Fodor's Expert Review Kusu Island
Less than four miles southwest of Singapore, Kusu is one of the Southern Islands. The island, whose name means "turtle" in Chinese, is known for its pristine beaches, as well as several temples. One of these is Kramat Kusu, dedicated to a Malay saint named Haji Syed Abdul Rahman, who, with his mother and sister, is said to have disappeared supernaturally from the island in the 19th century. To reach the shrine, you climb over 100 steps that go up through a forest. Plastic bags containing stones have been hung on the trees by devotees who have come to the shrine to pray for forgiveness of sins and the correction of wayward children. If their wishes are granted, believers return the following year to remove their bags and give thanks.