Day Trips in Singapore

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At the heart of Southeastern Asia lies Singapore, a dense island city mapped by unique cultural districts. These districts making up the core of the city are Orchard, Riverside and Chinatown. Here is a guide for a day trip in the Riverside district of Singapore.

The Riverside district of Singapore is full of breathtaking skyscrapers and historical awe. Exploring the streets of Boat Quay, Clarke Quay and Robertson Quay, which make up the Riverside district, is a great way to spend a day in Singapore.

Transportation

The Raffle Place train lines are the best way to access the Riverside district from other parts of the city. Easily explored on foot or by boat via Singapore River Cruises, is the historical Riverside district. At a budget friendly price starting at only $3 for one-way trips, the river cruise is an aesthetically pleasing way to travel through the district.

Raffles Statue and Asian Civilizations Museum

Both accessible by the river cruise while spending the day in the Riverside district are the historically significant Raffles Statue and Asian Civilizations Museum. The Raffles Statue is a monument to the founder of Singapore, Stamford Raffles. Neighboring the astonishing Raffles Statue is the Asian Civilizations Museum. The museum is open weekdays from 9am to 7pm, with a low admittance fee of only $8 a person, making it an ideal stop while day tripping in the area.

Esplande Theatre

Along the waterway of the Riverside district are two great stops if you love the arts. The Esplanade Theatre on the Bay is Singapore’s noted opera house. Here you can stop in for a luxury experience of a traditional Singapore show of opera, classical music and dance. Tickets range from $20 to $80, depending on the seat location.

Victoria Theatre

For a more budget friendly day trip, the Victoria Theatre offers small, weekly, affordable events. Ticket prices range from $8 to $25 depending on the event. In addition, the Victoria Theatre holds historical significance worth the visit itself, as it is the oldest theater in Singapore still in operation.

Singapore’s diversity of cultures within the Riverside district makes for a day trip fulfilling the experience of multiple levels of the Southeast Asian lifestyle. With the year round warm weather, expect endless fun in the sun as you travel through the heart of a great city. Singapore’s attractions will exceed your expectations.


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Batam Island

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Batam is a small island city in the Riau Archipelago. Ferries are available daily from the World Trade Centre (WTC) (now renamed to Harbourfront MRT) and Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal (TMFT). Ferries depart approx. every 40 minutes. It is famous for it's boisterious nightlife and amazingly fast growing economy - a veritable border boom town that has been growing at 30% a year for the past 11 years..

A 24 hour visit is well worth and great value for money - a world class 4 star hotel room goes for only S$50/US$35/£16/€25 per night.

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Malacca (Melaka)

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Melaka or Malacca is a great place to visit. It bears witness to six centuries of existence with a rich cultural heritage. The Dutch, Portuguese and English buildings and monuments reflect the former presence of these colonial powers. Malacca is also synonymous with Straits-born Chinese culture.

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Johor Bahru

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A bustling Malaysian city right at the border with Singapore. Comfortable air-conditioned busses leave at intervals of 7 minutes from Singapore and the trip takes about 30 minutes- Johor Bahru is only 10KM from Singapore's borders

Johor Bahru is to Singapore as Shenzhen is to Hongkong. It is part of the Sijori Growth Triangle, alongside Indonesia's Riau Islands and Singapore.

There are several shopping centres (though not all sell the real McCoy!) and restauraunts. Bargains are the main draw.

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Pulau Bintan fishing

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The north and east coasts of Bintan are attractive tourists resorts. The main attractions are the old town of Tanjung Pinang and the relatively untouched beaches. To get there take a ferry form the Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal. The trip takes about 45-90 minutes depending on the quality of the ferry.

To the north reigon of Lagoi, Bintan loses it's rugged Indonesian charm which is replaced by elegant beauty - the Indonesian government has been given the Bintan Islands north more..

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Danga Gash Bay

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Just 15km from Singapore, it is a modern waterfront playground with great facilities and a picturesque beach.

To go there, thake the train from Singapore at S$2.90/pax/way. The train is modern, efficient, clean, and air-conditioned. After that, take a taxi to Danga Bay at RM5-10 (S$2-4)

It is family friendly and highly rteccomended. Visit their website for details.

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