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by fusionguy Online Now Feb 4, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Hi,

I am planning to visit Singapore & Malaysia coming this June. Will be travelling with my parents .. Would like to get some inputs on itinerary. I am not inclined to book any travel package and would like to go on my own ... So some help is needed on average hotels.

The plan is a 6 day stay in Singapore and 3-4 days stay in Malaysia ... Not sure about the places to visit in Singapore ( would like to get some inputs )

What all places I can cover in 6 days??

Need your suggestions as to how to plan this trip ..... As am planning to go with parents so need to book everything in advance ...

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    Re: Visit to Singapore

    by Durfun Online Now Feb 4, 2012 at 9:18 AM

    Hi, SG is very compact. In my personal opinion you do not need as much as 6 days in Singapore, esp when you intend to visit MY too!!

    Many hotels to choose from, budget dependent. There are great sightseeing buses covering all the major attractions.

    For evening dining, Clarke Quay is excellent with a wide selection. In the daytime, Little India has many good & inexpensive restaurants with mouth-watering food.

    I'd say 3 days max in SG, the rest in Malaysia.

    Best to start with Kuala Lumpur - see the sights, then a half-day trip to the new adminsitrative capital - Putrajaya.

    Don't know how you plan to travel from SG to MY? Flying or bus? If bus, consider also staying at one of the great island resorts, eg Melaka, Langkawi, Perhentian. choice of east or west coast, again, depending on what aspect appeals to you guys most.

    There is a lot of beauty in the natural, coastal parts of Malaysia so please do make the most of it!

    Good luck.

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    Re: Visit to Singapore

    by Durfun Online Now Feb 4, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    Melaka is enroute to KL, west coast. On the opposing east coast are the gorgeous Tioman Islands.

    You may want to explore Genting Highlands very close to KL. BTW Putrajaya & Cyberjaya are very close to KLIA (airport for KL)

    Langkawi is on the west coast but way up north, near the border with Thailand, and on the oppsoing east coast are the Perhentian Islands.

    All these are great places, with served by domestic flights or even VERY luxurious coaches.

    There are also very luxurious coaches from SG to MY (and KL). I'd never experienced such wonderful coaches in my life, despite seeing many developed & first world countries!

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    Re: Visit to Singapore

    by fusionguy Online Now Feb 4, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    Thanks Durfun,

    I am planning to cover these places in SG : Sentosa Island, Universal Studio, Zoo, Bird Park and Night Safari. Will try to fit these places in 4 days schedule. From SG am planning to take flight only as need a easy and comfortable journey since y parents will be with me .

    Any suggestions on the places to visit in MY. Planning to see Kuala Lumpur and if possible will try to visit Langkawi Island as well .

    Do you think that These all places can be covered in 10 days or so. If yes help me design an itinerary. Need a relaxing tour not a hectic one .

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    Re: Visit to Singapore

    by cochinjew Online Now Feb 4, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    I would agree to reverse the time allocation, Malaysia has far more attractions than tiny compact almost monolithic Singapour..three days in Singapour and then bus to Malacca, on to KL, perhaps Penang and fly out. EAsy to do, not too hard on your back or backpocket.. Buses are excellent, hotels in Malaysia are extremely reasonable for the price.
    In Singapour I stay at a small boutique hotel near Little India (about 150 usd per night). Singapour has excellent transport by MRT, Bus.
    Food in both places are good but I find Malaysia to be a more varied cuisine and more choices in Local Cuisine..

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    Re: Visit to Singapore

    by Durfun Online Now Feb 4, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    Hi, All the attractions you have mentioned can EASILY be covered in 3 days, at an extremely leisurely pace! Don't worry!

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    Re: Visit to Singapore

    by fusionguy Online Now Feb 4, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    Thanks Durfun & Cochinjew,

    I will plan accordingly. Will focus more on MY rather than SG. Will visiting Kuala Lumpur & Langakawi be easily coveredin 4-5 days ? Any other places like Genting Highlands or any other place to be covered ?

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    Re: Visit to Singapore

    by Durfun Online Now Feb 4, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    KL can be done in 2 days. Defo get tickets for the Menara TV tower (offering FAR better & extensive views than Petronas Twin towers).

    But do go up Petronas too, or at least into Surya Centre (KLCC), where even from the foyer & shopping arcades you can look up through the towers for free! Tickets for Petronas need queueing up early morning for a designated time slot later in the day though, you can't just get a ticket & go in!

    I think you guys should also go to Batu Caves, just outside KL (8 kms - get a taxi for convenience). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batu_C...

    BTW You can see the region from Menara TV tower!

    Other than Genting, there's Cameron Highlands, strategic visit as enroute to Langkawi or Penang.

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    Re: Visit to Singapore

    by Durfun Online Now Feb 4, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    Hey, If you can take the coach to KL, I suggest a visit to Putrajaya & Cyberjaya on the back of a metro trip to KLIA. Then fly onto Langkawi, return to KL, see Genting & off for home :-)

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    Re: Visit to Singapore

    by sheherezad Online Now Feb 5, 2012 at 4:11 AM

    You failed to mention the time of year you plan to visit, how old your parents are (or more importantly, how mobile), what your/their travel interests are? If you could enlighten me on these, I could better advise you, re: itinerary.

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    Re: Visit to Singapore

    by fusionguy Online Now Feb 5, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    Hi Sheherezad,

    I am planning to visit in June 12 .. My parents are around 60, and can even do hectic travelling but will have to take a break of 1 day after say some 3 days of sightseeing. So am trying to keep 1 buffer day after 3 days of regular travel.

    As per interest would like to see main attractions of the place, not inclined towards clubs or casinos ( as my parents have seen enough of them in Vegas this year ).

    In MY am somehow inclined to visit Langakawi as have heard too much about it .

    As of now my itinerary in SG is like this

    Day 1 Sentosa Island Visit
    Day 2 Zoo & Night Safari
    Day 3 Bird Park & half day city tour
    Day 4 Universal Studio

    Kindly suggest on any places left out . Also places to visit in MY.

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    Re: Visit to Singapore

    by sheherezad Online Now Feb 6, 2012 at 1:40 AM

    You are not helping - what do you mean by main attractions: scenary/culture/architecture/religious places/beaches/local activities/market places/parks??

    As for LGK, June is the wrong time of the Year for it. And what attracted you to it - beaches or nature or the duty free shopping? If you can fill me in on these I can better help :)

    Btw Genting is therefore out - it'll be nothing compared to Vegas! ;)

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    Re: Visit to Singapore

    by sheherezad Online Now Feb 6, 2012 at 4:16 AM

    The SW Monsoon blows in June, so LGK will be wet and the sea rough. But the East Coast will be dry. Depending on whether you and your parents like beaches or islands or culture, I can make appropriate recommendations. I think you can fly directly to KUA from SIN but do check the flight routes. And if you can fly directly to any other East Coast airport. If you can, I would suggest flying directly there from SIN.

    If you want to go to KL first, take the coach - flying is expensive unless you take AirAsia and book in advance. Better still, fly straight to PEN. And from there work your way down to KL. Make a separate post for what to see/do in Penang (like Melaka it is a UNESCO World Heritage City).

    Forget about the bird park in SG - the one in KL is the largest open air netted aviary in the world! While there check out the Orchid Park. And, coming from India, Batu Caves might not interest you. Go see the Thean Hou temple in Seputeh and the Blue Mosque in Shah Alam.

    Check out Central Market, Petronas Twin Towers, Menara KL, the old train station and court houses for Moorish architecture, FRIM for a jungle experience and savour the delicious local food!

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    Re: Visit to Singapore

    by sheherezad Online Now Feb 6, 2012 at 7:21 AM

    And then, there is Petaling Street (China Town) and Little India (Brickfields). While in Brickfields you can check out the Buddhist temple which has the image of the Buddha from every corner of the world! If you are interested in such things. The Temple of Fine Arts is also located in Brickfields - it runs the Analakshmi restaurant - do check out current location (as I'm out of date after the last 3 locations!).

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    Re: Visit to Singapore

    by fusionguy Online Now Feb 6, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Hi Sheherezad,

    Thanks for your reply. Well by main attractions I meant scenery and beaches wherein we can enjoy the beauty of nature at leisure. Not attracted for duty free shopping or clubbing or night life. As for LKG I had heard that it is a very nice and silent place. Any other place with some beaches will also do ..

    As per your recommendation I will plan to drop bird park from my SIN itinerary . Rest if you can help me in finalizing the MY itinerary, it would be really helpful... Should I fly to KL or head along to east coast, which will be a better option in June ..

    As per my requirements I only wish to see scenery and natural beauty rather than from city hustle bustle ...

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    Re: Visit to Singapore

    by Durfun Online Now Feb 6, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    As Sheh said earlier, if the west coast will be rough at that time, you could head to the east: Tioman Islands, or further up to Perhentian. Both are magnificent :-)

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    Re: Visit to Singapore

    by Mozumbus Online Now Feb 6, 2012 at 8:53 PM

    Well I am sure the above many responses have already provided you with some good insight but I will try to share my experience too without looking on the above responses..

    First things first, imo I would do it inversely, i.e. 3 days in SG and the rest in KL...

    Further, I will not come back to Singapore for the return flight but will fly out of SG instead to save the backtracking cost and hassles. Since SG and KL are usually in the same zone, therefore it will not have any significant impact on the cost of the air ticket..

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