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Kuala Lumpur Vs Singapore... Your Opinions  
User currently offlineTurkishWings From United States of America, joined May 2006, 1441 posts, RR: 8
Posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 3453 times:

Hi everyone...

As I mentioned in another thread before, I am planning a holiday right now... I would like it to be far and exotic and hassle (visa) free... One option is to go to Malaysia and Singapore... But I need your opinion on this.... I will obviously visit both KUL and SIN (plus Tioman most probably) but I always tend to think that SIN and KUL are very similar...Similar culture, food, architecture etc... Or am I wrong? How long should I ideally spend in each city... I don't need any museums, cultural heritage and such... Just shopping, walking among skyscrapers and a bit of clubbing. Oh and good food  Smile

P.S: Bear in mind that I do not have a huge budget  Smile

Thanks fin advance

 Wink


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User currently offlineAg92 From India, joined Jul 2006, 1317 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 3447 times:

Quoting TurkishWings (Thread starter):
do not have a huge budget

Malaysia

I dont know what sort of budget you have but KL is certainly cheaper

Regards
Ag92


User currently offlineKiwiinOz From New Zealand, joined Oct 2005, 2165 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 3447 times:

Quoting TurkishWings (Thread starter):
SIN and KUL are very similar...Similar culture, food, architecture etc... Or am I wrong? How long should I ideally spend in each city... I don't need any museums, cultural heritage and such... Just shopping, walking among skyscrapers and a bit of clubbing. Oh and good food

The cultures are similar in that they have similar ethnic mixes, (Chinese/Malay/Indian). Both are oustanding for food. In particular KL has shown a lot of imagination in restaurant design and offering lately. Try the street food in both cities as well. It is truly excellent. Shopping is probably better in KL these days. Clubbing they are both pretty good, although KL is probably a lot cheaper.


User currently offlineSoups From Ghana, joined Jun 2004, 3438 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3432 times:

KL is cheap, singapore is more like an any other european city, don't forget t visit sentosa island in singapore and clubbing n clark quay


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User currently offlineBlueElephant From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 1813 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3405 times:

Quoting TurkishWings (Thread starter):

Wow...This is exactly like me. I plan to spend about a total of 4 days in Singapre and Malaysia,

Can anyone suggest any cheap places to stay like Hostels, and also...How is the train between SIN and KUL is it expensive?...How long's the ride....


User currently offlineBill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8451 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 3395 times:

Quoting BlueElephant (Reply 4):
Can anyone suggest any cheap places to stay like Hostels, and also...How is the train between SIN and KUL is it expensive?...How long's the ride....

You will probably have to get a bus or something across the causeway into Johor and take the train from there as I don't think there is a direct link.


User currently offlineIL76 From Netherlands, joined Jan 2004, 2237 posts, RR: 48
Reply 6, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 3377 times:

Malaysia is like Singapore was 50 years ago (what Singaporeans tell me  Wink ). KL is growing fast and modernising but does not really represent the rest of the country. The country is very beautiful nature-wise, but most of the infrastructure and buildings all look very dodgy. I assume that Malaysians don't really care about what their house looks like.
Driving along the East coast to the (very nice!) resort islands, you'll see very depressing looking towns and shack-like houses. But hey... The food is good, the place is cheap, the people are friendly, what more do you want as a holiday destination?


User currently offlinePA110 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2006 posts, RR: 23
Reply 7, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 3372 times:
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KL has to be one of the most under-rated Asian capitals. It is a really beautiful city, that has still managed to retain at least some authenticity of its ethnic neighborhoods. Singapore on the other hand has done such a good job of completely sterilizing itself of any ethnic feel whatsoever. I would completely recommend KL over SIN. Hotel prices in KL are half what they are in SIN.

As far as a resource for youth hostels, I recommend the following site:

http://www.hostelsweb.com/cities/kualalumpur.html



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User currently offlineStrasserB From Singapore, joined Nov 2005, 1541 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 3367 times:

Quoting BlueElephant (Reply 4):
How is the train between SIN and KUL is it expensive?...How long's the ride....

Bus/train Tickets Between Singapore And KL (by United Airline Jun 4 2007 in Non Aviation)



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User currently offlineFlashFlyGuy From Australia, joined Jan 2007, 439 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 3336 times:

I'd recommend KL. Lots to see and do cheaply. Stay in the Golden Triangle/Bukit Bintang area, where it's all happening with night clubs, restaurants and shopping malls (Bukit Bintang Plaza, Low Yat, Lot 10 and Starhill Plaza) and hawker stands in the back streets. Petronas Towers for KLCC Suria mall. You can get around on the monorail to other areas like Chinatown.

I've used both of these websites to book accommodation and found them both good.
Asiarooms-Kuala Lumpur listing

KL Hotels - Golden Triangle listing

Remember too, that it is HEAPS cheaper to travel FROM KL to Singapore on the bus or train, which arrives and leaves, in Singapore. If you have to travel from Singapore, only buy a one way ticket and then a one way back when you're in KL.


User currently offlineCaliforniaMate From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 99 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 3276 times:

2 days in singapore was plenty for me, its not that big of a place, and personally, didn't think there was that much worth seeing (the food was great though). i though KL was more enjoyable and cheaper to boot. plus, lots more to see in the surrounding areas. i would figure 3 days in KL. spend the rest of your time outside of the cities, malaysia is a gorgeous place.

User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7106 posts, RR: 11
Reply 11, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 3259 times:

Quoting IL76 (Reply 6):
Malaysia is like Singapore was 50 years ago (what Singaporeans tell me)

But they would wouldn't they  Wink KL is pretty up there and KL as a city is certainly no where near 50 years behind. As for
rest of Malaysia however as far as the 50 year thing is concerned,(since I last went there) is debatable.

Singapore is very small and only a few days is needed. Malaysia is where I would spend more of my time.


User currently offlineLurveBus From Philippines, joined Mar 2007, 286 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 3225 times:

Quoting IL76 (Reply 6):
Malaysia is like Singapore was 50 years ago (what Singaporeans tell me ).

To begin with, 50 years ago or so, Singapore was still part of Malaysia Big grin

If one is looking for exotic, I wouldn't really hole myself up in the middle of either city. I'd fly to the islands.


User currently offlineWillo From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 1352 posts, RR: 12
Reply 13, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 3219 times:

Yep, another vote for KL and Malaysia. A couple of days in Singapore would be enough. KL has far more going for it.

User currently offlineAmmunition From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2002, 1065 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3205 times:

KL for sure, an amazing city! it has real culture!


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User currently offlineMAS777 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 1999, 2935 posts, RR: 6
Reply 15, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3134 times:

Quoting Bill142 (Reply 5):
Quoting BlueElephant (Reply 4):
Can anyone suggest any cheap places to stay like Hostels, and also...How is the train between SIN and KUL is it expensive?...How long's the ride....

You will probably have to get a bus or something across the causeway into Johor and take the train from there as I don't think there is a direct link.

There is a direct train from Singapore to KL - it travels at a snail's pace though. The last time i took it - it took nearly 7 hours and I don't think that has changed today. KTM (Malaysian Railway) operates the train but is limited by the single track narrow gauge type rails so prepare to spend the day or the night on the train. It is however not an uncomfortable ride and you do get to see some of the best scenery as it snakes through the villages, towns and countryside enroute.

There are buses that also ply the busy Singapore-KL route. Journey time is 5 hrs city to city.
The one I would recommend is the AireBus - they have a website at www.airebus.com.my

If you want to fly but don't want to fork out for the Shuttle (which has two different types of fares - an advance purchase or a standy-shuttle) and then First or Economy for each type... JAL also does a reasonable fare and flies once daily in the evenings. Alternatively - you can catch a coach from Singapore to Johor Bahru airport from where you can board an MAS or AirAsia flight to KUL for a fraction of the SIN-KL fare.

If time is on your side - i'd try the train or the AireBus.

I don't think KL and Singapore are that similar really - they seem to diverge more and more each day although continue to compliment each other... but then again i have been travelling to both for over 34 years!

KL certainly has a more 'Asian' culture (although the new KL Philharmonic Hall and its Orchestra is perhaps one of the best in Asia if not the world) and as a city KL is perhaps more engaging than Singapore.
If you want to see a modern westernised Asian city then Singapore would be your destination.

For food, bars, entertainment - again I think KL has a great feel and friendly ambience. Singapore is more business like and perhaps more sterile by nature.

hope that helps...


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