 45 minutes. The terminal in Singapore is in HarbourFront. From HarbourFront, you can choose to alight at either of Batam’s two terminals: Sekupang or Harbour Bay.
We alighted at Harbour Bay terminal since the restaurant we wanted to try is much closer to this than to Sekupang terminal. There are a lot of taxis outside the terminal. You just need to tell them where are you heading to and they will give you a fixed rate depending on the distance. You can also hire a taxi for the whole day!
Since we were planning to go to other places, we decided to hire a taxi so that it would be easier for us.
*Harbour Bay Terminal to Golden Prawn Life Seafood Restaurant (15-20 minutes)
*Golden Prawn Life Seafood Restaurant to Nagoya Hill Shopping Centre (15-20 minutes)
Taxi Fare: IDR 200,000 (~ S$21, PhP 735)
Tip for driver: IDR 20,000 (~ S$2, PhP 73)
Since we will be staying longer in Nagoya Shopping Centre, we decided to hire another taxi to bring us from Nagoya Shopping Centre to the KTM Hotel and Resort. We found a lot of taxis around the area of the mall so it’s easy to get one.
*Nagoya Shopping Centre to KTM Hotel and Resort (35-40 minutes)
Taxi Fare: IDR 130,000 (~ S$14, PhP 475)
FOOD, FOOD, FOOD!
GOLDEN PRAWN LIFE SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
Of course, our trip will never be complete without trying one of their famous seafood restaurants, Golden Prawn!
Each dish is enough for 2 persons.
Every dish we ordered are really sumptuous. Definitely a must-try for anyone coming to visit Batam.
Total Expense: IDR 379,000 (~ S$40, PhP 1390)
Also, how can we forget their well-known Kueh Lapis? Nah! Never.
Layer Cake, as others call it, is a 9-layer thin sheets of cake put on top of one of the other. It has several flavors: Margarine, Butter, Pandan, and Prunes. just to name a few. After searching Nagoya Shopping Centre and trying the free taste from different stalls selling Kueh Lapis, we finally found the one.
We bought the large one, of course. It costs IDR 200,000 (~ S$21, PhP733). They also offer half the size of the large one.
Waffle with Vanilla Ice cream, 1 pc. Fried Chicken and 1 Rootbeer Float – IDR 72,000 (~ S$8, PhP265)
Since A&W is already closed in the Philippines and Singapore (I’m not yet sure in other countries, though), we decided to have our late light lunch here! Too bad they do not have my favorite Coney Dog at that time. 😦
So there, we ordered 1 pc. fried chicken, waffles with their signature vanilla ice cream on top, and of course, their famous rootbeer float!!! 😀
SAKURA MASSAGE AND SPA
We chose the Balinese massage since it is the lighter and more relaxed version of the traditional Indonesian massage.
They use hot Indonesian oil to apply to your body. You can also request the massage therapist if you want lighter or harder pressure on your body.
At the end of the 1 hour massage, they will clean your body from the oil using hot towel. Overall, the experience was great, it was just that they missed massaging my hands, head and face.
It originally costs IDR 580,000 but since we visited at the right time (there was a promotion!) and we used our haggling skills, we ended up paying only IDR 450,000 for 2 persons (~ S$47, PhP1650)! Yay!
KTM RESORT AND HOTEL
We booked through Agoda and availed of their discounts. We got the Sea View room good for 2 pax for S$88.79/night (~PhP3090) inclusive of breakfast, hotel tax and service charge.
4 of a Kind IDR 120,000
Fish and Chips IDR 80,000
Avocado Juice IDR 50,000
San Mig Light IDR 50,000
Total Expense: IDR 300,000 (~ S$32, PhP1100)
For your guide, here is our itinerary and total expenses during our 2D1N Batam Trip (take note that Indonesia is 1 hour behind Singapore):
09:10 AM (SG time): Departure from HarbourFront Terminal
09:00 AM (Indonesia time): Arrival at Harbour Bay Terminal
09:30 AM: Breakfast at Golden Prawn Restaurant
11:00 AM: Go to Nagoya Shopping Centre
11:20 AM: Stroll around mall, shopping, buy Kueh Lapis at The Master
01:00 PM: 1-hour Balinese Massage at Sakura Massage and Spa
02:00 PM: Late lunch at A&W
03:00 PM: Go to KTM Hotel and Resort
03:40 PM: Arrive at KTM Hotel and Resort, Check-in
03:50 PM onwards: Free time in the resort!
Dinner at Ombak Bar (Opens til 12 MN)
(As per resort’s policy, guests should check-out at 12 NN, but since we moved our ferry trip from 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM, we requested from the receptionist if is it fine for us to stay in the room a little longer. The receptionist then allowed us to extend our stay until 1:00 PM since there were just a few guests in the resort during that time. Thank you to the kind receptionist! 🙂 )
07:00 – 08:30 AM: Breakfast buffet at resort
08:30 – 11:30 AM: Stroll around the resort, swim, picture taking
11:30 AM – 01:00 PM : Pack-up things
01:00 PM : Check-out
01:15 PM : Go to Sekupang Terminal (5-7 minutes)
2:30 PM : Departure from Sekupang Terminal
2:30 PM (SG time) : Arrival at HarbourFront Terminal
Ferry (2-way) – S$97 / PhP3,375
Taxi – S$37 / PhP1,283
Food – S$101 / PhP3,488
Massage – S$47 / PhP1,650
Accomodation – S$89 / PhP3,090
Grand Total: approximately S$371 / PhP12,886 (for 2 persons)
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