Batam, again, after almost 5 years

Notes by yeyette on Sunday, July 20th, 2014 under Batam
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Yes, I’ve been here almost 5 years ago with my ex-colleagues.  Batam was my first travel outside Singapore.  It was exciting.  After our travel, I realised that I want more.

Now, I’m traveling with my housemates and Batam didn’t change that much.  Only the paint in the wall has been changed.

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By the way, I booked the ferry ticket from Batam Fast Ferry at only SGD84 for 2 person, two way.  To be able to get the discount, click the promotion tab instead of the regular tab.  There you can see the promotion rate which has the same travel time for the regular rate.  Regular rate is SGD35 for round trip.  Just see how much you will save.

I reserved the hotel a week before at Swiss-Belinn Batam for 3D2N.  It was only 137,463.48 IDR, about USD68 plus service fee and government tax of USD12.  When we arrived at the hotel, nothing much to see because it’s located in the city.  They put us in the smoking room but I booked in a non-smoking room.  The reception explained us that there is no available room for a non-smoking.  The room really smells bad and Joan called the reception that we will not continue to stay if they won’t give us a non-smoking room.  They have asthma by the way.  The receptionist said they will call us after 10 minutes.  True, they called and give us the non-smoking room, new room and smells clean.  

After transferring to our new room, we went out and roam around Batam.  There’s a taxi outside the hotel waiting for any guests who want to go somewhere.  The fare for was 115,000 IDR (USD10) and this is good for a half day ride.  The driver sent us to the Batam center and Golden Prawn Restaurant where we took our dinner.

As you can see the above picture, that’s the only thing that changed, the paint.  Here, you can go-karting for SGD12 for only 10 minutes.

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Then, we went to Batam Miniature Park, just a walk from the go-kart:

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After a few walks, we went to Golden Prawn Restaurant for our dinner.  We ordered pepper crab and other seafoods.

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The driver don’t want to eat with us so he just stayed inside the car, waiting for us.  When we are already inside the taxi, we asked the driver if we can hire him tomorrow for a tour.  We also agreed that we will check out and transfer to Turi Beach Resort.

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