The modern city-state of Singapore makes a perfect home base to explore its Asian neighbors, especially the jungle and cities of the Malay Peninsula. For some great single- and multi-day trips to Malaysia from the island, here are some can’t-miss options.
Like Singapore and much of Southeast Asia, Malaysia is a fascinating mix of ethnic groups and religions, and nowhere are these different influences more evident than in the historic city of Malacca (sometimes spelled Melaka). On a city tour of this UNESCO World Heritage-listed city, learn about the region’s colonial history at points of interest like the Red Clock Tower, Cheng Hoon Temple, Porta de Santiago (A Famosa), and St. Paul’s Church.
Johor Bahru Tours
Even closer to Singapore, just across the strait in fact, is the city of Johor Bahru. This booming frontier town features the familiar jumble of influences, evident in the Moorish-style Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque and Royal Mausoleum as well as the colonial English administrative building. Due to its proximity to Singapore, Johor Bahru can be visited in as little as half a day.
Legoland Malaysia Tours
Those traveling with young children (or young-at-heart adults) should plan to spend a day at the colorful Legoland Malaysia theme park. This kid-friendly, highly interactive amusement park has seven themed areas filled with rides, shows, and attractions. A day tour from Singapore typically includes hotel pickup and drop-off and admission to the park.