Sights outside Singapore - into Malaysia?
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Jan 28, 2013 3:26 AM Last Post By: travelocd
Jan 24, 2013 5:26 AM
I may have a couple of days in Singapore and, since I've been there before, I need some ideas of places to see outside of the city - or perhaps even over the border in Malaysia.
(I've been to the POW museum, the old city, Raffles, et al).
Is there somewhere a bus/train ride away from the city centre worth visiting?
Alternatively, is there anywhere I could visit just across the Malaysian border for a day or two? (I've been to Melacca, etc). I took the bus from Melacca to Singapore a while back but don't remember seeing anything along the way.
Any suggestions, along with an idea of the journey time, etc, would be much appreciated.
Jan 24, 2013 6:07 AM
1If you have been to all the sights in the centre (inc.the museums? Asian Civilisations one is very good,and the National Museum of Singapore is quite interesting)....then there are not a huge amount of things to see in the suburbs.
I suppose the major ones are the zoo/night safari which is really crowded but not bad (as zoos go)....Sentosa island...or some of the natural places like the MacRitchie reservoir.
Across the border there is very little of interest between Singapore and Melaka IMHO.,.....
Jan 24, 2013 7:43 PM
2I don't really recommend going into Malaysia because of the high crime rates in there.
If you don't mind short ferry trips, you can visit Pulau Ubin (local island) or even islands in Indonesia such as Bintan or Batam which is about 4 hours away via ferry.
As for Singapore itself, I'm not sure if you have visited all the tourist attractions.
- Zoo / Night Safari / River Safari
- Jurong Bird Park
- Gardens by the Bay
- Universal Studio / Resort World Sentosa (marine life park with largest sea aquarium in the world)
- Singapore River (you can take ducktour or ferry)
More towards Nature:
Jan 25, 2013 5:24 AM
3Thanks for the suggestions, guys.
I'm intrigued by the idea of going to Bintan or Batam islands, which sounds more my thing.
But I would guess I would need an Indonesian visa (which cost around $20-$30 USD, from what I remember when I visited Sumatra?
Anything to see on Palau Ubin?
Jan 25, 2013 10:38 AM
Jan 26, 2013 5:21 PM
5#2 Surely you are exaggerating? "High crime rates in Malaysia" - most tourists would list Malaysia as a safe destination.
Jan 27, 2013 1:27 AM
6Yes....'high crime rates' maybe compared to Singapore...but very low compared to almost every other country in the world ;-)
Jan 27, 2013 8:55 AM
7I used to live in Singapore about 15 years ago and visit every 2 or 3 years - can't get enough of the place. I would agree with a previous suggestion of a day on Ubin - you can hire a bike cheaply and the seafood is fab. I think there are basic palces to stay as well. Another newly discovered favourite is the Prawn Fishing and Beer Garden (!) just outside Jurong Bird Park. The bus stops at the bottom of the hill - it's a fun way to spend the afternoon. And you get to to cook and eat the prawns you catch.
If money isn't an issue then a Sunday champagne brunch - The Fullerton is our favourite.
If bars are your thing then The Down Under bar in Orchard Towers is a cheap (for Sing) and friendly place to go - not trendy. - a mixture of locals, ex-pats and tourists.
I also here that the zoo has made some changes so if you like zoos even if you've been before that might be a good thing to repeat.
Have a great time - we're there in August for a couple of weeks - and intend to do the things I've suggested. :-)
Jan 28, 2013 3:26 AM
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