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The small Indonesian island of Batam is situated just 45 minutes via ferry from Singapore. Batam is considered as one of the fastest growing regions of the Riau Islands. The city has gradually gained a lot of importance because of delicious seafood, beaches and the duty free shopping. Every year there are more than 600,000 tourists that visit Batam.

It is easy to reach the island via several ferry services from nearby places like Bintan and Karimun. Batam can also be reached easily from Singapore and Johor Bahru in Malaysia.

 

There are a few Masaajid in Batam, the main being the Masjid Raya or the Batam Grand Mosque. Another Masjid in the area is the Baitussyakur Mosque in Nagoya. Halal food can be found at a few restaurants in the area but there is plenty of seafood that tourists can appreciate. Traveling within the city is easy, as there are several public transport systems available and there are also private taxis and rental services that tourists can hire.

 

Sekupang the main entrance to the island is from where travellers can see some explicit scenic beauty of this area. Nongsa is the main tourist attraction of Batam. There are some marvelous resorts and golf courses located here and it is just an hour drive from Sekupang.

The Nongsa River is one of the best natural spots that visitors would love. The southeastern part of the island marks Kabil, which is a deep-water port and home to several wonderful natural scenes. Nagoya the largest town of the area has several things that might interest the visitors. This is the main town that houses most of the entertainment and the eateries of the island.

The Barelang Filsabillah Bridges are the most visited and the most important landmark of the island. The six magnificent bridges link the smaller islands, giving visitors the convenience of traveling. The bridge that connects Batam to Tonton Island is the most impressive.

People visiting Batam can also visit the smaller islands close by, especially the Galang Island where they can see the Ngha Trang Memorial Wall, a tribute to the boat people of Vietnam and the Galang Museum. There are several water sports and beach activities in the area that can be enjoyed with the entire family.

There are a number of duty free shops that can be found at Sekupang. These shops sell everything right from Balinese handicrafts to Sumatran woodcarvings. Batu Ampar the second port of Batam also has some nice duty free shops.

Visitors can also enjoy shopping at the Nagoya Hill Shopping Center, which is also the biggest mall in Batam. Another popular mall in the area is the Megamall Batam Center and also the Batam City Square. Overall Batam is an excellent place to enjoy and relax in.

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GEOGRAPHY

Indonesia is made of more than 17 thousand islands covering more than 1.9 million sq Kms with a coast line over 80,000 Kms.

DEMOGRAPHY

A population of close to 230 Million. Muslims account for about 88.2% of the population.

CLIMATE

A little variation can be seen with the temperature based on the seasons but it is fairly constant, 28°C (82.4°F) with the coastal plains , Mountain areas range from 26°C (78.8°F) to 23°C (73.4°F).

LANGUAGES SPOKEN

Indonesian(Also known as Bahasa) is the official language.

LOCAL TIME

Indonesia West : GMT +7
Indonesia Central : GMT +8
Indonesia East : GMT +9

BUSINESS HOURS

Government: 8 AM to 4:30 PM
General: 8 AM to 5 PM

HOLIDAYS
New Years Day : January 1st
Good Friday : April 22nd 
Ascension Day : June 2nd
Christmas : December 25th

Based on the lunar & Other calandars:
Birth of the Prophet(Milad un Nabi)
Day of Silance(new year in Bali Calendar)
Buddha's Birthday
Idul Fitri
Idul Adha
Islamic New Year

CURRENCY

Indonesian Rupiah

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Police: 110
Medical: 118/119
Fire: 113
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