Welcome to Batam!!!!!!!!
Here I’m sharing a short weekend getaway trip!
Things to Do: Visit Maha Vihara Duta Maitreya
Yahoooooo! It’s the weekend again! Start your weekend right by pampering yourself to a short 2D1N getaway to Batam Island, Indonesia! The first thing you can do there is to visit the biggest Chinese temple in Batam, namely, Maha Vihara Duta Maitreya. It’s a peaceful place, quiet and spacious too. There is a vegetarian restaurant with a great variety of food to choose from, and don’t forget to try their famous vegetable pau if you’re craving for a healthy munch. Otherwise, you can simply find any spot of your comfort to meditate, pray or sink into its serenity.
Wow I’m sooooooo strong!!!!!!!
Things to Do: Visit The Illusion Batam
One of the latest trick art and trick eye museum in Batam is finally opened!!!!!!!! It’s a small place, with a few pretty interesting and instaworthy photos opportunities. They do change their arts every now and then, so rest assured that you can visit The Illusion Batam more than once!
How often do you get a chance to pee together with The Incredible Hulk?!
Or even, dance and kiss with Michael Jackson close up?!
Seeing is believing! If you believe you can fly, you can.
What to Eat: Batam Layer Cakes, Golden Prawn 555 Restaurant
No trip is complete without bringing home Batam’s famous kuey lapis (layer cakes). 1 kg of original kuey lapis costs around RP. 250,000 (SGD$25) and special flavors one costs around RP. 290,000 (SGD$29). Since it’s freshly made, you may place your order and request for them to be delivered to your hotel for a greater convenience. For the foodies, Golden Prawn 555 Restaurant is conveniently located at Golden City Batam, where you can indulge in a seafood feast of your choice. Cheap or not? I leave it to you to find out. P.s. the chili crabs are awesome!!!!!!!!!
What to Eat: A&W at MegaMall Batam Center
Since young, I’m a big fan of A&W’s root beer float and curly fries!!!!!! Woohooooooo! My cravings are almost instantly satisfied with A&W’s fried chicken and waffles too!!!!!!!!! The cheapest thrill I have whenever I’m in Batam is indulging in an A&W’s meal.
Where to Stay: Golden View Hotel Batam
Remember I mentioned about Golden City Batam? If you’re planning to chill out in a convenient hotel, Golden View Hotel is a all in one value for money choice. It’s situated right in the heart of Golden City Batam, within walking distances from Go Kart, Golden Prawn 555 Restaurant, Dry Food Market, Chocolate House and more. The superior room has a brown colored theme which creates a homely feel. However, I’m a little uncomfortable with its soft pillow and hard bed.
The hotel room itself is intimate, cozy and spacious, making it a very comfortable stay. It also has a connecting room door where you can hijack your neighbors next door!
The bathroom is relatively clean and comes with a bathtub too. No doubt at close up, its furnishings look a tiny bit old, but be assured that all are still in good working condition.
My room even overlooks a beautiful swimming pool. What a nice view. You can also grab a simple chicken steak set dinner at Rajawali and enjoy the pool view while dining in an outdoor environment. Relaxing and windy too!
My day is always complete only with shopping. A popular shopping choice in Batam includes Batam City Square, apt for me because it sells many fashionable clothes, bags, shoes and accessories. I shop when I’m stressed because shopping is cheaper than therapy!
Overall, I give a like for Golden View Hotel!
Waking up to an amazing view is also something that made my weekend felt blessed. The pool is also open to the public who can pay a small fee to swim at Golden View Hotel. I personally don’t find the pool very clean so I spent most of my time suntanning instead.
The swimming pool also includes a small water slide and the child-like me simply enjoyed it! I know it’s meant for the kids but who cares!
Have a good laugh!
I hope you had an enjoyable virtual glimpse of Batam and some feasible ideas on things you can do, what to eat and where to stay over the weekend!
Thanks for reading!