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Great Singapore Day Trips

It’s great to get away for the weekend and living so close to so many great spots is definitely tempting! But if the price of hotels and plane tickets has you down…think day trips! We’ve got a few ideas..

 

Sunset on Bintan

 

Bintan (Indonesia)

Bintan is a popular weekend destination for those looking to get away but not too far. But only an hour away by ferry, Bintan can be a fun day-trip too. With golf, hiking, ATV rides, an elephant park, beaches, biking, boat rental, you can spend the day feeling like you’re on a long vacation. There are several resorts on the island.

Where to eat:

Local specialities include snacks such as ‘keropok’ (prawn or fish crackers) and kueh lapis (traditional Indonesian layered cake made from spices, butter, sugar and eggs). These can be found everywhere and are commonly sold by pushcart vendors. There are many other local favorites including sates, soto (spicy noodle dish), lots of seafood, otak otak (fish cake) and Nasi Uduk.

  • Cafe Helo Helo Restaurant – Local Restaurant serving local favorites

Pasar Oleh Oleh, Kota Sebung, Tel: (62) 770 692 488

  • Kampoeng Kelong Seafood Restaurant – For seafood lovers who love a restaurant with great atmosphere – this one sits atop stilts above the water!

Mangrove River, Tel: (62) 823 8756 7777

  • The Lotus Café (in the Angsana Bintan Resort) – A more formal option also serving local fare.

There are several dining options ranging from cheap hawker centres to 5 star resort restaurants serving Western cuisine.

How to get there:

  • Regular ferry trips from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal, Singapore and Bandar Bentan Telani Ferry Terminal, Bintan Resorts. The journey takes 55 mins but you are asked to arrive 90 mins before departure. Round trip, off-peak, economy ticket is $70 adult, %54 child. Emerald class available.

 

Legoland Malaysia

Legoland

Legoland has two amusement parks: the main park and the water park. It is possible to do both in one day but plan to leave early and return late. You could also easily spend a day just in either the main park or the water park. Legoland park is ideal for younger children (ages 3-12) while the water park is great for older kids (ages 5-15). There are some height restrictions all of which are listed on their website. Best to measure your child/children and check before going.

Where to eat:

There are several restaurants serving amusement park-type food – pizzas, burgers, French fries – which maybe not the healthiest but are certainly convenient. Just outside the park, there is a small mall area which has a few more options (if you don’t mind leaving the park and returning).  

How to get there:

  • Shuttle Bus from Singapore Flyer directly to Legoland (from $20)
  • Public Buses from Jurong East and Boon Lay
  • Rent a car and drive yourself. The route is easy and takes approximately an hour.
  • Hire a car and driver. There are several companies providing this service. This website is loaded with all you need to know!

Buying Tickets to the Park:

You can purchase tickets online or at the park. There are several options – one day, two day or combo tickets. See website for details.

***Finder TIP!*** Groupon runs Legoland deals. Check the fine print but can sometimes get a great deal!

 

Pulau Ubin

Take a step back in time and head to one Singapore’s last surviving kampong on the largest offshore island of Singapore. There is a main village you can wander through which provides a stark contrast to our sleek urban city centre. This trip might be a hard sell for the younger kids but if you want them to get a feel for Singapore’s rural beginnings, this is a great spot to show them. 

Things to do:

Walk and Bike. Mountain bikes are available for rental and can give you a more adventurous ride through the rugged terrain. There is a lovely quarry which provides stunning views. You can also walk or bike to Chek Jawa Wetlands.

Where to eat:

There are several restaurants and eateries on the island serving local favourites. These are a few but best to explore and taste as you go!

  • Cheong Lian Yuen Restaurant
  • Pulau Ubin Seafood
  • “Two Sisters” restaurant

How to Get There:

Boats depart from Changi Ferry Point (15 minute journey) from $2.50

 

Malacca

Malacca

For a slightly longer journey (approximately 3 hour drive), head to Malacca. Like Bintan, you could certainly fill an entire weekend in Malacca but it is also possible to go for the day. This World Heritage City is home to a diverse mix of culture and stunning architecture. The former trading city is essentially cut in two with Old Malacca on one side of the Malacca river and New Malacca on the other. As their names would suggest, Old Malacca is rich with historical attractions and easy to navigate while new Malacca is more modern and sprawling. There are several temples and museums and plenty of shops and eateries. The kids might enjoy exploring A’Famosa Fort or play pirates in the Flora de la Mar Maritime Museum with is a massive restored Portuguese ship (though stairs are narrow and steep!). Or enjoy a theatrical performance at Melaka Alive.

Where to Eat:

There are MANY places to eat in Malacca with cuisine ranging from traditional to Asian to Western and even several vegetarian restaurants. Experience the traditional Chinese tea ceremony at Zheng He Tea House, authentic Nyonya food at Amy Heritage Nyonya Cuisine, or satay celup at Capitol Satay. Click here for more dining options.

How to Get There:

  • By Bus: Luxury Coach Service will take you from Orchard Road to Malacca (from $36)
  • Express bus allows you to choose your Singapore pick up point and Malacca drop off point (from  $16)
  • By car: Rent a car or hire a driver

 

For more quick get aways, read on!

 

By Kathleen Siddell, June 2015

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