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NurseSally Sep 19th, 2006 09:33 PM

Singapore or Kuala Lumpur
 
I can fly to Manila from either Singapore or Kuala Lumpur, and will have just one day there. Which city is the most interesting for a day?

Cicerone Sep 19th, 2006 09:50 PM

IMO one day in either is silly, but I think you will find Singapore easier to get around and see more in a day, as a lot of the old colonial bits are concentrated along the river together with a number of good restaurants, two very good museums and some shopping. The subway is easy to use if you want to get to the Orchard Road area and taxis are cheap if you want to go to little India or other parts. The airport is also much closer to town than KL's. Also, what time of year? There may be a festival going on in KL that might sway me more towards KL, but generally I would pick Singapore (there may also be a festival going on in S'pore.) Personally, I would not bother with a one-day stop over in either, but would use an extra day in the Philippines to go to beaches or the beautiful rice terrace area. Where else are you going to be in the Philippines?

Guenmai Sep 20th, 2006 09:47 AM

I've been to both. I vacation in Singapore regularly , but have been to KL,too. Singapore will be a lot easier to figure out and get around in in such a short time. I adore Singapore. KL was quite interesting architectually to me as well as Singapore, but I just have more fun in Singapore...and the Singaporeans are a great fun group of folks. Happy Travels!

NurseSally Sep 20th, 2006 09:55 AM

I am flying from Siemp Reap to Sing or KL and will miss the flight to Manila by about an hour in either city, so I will have to spend the day. I am meeting my son in Manila, who has been there for two years, then we are both coming home. We just have a week there and there were some places he wanted to go - Mindoro and Palawan. I would love to see the rice terraces but no time this trip.
Sounds like Singapore is the best option. Any suggestions for things to do there? I will be there Oct. 16. thanks so much for your help.

Guenmai Sep 20th, 2006 12:03 PM

Click on my name. I've written a lot on Singapore. Happy Travels!

carylspall Sep 20th, 2006 12:14 PM

Been to both places and agree with the others -Singapore would be the easiest option. I remember it took us a full day or more to get our bearings in KL.

NurseSally Sep 20th, 2006 10:06 PM

Singapore it is! Thanks for the help.

BillT Sep 21st, 2006 04:19 AM

Nurse Sally:
Do a search on this forum for my trip reports to Manila- especially the first one in March of 2005- I list a number of things to do and see while in Manila.

And yes Sing is the better of the two for a one day visit.

Cilla_Tey Sep 21st, 2006 10:51 PM

Singapore has more tourist attraction and yes easier to move around but KL is much cheaper especially if you are a shopaholic. If the latter just park yourself in the Mandarin Oriental or Marriott/Regent/Ritz Carlton and you will be very busy indeed!

KMLoke Sep 22nd, 2006 04:41 AM


shopping cheaper in KL? really depends on what items. for made in Malaysia products yes, otherwise no.

NurseSally Sep 22nd, 2006 01:24 PM

Bill,
I already read your report a few weeks ago - downloaded alot to take with me. thanks!


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