More often than not, the first international trip which we Indians take is usually to good old Thailand- convenient, fast and more importantly easy on the pocket for first timers. But what if we can add another two most sought after destinations in southeast Asia and make this 1st trip abroad even better! Throw in Malaysia and Singapore in addition to Thailand, and you will return to the homeland proudly with entry stamps from 3 different countries instead of one! Expensive? Hell no. Having a good time, staying at good hotels and gaining the best of experiences will not cost you more than $1750!
Post your visit to the towers go on a day tour and cover the orchid and hibiscus gardens where you will see beautiful varieties of flora. Next on the list is a visit to the National Monument followed by the National Mosque of Malaysia (non Muslims cannot enter). Drop yourself off at Berjaya Times Square, where you can shop, eat and party before heading back to your hotel.
The next day set out for a visit to Genting Highlands and visit the famous Batu caves on your way. Batu Caves is a limestone hill that has a series of caves that house many hindu temples and is a popular shrine outside of India. You are welcomed by the world’s tallest statue of Murugan- the deity this cave temple is dedicated to. Other than strolling in the caves you can also try a hand at getting some pythons and boas wrapped around you, or feeding some iguanas!
A few more minutes of driving and you will reach Genting Highlands. While there are buses to Genting, its best if you hire a cab and keep it overnight as well to return tot he airport the next day. Total return fare should’t cost you more than Rs. 2000-2500. Once you reach your hotel and freshen up, you can take a walk around the huge theme park that Genting Highlands is, or take a cable car ride above a thick tropical forest.
The next day check out of the hotel and drive to KL international airport to depart for the city state Singapore!
Total Cost (Approx. figures)
Flight to KL: Rs. 8000
Malaysia Visa Fees: Rs. 1000
Hotel at KL (2 Nights for 2 people): Rs.1800 per night i.e Rs. 3600 total
City Tour: Rs. 1500 + Petronas Sky Bridge ticket Rs. 1500 i.e. Rs. 3000
Return Taxi Fare to Genting: Rs. 2500
Hotel at Genting (1 Night for 2 people): Rs. 1500 per night
Meals: Rs. 3000
Total: Rs. 23,500- 24,000 approx.
Singapore’s plush Changi international airport will give you a glimpse of what to expect in the coming days. Be sure to pick up a free booklet from the airport which states the ‘Dos & Don’ts’ while in Singapore! Head to your hotel, a stay at Little India or China Town will be comparatively cheaper than elsewhere, besides Singapore is well connected with the Hop-On Hop-Off buses which are a convenient and affordable way to get to places.
Take a city tour by yourself and visit the Merlion Park, China Town, Orchard Street etc. and spend the evening having some fine dinner at one of the many restaurants at Clark Quay before heading out to Ku De Ta or Altitude One for some heavy duty partying. On the next day keep yourself entertained by visiting the Singapore Botanic Gardens, followed by a visit to Jurong Bird Park where you must absolutely watch the bird show, after which while away your time till evening and visit the Singapore Zoo for an entertaining night with some exotic wild animals. The Singapore zoo is cage-less and one has to take a ride in a toy train around the zoo to get a look at the animals, they even have a show with the animals post the zoo visit. Keep all of next day for a visit to Sentosa Island where there is lots to do and see.
The next day take a cab to the beach city of Pattaya, which is notorious for its night life aka The Walking Street. Its buzzing till the wee hours of the morning and you can choose from a host of ways to while away and enjoy your time there. Massages, clubs, cocktail carts, street food options etc are available in plenty. You can even enjoy the famous Transvestite cabaret show- the Tiffany’s Show at Pattaya. The sets are elaborate and performances are mind blowing!
The next morning take a ferry ride to the nearby Coral island where you can engage in some fun water sports or just laze on a sun-bead and sip some beer!