Singapore is Malaysia’s nearest neighbour but now it feels so far away

Singapore is connected to Malaysia geographically and historically. Back in the old days, many Malaysians flock to Singapore to shop but when their currency gotten stronger, it was the other way around. Despite Singapore’s reputation as one of the most expensive cities to live in, there are a lot of Malaysians who visit Singapore for staycations. Staycation Singapore is one of the best past times that both Amira and I loved to do pre-Covid.

Going to the Gardens by the Bay

Gardens by the Bay

One of the things that I missed the most about Singapore is visiting Gardens by the Bay. The first time I had the chance to visit Gardens by the Bay was back in 2013. I was alone and I just walked outside the Gardens and visited the OCBC Skybridge. In 2015, after I got married to my wife, we went to Gardens by the Bay again and this time, we went inside. This visit was an unforgettable one because I had food poisoning and was warded for a night after we returned to JB! My last visit to Gardens by the Bay was back in 2017 and this time, I brought along my mom, my wife and my sister. We even went inside both domes and had the chance to see the tulips for the first time. Staycation Singapore is not complete without a visit to the Gardens by the Bay!

Hotels in Singapore

The Fullerton Hotel

There are abundance of hotels in Singapore and although I did not have the chance (yet) to stay at any luxurious hotels in Singapore, it was nice looking at all the big and luxurious hotels that Singapore has to offer. Take for example the Fullerton Hotel. The Fullerton Hotel in Singapore is one of the nicest hotel in the city-state with a very strategic location. In fact, it was one of the sights that I will always remember when I first visited Singapore. A well-maintained colonial architecture, sat beside the bay area with breeze brushing gently. Moreover, Fullerton Hotel is situated nearby Merlion. So, even if you are not staying at the hotel, Fullerton Hotel is one of the best hotels to snap a photo or two of yourself while having staycation Singapore.

Henderson Waves

Henderson Waves

This is one of my personal favourites and if you are thinking of having staycation Singapore, it is a must to visit this place. I have written about this place before and as the highest pedestrian bridge in Singapore, it is something that is unique and worth a visit. Furthermore, it is very easy to get here by bus. It connects two forests areas and from up here, you can see the lush greenery that Singapore still has. During one of my visits to Singapore, I crossed the border from JB on a day trip just for the sole purpose of visiting the Henderson Waves. I was glad I did so because the experience walking on such high pedestrian bridge is amazing.

Kampong Lorong Bangkuok

Kampong Lorong Buangkok

The last remaining traditional kampong in Singapore. Despite all the high rise buildings and luxurious hotels such as the Marina Bay Sand and Fullerton Hotel, there lies a traditional kampong right in the middle of the city. It is a bit of a secret and not well-known to people outside of Singapore. However, if you are visiting Singapore or having staycation Singapore, do have a visit to Kampong Lorong Bangkuok. You will get a glimpse of how Singapore was back in those days and it will be a surreal experience, seeing the changes that happened throughout the decade. It is still amazing to see that this kampong survives when it is already surrounded by urban development.

So, if you asked me what do I miss the most about Singapore, these are some of the memories that I had when visiting the city which I missed the most. All my memories of Singapore have been a memorable one. After all, almost all my visits to Singapore was done when I had a trip to JB. Now, with the border remains closed, I wonder when they will reopen and counting days for that to actually happen.


We are Khai and Amira, Malaysian travel bloggers behind Kaki Jalans. Our travels have taken us to almost all the countries in Asean and several countries in Europe. We are still actively travelling and adding to this list.

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