Batam is a small island in Riau Islands Province and conveniently located in the middle of the cruise line (close to Singapore and Malaysia). The tourism and business sector grows rapidly since this city is one of the "gate" to enter Indonesia.
The Commercial Gate
Batam is a small island in Indonesia’s Riau Archipelago and is often considered to be on of the busiest city after Jakarta due to its strategic location. Conveniently located in the middle of the cruise line (Close to Singapore and Malaysia) Batam’s economy is growing very rapidly making it a booming industrial city. Furthermore, Batam tourism sector also grows since the city is listed as the third ‘entrance gate’ which widely passed by foreign tourists who visit Indonesia, after Bali and Jakarta.
You can’t say that you’ve been to Batam without taking pictures at the Balerang Bridge, the bridge initiated by B.J. Habibie in 1991 and has ever since became an icon and landmark of Batam. What makes it special? Barelang Bridge consists of six bridges with different architecture. The bridges are then given the name of the king who once ruled during the Malay Kingdom, including Tengku Fisabilillah Bridge (Bridge I), Nara Lion Bridge (Bridge II), Raja Ali Haji Bridge (Bridge III), Sultan Zainal Abidin Bridge (Bridge IV), Tuanku Tambusai Bridge (Bridge V), and Raja Kecik Bridge (Bridge VI).
While you’re in the Barelang Bridge area, be sure to drop by at one of the places that used to be a ‘home’ for Vietnamese refugees seeking refuge. Named Ex-Camp Vietnam, this place is on Galang Island, not far from the 5th bridge of Barelang. Due to its historical aspect, the local government manages this tourist object as a tourist destination that is worth to visit.
If in America there is writing of “Hollywood” on the hill, then in Batam there are the words “Welcome to Batam”, located at Bukit Clara, Batam Center. This big writing became one of the tourist attractions. Not far from here, there is the Great Mosque of Batam City and Engku Putri Plain (Batam Town Square) which can be reached by foot