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Old 26th October 2012, 01:23 PM
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Default First holiday to Malaysia/Singapore - need your expert assistance please!

Hi all,

After much discussion and thought, we have finally decided to spend our 2013 family holiday in Malaysia and Singapore.
We fly out on 22nd March from London Heathrow to Kuala Lumpar and then return on 9th April from Singapore.
This is out first trip ever to this part of the world, somewhere we have always wanted to go.

So far we haven't worked out an itinerary of what we would like to do out there and where to visit ... that's where I draw upon your expert advice. I know some of you have been there a number of times and know the area really well.

There are 3 of us travelling - myself, my wife and our 8 year old daughter.

We are going for 17 nights and so are open to options. We want to make this a holiday of a lifetime and so would like to cover all the key areas. I'm willing to drive and/or take internal flights if necessary. The last thing we want to do is regret not going to visit a place in the vicinity as we have no idea when we will get a chance to go back again.

So, if any of you could pass on your wisdom and let us know where you have been, how long for, what it was like and if it is best avoided or not to be missed, we would be eternally grateful. Also, how long would you recommend we stay at these places?

In particular, we would really appreciate it if you could let us know decent accommodation (either hotel or apartment). Our budget is 50-70 a night, although I know we are going to be hard pressed to find anything decent for that sort of money in Singapore.

We want to explore the areas, trek a rainforest and spend some time on the beach .. a little of everything.


Some of the places I have briefly read about (and find appealing) are:
Kuala Lumpar
Penang
Langkawi
Redang
Cable Cars
Singapore
Senosta Island
Universal Studios
Kunching
Kota Kinabala

BTW we are flying with Malaysia Airlines on the new A380 airbus ... really can't wait.

Thanks all in advance.

Regards,
Aj
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Old 30th October 2012, 01:05 PM
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Hi Delightful,

Firstly, welcome to the forums!

Yes, accomodation in Signapore is quite expensive. I find Agoda (big banner at the top of these forums) is a decent company that can either help you with a good discount, or at least give you an idea of how far your money will go. Play around with the search functions.

I would not bother with internal flights. You have a good amount of time to travel and you are travelling around a fairly small area. Public transport around Malaysia is both cheap and of good quality/comfort. A few recommendations not found on your list:

Cameron Highlands - beautiful area. Lots of native jungle and tea plantations. If you are from the UK, you will be pleased to hear that devonshire cream-teas are in abundance here! They grow strawberries and tea all over the area. Recommended.

Perhentian Islands - Just check out google images. 'Nuff said ;)

Palau Tioman - Further south on the same side (east coast) as the Perhentian Islands. Duty free island! (As Malaysia is a predominantly Muslim country, alcohol is not as cheap as elsewhere in the region. Both Tioman and the lovely Langkawi are duty free, so stock up when you visit!)

Palau Pangkor - Less well-known but still really beautiful island on the west coast (a little south of Penang). For scenary and relaxation, I would choose Pangkor over Penang every day of the week. Penang is fantastic for history, culture and the amazing street food, but for me, Pangkor wins for beauty.

Melaka - Very interesting little place. This place is so full of ineresting history it's difficult to leave! You keep hearing about other odd little things to check out.

Beyond my recommendtions I would add to yours. Set aside a good bit of time for Langkawi; it's a wonderful little island.

Also, I wouldn't bother setting more than 3 or 4 days aside for Singapore. Unless you have something specific in mind, you may get bored with anything more than that.

Suggested itinerary:
Fly into KL. After a few days, up to the Cameron highlands. Then across to Ipoh and to transfer to Pangkor -> Penang -> Langkawi (islands). Then take a bus across to the Perhentian Islands -> down to Tioman (close to Kunching I think if you wanted to pop in) -> down to Singapore. Bascially, you're going up the west coast and then down the east to Singapore.

Have a fantastic time!

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Old 30th October 2012, 02:07 PM
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Hi Delightful,

Firstly, welcome to the forums!

Yes, accomodation in Signapore is quite expensive. I find Agoda (big banner at the top of these forums) is a decent company that can either help you with a good discount, or at least give you an idea of how far your money will go. Play around with the search functions.

I would not bother with internal flights. You have a good amount of time to travel and you are travelling around a fairly small area. Public transport around Malaysia is both cheap and of good quality/comfort. A few recommendations not found on your list:

Cameron Highlands - beautiful area. Lots of native jungle and tea plantations. If you are from the UK, you will be pleased to hear that devonshire cream-teas are in abundance here! They grow strawberries and tea all over the area. Recommended.

Perhentian Islands - Just check out google images. 'Nuff said ;)

Palau Tioman - Further south on the same side (east coast) as the Perhentian Islands. Duty free island! (As Malaysia is a predominantly Muslim country, alcohol is not as cheap as elsewhere in the region. Both Tioman and the lovely Langkawi are duty free, so stock up when you visit!)

Palau Pangkor - Less well-known but still really beautiful island on the west coast (a little south of Penang). For scenary and relaxation, I would choose Pangkor over Penang every day of the week. Penang is fantastic for history, culture and the amazing street food, but for me, Pangkor wins for beauty.

Melaka - Very interesting little place. This place is so full of ineresting history it's difficult to leave! You keep hearing about other odd little things to check out.

Beyond my recommendtions I would add to yours. Set aside a good bit of time for Langkawi; it's a wonderful little island.

Also, I wouldn't bother setting more than 3 or 4 days aside for Singapore. Unless you have something specific in mind, you may get bored with anything more than that.

Suggested itinerary:
Fly into KL. After a few days, up to the Cameron highlands. Then across to Ipoh and to transfer to Pangkor -> Penang -> Langkawi (islands). Then take a bus across to the Perhentian Islands -> down to Tioman (close to Kunching I think if you wanted to pop in) -> down to Singapore. Bascially, you're going up the west coast and then down the east to Singapore.

Have a fantastic time!
Brilliant, thank you for your reply and recommendations.
I will certainly have a look at Perhentian Islands, Palau Pangkor and Tioman. Watched a program at the weekend on Malaka and was little impressed; maybe it was just the way it was presented.

You didn't mention anything about Kuching or Kota Kinabala. Although having said that, Kota Kinabala may not be ideal as we have our 7 year old daughter with us and the thought of climbing the mountains (which really is the purpose of this area isn't it?) seems a little optimistic.
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Old 13th December 2012, 09:26 AM
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congrats to the great decision, Singapore and Malaysia are great places to visit!

Singapore is actually a bustling metropolis, not unlike London actually, yet, being so small geographically, you will find that it is very rich as all the goodness are cramped into this small little place:)

Internal flights in Singapore is unheard of. Travelling by sub from the most easterly station to the most westerly is less than an hour. That said, all those money can be used for shopping!

Singapore is shoppers' paradise, with malls like ION in Orchard Road, all luxury brands are covered. Chinatown is another iconic area to visit.
With your budget, rooms around more popular areas like Orchard Road are not that possible.

Cheers
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Old 17th January 2013, 03:08 AM
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For the days you are in Singapore, definitely check out the zoo, both by day and night. The zoo itself is amazing and it really is worth going both times. :)
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Old 16th September 2013, 03:15 PM
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Default Things to do in Singapore

Travelling to Singapore is easy! Travelling around Singapore is even easier! There are so many places worth visiting, Chinatown, Little India, Singapore Flyer.

Try the famous Bak Kut Teh, Clarke Quay for a night of endless drinks. If you want a glimpse into Singapore's nightlife then places like Butter Factory, Pangae, Mink are worth visiting.

Enjoy!
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Old 21st September 2013, 04:39 AM
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Default Sightseeing in Singapore

Singapore went through a lot to reach her current standing in the world, there are places well preserved to inculcate deeper roots for Singaporeans to relate to. Places like Fort Canning, Lim Bo Seng Memorial tower, even Bugis Street! The previous red light district of Singapore. There is a sightseeing bus available which strolls through these places. Fantastic way to sight see!
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Old 20th February 2014, 05:05 PM
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Suggestions:


- 2 days 1 night in Bintan Island. You can take a ferry from Singapore that will only take 45-60 minutes.

- 1 day tour in Batam Island. Also accessible by ferry, this is a very affordable day trip at SGD 58/person.

- 1 day tour in Johor Bahru to Legoland Malaysia and Hello Kitty Town. This day tour is very popular especially among travellers with children.
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Old 8th March 2014, 02:27 AM
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I think you can skip Sentosa island. There are much nicer beaches to be found in Malaysia and it is basicaly a fake beach surrounded by oil tankers with fake rocks and loads of tourists.
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