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Singapore or Malaysia in March?

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1. Posted by xxkissbang (Budding Member 5 posts) 10y

I'm thinking of heading to either Singapore or KL, Malaysia in March for a few days. Anyone else doing the same? Also, what do you think is better especially for a first time "backpacker" -- SG or MY? Ideas/suggestions are welcome. Thanks!

2. Posted by honcheng (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

you'll probably won't get much from Singapore if you are planning to backpack, unless you are looking for a shopping destination.

if you are a nature-lover.. you should be heading to Malaysia.. but since the country is only separated by a bridge.. you can fly to Malaysia, and at the end of your trip, take a train over to Singapore.. spend a few days there before flying off directly from Singapore.

I'm a Malaysia, but I have been staying in Singapore for the past 7 years as a student.

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

If you're thinking about a city break, I would go for Singapore over KL. There is a lot more to see and do in Singapore.

4. Posted by artichoke (Budding Member 28 posts) 10y

How many days do you have? You can easily spend about 2 - 3 days in Singapore and Malaysia is huge! Nearest to Singapore is Johor, Malacca and KL which are nice places to visit and can take up to a week if you want.

5. Posted by mayessa (Budding Member 5 posts) 10y

if you are thinking of shopping, might as well go to singapore... but i heard that shopping in malaysia is quite cheap.. because in singapore you are buying for branded stuff...

anyway, i will be touring the two countries and would like to ask for any assistance. how will we go from malaysia to singapore...

can you guys detail of the bus ride from malaysia to sing? how much will it cost us...

tips for places to go in malaysia... KL specifically!

thanks a bunch.

6. Posted by Budai (Respected Member 506 posts) 10y

the bus ride across the causeway from malaysia to sing costs approx 2 ringgit per pax, which is like 50 US cents.... buses from both sing and mas, so no worries - its quite a straightforward process - get on and off to have your passports checked, tts the only hassle.

you could easily start off at singapore, maybe get used to southeast asia, and then get a bus to johor bahru ( 50 cents ) and then make yr way to kl etc. if ur in a rush u could also get a bus from sing direct to KL, which is like around 30 sing - exchange rate is like 1.55 sing to the us, which works out ard 22 USD. Hope i got that right.

But overall id recommend malaysia - not much to see in sing unless u r there for the comfort and the shopping/nightlife, which is among the best in the region. But imho mas offers so much more, plus 2007 is visit malaysia yr so u may get some really gr8 deals. Try to check out taman negara as well while heading north, its quite amazing and easy to fit into an itenary.

honcheng - same here - malaysian but stayed/studied 7 years in singapore.

7. Posted by tanby (Budding Member 7 posts) 10y

Since you mentioned only KL and Singapore, both places are similar, except that KL is that much bigger.

The attractions are much closer in Singapore and you need not spend too much travelling time.

The transportation, buses and Mass Rapid Transist (similar to subway) are so convenient, linking most attractions. The rides range from SGD 0.80 to a maximum of SGD 1.70. (US$1 = SGD1.55)

The North-East Line links Sentosa (Harbour Front Station) to Chinatown (Chinatown Station) to Orchard Rd (Dhoby Ghuat Station) to Little India (Little India or Farrer Park Stations).

The North-South and East-West Lines have certain stretches that are elevated.

Do visit this website: www,

Hope you have a great time.... in either cities.

8. Posted by Not Lost (Full Member 132 posts) 10y

There we go again...

Malaysia v. Singapore, Singapore v. Malaysia...

9. Posted by Budai (Respected Member 506 posts) 10y

There we go again...

Malaysia v. Singapore, Singapore v. Malaysia...

LOL Yeah, had the feeling its only a matter of time this surfaces when i saw the heading of the thread... for those interested in singapore malaysia relations, we have not exactly been the best of neighbours these years

10. Posted by mayessa (Budding Member 5 posts) 10y

hey tanby and itenerant, and the rest of pips in this thread! thanks for all the help.

i with a friend will be going to these two countries by end of september and as early as now i would want to prepare for my itenerary..

i had been to sing last year so it wont be not much of a problem...

would heading to genting highlands a nice thought? or you guys will recommend focus on touring kl?

hehehe. thanks a bunch once again!