While Batam, Indonesia isn’t the paradise that Jakarta and Bali can lay claim to be, the small island certainly offers a few opportunities for the aspiring traveler.
Come to Batam for a quick escape from Singapore or Malaysia, but don’t make a big trip out of it like I tried to.
One week here is more than enough, I would say, and you’ll be able to meet some sweet Batam girls during this time too. And, of course, explore the nice things the area has to offer, before heading out to other places like Jakarta or Bali.
If you’re here for some reason, let’s break it down and help you get the most out of this small, yet charming city.
Batam, Indonesia Quick Facts
Population: 1.2 million people
Weather: It’s a tropical island. Expect high humidity and temperatures between 80-90 degrees Fahrenheit (26 – 32 Celsius). The Rainy season runs from November to April.
Safety: You shouldn’t have many issues with security in this city – it’s just as safe as any city in Indonesia, so use your common sense and take general safety measures.
Travel Tips & Information
MUSTS: While you can find stunning beaches around the island, my favorite activity in Batam was visiting the fisherman’s village or area.
Some called it the “backwaters” or something to that effect.
Seeing how the locals really live and checking out the old-school houses over the water was a great time. Highly recommended if you want to get away from the glitz and glamor for a moment.
Apartment Prices: You’ll want to stay around Batam Center Mall and Nagoya. These areas offer ideal logistics for digital nomads, as nightlife and modern amenities will be nearby.
Apartments in these areas run $500 – $1,000 per month and often come with full amenities. Weekly rates for $200 are available.
Hostel Dorm Prices: There’s not much of a backpacking scene here. You’ll want to use AirBNB or a hotel and the prices are already decent.
Batam Girls: Where to Find Them?
There’s just not enough people and tourists to make that work. I only went out one night while I was here and I wasn’t overly impressed.
The issue is most of the nightlife is centered around bar girls (like in some areas of Thailand), and it can be hard to find regular, genuine girls. But not impossible as long as you pay attention.
If you’re looking to try, here are the spots I recommend trying out:
- The Last Pub
- Sulivan’s Rock Club
- Pacific Disco
Price of a Beer: $3-10
Price of a Bottle: $40-300
Online Dating in Batam, Indonesia: If you’re spending a little time around this island, then online dating is probably the best way to meet Batam girls.
The cutest Indonesian women I met here were online, but there weren’t very many of them for me to brag about. It all depends on how much time you spend there.
You’ll need to use a combination of Tinder and Indonesian Cupid to line up enough dates to feed the needy.
Chance of Hooking Up in Batam: 7/10
Batam girls aren’t that difficult as long as you are not a complete creep or treat them badly. It’s just there aren’t that many of them. It’s definitely harder to get hooked up here than in almost any other spot in Indonesia.
But it’s still doable. This is Southeast Asia still! You’ll want to use online and night game to ensure you meet some ladies.
However, be really careful and never risk it. Recently, a new law was passed in Indonesia, banning people who are not married to live under the same roof.
It has just gone into effect and it’s not clear how this applies to / affects tourists, but I recommend being extremely vigilant.
More Information About Batam, Indonesia
Language Barrier: While Bahasa could come in handy, it’s unlikely you’ll need it. English is fairly well spoken in Batam due to the industry in the city.
Work Available?: Lots of work in the oil industry. However, I don’t recommend basing up here by any means. This isn’t a place to spend that much time, in my opinion – unless you really like a smaller place that is a bit more slow paced.
Taxi/Uber: You’ll want to stick to Bluebird Cabs in Batam. I found they worked best.
Bachelor Budget Needed: $1,400 – $1,900 per month
Batam, Indonesia Overall
Batam is fun for a few days to a week. If you’re a digital nomad, passing through could be fun.
If you’re in Singapore, then a weekend trip may be exciting. Unless you’re working here, I wouldn’t recommend basing up in this place as there are more popular ones out there. But visit it and decide for yourself.
P.S: Indonesian Cupid is a MUST here, as I said. Make sure to start using it before getting to Batam. You can check it out by clicking here.