We went on this Malaysia tour with my family (2 adults, 2 children) and my wife and I really liked it. This was our first visit to Malaysia, and as a half-day introduction to Malaysia, it was nice. That being said, I can understand why others may rate this trip lower.
The day went like this:
- 8:00am hotel pick-up in a van
- Drive to Johore Bahru (JB)
- Visit a traditional village home. (included an introduction to local plants and fruits, a dance performance, local fruit and drink sampling, a pewter workshop, and a gift shop)
- Visit to the Mosque with an explanation of its unique architectural features and history. (couldn't go in as I am not a Muslim)
- Visit to a Muslim Cemetery. This is unique to Malaysia as Muslims are traditionally buried in unmarked graves, but here they have adopted some British customs and it resembles a European style graveyard with a beautiful mausoleum of the Sultan and his family
- Drive back to Singapore, arrived at our hotel around 2:00pm
Things we loved about this tour:
- private and personal tour. It was only our driver, our tour guide, and us in the van so the trip felt personal and private and we went at our own pace. The driver and the guide were very flexible and accommodating.
- Very knowledgeable and friendly guide. I personally enjoyed the history of the mosque and the mausoleum as it has adopted unique characteristics and customs compared to other more traditional muslim sites.
Things we didn't like about the tour:
- Not very interesting for children. The stop in the traditional village home was interesting for my daughter as she tried some food and drinks, watched a dance performance, and saw a man working with pewter. The rest of the day she stayed in the car and just played on the I-Pad.
- The border crossing. Cool experience, but the traffic was heavy. We waited 30 minutes in the morning, and 1 hour in the afternoon. Good thing is, we didn't have to get out of the car so the kids slept.
Fantastic. A van picked-us up at our hotel at exactly 8:00am, drove us to a meeting place in Chinatown where we were transferred to a large coach with about 40 other passengers. During the 45 minute drive to the zoo, the friendly guide on the bus explained all the details of how the morning will go and everything went off without a hitch.
The food at the breakfast buffet at the zoo was good and there were maybe 100-200 people taking part in the activity, which is not as bad as it sounds. Several animal handlers from the zoo entertained the crowd during the breakfast by telling animals stories, bring animals around, etc. About 5 Orangutans arrived mid-way through the breakfast and people lined up to get their photos taken with them.
The tickets included the buffet breakfast, entrance to the zoo, and unlimited tram rides within the zoo for the day. Guests had the opportunity to go back to their hotels with the bus at 11:45am or spend the rest of the day at the zoo and arrange their own transportation. (i.e. taxi)
Overall, a great value and a memorable breakfast!
Exactly as advertised. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was because I had to wait almost 15 minutes at the Singapore Flyer guest services desk to get the card, and the places where I used them all took some time to process the card at their own guest services desks. (a little annoying, but no big deal)
It would help if at least one hop-on-hop-off bus company accepted the card, and if the Art Science museum (at the Marina Bay Sands) also accepted it. (But I knew this going in, so this is more of a suggestion than a complaint)
I also got a $25 discount at the Flight Experience, just as advertised.
Overall, great value.
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