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1-2 days for travelling to Malaysia from Singapore where to?

Postby sing_resident_09 » Fri, 29 May 2009 11:42 am

Hi,

My parents are in Singapore for two weeks, and would like to spend 1-2 days visiting somewhere in Malaysia.

Can you suggest somewhere to go in Malaysia that is not too far/ hard to get to from Singapore (I'm thinking bus!) and is nice to get away for a day or two.

I'm not thinking of something super expensive, but suitable for a couple in their 50's. I'm thinking some place along the border where you can get in 2-4 hours and hopefully is nice for either tourism (culture etc) or some thing more contemporary (not necessarily shopping).

Any suggestions on places to go to and mode to get there gratefully received.

Apologies if this is not the most relevant sub-topic to make this post in!

Many thanks

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Postby moto » Fri, 29 May 2009 5:08 pm

if you want some history and culture, melaka in malaysia, a former dutch port, makes for a nice overnight excursion... if you want some tropical beach getaway, go with bintan, indonesia...

since there are three of you, you can easily get a triple-sharing free-and-easy deal with most travel agencies here. such packaged trips include hotel, ferry/bus, and other transfers. so, for a seeming newbie like you, this might be the way to go--though others will insist you book your hotel and buy your tickets separately to save some dollars...

i have looked into this agency but i have not yet availed of its services. but to give you an idea, here's the link: http://www.fivestarsonline.com/?q=en/free_easy

hope this helps

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Postby Strong Eagle » Fri, 29 May 2009 5:56 pm

It is 6 to 8 hours away but the Cameron Highlands near Ipoh are truly beautiful with much to do and see. Google either of the terms and see what there is to be offered... lots of packages, good hotels... everything from sightseeing to caving to rafting to rappelling to nature preserves to elephant riding to staying in local towns at the only hotel.

And YES, this is suitable for couple in their fifties... I did all of the above at the tender age of 57 as did my wife.

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Postby QRM » Fri, 29 May 2009 5:58 pm

Or just jump on one of those areobus, it drops you off right in the middle of KL, in fact the stop off point is a hotel and they do a package deal with the bus, you can then walk around the twin towers from your hotel, may as well see Malaysia capital city.

You have a gist of the local landscape from the bus, mostly palm plantations and motorway, but a comfy way to get there.

Have a look at Petaling street touristy but fun, if malls are your thing Pavillion is better than anything in Singapore.

Have a meal at Madam Kwans in KLCC, go up the viewing tower to see all of KL.

Try some real Baku tei at jalan Imbi,

Jump on the mono rail to get a good birds eye veiw of the city, have a cup of tea at Carcosa Seri Negara hotel (dress code applies) like a mini Raffles hotel on a hill.

Get a number of a decent cabbi and stick with him like glue, getting taxi and public transport is really crap in KL, worth paying the cabby to sit and wait for you.

Get on the bus back to Singapore it will drop you off in the middle of town

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Postby Strong Eagle » Fri, 29 May 2009 6:13 pm

QRM wrote:Or just jump on one of those areobus, it drops you off right in the middle of KL, in fact the stop off point is a hotel and they do a package deal with the bus, you can then walk around the twin towers from your hotel, may as well see Malaysia capital city.

You have a gist of the local landscape from the bus, mostly palm plantations and motorway, but a comfy way to get there.

Have a look at Petaling street touristy but fun, if malls are your thing Pavillion is better than anything in Singapore.

Have a meal at Madam Kwans in KLCC, go up the viewing tower to see all of KL.

Try some real Baku tei at jalan Imbi,

Jump on the mono rail to get a good birds eye veiw of the city, have a cup of tea at Carcosa Seri Negara hotel (dress code applies) like a mini Raffles hotel on a hill.

Get a number of a decent cabbi and stick with him like glue, getting taxi and public transport is really crap in KL, worth paying the cabby to sit and wait for you.

Get on the bus back to Singapore it will drop you off in the middle of town


Good poo, QRM... only think I might add is grab a meal at Bangsar... and go up the radio antenna... quite a bit taller than the TT.

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Postby QRM » Fri, 29 May 2009 6:41 pm

Strong Eagle wrote: I might add is grab a meal at Bangsar... and go up the radio antenna... quite a bit taller than the TT.

Yeap I wasnt so clear that was the one to go up.

As to Bansar, not sure, if you a young and trendy and want to hang out in the crowded bars can quite see the appeal, but the actaul place is just a load of mid 70s shoplots, its a bit like going to an expat enclave here, like crossiing a whole country to end up going to holland village for a meal.

There is a lovely place near Ampang cant remember the name, spring hills ? a Thai restaurant in the forest and an old plantation owner house converted to a restaurant.

Or if they are really brave try and find the original Amapang Yung Tau fu it more or less in a scrap yard

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Postby irvine » Sun, 31 May 2009 12:23 pm

I recommend Melaka, or spelled as Malacca. It's a historical town with lotsa good food. I think there's a bus service that takes you up to the nice Equatorial Hotel. Try googling it.

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Postby durain » Mon, 01 Jun 2009 11:07 pm

for a 50ish couple and a 2 nights in KL, stay around in bukit bintang. from there it is walking distance to petaling street and KLCC. taxi is one of KL worst nightmare for tourist. try to avoid it if possible.

bangsar is nice and trendy but a bit far to go from bukit bintang just for a drink and food. ampang is OK but i dont know if there's anymore yong tau foo place anymore! probably all got knocked down for condos! for serious bak kut tea, you will have to go far far away to klang!

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Postby QRM » Mon, 01 Jun 2009 11:32 pm

just remembered the amapang restaurant

http://www.tamarindrestaurants.com/tama ... prings.php

They have a car/bus service too collect you from your hotel. worth a trip at night, but bring your mozzie spray!!

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Postby Strong Eagle » Mon, 01 Jun 2009 11:54 pm

QRM wrote:just remembered the amapang restaurant

http://www.tamarindrestaurants.com/tama ... prings.php

They have a car/bus service too collect you from your hotel. worth a trip at night, but bring your mozzie spray!!


Yessss... I have eaten there a number of times... the ambiance is great and the food is good to great as well... and I drink enough scotch that the mozzies leave me alone.


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