We are going to be based in Singapore for 4 weeks in August and would like some advice of 3-4 day trips to go on with our two year old son. We have a limited budget and don't want to stay too far from Singapore. Hours on buses are impractical but short flights would be ideal. We would like to steer clear of anywhere too touristy and would like to see some orangutans and other animals in their natural habitat. Any other child friendly suggestions would be great!
#1 family3 has been a member since 14/3/2010. Posts: 3
It's a short, cheap flight to Kuching (www.airasia.com) from Singapore, a charmingly small city with easy access to Semengoh Orangutan reserve and the Sarawak Cultural Village (traditional tribal longhouses, dance performances, try a blow dart gun, etc). There's also a beautiful national park nearby called Bako with some comfy enough park lodgings that your family could spend the night there (can also be done as a day trip).
That sounds fantastic, Thank you.x
We are thinking of going to Tioman too, what do you think?
#3 family3 has been a member since 14/3/2010. Posts: 3
Tioman is lovely -- quiet beaches, no traffic, good snorkeling.
It is possible (but expensive) to fly there, otherwise it's approx. 4 hours by bus then another 1 hr or so on the ferry, depending which beach you're going to.
If you're going overland try to avoid the weekend -- that's when everyone in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur go and the buses can get quite crowded (ie. standing room only).
I agree with idreamofdurian. Kuching is perfect. Nature, animals and friendly locals. Also not too expensive.
Bintan Island would be very close too. 1 hour by speedboat. Just beaches though. But little ones enjoy working with sand :-)
In Singapore there's the Night Safari which is absolutely great.
Btw, don't plan on too much. The tropical heat and humidity lowers two years old toddlers activity levels dramatically...
But anyways, ENJOY Singapore!
#5 Honey has been a member since 15/3/2010. Posts: 2
Excellent ideas thank you.
Would flights be cheaper if I book them now or can I wait until we get theer?
#6 family3 has been a member since 14/3/2010. Posts: 3
The Singapore -- Tioman prices don't fluctuate much. For Kuching, you'll get a good price as long as you book at lest a week in advance. All the budget airlines fly the Singapore -- Kuching route (airasia, tiger airways, jetstar) so there's lots of connections which keeps prices low.
Of course, Singapore has a lot of family friendly stuff too -- Wild Wild Wet water park, Science Discovery Centre & Snow City, the new Universal Studios theme park, Sentosa island, Night Safari, Botanic Gardens, East Coast park for riding bikes, etc.