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8 Days Itinerary Travel From Singapore To Malaysia

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This time is an 8 days itinerary traveling from Singapore to Malaysia with my dear friends. The 8 most memorable days wandering around the two countries to discover a lot of beautiful spots and delicious foods.

Usually, I try to write a long story before I start going into details. Nevertheless, I will leave it to other posts for more specifics about exactly the places we have been in Singapore and Malaysia. Now it’s the space for a summarized itinerary so everyone can easily catch up on the info and have a plan for the next trips. And the journey begins!

The First Day – From Vietnam to Singapore, and The Towns

We used Skyscanner to find a cheap flight from Vietnam to Singapore. And we finally arrived at the Merlion’s land at around 11:00 a.m.

From Singapore Changi Airport to the city’s center, we used MRT for transportation. It cost us $5 SGD only for the card, and a certain amount of money to move from the airport to the City Hall Station.

My friend said that she likes the 5footway.inn Project Singapore. Therefore, we booked it at the beginning of our 3 nights in Singapore.

After fulfilled our stomachs at Liang foodcourt and checked-in the hostel, we started our Singapore tour to discover the beautiful city:

1.1. Indian Town

A beautiful town with many colored houses, and special architecture, especially the temple. Those could be a perfect background for anyone who loves photography. By the way, the Masala Chai (Indian Spiced Milk Tea) is really good! Additionally, Indian food courts around the town are great places to discover tasty Indian cuisine, just a hint!

1.2. China Town

The town appears in my eyes with a true red in almost things. In addition, Bugis Street is a must-visit place for any shopaholic’s Singapore tour, just in case unbranded products are preferred. There are also interesting fortune-telling papers along the road for the 12 Chinese zodiacs.

1.3. Marina Bay Sands (MBS), Bottom Area

MBS has a very well-known Spectra Light & Water Show starting at 8:00 p.m. every day. Furthermore, wandering around MBS at night is an interesting activity that should be put on the list of ‘what to do in Singapore’.

Day 2 – Singapore Symbols and The Delicious Foods

Our second day started with a quick breakfast at the hostel. Honestly, we didn’t have a plan initially. Thanks to my friend who has a lot of experience in Singapore, we made our choice of destinations for today:

2.1. Merlion Park

The area is right in front of Marina Bay Sands, separated by the lake. In fact, the Merlion is one of the top Singapore tourist attractions. Almost all the tours from every country take visitors here to take pictures and take a look at Singapore’s most iconic symbol.

The Merlion statue in Singapore.

2.2. Gardens By The Bay

An enormous tropical garden to visit for the whole day. Because we only had a total of 3 days in Singapore, we cannot spend the day just for one place. Thus, we have chosen the Dragonfly and Kingfisher Lakes, Flower Dome, Cloud Forest, and Supertree Grove and skipped the Skyway which is a great place for photography.

2.3. Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum

Surprisingly this was one of the most interesting places I visited on the trip. I cannot believe there is even a modern museum about Buddhism inside the temple. To illustrate, they use tablets to show the info, and history of Buddha statues exhibited in the museum. Moreover, it has an ideal place for meditation following dhyana. For any visitors who love Buddhism, this destination absolutely must be added to the list of must-visit Singapore attractions.

We ended our second day in a very Singaporean restaurant at 477A Changi Road, introduced by our 2 Singaporean friends. The restaurant is a little bit old. However, their chef’s skill is definitely really good. And it’s my first time truly enjoying that much delicious Singapore food! Additionally, they also took us to a very interesting dessert store, the Non Entrée located at 204 Rangoon Road. They had ice-creams under the appearance of the main dishes, making me very confused but extremely impressed at my first seen. Of course, it’s good too!

Day 3 – Singapore City Tour, The Island, and The Spectacular View!

Sadly, the hostel only served sandwiches with butter or jam. We decided to have a well-known Singapore-style breakfast, as we believed, called soft-boiled eggs with kaya toast. Even though the toast is pretty much sweet, it’s a good experience to try this iconic food.

3.1. City Bus Tour

Our morning activity is relaxed with the City Bus Tour. We booked in alongside the Marina Bay Sands Sky Deck, and Gardens By The Bay for $48 SGD, within 1 city tour ticket. The bus started from China Town, then the MBS area, Singapore Botanic Gardens (tourists are allowed to leave the bus to visit and then take the next bus to continue the tour), to Orchard Street, welcome to the shopping area!

3.2. Sentosa Island

The place where visitors can find all the entertaining activities of the Merlion land. However, I just went straight forward to the beach to enjoy a little bit of ‘vitamin sea’, took a deep rest, and breathed the air of the southernmost point of continental Asia.

‘Took a deep rest, and breathed the air of the southernmost point of continental Asia’.

3.3. Marina Bay Sands Sky Deck

It’s obviously the best place to enjoy the whole view of Singapore City! Visitors can clearly see the famous Financial District, Merlion Park, and Gardens By The Bay, as well as the iconic Louis Vuitton Singapore Island Maison.

Singapore view from Marina Bay Sands Sky Deck in the afternoon.
Gardens By The Bay at night. View from Marina Bay Sands Sky Deck.

3.4. Clarke Quay

This is surely one of the best places in Singapore to spend the night time. All kinds of bars and clubs in the same area. There are also live, and acoustic songs for a more slightly and feeling while enjoying the drinks. Where are you beer and alcohol lovers? It’s a Singapore vibe!

How about a LongQing hot pot at 18 Hong Kong Street for the night? It was just simply perfect!

Day 4 – From Singapore to Malaysia, and Malacca Ancient Town

It was our long day being on the bus from Singapore to Malaysia, particularly the Malacca. We booked the ticket from 707-Inc Bus for $23SGD. Actually, the route only took us about 3 hours. But with my eagerness to put my feet on the new destination, it was like half the day.

4.1. The Malacca Ancient Town

We finally reached Malacca Ancient Town at around 1:00 p.m. To me, the town is somehow similar to Hoi An Ancient Town. Although Malacca’s architecture is different from Hoi An’s. It just brought me some special feeling. Actually, I had a chance to visit this town when I was a kid. Fortunately, I can come back to this place to one-more-time explore the destination.

In my opinion, Malacca attractions are special because of not only the historical sites around but also the local foods. I can still remember how I enjoyed a very special ball of rice with boiled chicken, caramelized egg, and fried bok choy with garlic from a local restaurant right inside the old town. Malacca also has a night market with a lot of street foods to satisfy every hungry stomach. Furthermore, alongside the old town’s river, there are bars where wanderers can relax while enjoying some beers and music.

To find shelter at the place, we tried Malacca Airbnb and found ourselves a perfect place to stay. I believe it’s not so hard to find a good place there. Many locals host their beautiful houses and treat travelers excellently.

Read more: 2-day Malacca Itinerary

Day 5 – From Malacca Ancient Town to George Town

The last time we were on the bus going from Singapore to Malaysia, it could not compare to this one. The route cost us approximately 8 hours of bus driving from Malacca to Penang ferry. Then another 15 minutes on the ferry to George Town, our main destination in Malaysia.

‘Another 15 minutes on ferry to George Town, our main destination in Malaysia’.

That day flew fast. We landed in the town in the afternoon. After a rest, we did a quick tour walking around the central area to see the nightlife there. And had our dinner at A Taste Of Teksen. I believe this is one of the best restaurants in George Town, Malaysia.

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Day 6 – Things to Do in George Town, Penang

We woke up early, had breakfast with Indian food, and then made our decision to rent a bicycle to discover the town. That day was sunny, but it’s nice to fully explore the beautiful town:

6.1. George Town UNESCO World Heritage Site

An area of ancient houses gathered. It’s located in the northeast of George Town, right in the city center. To entirely experience, riding a bicycle is the best way.

6.2. Penang Street Art

Around the Historical Site, there is Penang Street Art, a very well-known George Town attraction. Those are the paintings on the wall made by different artists, but pioneered by a guy named Zacharevic. Thanks to their creative work, the old town has become more attractive and interesting than ever. Thank you Zacharevic, particularly for starting the project!

An impressive street art in Penang.
One of the street art painted in Penang.

6.3. Clan Jetties

A series of six jetties that make a part of George Town Heritage Site. At the gate, there is a temple which I see many people visit. Inside, the locals sell many souvenirs and foods. A little bit crowded. It’s just ok in my opinion.

6.4. Khoo Kongsi

This is truly one of the most interesting places in Penang. The ticket sellers said it’s the oldest clan house in Penang, built 650 years ago. Inside the house, there are old paintings of Chinese heroes which impressed me a lot. Perhaps I’m the type of person who is interested in art things. In addition, the area outside the house is beautiful and has many nice cafes and dessert shops.

6.5. Penang Hill

The best place for a panoramic view of George Town and Penang Bridge. It’s also an ideal place for travelers who love nature. There is a museum about cameras and owls. Some restaurants and some cafe shops in the place, too. We went there in the afternoon so it was hard to wander around. However, the view of George Town at night is spectacular. On the other hand, I still recommend visiting this place early to experience the whole destination. Finally, the train at the entrance is interesting, that’s it!

‘The best place for a panoramic view of George Town and Penang Bridge’.
Read more: Kek Lok Si Travel Guide

Day 7 – Welcome to Kuala Lumpur!

We left George Town very early in the morning to fly to Kuala Lumpur (KL), the capital city of Malaysia. There are many places to visit in Kuala Lumpur such as Sekeping Serendah, Batu Caves, National Mosque of Malaysia, Aquaria KLCC, KL Bird Park, etc. However, because we only had 1 day at KL and mainly stayed in the city, it was better to do a relaxing food tour than rush to places. Nevertheless, we didn’t forget to visit the Petronas Twin Towers. At least that is a good place to spend the night time and to take pictures so I can mark KL in my travel list.

The Last Day – Selamat Tinggal Malaysia!

Not sure if I should count this a day in my itinerary from Singapore to Malaysia. But I was still in Kuala Lumpur wandering around in the morning, and had some Malaysian food before I got on the afternoon flight to come back to my home city, Ho Chi Minh City.

This is Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The night flight ended my trip from Singapore to Malaysia.

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