8 Cultural Tours in Riau Archipelago That You Shouldn't Miss

July 24, 2021 Diedre Savory

Discover the best top things to do in Riau Archipelago, Indonesia including Batam Private Car Charter & Transport Service, Batam Amazing Day Tour (include Lunch) , Singapore to Batam:City Tour with Ferry Tickets & Lunch, SMALL GROUP: Batam Day Trip with Ferry, 1-hr Massage, Shopping and Seafood Lunch, Private Tour: Batam Day Trip from Singapore with Round-Trip Ferry and Lunch, Bintan Best Shared Tour, Private 2-day Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia KL (3 countries) tour from Singapore, Bintan Food Hunt Tour.

1. Batam Private Car Charter & Transport Service

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Join us to get best of Batam Tour with the best local guides. This tour offer a more intimate experience for travelers and may include private transportation with your own driver/guide, a private guided tour leading you to see the best of Batam, Indonesia.

Inclusions: Hotel pickup, Fuel surcharge, Driver/guide, Transport by private vehicle

Exclusions: Food and drinks

Reviewed By iKansalji

Easy to arrange via Whasapp, responses were quick and clear. Arranged for 1.5 days, the vehicle provided was clean and comfortable and always on time. It enabled our group to have a stress-free and relaxing time over the weekend.

2. Batam Amazing Day Tour (include Lunch)

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Batam is across the water just one hour from Singapore, so if you are looking for a weekend break to Indonesia then this is a great place to come. You need to proceed to Majestic Fast ticket counter to sail away to Batam. You will find a number of resorts, spas, restaurants and cafes and the nightlife here with a good range of choices if you are looking for some entertainment in the evenings. Highlights: • Visit Maha Vihara Duta Maitreya, Welcome to Batam, 70 Fahrenheit Koffie, Barelang Bridge. Tua Pek Kong Temple, Batam Miniature Park, Muhammad Cheng Ho Mosque, Batik Gallery & Golden Layer Cake. • Lunch included in this tour! • Massage deal optional to add-on too.

Inclusions: Nasi Padang, Air-conditioned vehicle, Gratuities, Batam's Hotel Pick-up & Drop-off

Exclusions: Round trip ferry ticket between Singapore and Batam (Return Ferry Ticket SG-BTM-SG), Personal Expanses, Personal Insurance, Porterage fees

Reviewed By Tourist41656609572

I was little bit shy about massage as I am Muslim and most of Batam people also Muslim. But my shyness dissolved when I found beautiful Girls, Women and Men working in Shops, Massage parlors, restaurants, Hotels and different entertainment profession in Nagoya Hill Shopping Mall and nearby Hotels & Shops. In Batam, unsocial issues are hidden for those people who need those. After my first visit in May 2019, I went 2 times in Batam. I stayed Harmony Suits Hotel, a 4 Star Hotel but price only US$ 33 per night including fantastic breakfast and all facilities of kitchen in room!! Restaurant & Massage service were available 24 Hours in my Hotel room with very reasonable price.

3. Singapore to Batam:City Tour with Ferry Tickets & Lunch

Batam Centre Point International Ferry Terminal, Jl. Engku Putri Utara, Tlk. Tering, Kec. Batam Kota, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau 29401, Indonesia Solid Travel
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Batam is across the water just one hour from Singapore, so if you are looking for a weekend break to Indonesia then this is a great place to come. You need to proceed to Sindo Ferry ticket counter to sail away to Batam. You will find a number of resorts, spas, restaurants and cafes and the nightlife here with a good range of choices if you are looking for some entertainment in the evenings. Hightlights: * Visit Maha Vihara Duta Maitreya, Welcome to Batam, 70 Fahrenheit Koffie, Barelang Bridge. Tua Pek Kong Temple, Batam Miniature Park, Muhammad Cheng Ho Mosque, Batik Gallery & Golden Layer Cake. * Lunch included in this tour! * Massage deal is optional to add-on too.

Inclusions: at Nasi Padang Restaurant, Air-conditioned vehicle, Gratuities, Round trip ferry ticket between Singapore and Batam (Return Ferry Ticket SG-BTM-SG)

Exclusions: Personal Expanses, Personal Insurance, Porterage Fees, Singapore hotel pick-up

Reviewed By Tourist41656609572

I was little bit shy about massage as I am Muslim and most of Batam people also Muslim. But my shyness dissolved when I found beautiful Girls, Women and Men working in Shops, Massage parlors, restaurants, Hotels and different entertainment profession in Nagoya Hill Shopping Mall and nearby Hotels & Shops. In Batam, unsocial issues are hidden for those people who need those. After my first visit in May 2019, I went 2 times in Batam. I stayed Harmony Suits Hotel, a 4 Star Hotel but price only US$ 33 per night including fantastic breakfast and all facilities of kitchen in room!! Restaurant & Massage service were available 24 Hours in my Hotel room with very reasonable price.

4. SMALL GROUP: Batam Day Trip with Ferry, 1-hr Massage, Shopping and Seafood Lunch

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This is a sightseeing-cum-shopping day trip ideal for travelers on a budget but still want to have a taste of a developing Indonesian city. Hop on a 1-hour high-speed ferry from Singapore. Upon arrival at Batam, you will be greeted by your guide. A 4-course seafood lunch and 60-min traditional Indonesian massage are included. You will arrive back at Singapore at about 9:00pm. Highlights: • Visit Maha Vihara Duta Maitreya, Barelang Bridge, Kueh Lapis Bakery, Mini Indonesian Park, Cheng Ho Statue, 70 Fahrenheit Koffie, Batik Outlet, Polo Ralph Lauren Outlet, Welcome to Batam Monument & Megamall  • A traditional Indonesian massage is included for your convenience

Inclusions: Round-trip transport by high-speed public ferry (required to cross Singapore/Indonesia border), 60-min traditional Indonesian massage, Exclusive photostop of Welcome to Batam Monument, Exclusive photostop of grand Barelang Bridge, 4-course seafood lunch (2 types of seafood, chicken and vegetables), Sightseeing and shopping by air-conditioned minivan/minibus, All taxes, fees and handling charges, Traditional Kueh Lapis cake tasting: 0840BTC-1900BTC

Exclusions: Hotel pickup (if option not selected), Hotel drop-off

Reviewed By ClMitchell

I had read several good reviews about a day-trip to Batam and decided to take one of my few days in Singapore to do that. What a huge mistake! There was nothing worth seeing there that couldn’t be seen other places or that were worth the visit. The massage and the kart ride were OK, but we didn’t need to go all the way there to do that. No interesting landmarks (the Barelang bridge pales compared to all the architectural landmarks in Singapore), and the temples were nothing special nor historical. The visit to the coffee factory is a real tourist trap: I told the guide that neither my son or I drank coffee but he still took us there just to sit in a closed room to hear him try to sell us souvenir packages of coffee. Also, my guide barely spoke any English, so it was extremely hard to communicate. Finally, the lunch was also very disappointing, as we couldn’t choose what we ate (the meal was pre-set and despite seeing some good alternative in neighboring tables, we had to stick with the bland fish and sea snails they had given us). I had wished to discover a bit of Indonesia but left that country never wanting to go back. What a disappointment!

5. Private Tour: Batam Day Trip from Singapore with Round-Trip Ferry and Lunch

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This is a day tour ideal for travelers with limited time in Singapore, but still want to have a taste of a developing Indonesian town just 1 hour away from Singapore. Upon arrival at Batam, you will be greeted by your private tour guide. In your private minivan, you will get to visit the infamous Galang Refugee Camp, the biggest Chinese temple in Indonesia, the tallest Kuan Im statue in Indonesia, and several local shops selling quirky souvenirs, clothings and snacks. Feast over an included traditional Indonesian lunch with locals. You will also stop at a local bakery to sample freshly-made layer cakes, also known as Kueh Lapis. You will arrive back at Singapore at about 9:00pm.

Inclusions: Round-trip transport by high-speed public ferry (required to cross Singapore/Indonesia border), All taxes, fees and handling charges, Traditional Indonesian lunch (2 types of seafood, chicken and vegetables), Fully-guided private tour in Batam, Transport by private air-conditioned vehicle in Batam, Gratuities, Traditional Kueh Lapis cake tasting: 0920SKP-1900BTC, Exclusive photostop of tallest Kwan Im statue in Indonesia

Exclusions: Hotel pickup (if option not selected), Hotel drop-off, Traditional 60-min Indonesian massage (if option not selected)

Reviewed By amandarE9854VH

Part of my bias is likely due to the rain. It was a good tour, but obviously some of the out door stuff was a bit problematic. So be careful of this during the rainy season. Lunch was delicious and the massage was great, as was out tour guide. I’d recommend giving it a try if you’re looking for a day away from Singapore.

6. Bintan Best Shared Tour

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See the best that Bintan has to offer with pick up at Bintan/Sri Bintan Pura Ferry Terminal. What to Expect: • Visit Avalokitesvara Graha Temple, home to the tallest statue of the Goddess of Mercy • Explore Local Market/Department Store where you can haggle for everything from dried seafood to electronic goods • Experience this wonderful tour with a 60-minute massage and Indonesian lunch • Take photos at the stunning sand dunes and the sparkling Blue Lakes

Inclusions: Air-conditioned vehicle, Indonesian local meal, Complimentary 60min traditional massage (Adult only)

Exclusions: Insurance, Personal Expanses

Reviewed By Tourist41656609572

I was little bit shy about massage as I am Muslim and most of Batam people also Muslim. But my shyness dissolved when I found beautiful Girls, Women and Men working in Shops, Massage parlors, restaurants, Hotels and different entertainment profession in Nagoya Hill Shopping Mall and nearby Hotels & Shops. In Batam, unsocial issues are hidden for those people who need those. After my first visit in May 2019, I went 2 times in Batam. I stayed Harmony Suits Hotel, a 4 Star Hotel but price only US$ 33 per night including fantastic breakfast and all facilities of kitchen in room!! Restaurant & Massage service were available 24 Hours in my Hotel room with very reasonable price.

7. Private 2-day Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia KL (3 countries) tour from Singapore

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This is a 2-day fully-guided private tour ideal for travelers with limited time in Singapore, but still want to have a taste of 3 South East Asian countries (Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia). First, you will take a high-speed ferry to Batam to visit the tallest Goddess Of Mercy statue in Indonesia, a Balinese-style Hindu temple, as well as to sample tasty Indonesian cakes. Next, you will fly to Kuala Lumpur to visit the renowned Batu Caves, National Palace, National Monument, National Mosque, Independence Square, as well as to visit the world-famous Petronas Twin Towers skybridge and observatory deck. On the 2nd day, you will visit the 4th largest cave in the world - Phu Pha Phet Caves, at a UNESCO Global Geopark at Satun, Thailand. You will also briefly stop by 2 Thai Buddhist temples and Thale Ban National Park along the way. Conclude with a Business Class coach ride back to Singapore after sightseeing on the 2nd day.

Inclusions: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Fully-guided private tour, Live commentary at the various attractions, Singapore hotel pickup and drop-off, Free WIFI access throughout (subject to cell coverage), All taxes, fees and handling charges, Day 1: High-speed ferry from Singapore to Batam, Indonesia, Day 1: Airbus Malindo ATR flight from Batam to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Day 1: Malaysia domestic high-speed train from Kuala Lumpur to Alor Setar, Day 2: Private minivan sightseeing from Alor Setar to UNESCO Global Geopark at Satun, Thailand, Day 2: Business Class coach back to Singapore, Day 1: Traditional layer cake sampling at Batam, Indonesia, Day 1: Entrance tickets to Petronas Twin Towers skybridge + observation deck in Malaysia, Day 1: Accommodation at 4-star Raia Hotel & Convention Centre (or similar) at Alor Setar, Day 2: Entrance tickets to Phu Pha Phet Caves at UNESCO Global Geopark at Satun, Thailand, 10% of net proceeds go to helping the aged sick + cerebral palsy children in Singapore and Malaysia, Hygiene amenity kit (hand sanitizer, wet wipes, napkins, face masks, disposable gloves)

Exclusions: Alcoholic Beverages, Gratuities

Reviewed By amandarE9854VH

Part of my bias is likely due to the rain. It was a good tour, but obviously some of the out door stuff was a bit problematic. So be careful of this during the rainy season. Lunch was delicious and the massage was great, as was out tour guide. I’d recommend giving it a try if you’re looking for a day away from Singapore.

8. Bintan Food Hunt Tour

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Experience the best food hunt that Bintan has to offer with pick up either at hotel/ferry terminal. What to Expect: • Check out Bintan's landmarks like Avalokitesvara Graha Temple, Blue Lake, Mini Desert and Trikora Beach • Visit the signature food stalls of Bintan and taste Italian pizza, flower crab, otak-otak and tapai (fermented snack) • Indulge in a scrumptious Indonesian lunch • Friendly tour guide service in either English or Chinese will be provided • Enjoy a convenient pick up and drop off service

Inclusions: Air-conditioned vehicle, Indonesian local meal

Exclusions: Insurance, Personal Expanses

Reviewed By Tourist41656609572

I was little bit shy about massage as I am Muslim and most of Batam people also Muslim. But my shyness dissolved when I found beautiful Girls, Women and Men working in Shops, Massage parlors, restaurants, Hotels and different entertainment profession in Nagoya Hill Shopping Mall and nearby Hotels & Shops. In Batam, unsocial issues are hidden for those people who need those. After my first visit in May 2019, I went 2 times in Batam. I stayed Harmony Suits Hotel, a 4 Star Hotel but price only US$ 33 per night including fantastic breakfast and all facilities of kitchen in room!! Restaurant & Massage service were available 24 Hours in my Hotel room with very reasonable price.

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