When you think it is time to broaden your horizons beyond Batam, you'll quickly discover that the surrounding area has some cities, attractions and landscapes waiting to be enjoyed. Penyengat Island and Tanjung Pinang are two other places worth checking out while you're in Riau Islands.
Bintan is 35 miles (56 kilometers) from Batam. This regional center offers a some great visitor attractions, like Bintan Island Elephant Park, Ria Bintan Golf Club and Banyan Tree Temple. If you have enough time, why not stop by Santa Maria Cave, Trikora Beach and Pasar Oleh Oleh Market before you return to Batam.
Those with a love of history won't want to miss the region's fabulous historic palaces and fortresses. The best places for tourists to visit when they arrive in a new destination are the ones that best illustrate the culture. Head to Riau Islands' craft workshops.
Take a break from traveling and spend a few relaxing hours boating or snorkeling.
Independence Day is celebrated on the 17th of August, so if you're lucky enough to be in Batam then, put aside your sightseeing and join in the local festivities with proud locals.
For many, the world is a book and those who choose not to travel read only a page. So book your holiday and enjoy the experiences to be savoured in Batam.