I am flying into Singapore at the start of October and have 3 weeks before I need to fly back out of Singapore. I was wondering if anyone has any recommendations on where I should visit in my 3 weeks? I was thinking maybe Singapore (obviously), Thailand, KL.....but really don't have much set in stone.....any suggestions and time frames for places would be really helpful. Also do I need a visa for this short holiday for any places I may enter in south-east asia?
where're you from? We need to know that to answer your visa question
As to places to visit, really depends on your interests. Are you into nature? Beaches? Culture? Nightlife? Or are you a cityrat?
Hey Sapphyre, thanks for the reply. I am from the UK and my interests would be beaches, nightlife, food and a little culture. Any suggestions would be great!
When you are in Singapore, I would recommend visiting the beaches on Sentosa, Night Safari, Clubs (Zouk, MOS), Clarke Quay, Orchard road.
You could also look into visiting Malaysia via short trips from Singapore up to Malacca, Johor Bahru or KL. If you dont mind boat rides you could also visit Bintan or Batam
Here's a list of websites you can use to plan your itinerary
VisitSingapore.com - Singapore Tourism board
Wego Activities - Search for Activities in Singapore and other cities
Tourism Board Malaysia
Hope these helps
threads move a little fast on TP so I overlooked this! If you're from the UK I doubt you'll need a visa for all 3 countries. Definitely not for Singapore (at least for a month).
I just replied to another thread, it covers some things you're interested in (for Singapore) http://www.travellerspoint.com/forum.cfm?thread=52363
Nightlife...if you're into clubbing, check out Zouk, St James and Clarke Quay like what ryanpham suggested. If you're into chilling out and bars, try Dempsey, Rochester Park, Mount Faber, Emerald Hill. Even New Asia Bar which is on the second highest floor of our tallest hotel (Swissotel), or have a Singapore Sling at the Raffles Hotel. Food-wise it's everywhere, though quality will vary from place to place. You need a local foodie to bring you around to try the best.
Singapore's the atypical one in almost the whole of Asia in terms of culture, very multiracial and cosmopolitan place and some find that boring or shocking. I had a Dutch friend who came here expecting to find a sleepy backward island where he had to use sign language to communicate. But what may be interesting to you is how everything's mashed up together and yet each has its place and fits in well. There're ethnic enclaves like Little India, Arab Street here and there but I would skip Chinatown (too over-commercialised with tacky souvenir shops and does not represent true Singaporean Chinese culture)
There're many other beach resorts around in Thailand and Malaysia (Phuket, Kho Phi Phi, Langkawi etc) that are popular with travellers, though I've never been to those places. Bintan and Batam are parts of Indonesia and I would skip them over actually. Bintan is a resort island developed by Singapore investors and it's exorbitantly expensive. A Cornetto ice-cream cone which costs about SGD1 here costs about SGD7 there. Batam is nothing much, locals here mainly go there for seafood, to board gambling ships or for prostitution. I got chased by beggars the only time I was there and I'm never going back again. You would be better off with Bali-Lombok, but 3 weeks isn't much for SEA so you might want to hold that off for another trip.