Helpful Guide To Planning Your Holiday To Singapore And Malaysia
Malaysia and Singapore are countries of contrast and contradiction. With sights of historical significance and pre-war buildings framed against a backdrop of sprawling skyscrapers, these two countries have got it all.
If you’re planning a holiday in the region, prepare yourself for a fulfilling tropical cosmopolitan experience.
Singapore, being the financial hub it is, is a popular work destination for people from all over the world. However, it also hides a lot of history under its modernism that makes it a wonderful tourist destination as well.
Obviously, a visit to Singapore will be incomplete without a visit to all the tourist destinations of significance. Some of these include the Garden by the Bay, Singapore’s Fashion Street, and Orchard Road. However, once you’re done visiting the regular tourist places, try enjoying the lesser-known experiences that Singapore has to offer.
Head over to Chinatown
You can experience Singapore’s shared history with China in these maze-like streets bustling with life. Do make it a point to experience Chinese cuisine from the numerous family-run shops. You will also find many shops that sell souvenirs. Also, walk through Chinatown’s indie boutiques and stop at Club Street for a pitcher or two.
Explore the beaches
Beaches are havens to be at, in any country, and Singapore is no exception. With beaches that cater to the needs of all, you’re sure to find the one that’ll give you the experience of a lifetime. The Punggol beach is one that gives solitude and peace of mind, while the Palawan beach will let you unwind. However, one beach you shouldn’t miss out on if you want to party hard is the Tanjong beach.
Ride the Bumboats
If you have the time, do travel in the water taxis, or Bumboats as they’re more popularly known and go island hopping. A unique feature of theirs is the eyes they have drawn on either side, that are meant to ‘see danger from afar’.
Travel from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur
While you can fly from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur, other options include traveling by train or a bus. The latter will help you run into locals, and make friends, enriching your travel experience.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur is a potpourri of Malayan, Chinese and Tamil culture. Some classic things to do include a visit to the Petronas Towers, the museums and parks, and long walks along the quays. However, there are other lesser-known things to do are listed below for your convenience.
Jalan Alor Street
After a day of sightseeing, you should visit Jalan Alor Food Street after sunset. You will get a chance to see the local chefs preparing various dishes out in the open. Dotted with traditional hotels, food trucks and roadside stalls serving over a hundred varieties of Malayan, Chinese and Indian cuisines, this place truly is a haven for foodies!
Visit the Mahamariamman Temple
With large influence drawn from Southern India, the temple is revered by locals and visitors alike. In addition, its unmistakable and vibrant architecture is also something that draws tourists in throngs.
Try the Nasi Kandar
A visit to any place is only complete if you get to relish some of the local cuisines. On those lines, do not leave Malaysia until you try the Malayan take on a popular south Indian rice dish. Essentially a bed of rice served with different sauces that perfectly blend Malayan cuisine with Indian flavors, you’ll surely ask for a second helping.