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Old Jul 31, 12, 11:41 am   #1
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Where to spend the weekend near Singapore

I debated on where to post this request and obviously decided on the Singapore forum. If it needs to be moved, please feel free to do so.

I'm taking a big business trip to SE Asia in the fall. I have time over a weekend between having to be in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. I can leave KL of Friday afternoon and need to be in Singapore either Sunday night or early Monday morning.

I was originally planning to stay in Singapore over the weekend, but I'm staying there three nights during the week already so I thought I'd explore other opportunities.

Any suggestions on a nearby destination for the weekend? I don't want to fly anywhere that is more than 2 hours away. I'd love to find a nice beach location. Price isn't too much of an issue.

Thanks for any suggestions.
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Old Jul 31, 12, 12:37 pm   #2
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Koh Samui?


Since you mentioned beach destinations..
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Old Jul 31, 12, 12:57 pm   #3
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Koh Samui is wonderful and has a nonstop flight back to Singapore in the late afternoon (5pm, takes 1hr 45 mins plus 1hr time difference), so you could fly down on Sunday night. I think you can also fly up from the old KL airport on Firefly to Ko Samui. Another advantage is the relatively short transfer from the airport for a lot of the resorts.

At that time of year you probably want to look at the East Coast beaches & Islands, though. I think the West is wetter.

I haven't been for years, but I found Tioman stunning. No top end accommodation though and I reckon the Ko Samui flight times would work better for you.
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Old Aug 1, 12, 5:03 am   #4
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The Datai at Langkawi would be my beach pitstop of choice.

Easy domestic flight from KL on the friday and take the Silkair flight on sunday evening down to SIN.
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Old Aug 10, 12, 9:46 pm   #5
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A couple of places I can think of, not too luxurious though.
Excellent service at both locations

Tioman Island - Japamala Resort
(small private beach, kind of rocky)

Nikoi Island
(Off Bintan Island, Indonesia, approx 3 hours via ferry/car)

Couple of other destinations over @ my travel blog with plenty of pictures, but seeing you'll like a good beach, Nikoi Island is my top choice

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Old Aug 16, 12, 8:00 am   #6
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Bintan looks great! I've been thinking about my timing. I'll be in Kuala Lumpur Friday night and need to be in Singapore Sunday night. It seems like I need a place that I can fly to easily out of KL and then into Singapore.

Bintan would work out perfect if I was in Singapore on Friday.
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