Great Days Out In Singapore & Malaysia

Shopping Trip? Johor Premium Outlets

With 130 outlet stores you can find great savings from brands such as Aigner, Coach, Ermenegildo Zegna, Furla, Michael Kors, Polo Ralph Lauren, Salvatore Ferragamo, Swatch, Tumi and many more. Numerous food and beverage outlets will keep you fed and watered throughout your trip for sure you will be coming back for more. Can be incorporated into a whole day activity or as a stop on an itinerary

Fun Day? Legoland Malaysia

Legoland Malaysia is Malaysia's first international theme park that has opened in Iskandar Puteri, Johor, Malaysia on 15 September 2012 with over 40 interactive rides, shows and attractions. It is the first Legoland theme park in Asia. Opened recently nearby is the Lego themed waterpark which is also well worth a visit!

City Break? Visit Kualur Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is the capital city of Malaysia, boasting gleaming skyscrapers, colonial architecture, charming locals, and a myriad of natural attractions. Divided into numerous districts, its main hub is called the Golden Triangle which comprises Bukit Bintang, KLCC and Chinatown. KL is widely recognised for numerous landmarks, including Petronas Twin Towers (the world’s tallest twin skyscrapers), Petaling Street flea market, and Batu Caves, which is over 400 million years old. With frequent sales events throughout the year, expansive shopping malls like Pavilion KL and Suria KLCC are also among the biggest tourist attractions in the city, hosting a wide range of upmarket labels from all over the world. Plus, if you need more reason to love Kuala Lumpur, there is the abundance of gastronomic delights – with thousands of hawker stalls, cafes, and restaurants serving every imaginable type of delicacies.

Need Inspiration? Wills Family Favourites

The Wills family first came to Johor, Malaysia in 1928 and here we still are 90 years and four generations later. There have been many changes in those 90 years and I would have to say one of the most horrid is the length of time take to cross the Straights into Singapore, not only due to traffic but also due to endless queuing courtesy immigration, customs & security!

Well we, the Wills’, have the whole thing figured out. You become very pretentious and use a chauffeur driven car and make the journey part of the fun. After all, if you are cosy & comfortable, with good company, an interesting book or great film what does it matter whether you are sitting in a moving vehicle or in your own lounge?

Plus it also means that you never have to think about parking, just drop off at the door and call your driver 5 mins before wanting to be picked up in the same place, or enjoying a drink with a meal or even staying out much later than anticipated due to bumping into friends and off to a club.

Why not treat yourselves to some of our favourite days out?

Jurong East:
The Science Centre (don’t forget to check what’s showing in the Omni Theatre)
Lunch
Skating at The Rink, JCube

Pasir Ris
Wet Wet Wild run by NTUC the most affordable water park around and one of the best we’ve been to. You need the whole day and there are great food outlets!

Scotts Road
Traditional afternoon tea is a great treat. Over the years we’ve tried so many of them but we always go back to L’espresso at the Goodwood Park. For real piggies (it’s a buffet, not a tiered plate) you can’t beat it or it’s lovely atmosphere (even if they did try and ruin the building with their renovations).
Having stuffed yourselves to capacity you need a good walk and there’s nothing that beats the Night Safari for that. Get there in good time for the show which starts at 7.30pm

Singapore Zoo, Mandai Lake
Jungle Breakfast with the Wildlife, followed by a lovely day at the zoo. The breakfast is excellent but the other food outlets at the zoo are very disappointing.

Fort Canning Park & Empress Place
Whether spending an hour or a day, historical Fort Canning Park has so much to offer, too much to tell you so just click on the link.
Head to Empress Place and continue the historical theme enjoying the buildings, the Cavenagh Bridge and the life size bronze statues along the river depicting Singapore history. Head to Bar Opiume, making sure you are there by about 6pm in order to enjoy a drink as the sun sets. The colours reflected in the water and the buildings as the sun goes down, the lights coming on and the contrast between old and new is superb. I’ve never had a guest be disappointed in being there.

Our Singapore must dos:

  • The Lighthouse at the Fullerton is one of our favourite restaurants but one has to mortgage the house to eat there. However, the bar on the roof has happy hour and is wonderful and is one of the best places to see the Marina Bay Sands light show.
  • After living here for 15 years, due to relations visiting, I went on a Singapore Walking Tour with these chaps and am hooked. I fully intend to do all of them. Using these tours is absolutely the best way to see Little India & Kampong Glam.
  • Peranakan Museum, really interesting, not hands on for children.
  • Holland Village is fun, from that link you’ll see Paris Silk, which will give you the best deal on electrics, and Lim’s which is great for exotic stocking fillers. For the best dim sum go to the Crystal Jade Restaurant which is open till the early hours. Cold Storage is open 24/7 so handy for shopping for frozen & chiller goodies before heading home. Sit outside at Fosters and end up staying far too long as they have happy hour constantly, any food we’ve ever eaten there has been good value for money.
  • Watch out for Singapore Dance Theatre’s performances of Ballet Under The Stars
  • The old Turf Club on Bukit Timah is now The Grandstand and definitely worth a visit if only to go to Pasarbella and buy treats, yummy!
Our Singapore do nots:
  • Drink a Singapore Sling at Raffles, they cost a fortune and are made from a pre mix
  • Bother going to Newton Circus for the stalls, there are super food halls in every building in Singapore. Including the shopping malls, you don’t have to go to the western chains!