While we were berthed in the Senibong Cove Marina, Malaysia, we chose to go to Singapore for a couple of nights as it is a short, and cheap, bus ride across the border. Having said that it did take us nearly three hours of travel before we were in our hotel room. We arrived late in the day and by that time Dwayne was hot and bothered and very close to packing a tantrum…. so I got him a nice cold beer and let him relax for a while before we went out to check out our surroundings.
We had a huge day the following day catching the MRT, buses and walking. We went to the Jurong Bird Park. It was pretty impressive. They put on some really good bird shows with the birds of prey and the hornbills and toucans.
They had plenty of walk through aviaries. Dwayne enjoyed visiting the rosellas as they became quite attached to him. They had a hard bite on them as he soon found out!
The hornbills, toucans and the shoe bill (total prehistoric looking bird) were amazing.
We spent four hours checking it out…. two hours longer than Dwayne had allocated me, then it was time to move on. We stopped for lunch at a food court in the mall. Dwayne found a very yummy soup on the aptly named Glutton Street.
We got on another bus and MRT and made our way to Marina Bay to have a look at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel building.
Singapore is full of freaky buildings!
Then it was back on the MRT again for a trip to Chinatown.
Chinatown was like all the other Chinatowns… full of food stalls, restaurants, and all types of souvenirs. After looking around at all the stalls and buying a few souvenirs we found some delicious food to try.
The next day we packed up and took the monorail to Sentosa Island where we just relaxed and had a swim. Then began our journey back to the Marina at Senibong Cove where Thorfinn was waiting for us.
Travel Notes (April 2015)
SGD – Singapore Dollar written here as $
Transport Johor Bharu To Singapore – From Senibong Cove we caught a taxi to the bus/immigration terminal. Cost RM21.00 (AUD $7.00). Then a bus to Kranji. The bus takes you to the immigration terminal where you get off and go through immigration and custom before getting back on the bus to Kranji. Bus to Kranji RM1.50 AUD $0.50.
At Kranji we got on the MRT to the area our hotel was in. Cost RM2.50 (AUD $0.90)
Catching a cab from the MRT to Hotel was impossible and we ended up walking. Wasn’t that far away, but if we had looked up the hotel on google maps before getting off the train we could have gotten off at a station closer to the hotel!
MRT – cheap transport which appears to leave every 5 minutes from each station.
Jurong Bird Park
Adult – SGD $29.00
Child – SGD $19.00*
Senior Citezen SGD $13.00*
*conditions apply for more information check out their website – Jurong Bird Park
SANDS SKYPARK OBSERVATION DECK – SGD $23.00 per adult.
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