It had been ages since we had traveled or been on a vacation. Little “A” had kept us on our toes since his arrival and these 2 years with him had been nothing less than a roller coaster ride. Having planned many a spontaneous short vacations in the past we were missing the traveler in us badly.
The joy of planning a detailed itinerary, shortlisting must see places were something else! At the same time, the guilt of not being able to spend quality time with A due to long working hours and the monotonous office-home-office urged us to put some time apart for ourselves and our little one.
Thus began our search for a perfect tourist destination where A could equally enjoy. And what better place for fun and frolic than Malaysia – Singapore! Being on the top of the most Baby-friendly tourist destinations, we had our heart set on touring and vacationing these two countries. And so our research began for the best packages and deals. After browsing tons of travel sites, we found the perfect deal for us on Travel Triangle for 7 nights 8 days Malaysia Singapore Family Package via Freeze my Trip (our agents connected via TravelTriangle).
And so the countdown began!
Our Malaysia & Singapore Package Details
Cost: INR 99,500
Duration: 7 Nights & 8 Days
Inclusions: Hotel, Breakfast, Transfers, Sightseeing
Exclusions: Personal expenses & other paid activities
Day 1: Arrival to Singapore & Visit to Gardens by the Bay
We arrived at Changi International Airport from Kuala Lumpur KILA2 and were greeted by a gentleman from Red Apple Travel Agency. Upon receiving our vouchers and other necessary documents, we were dropped off at our hotel Parc Sovereign for freshening up before getting picked up in the evening for visiting the Gardens by the Bay. Upon reaching we were awestruck with a picturesque view of Singapore skyline at sunset. The beautifully illuminated trees from different parts of the world were a treat to the eyes. The Flower Drome and the Cloud Forest are a must visit for every tourist as the view is simply magical and cannot be transformed in words. As the sun sets, the Garden Rhapsody show comes to life with its battle of the lights and music across the beautiful flora around. It is delight to the eyes! We had a great time and headed to hotel after the show before picking up some dinner at a nearby Food court.
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Day 2: Visit to Jurong Bird Park and the Sentosa Island
After a sumptuous breakfast we headed to Jurong Bird Park to pay a visit to the feathery species. Our little toddler went crazy upon spotting the blazing red flamingos and the neighborly parrots. Our little bundle of joy was hooked on to the peacocks and followed them like a total new born. It was a wonderful sight to see him enjoy with the friendly birds with no fear. We had a gala time enjoying the tram rides, clicking pictures of some elusive birds freely walking past us. . The New Zealand Ice Cream parlour at the end of the Zoo had one of the best ice creams we had till date. A must visit for all ice creams lovers!
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Post lunch we were picked up to visit the Sentosa Island. It was a thrilling experience to sit in the cable car and go all the way to Sentosa Island. Surprisingly Little A did not show any fear at all and enjoyed the view from the top to the fullest! Upon reaching the island, we hopped in a bus to visit the S.E.A Aquarium. It was a spectacular exhibit of the various aquatic animals varying from sharks to the famous Dory fish. One could spend hours just gazing at the open ocean habitat area full of various species of aqua.
“A fascinating sight indeed!”
We missed the Wings of Time due to heavy rainfall. We decided to skip it to avoid getting the little one wet in the open uncovered area. Our fellow travellers were kind enough to record some part of the show and show it us. Perhaps a reason to visit Singapore again.
Day 3: Singapore City Tour
After we were picked up from our hotel, we started the Singapore city tour with the first stop being the Singapore Flyer. Although the view of Singapore skyline was tempting during the day as well, we chose to do the flyer late evening to catch the skyline when the city was lit up. We then headed to the Merlion Park to do the River Cruise in the famous Singapore Bum Boat. It was a mystic experience to witness the Singapore history by its river and pass by many of the well-known places such the Singapore Flyer, Marina Bay Sands, Esplanade Theatres by the Bay, Clarke Quay, Boat Quay etc. In the bright sunlight, we got some amazing pictures of these amazing architectures. We then headed to see the Raffles Hotel, Chinatown and little India and lastly did some quick chocolate shopping at a chocolate boutique before getting dropped back at the hotel.
Post lunch, we headed to do the Singapore Flyer once again to catch a glimpse of the Singapore skyline by the night. It was perhaps one of the best decisions as by great luck we got an entire empty capsule all for ourselves (we just managed to miss the crowd by fraction of second). Words will never be enough to describe the bird’s eye view from the top! The view of skyline from the flyer was nothing short of magic and has to be experienced by self to understand the feeling of seeing some of the world’s best skyscrapers and historical landmarks from the top.
Day 4: Visit to Singapore Zoo
On our last day in Singapore we had the Singapore Zoo awaiting us. From the Polar bear to the kangaroos, the orangutans to the giraffes, this zoo was a wonderful exhibition of some amazing wildlife. We enjoyed the splash show which featured a well-trained and friendly sea lion. Our son by now had turned cranky due to the unbearable heat and hence we dashed to the Kids zone, a child friendly pool with minimal depth. This was one the most memorable moments as he absolutely loved the cool waters splashing on him.
Post lunch, we then headed to the Merlion Park to catch a last glimpse of the skyline. We reached just in time for the light and water show. We were completely immersed for 15 minutes in the wonderful convergence of lights and water beautifully displaying and lightening up the entire city. We sat at the park for a while just to bask in as much of the city as we could before we bid adieus the next day.
Day 5: Farewell to Singapore and a warm welcome by Malaysia
After the checkout, we took an early flight to Kuala Lumpur to continue with the second half of the vacation. Upon our arrival we were simply speechless to see the iconic Petronas Towers right across our Hotel room at Hotel Renaissance Kuala Lumpur. Our son was equally in joy to see a massive king size bed (unlike the one in Singapore) and kept jumping on it like a monkey on loose.
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After freshening up and munching on some good Malay Food at nearby Food court, we headed to the Famous KL tower to catch a view of the KL city from the top. While fishing around, we found some amazing scale models of the Ferrari brand and bought some for our son. We then headed to the observation deck to catch the city view. Our toddler went crazy running all over in excitement. The bird’s eye view of the bustling city of KL was a wonderful sight. We missed to visit the well protected Bukit Nanas Forest due to heavy rains.
Day 6: A free day to explore
We did not have any sightseeing scheduled. Also, having done the Bird Park and Aquarium in Singapore, we did not wish to repeat the same In KL. Hence we took the day off from the hectic schedule, woke up late, had a supercilious breakfast at the hotel before taking a monorail to Bukit Bintang (a paradise for shopaholics). We did some crazy shopping of souvenirs, clothes, toys etc We had some amazing seafood for lunch at the food court in Weing Plaza Mall before winding up the shopping spree and heading back to hotel.
Post tea, we decided to visit the SOGO mall famous for kids clothing. We were in for a complete shock to see the crowd. Little A was not happy as well and with His Highness not being in any mood for shopping we cancelled our plan and headed to Little India with hope of it being lit up on the occasion of Deepawali. We were completely disappointed to see overcrowded and messy streets and took a U-turn just 2 minutes after our arrival. We completely regretted having wasted our precious time at SOGO and at little India. Nevertheless, a lesson learnt.
Day 7: City tour of Kuala Lumpur and Batu Caves
Having once again enjoyed the delicious spread of breakfast, we were picked up by a very friendly localite as a guide for the city tour. He was accompanied by his 5 year old beautiful daughter who gave us good company throughout. Our first stop was a factory outlet near Batu caves where we purchased couple of watches, clutches etc. We then stopped over at Batu Caves to seek Lord Murugan’s blessings. The enormous statue of Lord Murugan welcomed us at the entrance. As if climbing the 270 steps were not tiring enough, the scorching sun paid no mercy upon us well. We were totally tired by the time we reached downstairs. After that, we headed to the King’s Place, War memorial, National Mosque, took cheesy cliché pictures at the KL city Gallery like typical tourists and enjoyed it as well. We had a wonderful tour all thanks to the warm and kind tour guide-cum-driver we had.
After some rest, we headed to the KLCC Park so A could enjoy as well. The KLCC park had an amazing exclusive children’s swimming pool. Our little brat had a blast playing in the waters and no amount of time spent there was enough for him. He was just not ready to come out of the pool and threw in tantrums when we forced him to. The view of the Petronas twin towers from the park simply cannot be penned down in words. It was truly a captivating view of the iconic skyscraper and we went on clicking spree shooting the towers in every angle possible. The KL tower, all lit up, was also a sight not to miss.
Day 8: Shopping therapy continues until departure
Having checked out of the hotel after hours of packing, we decided to splurge on the last day of our vacation like never before! We managed to find some good stuff for everyone back home at Time’s Square. The Monorail just a yard away from our hotel helped us tremendously in navigating through the city.
As the song goes: All good things come to an end.. so did our much awaited and well deserved vacation. We came back with some priceless memories and wonderful experiences (not to forget some heavy baggage as well). But on a serious note, we feel our son enjoyed the most as he got to spend valuable time with us without any routine. Our undivided attention was something he truly missed (and so did we).
We have promised ourselves of taking a vacation every year no matter what. You need not spend a whole lot of money on international getaways, it could be a simple trip to a nearby hill station as well. What matters the most is you set some time apart to spend it exclusively with family (away from work and daily routine life) and this is truly the best take from any trip.
Low Points: Visit to Mustafa Centre at Singapore and Sogo Mall and Little India at KL was a waste of time and could have been totally avoided.
High Points: Our trip was worth every penny spent. We did miss out on Universal Studios (lack of time – we had to prioritize over our son’s rest timings) and Wings of Time (due to heavy rains).
We have already started penning down places to visit for our next vacation! Our experience with Travel Triangle was amazing and effortless. Freeze my Trip managed and delivered to our requirements with minimal hiccups. We hope to have our next trip with them soon and you too can do the same.
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