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1. Posted by jass (Budding Member 16 posts) 10y

Hi Everyone,

Just wanna ask which is preferable to go for 2 days Malaysia or Indonesia from Singapore.

Thanks

jassa

2. Posted by danalasta (Travel Guru 519 posts) 10y

hi jassa,

given the 2 days, if u choose Indonesia, all u can do is hop over to Batam or Bintan...nothing but sleazy nightspots, etc...

good to cross over to Johor Baru...lot more to see...architecture, museums, and cheap seafood if u take a bus to Kukup, a fishing village on stilts..and u can even take bus from Jb to Malacca...where u will get a feel of Dutch, Portuguese culture alongside the lifestyle so the Chinese, Malays and Indians.

have fun.

3. Posted by yu (Budding Member 13 posts) 10y

i would agree with danalasta. Malaysia would be a better choice. More stuff to see and do. :)

4. Posted by jass (Budding Member 16 posts) 10y

Quoting danalasta

hi jassa,

given the 2 days, if u choose Indonesia, all u can do is hop over to Batam or Bintan...nothing but sleazy nightspots, etc...

good to cross over to Johor Baru...lot more to see...architecture, museums, and cheap seafood if u take a bus to Kukup, a fishing village on stilts..and u can even take bus from Jb to Malacca...where u will get a feel of Dutch, Portuguese culture alongside the lifestyle so the Chinese, Malays and Indians.

have fun.

hi danalasta,

Thanks for your help. I appreciate it that much. thanks again!

jass

5. Posted by jass (Budding Member 16 posts) 10y

Quoting yu

i would agree with danalasta. Malaysia would be a better choice. More stuff to see and do. :)

Thanks yu! =)

6. Posted by leekuan (Budding Member 12 posts) 10y

If u only have 2 days time, u shall go to Malaysia. Malaysia is nearer to Singapore compare Indonesia. U can take both bus or train to Malaysia. If u were to go Johor (a state of Malaysia), then you should not miss a city call Muar. There are few well-known local food at Muar, ie. otak-otak (Malay food - hot n spicy fish wrapped by banana leaf), fish head with meehoon (Chinese food)….

7. Posted by cikusang (Respected Member 1361 posts) 10y

Jassa, what kind of experience you are looking for? For Islands you can consider Bali(Indonesia) or Tioman(Malaysia, but it's a bit rush). I never have been to Indonesia but I think it's just to your decision-making.

If you prefer Singapore-Malaysia, train - > from Singapore to JB and stop at historical town in Malacca. City life in Kuala Lumpur next and take a flight to Penang (if you want to rush)...

It's just my suggestion.

P/S: Kukup - get a feel of fishing village and mangroove vegatation over there!

Bon voyage!
Lee

8. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 10y

It will also be easier to resolve travel/visa issues if you go to Malaysia. We did 3 days in Tanjung Pinang, Bintan, Indonesia and it was interesting - there's a stilted village and a load of old temples including one built into the roots of a big old banyan tree etc. However it was harder to get to than we anticipated 'cause the visa-on-arrival system wasn't really working, maybe this is resolved by now though.

For Malaysia - I wouldn't bother with Johor Bahru personally, go straight to Malacca which is far more historically interesting, has a great little chinatown, some pretty good food and decent, cheap places to stay.