Replies: 14 - Last Post: Nov 9, 2012 12:12 AM Last Post By: travelocd
Oct 19, 2012 12:41 AM
We(Wife, 2 young kids(4.5 and 2.5) are visiting singapore for a 5 day trip and then onward from there for a further 5 days to some near by place. Request suggestions on
1. Things to do in Singapore
2. Is there any off beat place / country close to singapore which would be an interesting visit - beach / adventure etc anything would be fine
Oct 19, 2012 6:16 AM
1I'd suggest...first,read a guidebook....Second,use the search function on here (top right-put in 'Singapore Itinerary' and you should find lots of suggestions).
Then post some more specific questions on here.With no idea of your likes,dislikes,budget,interests etc. it is hard for anyone to make relevant suggestions ;-)
Oct 19, 2012 6:19 AM
2On the second question....Malaysia is obviously closest and easiest to get to.
Other possibilities could be Bali (by plane),Thailand (by plane) or Indonesia.Obviously 5 days is not very long...you can really only fly/bus to one place and spend the time there.
Again...depends on what you are interested in.Also...what time of year are you going?
Oct 19, 2012 8:15 AM
3Try these links:
Your Singapore This can help you to plan your trip to Singapore and read about most of the attractions and sights.
Top 10 in Singapore This is a blog post about some of the top sights you can do in Singapore.
Like Lucapal has said, we will need more information - such as what you guys like, and when is your visit?
This is an exciting month to be in Little India, Singapore because of the upcoming Deepavali Festival. Nearing Christmas, the malls in Orchard Road prepare special programmes and have mega lighting and Christmas trees.
After Singapore, Malaysia is certainly the easiest although the east coast is experiencing more rain these days. You could consider one of the budget flights to further in Malaysia, Indonesia, or Thailand like Lucapal has mentioned.
Oct 19, 2012 9:09 AM
4Go Singapore with kids, better go to Singapore zoo, night safari, songs of the sea, little India, new big n special garden opened recently, universal studio (may not be suitable for your young kids) , n then try local food, like grab, and then take coach to newly open Legoland in the border of Malaysia.
Have u heard about eastern n oriental express. It is a luxury train to n from Thailand n Singapore. I m trying to figure it out to make the same route but in cheaper way.
Oct 19, 2012 10:42 PM
Oct 20, 2012 11:38 AM
7Lots of good suggestions of where to visit in the Little Red Dot from the other posters.
Just to add to the list, your family may also like to consider visiting Pulau Ubin, an island that belongs to Singapore. Easily accessible by a short ferry trip from Changi Point, you can enjoy nature in this last kampong of Singapore. Your family can walk around the rustic place, cycle or visit the rich biodiversity of Chek Jawa. You can even stay behind for a nice seafood evening meal by the sea prepared by the local eateries operating on that island.
Their official website:
For nearby countries, I will recommend Malaysia, Thailand or Indonesia.
Oct 20, 2012 11:43 AM
8Activities Available On Pulau Ubin (I found it in the website which I have posted earlier)
For the types of activities which one can engage on the island, you can consider the following:
1) cycling to various destinations on the island
2) mountain biking at purpose designed tracks with routes of varying degree of difficulty
3) visit to chek jawa which is at the eastern tip of Pulau Ubin - about an hour on foot or about 40 minutes riding a bicycle or about 10 minutes by a van ($4-$6 per person each way)
4) treking on the island - following the road and established paths
5) bird watching
6) nature photography and nature walk , including the specially designed sensory trail
8) star gazing
9) camping at designated campsites (with toilet facilities)
10) enjoying a seafood meal
11) sampling local durians (only during fruiting season)
Oct 22, 2012 12:40 AM
9Myself and myhusband travelled to Singapore last year with our 2 year old and enjoyed the Sea Life Centre on Sentosa Island and thought the night safari was excellent.
We then travelled on to Koh Samui for 5 days and stayed at the Cheweng Regent Hotel, which is a great hotel located on the beach in Cheweng. The hotel was very relaxed and we found that our 2 year old was more than happy spending hours in the pool. We hired a car for the day and drove around the whole of the island. Big Budda was probably the highlight of the day. Air India fly from Singapore to Koh Samui direct and it takes about 1 hour.
Oct 22, 2012 6:16 PM
Places have been pointed out where to visit but just to give a bit more detail:
1. Zoo is great - but most importantly take swimmers - there is a splash park in the zoo which is free and great way of splitting up the day at the zoo to cool down and to excite the kids.
2. Night safari is great depending on when your kids go to bed - I mean it opens at 7 but by the time you get to the shoe 7.30-7.50 or on the tram and do one loop then its 8pm my kids are flat out and it becomes an expensive (around 100$ for the family) for a one hour trip - again depends if your kids can handle till 10pm then its great!
3. Universal studios I would say mostly appealing to 6 years plus.
4. Sentosa is great fun - there are lots of rides and entertainment but if you go to palawan Beach there is an area of water play again for free which kids love and will keep them entertained for hours. There is a food court right next door to try local specialties for a reasonable price. there are all types of ways to enter Sentosa - taxi, cable car, a boardwalk (moving walkway) a monorail. If you want to splash out then there is an excellent Sunday brunch at the Rasa Sentosa Resort its free for your kids but 88++$ for adults eat for 3 hrs as much as you want but during this time there is childrens entertainment, face painting, baloon animals etc.. after this 3 hrs you can use the pool at the hotel for free for the afternoon which is a kids paradise.
5. East Coast Park, West Coast park or palau ubin you can rent bikes (you need your ID at East/West coast) the bikes have child seats so no worries for your two and just explore the park - west Coast is less busy and has a fab playground. East Coast is busier but better cycle tracks and is good to take seafood after an afternoon cycle.
6. McRitchie park - there is a canopy walk you probably are best to grab a cab to Venus drive then its a 7km round trip you see monkeys, lizards etc and get the feel of being in a rainforest.
7.IF it rains and you have had enough of humidity there are various indoor playgrounds for kids - try go Go Bambinis at Dempsey Hill or Fidgits at Turf City or Sebs at Rochester Park - kids can burn themselves out for a few hrs - relatively good price.
8. Duck tours/Hop on Hop off/River boat tour are all good.
9.Gardens by The Bay is ok but quite exposed in the gardens so its quite hot - choose early morning - there is a high canopy walk or you can visit a dome - these are giant greenhouses - I especially like the Cloud forest dome - its ok for kids you can get away with an hour or two in there, not much more...
Around Singapore - well depoends on time you are visiting. you could go to Yogyakarta and visit Borobudur - its more off beat than some places - we stayed in Phoenix hotel which was great the temples are good to play on for kids and interesting for adults.
A great place is Kuching (Borneo) - there is a great small cheap beach resort (Dumai resort & Spa) next to a cultural village which shows allt he long houses in Sarawak State. From here you can get a driver to take you to an orangutan Sanctuary called Semmengoh where they feed semi wild Orangutans its great for kiddies.
Sepilok in the other Malay state of Sabah is also great have to fly KK (kota Kinabalu) then onto Sandakan though....
If you want beach then there is Rawa Island Safaris - which is just built for kids - slides into the sea, games room, tons of families, table tennis, trampoline etc.. but really closes next month until Mid - feb for North east monsoon settles in!
Other beaches are Lombok/Gili Islands (Bali beaches do not do it for me - sorry) Koh Samui, Krabi, Phuket (Thailand) all resorts built for kids
If you want more adventure then Cambodia (Siem Reap) for the temples or Vietnam (Hoi An)
Really all depends on budget and what you would like to see - its so easy to suggest hundreds of places from Singapore
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