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#1 Delirium

Posted 12 November 2012 - 12:06 PM

I am absolutely exhausted at the moment and in desperate need of a holiday.  I was thinking of going on holiday in January before uni and school go back in February.  I was leaning towards Bali (because it's cheap!), but DP doesn't like it and would prefer going to either Singapore, Malaysia or Vietnam.  I want a bit of everything on my holiday - beach or pool, shopping, good food, sightseeing, massage, etc...  There will be me, DP and my 5 year old DD...

So, where should I go - Singapore, Malaysia or Vietnam?  Why?

#2 Apageintime

Posted 12 November 2012 - 12:58 PM

Malaysia or singapore, because you can get there cheap on low cost carriers (air asia or scoot).

Malaysia would probably be cheaper over all, so that might be the winner then.

#3 Fabulous

Posted 12 November 2012 - 01:15 PM

They would all be great. I would choose Malaysia or Singapore as the flight would be shorter. The accomodation in Malaysia is cheaper than Singapore so that could be a factor. You can get cheap tasty food in all 3 places.  I do absolutely love Singapore though so that's where I would go. Your 5yo would enjoy Universal Studios, I know mine did. The good thing about Singapore is that everything is clean, you can drink the water and medical services are top notch. There are also plenty of things to see and do.

Edited by Fabulous, 12 November 2012 - 01:16 PM.


#4 Charri36

Posted 12 November 2012 - 01:22 PM

I have been to Indo/Malaysia/Singapore and Vietnam.

It's a pretty broad question you are asking as Malaysia is huge, as Borneo is included in that too ( Been there too)

Vietnam is big - North South and Central are all different. - IMO, not brill for little ones. I wouldn't do it.

I just looooveee Singapore. Go there !! Brill food, friendly people fab for little ones, you can always do a bus trip to Malaysia from there. Theme parks etc..

Malaysia - Borneo - big Island, fab beaches/snorkeling, food so/so, a bit more expensive than mainland Maylasia for services, more outdoorsy touristy stuff. Mainland Malaysia is really varied, I do love Kuala Lumper, the food is fab, cheap, but no beaches ( It's a capital city). Reasonably priced tourist attractions. If you go to Batu caves you can see monkeys, some are naughty! tee hee

I've only ever been to Bali once (mainly to take the kids) It's just not a place I'm too keen on, and wouldn't bother again. Especially as there are soooo many other places that are sooo much nicer.

It really depends on what you want to do. It's pretty hard to please everyone, could you go to 2 places in the same country, like say 4 nights Kota Kinabalu ( Borneo) then 3 nights in KL.

I love Malaysia and Singapore so much, I'd find it hard to choose!



#5 eachschoolholidays

Posted 13 November 2012 - 07:01 PM

I've been to Singapore a couple of times, but it has never really grabbed me.

My favourite it Vietnam - friendly, exciting vibe, amazing food and good value.  

I also love Malaysia - KL is a great stopover with Air Asia.  Langkawi, Kota Kinabalu, Penang, Kuching are all great.  It's more Westernised that Vietnam but still great.

Happy to recommend cities / resorts / areas if you want for Malaysia / Vietnam.  I have been to both far too many times...



#6 2bundles

Posted 13 November 2012 - 07:10 PM

Malaysia would be a good compromise of things to see and relax.

We are going to Singapore. Got a good deal at Sentosa Island.

We didn't like Vietnam.

#7 sweetmango

Posted 13 November 2012 - 07:20 PM

Malaysia, fly up to langkawi, beautiful beaches so relaxing.  Kuala lumpur has great shopping especially for shoes...

#8 smultron

Posted 15 November 2012 - 09:46 AM

We were in Malaysia for first time in September with our 3 kids- we loved it! Would def go back- it was very cheap for accommodation (bit more exxy than Thailand but not too much) in KL- much cheaper than you would get in Singapore.  Also found KL just perfect for getting around, cheap and fantastic food everywhere.  We flew on to Langkawi with Air Asia which was inexpensive but didn't have brilliant weather (couple of really wet days ) so that limited the beach chilling time a bit. Otherwise it was also good destination for kids- beach, pool, aquarium (I thought it was naff but the kids loved it), cable car, island hopping tours,

Next time I'd just go to KL and spend more time around the city- the water park is supposed to be good for kids, there was a theme park in shopping centre across the road from our hotel at Times Square, there is a good outdoor water fun area near twin towers (opp. Traders hotel).  Our kids are getting older- 10, 8 and 5 so easier in some ways to please. The older boys actually liked the night market at Petaling st as they could get their copy soccer gear and cool watches etc. so they were happy spending holiday money that way! The food was absolutely sensational t00 -lots of curries and roti and spring rolls, satay, good seafood (our boys wanted to try lobster so we had a couple of blow out seafood feasts- king prawns, whole snapper, lobster etc. for around AUD$80 for family of 5)

I've been to Singapore and it is nice in a clean cut sort of way and of course there is Legoland which while in Malaysia is actually closer to get to from Singapore I think.  

Air Asia flys very cheaply to Malaysia from most cities but Singapore is cheap if you fly from Brisbane or Sydney.

#9 Bel Rowley

Posted 15 November 2012 - 01:01 PM

I haven't been to Malaysia and Singapore since 1994 but based on that experience I would highly recommend Malaysia for a family holiday. I have a friend who has taken her small children to Malaysia twice in the last 4 years and raves about it.

#10 TheSmithFamily

Posted 15 November 2012 - 01:02 PM

Been to all choices with kids at varying ages.

I would choose Vietnam for culture and experience. We had a month pack backing south to north ( kids 4 and 1)

But for what you want I would choose Malaysia

Kl for shopping city good hotel deals pool warm
Penang for food culture history massage
Langkawi or prehentians for beach
Melaka for history

Have fun!

#11 PurpleNess

Posted 15 November 2012 - 01:09 PM

I'm going to say Vietnam, went there for our honeymoon but no kids.
Check out resorts on Phu Quoc island of the south coast, some nice day trips & plenty of beach front accom to choose from.

#12 BTDT

Posted 15 November 2012 - 01:27 PM

Singapore! I spent 10 days there and absolutely loved it. Sentosa Island is fantastic (the zoo is the best I've ever been to) and there is plenty of shopping and great food. I was backpacking, so didnt stay in a hotel, but from what I know there are plenty of great hotels with all the luxuries (day spas, pools etc) that are reasonably priced.

#13 Sal78

Posted 16 November 2012 - 03:10 AM

i love those countries but i have been to all of them. malaysia is my home. i think singapore is more kids friendly.

personally, i would go to sth korea...it's such an under rated tourist place. so much culture, amazing food, soo clean, so friendly, fantastic shopping, the most high tech country in the world, fantastic transport system, the imperial palaces in seoul are beautiful and full of history. dh and i went in september and i can't wait to go again. i loved sth korea more than japan.

btw, we went to bali last summer with our 3 kids and had an amazing time. we loved bali and will definitely go back..my kids loved it so much.

i think it doesn't matter where you choose coz they are all great!

Edited by Sal78, 16 November 2012 - 03:13 AM.


#14 unicycle

Posted 17 November 2012 - 06:41 PM

That time of yearn orth Vietnam has winter.
Singapore accommodation expensive expensive expensive.
I would love some Vietnam recommendations, though, for both orth and south for that time of year.
We loved Sarawak, on Borneo and it is cheap to get to. But no elephants. Happy to give recommendations via pm.


#15 2bundles

Posted 17 November 2012 - 09:29 PM

I don't find Singapore accom expensive. Infact it seems comparable with Vietnam.

We have booked Sentosa Island in school hols for around $250/night. Vietnam resort was more than that.

#16 woopsadaisy

Posted 18 November 2012 - 06:03 AM

I took 2 kids (ages 4 and 7) to Vietnam in January of this year. We found it VERY kid friendly!

The kids loved the experience too. We did a mix of resort, city, boat so covered a few bases.

Got a great deal on deals.com.au

Stayed in Vin Pearl - a Vietnamese Disneyland in a resort. Mixed reports on that but the place was great, and costs covered free rides for kids any time you wished. Amazing pools and spas. Food was terrible, but we escaped to the mainland for great food. That was a place you could truly relax in.

Hoi An was also brilliant. We also did an overnight 'cruise' on Halong Bay - which was  my favourite experience overall.

I would highly recommend Vietnam - just do your research.

I have only been to Malaysia pre kids, so can't comment on that.
Have a great trip!

edited to add - that time of year it was around 26-29 degrees in the south and more like 15 in the north, so you need to bring bathers and winter coats!

Edited by woopsadaisy, 18 November 2012 - 06:05 AM.


#17 Rubixx

Posted 18 November 2012 - 12:10 PM

Singapore and Vietnam. If not, Singapore should be one of the places that you go to as Malaysia and Vietnam is totally different in contrast. You go from an orderly/organised country to chaos/unorganised traffic in Malaysia and Vietnam.

#18 unicycle

Posted 18 November 2012 - 11:10 PM

2bundles, we must take very different holidays, my kids would be very jealous.
If your budget is around $100 a night or less, then Singapore offers very little that isn't a bit icky.
Woopsadaisy, would u mind if I pm you for details, I am doing a last minute hunt for a holiday in January and think north  Vietnam may be the thing. I would love some info.

#19 2bundles

Posted 19 November 2012 - 05:36 AM

Unicycle - Fair enough.  I was comparing 4 star resorts!

#20 woopsadaisy

Posted 19 November 2012 - 06:01 AM

No worries Unicycle - I'll keep an eye out for your PM, and hope I can help!

#21 Delirium

Posted 19 November 2012 - 02:49 PM

Thanks for the responses everyone.  We've chosen Malaysia and I'm very excited!  We're just going to KL and sightsee around the city.  From my googling and some of the suggestions here, it looks like there will be lots to do. original.gif




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