The Night Safari is just next to the Singapore zoo which is really worth your visit if you're an animal lover. It's fantastic! You might want to start early because i was there at 9am in morning and even at 4pm i did not finish my tour because i love animals
Hey guys thanks so much for your help, I will be getting back to a few of you with some other questions I'm sure!! but just quickly, is it neccessary to book in advance for train/bus travel around malaysia?
I would really recommend Taman Negara, via the jungle railway if you do have enough time. You could try to summit Gunung Tahan, highest peak on peninsula Malaysia, which is one of the most challenging treks within the park, taking up to a few days with park rangers.
You can also do trekking in the Cameron Highlands, which is much easier going and you will also get the chance to see exotic flora like pitcher plants on some trails. Other things to do on the highlands range from visiting strawberry farms and tea plantations, to the idyllic small town of Brinchang, definitely a refreshing change after being beached out in Pangkor/ the Perhentians.
As for Pulau Pangkor, id say its less commercialised, and although admittedly not as beautiful as the Perhentians. Its still a fishing community at heart, and more "real" than other tourist beaches - u can choose to pack in activities such as visits to local fish farms/ keropok (dried processed fish chips) factories etc in between bumming on the beach. For a more Thailand experience, u might want to choose the Perhentians instead. Another option is Pulau Tioman, which also has clean beaches, and is perfect for diving.
Just my two cents about buses in Malaysia - try not to travel at night, its coonsiderably more dangerous than daytime travel.
i guess those who been to singapore has pretty much sumed it up for ya already! even for me a singaporean, i dont even know that certain places exists till some travelers posted up in the forums!
if youreally want suburban life, check out our suburbs. its really cool. cos its all high rise. and with pretty big malls which is equivalent to MEGA MALLS in thailand's town area. so check it out.
i think I booked a day or 2 before for the jungle train, and maybe a day before on the buses.
Its better to book the tickets 1 or 2 days before. To secure your sits.
Travel by bus will be fast. But its quite dangerous. Many bus accidents since last few years back. So its not really safe. As for train, yea, its slow but safer than bus. Bus service in Malaysia is not as comfortable as in Thailand. Thailand has a VIP buses. Well, you cant get the VIP bus in Malaysia. You can buy Sleeping booth for train or private room.
I don't know how fast buses in other countries are driven, but here in Malaysia, the speed limit for buses is 90 km/h on highways. Quite fast, but you're on highways/expressways, so you're expected to be fast. However, many bus drivers drive faster than that, usually at about 100-110 km/h. It depends on the bus company though. Drivers of bigger and more reputable bus companies generally adhere to the limit. Another thing to note is that the condition of the bus. If the bus is brand new and well maintained, driving fast is not a problem and the passengers will hardly feel it. But if the bus is old, squeaky, and not well maintained, even at 90 km/h can be quite daunting! So is a bus driving at 90-110 km/h "dangerous"? I'll leave that to you to decide.
Yes, there are accidents, but that doesn't mean to say that it's "not really safe." Accidents do happen everywhere. But I have to admit that we do have quite a high accident rate here. Even with that, travelling by bus is still considered safe.
As for VIP buses, they have been around in Malaysia for years. Some companies even have different classes of VIP buses; Normal VIP, Super VIP/Executive, and First Class that is comparable with the first class seats in flights!
I don't know if you'd rate it a "Must See", but the island of Tioman, just off the east coast is a lovely place to spend some time. Very relaxed and chilled out atmosphere, great wildlife just walking by your chalet (as in, 2 meter monitor lizards), beautiful beaches and great people. You can get a bus from KL's Puduraya bus station - takes about 6 hours, then a ferry. The bus (Transnacional) was great - very new, tons of leg room and definitely my preferred way to travel across a penninsula!
to go to Perhentian Island, U need to go to Kuala Besut, Terengganu. It's at east coast of peninsular malaysia.
this is the port to go to perhentian island.
To get there,you can either go to jerteh (terengganu) or go to kota bharu(kelantan).
Jerteh would be about 1hr away frm the port of Kuala Besut.
only by bus to jerteh.
Kota bharu will be a bit further (2 hrs drive). Convenient about kota bharu is that u can go there by train or by bus.
From Kuala Lumpur : Bus station is Putra Bus station. Opposite PWTC.
take the star lrt to PWTC station.
There are also lots of 'pirates' of tourist guide that love to park in front of my uncle's shop. I think they offer much cheaper price.
This is because my uncle and cousin have one of the highest building in the area and also my cousin speak english.
So most ppl tend to go there to ask.
Cameron Highland is a must to go.. it's so refreshing over there for typical malaysian who hates the heat!!
Jungle trekking in Taman Negara is great. Nearby KL itself.
I'm (pleasantly) surprised nobody mentioned Singapore's Sentosa island! There's a joke around here that says "SENTOSA" stands for "So Expensive and Nothing TO See Actually"...
Joke aside, if you're really bored stiff from all that shopping and have a full day to kill, then Sentosa might actually help. The entrance fee is just a few dollars (it's the various attractions within the island that kills) and it has really nice [artificial] white beaches. If you stay till night fall, there's a laser light and musical fountain show. Recently revamped, and now charges a nominal fee (was previously free).
Or, if nature and wildlife (or whatever's left of it) is what you prefer, Pulau Ubin is for you. An island north of Singapore mainland, it's been described as "Singapore stuck in the 70s". No high-rise buildings! It's only until recent years that the government implemented a proper driving license system there, and the SARS outbreak couple of years ago was the coup de grace for farmers on the island who makes a living selling livestock. You'll need a good sunblock, hat and mossie repellent here!