I'll be visiting Singapore with my wife and 3-year-old daughter, starting next week, for 10 days.
I'm wondering if it's OK to stay in Gayleng with a child. My wife is worried that it's similar to Kubukicho (red-light district) in Tokyo, and not a good place for our daughter. But I've seen people suggesting that it's really not too bad.
I'm also curious what is the best way to travel into Malaysia and get around. We'd like to visit Johor Bahru and Malacca (and possibly other spots as well).
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Staying in Geylang is fine. Not the entire Geylang is red-light district as generally only at a small part of Geylang would you see such activities. On the other hand, Geylang has a lot of nice food late at night and so staying near there would perhaps allow you to experience the supper culture of Singapore.
- River Safari33 Hongkong St, Singaporerecommended River SafariLatest attraction in Singapore - http://www.riversafari.com.sg Featuring boat rides along the river and tons of animals to see!
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I think Geylang should be fine-- it's a little out of the way in terms of major sights, but still completely safe. As for Johor Bahru itself, there isn't much to see, but your family might be interested in Legoland. Farther afield, Tioman Island is worth a visit. The easiest way to get to JB is taxi from Queen Street in Bugis.
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- Asian Civilisations Museum1 Empress Place, Singapore 179555 Singaporerecommended Asian Civilisations MuseumA beautifully designed museum tracking the history of many Asian Civilizations. The exhibits are well put together and interesting, the museum is intuitively laid out, and best of all, it is air ... read moreconditioned - a welcome treat from the hot Singapore air. As with Singapore, this museum is a great place to start a trip through Asia - throughout the rest of our trip we were recalling the exhibits and the information we learned, and applying it to other countries and areas.Mimosa Chloe
Might not be the best for a child, but really a wonderful spot!
- Newton Food CourtJalan Parameswara, 75000 Malacca, Malaysiarecommended Newton Food CourtSomething for everyone at this amazing collection of food stands and stalls. From the minute you arrive your senses will be assaulted with sounds, smells, and sights of an Asian Outdoor Food court - ... read morean unforgettable experience found all over Southeast Asia. There are so many types of food it's hard to settle on just one, but the good news is, most of the food is so cheap and plentiful that you don't have to! Take bits and pieces of everything that strikes your fancy - you won't regret it.
- Hotpot & Seafood Village182, Jalan Laksamana Cheng Ho, 75000 Malacca, Malaysiarecommended Hotpot & Seafood VillageHotpot is a delicious and amazing way to experience Malaysian cuisine. When you arrive, you get a table with steaming pot in the middle, and you go select several items on sticks (meat, vegetables, ... read morefish, etc) to dip in the hotpot. Back at your table, you cook the items very quickly, and enjoy with all the amazing sauces there are to chose from. We went with a big group of vegetarians and non vegetarians, and everyone was happy. You pay by the stick so it can be as much or as little as you want. One of the better meals I had in all of Malaysia, and that's saying a lot!Mimosa Chloe
Lots of places offer a similar style of cuisine - worth checking any of them out!
recommended MalaccaMalacca is a beautiful city rich with Malaysian culture. Just walking through the streets feels like a cultural experience - everywhere you look is beautiful architecture, buildings, and artwork ... read moreinside buildings and out. The waterfront area is exceptionally pretty, and a great place to walk without taking any tours or buying anything. Malacca is a great stopping place on the way through Malaysia - it is very easy to get to on any bus system from Singapore going North or on the way South. Enjoy!Mimosa Chloe
Malacca is a very kid friendly city - you guys will love it!recommended MalaccaMalacca (Melaka) is a great city for socializing. While the streets of Chinatown might be a bit hokey, and the colonial flavor of the compact city center better done elsewhere, where Malacca really ... read moreshines is in its night markets. Jonker street becomes transformed by food stalls and hawkers, and the whole life of the city floods into the streets to eat and drink, with live music abounding. You might be able to do Malacca in a day, but you'll stay an extra one just to visit the markets again.Matthew Crompton
To get to Malacca (I've never personally heard of anyone visiting JB as a tourist destination, but that doesn't mean there's nothing there to see), there are countless easy direct buses from various locations in Singapore (Beach Rd among them). The border crossing is straightforward, if time-consuming (off the bus at Singapore immigration, get stamped out, back on the bus, drive 500 m, back off the bus at Malaysian immigration, get stamped in, back on the bus, ugh). Malacca is well worth a night or two. Otherwise, buses are plentiful, clean and cheap, and are the best way to get around Malaysia.
- Southern Ridges WalkAlexandra Rd, Singaporerecommended Southern Ridges WalkDone with temples, hawker centers, and the concrete jungle? For something completely different in Singapore, head to the island's southern edge and walk the spectacular set of interconnected national ... read moreparks, savoring the greenery and wonderful views along the way. Completing the walk from the island's west, across the elevated Canopy Walk sections soaring on walkways at treetop level, thru the Horticultural Park, across the gorgeous Henderson Waves bridge and on to the cable car station on Mt. Faber (with a fantastic panorama), should take about 3 hours, and practically begs that you bring a camera. Highly recommended.Matthew Crompton
If you want something completely different to do in Singapore, this walk is awesome.
- Joo Chiat RoadNear Katong, Singapore 42 Singaporerecommended Joo Chiat RoadThe heart of Katong (or Joo Chiat) district, Joo Chiat Rd. is a more-than-worthy alternative to the hokey environs of Singapore's Chinatown. An authentic Chinese/Malay neighborhood, Joo Chiat has some ... read moreof the city's best food options, with none of the tourist crap from the city center. This is a 100% authentic neighborhood, and if you're looking to dine on laksa, pork dumplings, or amazing curry puffs all on one street, this is the place to do it.Matthew Crompton
Yep, there are hookers and "karaoke" bars here, but the sleaze to my mind is minimal (if you can handle some girls in short dresses) and never threatening (this, after all, is Singapore). It's a personal decision, of course, but I quite like Geylang Serai.
- Chinese & Japanese Gardens1 Chinese Garden Rd, Singapore
- Kampong GlamKampong Glam, Singapore 199581 Singapore
- Siloso BeachSiloso Road, Singapore 09 Singapore
- Sri Mariamman Temple244 South Bridge Road, Singapore 058793 Singapore
- ArtScience Museum10 Bayfront Avenue, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 018956
- Boat QuayOff Bonham Street, Singapore 04 Singapore
- Jurong Bird Park2 Jurong Hill, Singapore 628925 Singapore
- Clarke Quay3 River Valley Road, Singapore 179024 Singapore
- Changi VillageChangi Village Hotel, Singapore
- Singapore River Taxi Pte Ltd1 North Bridge Road, #15-06 High Street Centre
- Singapore Science Centre15 Science Centre Road, Singapore 60 Singapore
- Holland VillageHolland Village, Singapore
- Pulau UbinNear Changi Village, Singapore 49 Singapore
- Arab StreetKampong Glam, Singapore 18 Singapore
- ChinatownBtwn New Bridge Road and Cecil Street; Upper Cross Street and Cantonment Road, Singapore 059418 Singapore
- Sentosa Dolphin Lagoon80 Siloso Road, Singapore 09 Singapore
- Little IndiaSerangoon Road, Singapore 207309 Singapore
- Changi Beach2 Andover Road, Singapore
- Singapore Cable Car109 Mount Faber Road, Singapore 09 Singapore
- Merlion ParkFullerton Road, Marina South, Singapore 049178 Singapore
- Singapore Flyer30 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039803
- Gardens by the Bay8 Marina Gardens Dr., Singapore 018953 Singapore
- Singapore Zoo80 Mandai Lake Road, Singapore 72 Singapore
- Night Safari80 Mandai Lake Road, Singapore 72 Singapore
- SentosaSentosa Island, Singapore 099891 Singapore
- Orchard RoadOrchard Road, Singapore 238874 Singapore