Stay in Batam

Batam is located between Singapore(45 min) and Johor, Malaysia(90 min) which makes the city very strategic for international trade. Many local and overseas companies are set up here as the city determined to be Industrial area by Indonesia Government. Batam Municipality covers 3,990 km², of which 1,040km² is land, a figure which includes some land reclamation. However, Barelang (Batam, Rempang, Galang) Island covers roughly 715 km² of that 1,040 km², and Batam island itself covers only about 410 km² out of the total. The bulk of the Municipal population resides on Batam island. As an Island, the city also has many bays, islets, and peninsulas, which deliver a beautiful scenery of ocean.

Culture

Even when Batam is multi-ethnic it is still the Malayan culture and Moslem, which kinds the root of the local culture. Both day by day life and the ceremonies have non secular and legendary parts, expressed in dance, music and different forms of art. A few of the most popular conventional dances are Jogi Dance, unique for Batam, Zapin Dance, which reflects robust Arabic affect, Persembahan Dance, to welcome honored visitors and Ronggeng Dance, where the guests can be invited to come back up and be a part of the dance and song. The Mak Yong drama is a dance and tune efficiency, which tells the story a few nations named “Riuh”, generally believed to be the origin of Riau province name.

Time Zone

Batam time is UTC / GMT + 7 hours or EST – eleven hours. It’s minus one hour difference to Singapore and Malaysia time.

Electricity Provide Voltage

In Batam, the electrical supply voltage is 220 volts, 50 Hz single part power. The plugs and sockets used are 2 pin or 3 pin, and use the British customary of plug. Plug and socket adaptors are available in retailers, you’re going to get multi-combination plug adaptors which can take nearly all types of plugs from the totally different requirements throughout the world. In case you have appliances from the USA (which use a hundred and ten volts) you could purchase a small transformer adaptor to make use of here.

Currency

The money use in Batam is the Indonesian Rupiah (IDR) and is normally abbreviated to Rp. It is accessible in notes of Rp1,000, Rp.2,000, Rp5,000, Rp10,000, Rp20,000, Rp50,000 and Rp100,000. Singapore dollars (SGD) and United States dollars (USD) are additionally accepted in many of the motels, retailers and some restaurants(not all). Money changers, banks and accommodations can alternate foreign fore for Rupiah, you usually get among the best charges from the money changers. Credit cards are extensively accepted in accommodations, retailers and consuming locations in Batam

Transportation

Batam can be explored by several transportation such as Bus Trans Batam, taxi and Shuttle Bus. Public transport are recognized with yellow-plate-number on the vehicle. The other way to exlplore by using online apps transport such as Go-Jek or Grab.

Estimated Living Cost

Here are the details of estimated living cost, exclude the accommodation/homestay:

Item

Amount

Accomodation (House) From Rp.1.500.000-Rp.4.000.000/month
Accomodation (Room) From Rp.500.000-Rp.2.000.000/month
Meals Rp.15.000-30.000/Meal
Internet Data Package From Rp.100.000 – Rp.200.000/month
Public transport (Trans Batam Bus) Rp.4000/trip
Laundry Rp.7.000-Rp.9.000/Kilogram