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Vacation in Singapore and Malaysia for 2-3 weeks

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I know that there are travel guides but it is always great to hear suggestions from the people who actually have been to the places not so long ago or are from there. Any suggestions anyone?

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Depends on what you like. Malacca and Georgetown are nice cities. Mount Kinabalu on Borneo is great if you like to climb a high mountain. There's lots of islands off the coast of peninsular Malaysia, if you are into tropical island resorts. Singapore and KL are a little sterile, but there's lots of "city-things" to do, if you are so inclined.

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Cities are ok. I like to spend a couple of days in them, but I am really into nature and special spots on earth that are unique: waterfalls, mountains and valleys, etc. although I can't hike or climb challenging places.

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The tea planations of Cameron Highlands are supposed to be nice, too. But I've heard they've gotten very commercialized lately, i.e. lots of development hasn't exactly made the place prettier.

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The tree plantations in the Cameron Highlands are indeed nice from a landscape point of view and interesting, if you're interested in tea. I don't know how commercialised they've become but I would say anyway that if you're going for "only" three weeks that the Highlands are not necessarily going to be top of your list. They're a top rate place to chill out (both figuratively and literally if it's too hot on the coast) but personally I'd just say do a quick trip round the coast of the Malay peninsula.

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I'm gonna say, "What are you doing, 3 WEEKS in Singapore & Malaysia!!" :)

 

Singapore's a tiny island, full of people. At least you can people watch, not like in Munich where everyone hides at home from the cold :lol: (OK. More like in Sweden!)

 

You must like shopping & eating in Singapore. That's our specialty. HAHA! There are cuisine from different Asian nationality and when you're sick of it, there's always the Western etc. If you like seafood, try chili crab, sotong fritter, steam fish; if you like spicy food, try curry fishhead, roti prata, nasi lemak, laksa (there is the penang laksa and katonglaksa); Hainanese chicken rice, minced meat noodles. Gee. Dun even know where to stop (salivating). HAHA!

 

There are a few bars along the Singapore River. Don't eat at the restaurants there however. Expensive & nothing special. On the other hand, you should try IndoChine (Vietnamese, Cambodian, Lao cuisine) which can be found on Parliament House/Square. Fullerton Hotel is also one of my fav. Sunday Brunch at Hyatt's nice. Or "snack" at Crossroads (cafe) on Marriot - people watch. Bars on Emerald Hill are nice. There are some nice ones along Mohd Sultan Road. There is an Okinawa restaurant there. YUMMY! Go to Velvet/Zouk - THE place to be seen, party (altho very different from here)

 

Sightsee: Botanical Garden, Night Safari, the Esplanade and East Coast. Just a few things visitors feedback that they like. You can rent bikes/roller blades East Coast then have seafood there. If you like Japanese udon noodles, the Jap restaurant on East Coast is great. Unfortunately, being a very busy port, our beaches are not that nice. Our own island, Sentosa, is too commercialised but if you have never been in an Underwater Acquarium (with sharks & the lot swimming aboe you), you can always have a look on Sentosa. On the weekends, people like to play beach volley. There are a few beach bar huts so you can have some drinks. I don't know if they do it anymore but there used to be beach foam parties.

 

If you like swimming, you can do it everyday, in open-air swimming pools in hotels & public ones. For islands, it's better for you to take a ferry to Indonesian islands - Bintan & Batam and get a nice massage! You can also take a ferry to scuba-dive/snorkel on Tioman in Peninsula Malaysia, and other islands on the east coast of Malaysia.

 

I agree that Cameron Highlands is not that great. If you have lived in Asia for some time & miss the cool "mountain" air, then it's a nice escape. Otherwise, I was bored with the butterfly and vegetable farms in 2 days! If you like gambling, go to Genting Highlands. Actually, Singapore talked about setting up a casino but not sure if it got going already. That shows how long I've been away!

 

And when in Malaysia, be careful with the pirated CDs. If you bring them across Singapore & get checked, you'll be in big trouble!

 

OK. I think this post will get me in trouble with EB (for being so long)!

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If you like gambling, go to Genting Highlands.

It's probably one of those "cultural differences": The locals love Genting Highlands. But I do not know a single Caucasian who ever wanted to go there (or liked it if for whatever reason he did end up going there).

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Hey tom_a, my angmo colleagues loved it! Most of the time we were going on the bumper cars & coaster rides la. You'd never know! (Besides, the casino in Melbourne's patronised by Westerners :) )

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I stand corrected... :)

 

(I didn't mean the gambling and amusement park aspect of it. It's just that Genting Highlands is so... ugly)

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And I wrote, "If you like gambing, go to Genting Highlands". See, no mention of view/landscape :) (Missing home yet?)

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If you like seafood, try chili crab, sotong fritter, steam fish; if you like spicy food, try curry fishhead, roti prata, nasi lemak, laksa (there is the penang laksa and katonglaksa); Hainanese chicken rice, minced meat noodles.
Thats it in a nutshell. Eat. Best passtime on offer in Singapore by a million miles.

 

 

take a ferry to scuba-dive/snorkel on Tioman in Peninsula Malaysia

Excellent idea. Tioman is nearby, and quite nice indeed.

 

 

And when in Malaysia, be careful with the pirated CDs. If you bring them across Singapore & get checked, you'll be in big trouble!

So simply buy them in Singapore itself. Sim Lim Tower lah.

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For nature, the islands of Penang and Langkawi on the west side of Malaysia are quite picturesque. Penang is hilly and jungly, Langkawi is more rice fields and flat. You have to get off the beaten tourist path, but it's not really that hard if you try.

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Boy, am I happy that I have discovered this site! I have been in Munich for almost 3 years and only learned about TTM a week ago. The tips are great, and since I am also huge into food (I love eating) and I love seafood, I can't wait to try most of the items described. zimmer, did you live there? and if not, how much time did you spend there? As for pirated CDs or DVDs, is it a potential problem in Germany? I can't dive, never tried it, but snorkeling sounds like fun. What is the best way of transportation in Malaysia between various points? Should we rent a car, use buses or trains, or what?

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I am also huge into food (I love eating) and I love seafood, I can't wait to try most of the items described.

You should go to hawker centres or food courts whenever you can as they are cheap, clean and more authentic. Singaporeans are food fanatics. We have a list of places for particular dishes! It's kinda hard when you're not local though (to find the place etc.) You should also try vegetarian meals like Lingzhi (hopefully they are still around)

 

 

zimmer, did you live there?

I'm from there

 

 

As for pirated CDs or DVDs, is it a potential problem in Germany?

Not that I know of. A colleague bought tons of pirated DVDs when visiting Batam (Indonesia). His luggage got delayed somewhere & I joked that the Singapore customs confiscated it. Well, his luggage arrived to Munich a day later & all DVDs were still there! So, I guess best is if you're flying off from KL, get your DVDs stock then! (I never mentioned pirated, ok?! BTW, there are also PC software)

 

 

I can't dive, never tried it, but snorkeling sounds like fun. What is the best way of transportation in Malaysia between various points? Should we rent a car, use buses or trains, or what?

Are you on budget? Then (night) buses along southern East Coast seem to be the best & cheap. Trains too. If you have time & willing to travel far, I highly recommend Perhentian Islands. Perhentian Kecil (small) is not commercialised, crystal clear waters & white sand! This was some years back though. I dunno what's yr threshold as there's no big hotels on this island BUT if you want resort, try Perhentian Besar then. I'll PM you my website.

 

Another way, fly. There's www.tigerairways.com. I don't like Singapore to lose air traffic business :) but if you must, go across the border to Malaysia to catch even cheaper flights, with the currency conversion (Singapore dollars to Malaysian ringgit). Malaysia has budget airlines too which I can't remember the names at this time.

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Agree with Showem, Penang n Langkawi r nice... the Beaches r real cool too. And if you never get sick of Asian cuisine, I think there will always be new things to discover everyday for the 3 weeks of ur stay there. But I guess u'll spend more time in My cause in Sg you can cover every spots in only 3 days or so I guess hehehe (yeah Sg is really small.. but a really nice country too). And if you like culture activities they have so many things to over. Don't you wanna go to Thailand too? and if you ever have more free time try Indonesia :) (I know... the Us and Oz r always have travel warning for the people to go here :( ) But U'll find more exciting things also, great beaches and mountains, great and many different culture activities,etc. 3 of my frinds fro the US had just finished their trip covering from the west to the east for about 1.5 months and they still wanted more hehhehe.

 

So... have fun!!

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Since we are "only" going for 3 weeks, I think we will stick to Malaysia and Singapore and will leave Indonesia and Thailand for another time. Thailand facinates me so much that I can't go there for a few days or even a week. It is a special treat to go there and I will wait till the next time. I am so facinated by the region that I trully believe that in my former life I lived somewhere there. I am soooooo excited about the food. For 3 weeks I feel that I will be in paradise. I don't eat meat, love spicy, vegetarian and all sorts of seafood, so you can imagine how much I look forward to this trip. I am definitely writing down those things you recommend to try and if you have more suggestions on specific items or even places to go eat and otherwise, please keep them coming. Thanks!

 

Nastya

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