Visited Batam in November 2016
Saturday Morning mid November was eating breakfast at my hostel in Singapore, when the owner asked me what were my day plans, I answered Batam. He said there are demonstrations there and its raining. Anyways from my Hostel I took the MRT train to HarbourFront MRT Station and a ferry to Batam.
TIP: At HarbourFront MRT Station there are different ferry companies, you might want to check the departure times and the cost. I took BatamFast, the round Trip cost was $50 Singapore Dollars. It took 45 minutes one way to Batam Center ferry terminal.
1. On youtube and online forums I read about people facing issues with Indonesia Immigration and long lines. All baloney. I went in November and was in and out of immigration in less than 5 minutes.
2. You can get by with Singapore Dollars every where. Not True, you will need Indonesian Rupiah.
At Batam Center ferry terminal I changed $25 Singapore Dollars to Indonesian Rupiah which was plenty for a days trip if you are not going to do any shopping, and once outside the center I took a Cab to Maha Vihara Duta Maitreya Temple.
Its a Buddhist temple. The cab cost was about $5 or $7 and it was less than 10 minutes away from the center. To the cab driver just say Vihara and he'll take you there.
Above Photos of the 3 Halls.
The Temple Complex also had a Vegetarian Restaurant, the food was not expensive and delicious. About $2 for food.
There is a walkway from the ferry terminal to the Mall, seems like there might be people visiting Batam for the sole purpose of shopping. The Mall is huge.
There is a waterpark and other things to do in Batam, none of those interest me, Vihara was my main focus for the trip and it was worth it. I was not able to spend all the $25 Singapore and still had change left over.
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- Rajasthan India
- Amritsar Punjab
- Whitewater Rafting
- McLeod Ganj
- Rishikesh and Haridwar
- Sugarcane Farm, India