Malaysia & Singapore

Singapore – Malaysia trip

DAY 1 – Arrive Kuala Lumpur

Selamat-datang!! Welcome to Malaysia!

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Photo Credits: © Giselleai – Putrajaya Lake

A perfect amalgamation of Malay, Chinese and Tamil traditions, Malaysia truly symbolizes the Asian culture. Located in South East Asia, the country shares a land border with Thailand and maritime borders with Singapore, Vietnam and Indonesia. We arrive at Kuala Lumpur, the Capital and the largest city in Malaysia.

On arrival, we will be met and transferred to our hotel. En route we will stop at Putrajaya, which is the Financial Capital City. Our first stop will be the Putrajaya Lake, a man-made lake designed to act as a natural cooling system. One can enjoy recreational activities like fishing, water sports etc.

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Photo Credits: © pratanti – Perdana Putra

We will next stop at the Putra mosque, built in 1999 with rose tinted granite. With the capacity of accommodating 15,000 worshippers, it is the principle mosque of the city. In the vicinity lies the Perdana Putra, the office complex of the Prime Minister.

On our way to our hotel, we will drive past the Putra Perdana Park, which houses the Putrajaya landmark, the Mercu Tanda Putrajaya symbolising the beginning of Putrajaya. Built in a form of pyramid, it is one of the major tourist attractions.

DAY 2 – Kuala Lumpur

After a good nights’ rest, we have a full day of sightseeing awaiting us.

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Photo Credits: © shafraz.nasser – Masjid Negara
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Photo Credits: © Shubert Ciencia – Independence Square

We will start our day with a visit to the National Mosque, Masjid Negara Malaysia. Situated amongst 13acres of beautiful gardens, it was built in 1965 by UK architect Howard Ashley, and Malaysian architects Hisham Albakri and Baharuddin Kassim. The most two striking features of the mosque are a 73m minaret and the main roof which is in the form of a 16pointed star.

On our way to the Royal Musuem (Istana Negara ) we will drive past the Independence Square (where the British Union flag was lowered and the Malayan Flag hoisted for the first time on 31st August, 1957) and the National Monument (which commemorates those who laid their lives in the freedom struggle against the Japanese in World War II).

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Photo Credits: © Ahmad Rithauddin – Istana Negara

Istana Negara, Malaysia’s National Palace was built in 1928 and was the official residence of the King of Malaysia. In 2011, a new more extravagant palace was built in a different location. Spread over 28 acres the compound houses a beautiful garden, a lake and a 6 hole golf course. The entrance is guarded by two members of Royal Malay Regiment in full dress uniform similar to the Buckingham Palace. The palace itself is divided into East and West wings. The East Wing houses the ceremonial throne room of the King and three receiving rooms for the Prime Minister, the Queen’s guests and the King’s honoured guests respectively. The West Wing houses the meeting room where the conference of rulers (the de facto rulers of the nine Malay states) is held.

We continue on to the Kuala Lumpur Tower, which is the seventh tallest free standing tower in the world, the highest view point offering a panoramic view of the city After lunch, we will visit the I City, situated in Shah Alam that is about 40-45 minutes away from the city. Spread over 72 acres, the city was designed to meet the growing needs of the IT industry. Touted as the Smart City, it has several corporate, leisure and residential complexes and is being promoted as a tourist destination by the Tourism ministry.

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Photo Credits: © David Woo – Trick Art Museum

Our visit here will take us to the Trick Art Museum and the Red Carpet (a wax museum).

The Trick Art Museum is a small museum spread over 8,000 sq feet of space split into two floors. It houses two dimensional paintings which have been rendered to make them appear three dimensional. The paintings are divided into five categories: – masterpieces, Egyptian, marine life, animal kingdom and classics. Photography here is not only permitted but also encouraged.

The building adjacent to the Trick Art Museum is the Red Carpet Wax Museum, a wax museum along the lines of Madam Tussaud’s. The exhibits are categorised into World leaders, Asian and Western movie stars, pop stars, sport starts and others.

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Photo Credits: © Thomas Wanhoff – Petronas

On our way back to our hotel, we will make a photo stop at the Petronas Twin Towers which are the tallest twin towers in the world. The towers houses an upmarket retail centre, Suria KLCC which features a theatre, an art gallery and underwater aquarium along with high end retail shops. It is one of the largest shopping malls in Malaysia.

DAY 3 – Kuala Lumpur

The day will begin on a spiritual note with a visit to the Batu Caves and the Batumalai Srimuruga Perumal Kovil (Karthikeya Temple).

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Photo Credits: © Ramanathan Kathiresan – Batu Caves
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Photo Credits: © Andrew Lawson – Inside Batu Caves

The naturally occurring limestone caves, believed to be around 400 million years old, takes its name from the Sungai Batu (the Batu river), which flows past the hill. Dedicated to Lord Murugan, it is one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside India. There are ten prominent Murugan shrines out of which six are in India and four in Malaysia. This cave, being one of the four shrines, is also known as the tenth cave.

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Photo Credits: © Prateek Bahadur – Genting Resorts

We continue on to the Genting Resorts which has indoor and outdoor Theme Parks. The outdoor theme park is currently under renovation. Located in the First World Plaza, the indoor theme park houses smaller versions of the rides in the outdoor park, such as carousels, roller-coasters and a slow moving ferry’s wheel. In addition, the plaza also houses replicas of famous tourist destinations with interactive rides, such as Paris, Venice, Times Square New York and the Swiss Alps.

DAY 4 – Kuala Lumpur – Singapore

An hours’ flight in the morning will take us to Singapore, the Lion City.

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Photo Credits: © Krista – Sri Mariamman Temple
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Photo Credits: © Tomoaki INABA – Sri Mariamman

Our afternoon tour will start with a visit to the China Town, which also houses the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore, Sri Mariamman Temple. Founded in 1827, the temple is a gazetted National monument and a major tourist attraction. Built in the typical Dravidian architectural style, the main gopuram is adorned with intricately carved colourful sculptures of various Hindu deities, the two most prominent being the Krishna and Murugan. The main sanctum sanctorum has the Mariamman as the main deity along with idols Rama, and Muruga and the prayer hall has idols of Ganesha, Durga, Shivan etc.

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Photo Credits: © Khalzuri Yazid – Chinatown Singapore
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Photo Credits: © Jorge Cancela – Buddha Tooth Relic Temple

We will continue on to the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple. Constructed in 2007, it houses the tooth relic which is believed to have been found in a collapsed stupa in Myanmar. The relic itself can be viewed by the public on the fourth floor of the temple. The temple is a fine example of the Chinese Tang Dynasty style of architecture. We then take a stroll in around China Town which has many restaurants and shops featuring distinctly Chinese cultural elements.

 

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Photo Credits: © Michaela Loheit – Merlion
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Photo Credits: © Leonid Iaitskyi – Marina Bay

Our next stop is the Marina Bay, the most stylish and posh location in Singapore. Situated on the banks of the Singapore River, the waterfront promenade is the hub of various cultural activities.
Here we will visit the Merlion Park which houses the famous landmark, the Merlion Statue. The statue is unique in its structure; it has the body of a fish and head of Lion. A photo-stop here is must!

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Photo Credits: © Lenny K Photography – Singapore Flyer

We then continue on to the Singapore flyer which is a giant ferry’s wheel cum observation wheel. Operational since 2008, it has 28 air-conditioned capsules each able to carry 28 passengers. A ride on the wheel is optional. Take a stroll around Marina Bay and enjoy the plethora of nightlife options the city has to offer.

DAY 5 -Singapore

We have a fun filled day ahead of us!

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Photo Credits: © William Cho – Universal Studios Singapore

Take a MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) to the Harbour Front and from the 3rd level of Vivo city we will board the Sentosa Express to the Sentosa Island. Sentosa Island, also known as Asia’s Favourite Playground, is a popular island resort with popular attractions like Universal Studios, Underwater World and a two kilometre long sheltered beach.

Our first stop would be to the Universal Studios, which is a theme park located in the Resorts World Sentosa. It is the second Universal Studios theme park to open in Asia and the first in South East Asia.
The park is spread over 49 acres with a total of 24 attractions. It consists of seven themed zones and each zone is based on a blockbuster movie or a television show, each with its own unique rides and activities.

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Photo Credits: © Sarah Ackerman – Jurassic Park

Some of the most popular rides are the World’s tallest pair of duelling roller coasters based on the television show Battlestar Galactica, the Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure and Water World which is live action performance with stunts and pyrotechnics. As the Theme park has so much to offer, we have the entire day planned at the Universal Studios to explore it to the fullest.

In the evening, before returning to the hotel, we will enjoy the Wings of Time show which features pyrotechnic displays, laser shows, and water jets performed by a live cast.

DAY 6 -Singapore – India

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Photo Credits: © Nicolas Lannuzel – Orchard Road

The day is at leisure to explore the shopping boulevard Orchard Road which is the retail and entertainment hub of Singapore.

It is home to many shopping centres with a mix of local and Global fashion and luxury stores.

Late evening we will be transferred to the airport for our flight home.

Both Malaysia and Singapore are multi cultural Global countries which have developed its cities with tourism in mind and it is apparent in its landmarks, in its monuments, in its theme parks and in the various shopping opportunities.