Alright, I confess. I am a converted now. Groupon deals are great!
For only $78 per person, our package includes return ferry tickets to Batam, one night stay at Planet Holiday Hotel & Residence with breakfast, seafood lunch plus bonus one-hour massage. Now, say wow!
The deal also includes a half day city tour. It’s not all just about visiting factory outlets, we also get up close with some local cultural attractions like Maha Vihara Duta Maitreya Temple (one of the biggest Chinese temple in Batam) and Thoa Pek Kong Temple.
Of cos, no trip to Batam is not complete without getting souvenirs from the Chocolate Factory Outlet and local dry goods shop.
After lunch at Golden Prawn 555, we were treated to a cultural show with fire-swallowing and glass-chewing shaman. But we also witnessed a cruel monkey show. To me, capturing animal to perform for entertainment is cruel. I don’t support such animal trade. The poor monkey was hugging the audience and begging us for help.
After a tiring day of traveling and shopping, we were treated to a relaxing body massage. For additional $8, we could extend the massage for 30 min or change to one hour aromatherapy massage or body scrub. I paid extra $10 to upgrade to aromatherapy massage for 90 min.
We checked in to the hotel around 7.30 pm. Planet Holiday was an awesome hotel with a fabulous view and pool. We had our dinner at MacDonald’s being chilling in the jacuzzi to end the night 🙂