If you want a posh getaway minus the crowd, visit Batam, the largest city in Riau Islands. As an emerging transport hub and an industrial boomtown, this third-largest city in Indonesia's Sumatra region is the choice destination for business and leisure travel.
Visitors often come to Batam to enjoy duty-free shopping, elite golf clubs, and luxurious resorts. One of the best attractions in the city is Turi Beach, with its array of exciting water adventures, including banana boat riding, flyboarding, and river cruising. Ranoh Island is another for the books with its whimsical vibe and glamping or glamorous camping options. It feels like you are camping in the Caribbean, minus the crowd and all the noise.
Batam is close to Singapore, less than six kilometers of distance, and accessible via ferry. If you are from another Asian country, the best route is through Jakarta, which serves regular flights to the city. Hang Nadim International Airport also facilitates flights to Jeddah and Kuala Lumpur.
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