BATAM ISLAND THE BACKPACKING HOUSEWIFE

Singapore To Batam Island Indonesia

Batam Island is the perfect place to go from Singapore to recover from travel fatigue and jetlag

Singapore to Batam Island: Off the Singapore Strait and lying between the Malacca Strait, the Karimata Strait, and the South China Sea, is a group of 1,796 small islands known as the Riau Archipelago that form a part of Indonesia.

One of the largest of these islands is Batam and – although in Indonesia – Batam is so physically close to Singapore (just 20 kilometres or 12 miles) and so easy to get to on a fast ferry from Harbourfront Singapore – that it is a perfect place to rest & get over your travel fatigue and jetlag.

This year, at the very start of our Six Month Long Grand Asian Adventure, after landing in Singapore after our 14 hour flight from London, we headed straight to Batam Island for a three-night ‘rest and recuperation’ stay.

On top of travel fatigue, of course, there’s the not so small issue of the time difference and believe me, feeling tired and jet-lagged and slightly confused and wobbly on your feet, is not the best way to start out experiencing a new city, a new country, or a new adventure!

We know – especially now that we are travelling in midlife and getting older – that after a long flight, we’re going to arrive at our destination extremely tired and lethargic, and not feeling immediately up to Exploring Singapore and all it has to offer… YET.

Batam Island Map

LOCATION MAP BATAM ISLAND INDONESIA

SINGAPORE TO BATAM ISLAND

A Backpacking Housewife Travel Tip

As older travellers, we like to pace ourselves and travel slowly and purposefully. In fact, the backpacking husband and I have used Batam Island as an affordable and comfortable and alternative place to spend a few restful days over the past couple of times we’ve either arrived or departed Singapore. Batam is a perfect place to rest & get over your travel fatigue and jetlag.

Batam has become our secret little oasis of regeneration!

mirota beach batam island
Mirota Beach Batam Island

Singapore To Batam Island Indonesia

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Travel Fatigue

The Solution to Travel Fatigue

The best way to overcome travel fatigue is to give yourself adequate down time for proper rest and sufficient sleep.

My suggestion is that rather than giving yourself that down time sleeping your first day away and recovering in an expensive hotel in Singapore – if you have the flexibility – why not head over to Batam Island Indonesia instead?

You’ll be amazed to note that prices for hotels on Batam are a fraction of hotel prices in Singapore. Check this idea out and compare prices of accommodations on Booking.com.

Plus, It’s an easy commute to Batam Island.

That’s why Batam Island is a perfect place to rest & get over your travel fatigue and jetlag.

mirota beach batam island
Golden Sand Beach Batam Island

How To Get To Batam Island

Just take a train directly from Changi Airport down to Singapore’s Harbourfront and then take a one-hour ferry crossing over to Batam Island – passing through Indonesian immigration once you get there.

Take a ferry from Singapore Harbourfront and it’s an easy commute to Batam Island
It’s an easy commute to Batam Island

Accommodation on Batam Island

Where To Stay? There are many different types of accommodations, hotel brands, star ratings, facilities, and prices for all budgets. I recommend Booking.com to find accommodations on Batam Island.

On Batam Island we stayed for three nights at The Holiday Inn Resort.

I used Booking.com to make our booking.

I love Batam Island!

The Holiday Inn Resort at Batam Island (4 Star) is a tropical oasis with wonderful resort facilities including the fabulous and authentic Balinese Treetree Spa (where I’ve had the best treatments and the most amazing massage I’ve ever had in my life). There’s also a beautiful freeform swimming pool at the centre of the resort which is perfect for stretching out those tired and aching limbs after spending so long in an aircraft (economy in my case) seat.

spa at batam
spa and accomodation on batam island

In my experience, The Holiday Inn Resort on Batam Island is the perfect place to spend a few nights either just before or just after a busy few days exploring fabulous Singapore! Batam is a perfect place to rest & get over your travel fatigue and jetlag.

Holiday Inn Resort Batam
Holiday Inn Resort Batam Island

More About Batam Island

Despite its proximity to Singapore and it’s location in one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes, Batam Island has fast become one of Indonesia’s most popular tourist destinations. There is (reportedly) plenty to do if you are seeking cultural sites or even thrills with a choice of bungee jumping or go karting. For water sport lovers, there’s jet skiing, ski boating, canoeing, scuba diving, wind surfing, fishing trips and island hopping by boat.

For golfers, there are fifteen golf courses on the island.

Shoppers will find shopping malls as well as plenty of Indonesian arts and crafts stores.

Batam is also known for its coastline offering a choice of no less than a dozen beautiful golden or white sand beaches.

Batam is home to a diverse population, including people from various ethnic backgrounds and cultures. The island’s population includes a mix of Malay, Chinese, and other ethnic groups. This cultural diversity is reflected in its cuisine, festivals, and traditions.

The local cuisine in Batam is influenced by these various ethnic groups. Traditional Indonesian dishes and seafood is a prominent feature of Batam’s culinary scene.

palm tree and beach at batam island at sundown

The Best Time To Visit Batam Island

The best time to visit Batam Island, Indonesia, largely depends on what activities you plan to do during your trip. Batam Island experiences a tropical climate that is characterized by two main seasons: the dry season and the wet season.

Dry Season (June to August): This is generally considered the best time to visit Batam Island. The weather is relatively cooler and drier, making it more comfortable for outdoor activities and exploring the island. The sea is calmer during this time, making it suitable for water sports and beach activities.

Shoulder Seasons (April to May and September to October): These months mark the transition between the dry and wet seasons. The weather is still relatively pleasant, with fewer crowds compared to the peak dry season. It’s a good time for outdoor activities, and you might be able to find good deals on accommodations and activities.

Wet Season (November to March): This period experiences more rainfall and higher humidity. While it’s considered the off-peak tourist season, you might still find some sunny days. However, heavy rain and occasional thunderstorms are common. If you’re looking for budget-friendly options and don’t mind occasional rain, this could be a good time to visit.

Keep in mind that weather patterns can vary from year to year and unexpected weather events can occur. Also, consider any specific activities you want to do, such as water sports, sightseeing, or cultural events, as these can influence the best time for your visit.Top of Form

Travel Requirements for Batam Island Indonesia

Note 1: Singaporeans and 8 other ASEAN countries don’t need a visa for travel to Batam from Singapore for a maximum of 30 days. If you’re a citizen of another country, however, you should check the relevant entry requirements for Indonesia in advance of your trip.

Note 2: Most passports allow for a Visa On Arrival. But do check to make sure your passport nationality qualifies you to purchase a 30 day Visa On Arrival (US$35/Equv in Cash) or you would have to apply for an advance visa at an Indonesian consulate or embassy.

Note 3: You’ll also need to download and register on the Peduli Lindungi smartphone app.

Note 4: Be aware that Batam Island is one hour behind Singapore time.

The Backpacking Housewife at Holiday Inn Batam
The Backpacking Housewife at Holiday Inn Resort Batam

Questions?

Have you ever been to Batam Island?

Have you been to Singapore?

Are you planning a trip?

Let me know!

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