I have here sample itinerary for 3 days trip to Malaysia and Singapore at a low-cost. We did it when we had a short vacation to Malaysia and Singapore last September 23-25, 2016. It’s a Do-it-yourself travel, so be prepared to communicate with the locals for directions and enjoy the experience of their normal life as daily commuters using their public transportation – the MRTs and buses. But I’m telling you, staying there for three days is not enough to see and experience the beautiful places and unique culture of both countries.
Day 1: One Day in Malaysia
9:00 am – Petronas Twin Tower
11:00 am – Batu Caves
1:30 pm – Merdeka Square
– Sultan Abdul Samad Building
– Kuala Lumpur City Gallery
– National History Museum
– Chinatown Petaling Street
6:30 pm – Bukit Bintang shopping district
and Jalan Alor
10:30 pm – Kuala Lumpur to Woodlands, SG
You can take a picture of the Petronas Twin Tower in KLCC Park, or you can go up the Tower and see the overlooking beauty of Kuala Lumpur. Doing that will cost you extra money because there is a fee for you to experience that, but if you have extra budget, you can give it a try. From Petronas Tower, take the LRT to KL Sentral Station, then KTM Komuter Train to Batu Caves. There is no entrance fee in Batu Cave, so take your time to see the view and the monkeys as you take the 272 steps to the cathedral cave. Inside the cave, you can see Hindu temples and their gods and goddesses.
From Batu Cave take the KTM Komuter Train to Bank Negara, and walk for about 15 minutes to Merdeka Square. From there, enjoy your walking tour to Sultan Abdul Samad Building, KL City Gallery, National Museum, and Petaling Street, where you can buy bargain clothes and accessories, and souvenir items. You can also go to Bukit Bintang shopping district and experience their delicious food at Jalan Alor.
Take the KTM Komuter Train to Terminal Berdepadu Selatan (TBS) where the bus going to Woodlands, Singapore waits. It’s a 24 hours terminal, air-conditioned, and with free public wifi, so I’m sure you will be comfortable. Food stalls like KFC, Kenny Rogers and a lot more can be found at the 3rd floor of the terminal, you don’t need to go out just to buy food.
Day 2 : SENTOSA ISLAND/MARINA BAY
8:00 am – Chinatown Heritage Center
12:00 am – Sentosa Island
6:00 pm – Garden’s by the Bay
8:00 pm – Marina Bay Sands
Singapore River Walking Tour (Sightseeing: Fullerton Hotel, Merlion Park, Esplanade, Makansutra, Boat Quay, Clark Quay, etc)
Going to Chinatown Heritage Center, you need to take the North East Line or Downtown Line of MRT and stop at Chinatown Station. Walk for about 5 minutes and you will see the Chinatown Heritage Center and Chinese Museum where the tooth relic can be found.
From Chinatown, take the Northeast line to Harbourfront station then about 5 minutes’ walk to Vivo City and ride in the Sentosa Express. You can choose to ride in the bus, train or cable car.
From Sentosa, go back to Harbourfront Station, take the North East Line to Chinatown and Downtown Line to Bayfront station and take exit D to Gardens by the Bay. From there, have a walking tour to the Flower Dome, Marina Bay Sands, Arts and Science Museum, Merlion Park, Esplanade, Makasuntra and more. Just make sure you are wearing a very comfortable shoes or sneakers because it’s really tiring.
Day 3 : SHOPPING DAY
9:00 am –IMM in Jurong East
3:00 pm – Church of the Risen Christ
5:00 pm – Chocolate shopping in Toa Payoh
7:00 pm – Bugis Street
IMM is where you can find the shops selling high quality shoes at a cheaper price. They have Skechers, Adidas, Nike stores and a lot more. Going to IMM, you will take the North South or East West Line and stop to Jurong East Interchange, take Exit C to IMM.
From IMM, you can go back to Jurong East Interchange, take the North South Line to Toa Payoh Station and walk for about 10 minutes to Church of the Risen Christ. Few minutes’ walk from the church is a grocery store where you can buy chocolates at a low price.
Going to Bugis Street from Toa Payoh, take the North South Line to Newton interchange, then Downtown Line to Bugis. Now you can enjoy your shopping of more souvenir items like 4 pcs statement shirts or 4/5 pcs of souvenir bags for 10 SGD or 3 packs (18 pcs) of keychains or 2 pcs ref magnets for just 5 SGD.
If you have more time, or you don’t like shopping, you can go to for Kampong Glam walk which is just blocks away from Bugis. That is where you can see the Haji Lane. You may also want to go to other attractions like Jurong Bird Park, Asian Museum, Singapore Zoo, River Safari and Night Safari, only that there are entrance fees in those tourist spot
Additional Tips and Reminders
- If you’re taking the MRT a lot, buy an EZ Link card. This will allow you to breeze through the station entrances when taking the train. The train system is pretty expensive so you might want to take advantage of it.
- If your budget isn’t that big (say USD 500), there are forex stall inside the airport.
- Tourists in Singapore can claim refund on GST (Goods and Services Tax) paid for items purchased from establishments that are participating in the Tourist Refund Scheme. Before you board for your flight, you can check for the GST Refund booth at the airport and claim your refund.
- Chewing gums are not allowed in SG.
- Don’t forget to bring your own tissues, as fast food chains don’t give tissue papers.
- When you order for food for take-out, say take away, not take-out.
- Bring your passport and other pertinent travel documents at all times.
- Bring a map. It is available and free at the airport and terminals. But don’t worry, Singapore is so efficient, you won’t get lost as there are a lot of signs to give you direction.