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Best place to visit for with 5yr old.Singapore or Maldives ?

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1. Posted by Ravikishorem (Budding Member 5 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Hi,
I am planning for my first international travel trip with my wife and 5 year old boy. I am considering stay of about 4 days in the destination. I would like to know which is better among these two destinations will be most exciting for my kid to have loads of fun will that be Singapore or Maldives can someone please suggest and add any tips or experiences based on the previous visits?
I did some homework on Singapore and Maldives and I am initially thinking that with many attractions in Singapore it would be more enjoyable for my kid but wanted some practical advice on how Maldives also would seem as a destination for kids.
Also let me know how great is the Universal Studio in Singapore.
Would a 3 day stay in Singapore be sufficient to visit all the major attractions?

Please post your suggestions.

Thank you in advance,
Ravi.

2. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1853 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

If you are coming from N. America or Europe only 4 days seems a little too short. Coming from a nearby country in Asia up to you.

Haven't been to the Maldives. I have been to Singapore a few times. From Singapore you can also visit nearby Malaysia without too much of a problem. Singapore is not cheap. (Thailand, Laos, Malaysia and Cambodia are cheaper.)

If you are on a tight budget you can compare the cost of flights to Singapore vs to Maldives. Research the weather for the month you visit for each country.

Below link is a sample Google search for cost comparisons.
https://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/compare_countries_result.jsp?country1=Maldives&country2=Singapore&displayCurrency=USD

For any medical emergency my guess Singapore would be better equipped to handle serious emergencies.

[ Edit: Edited on 05-Sep-2017, at 11:41 by karazyal ]

3. Posted by Ravikishorem (Budding Member 5 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Thanks for the quick reply.
I will be travelling from India.

Can you please add some more info related to the Singapore trip - Have you visited with kids and will that be a good trip to go with kids ?
I shall also check the weather conditions and compare with Maldives per flights etc.

By the way, I am planning this around end of October.
Anyone, please let me know the comparision per your opinion per my context I mentioned in my post...

Thanks in advance,
Ravi

4. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 744 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

The Maldives is brilliant for diving, snorkeling and lounging on the beach. If your lad is happy with that, it's a top destination. In my opinion, Singapore is more suitable for kids under fourteen.

5. Posted by Teoni (Full Member 192 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

The Maldives is brilliant for diving, snorkeling and lounging on the beach. If your lad is happy with that, it's a top destination. In my opinion, Singapore is more suitable for kids under fourteen.

That sums it up perfectly. There are some resorts in the Maldives that have a more family focus but really most of the Maldives is set up for honeymooners. If you visit a Maldivian resort you are restricted to the activities of the resort and there is only so much they offer. Now that government restrictions have been lifted you can travel to other islands and stay at local accomodations but again I think that is less suitable for children and more for backpackers and adventure tourists, besides activities are still limited unless you are happy to hang out at the beach the whole time. Singapore on the other hand has gone out of their way to be a family destination, there are lots of activities aimed at kids and families:

http://www.visitsingapore.com/see-do-singapore/recreation-leisure.html

In terms of Universal Studio if you enjoy theme parks, you should enjoy this one.

6. Posted by Ravikishorem (Budding Member 5 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Thanks for your suggestions, Teoni and Borisborough..
I am not too interested in adventure with kids at this point of time...
I shall consider these in my plan..
Thanks,
Ravi

7. Posted by ms p (Budding Member 2 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

I've not been to Maldives but I stay in Singapore :) for a short 3-4 days with your 5.y.o and wife Singapore should be an enjoyable trip. The airport is easy and there's lots of shopping, food and play area for kids too. Personally I'll recommend the following:

- Singapore zoo plus river safari. Kids love animals. The zoo has feed the animals session and animals show :)

- Orchard road. Wife love to shop? Paragon shopping centre has indoor free playground and toy shops. Good mix of stuff for different budget. Takashimya is another favourite mall :) It has an awesome bookstore and again good mix of shopping stuff. A lot of the malls are connected via underpass so u can really spend the whole day shopping :)

- Sentosa. This includes universal studio.

[ Edit: Edited on 07-Sep-2017, at 09:31 by ms p ]

8. Posted by Ravikishorem (Budding Member 5 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Thanks ms p :)

I am glad I also got a suggestion from a person who stays in Singapore themselves !!

Thanks for the tips around shopping as well...
But from your answer it is apparent that kids will enjoy in there with the Zoo and Universal Studio.

Since its my first trip abroad taking my family, i want to make the most use of it ... Hence don't mind planning it as perfect as possible, even if it means spending a day more etc...
Hence can you add some more info .. Please go through the looong list :)

About the studio - Is it very big, like how long could it take to visit and make most of it ?
The Zoo - and safari - How long could it take ?
However have been hearing Singapore is very expensive though, so if I am planning the whole tip myself , do you suggest I plan that way ; like the biggest confusion I have is to decide on the hotel to stay ; and a proper itinery. I checked some hotels on hotelsites like trivago but dont know which is the best location to stay;

Also someone suggested that in addition to Singapore (which has costly visa on arrival by flight), I can as well travel from India to Malaysia and visit it for a day and travel to Singapore by train. Does it sound like a sane idea ?
Again, I am really not sure if there is as much as in Singappore for a 5 - day trip.. Hence please advise from your experiences in there... And suggest any changes etc. if you can.

Do you think one can travel the trip by themselves or should I go via an operator ?

Thanks,
Ravi

9. Posted by ms p (Budding Member 2 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Hi Singapore is easy as long as u can converse and read English :) no travel operator is required. U can just travel by a taxi or the MRT.

The Zoo and river safari is just right beside each other. Taxi recommended. It will be at least half a day to almost a full day if u intend to catch all the show and rest between stops.

Orchard / shopping can be half a day easily unless u are not the shopping type :)

Sentosa is definitely 1 day. Outside of universal studio there's also butterfly park etc.

U can check for more details at the zoo and sentosa website :)

Any hotels are fine as long as it's near to MRT. Usually there are eateries and shopping mall nearby too.

With regards to Malaysia I'm not too familiar. Custom may take quite a while and I don't know how comfortable will your kid if he needs to wait for long.

10. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1853 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

You will have to investigate any visa requirements for Malaysia. From Singapore I wouldn't do Malaysia as a day trip. Malaysia is cheaper than Singapore but if you have to PAY for everyone's visas that is another expense. Kuala Lumpur is a major city about 7 hours away. For me, coming from Malaysia, Johor Bahru was only a quick stop for passport stamp and on to Singapore.

http://www.escapetraveler.com/singapore-to-kuala-lumpur-by-train/
https://www.seat61.com/Malaysia.htm
https://www.buzzfeed.com/kanyamae1992/things-to-do-in-johor-bahru-explore-glorious-heri-2og9f?utm_term=.yl4QqwWpZ#.nuYv95Np1

Malacca you can do from Singapore.

With a 5 year old kid I don't think you need to spend big money on him. Just being in a different country with a different language, with people looking different, different type of traffic, even riding the city train is cheap entertainment for many little kids.

[ Edit: Edited on 08-Sep-2017, at 04:19 by karazyal ]