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Malaysia Tour Packages & Road Trips from Singapore From $96

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Are you ready to splurge in Johor Bahru (JB) anytime soon?

Unless you’ve already booked your KTM train tickets, you must queue at the Woodlands and Tuas checkpoints!

Do you hate being squeezed like sardines, with everyone complaining about how hot it might be and the seemingly neverending wait to clear the customs?

What if you can go to a place near JB and spend less than $100 for a weekend getaway?

Let’s find out!


TL;DR: Affordable 2D1N Malaysia Trips From $96 Per Pax

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Disclaimers:

  • We’re budgeting based on a family of four (parents with two kids). Prices of accommodations and transportation are accurate as of 13 July 2023.
  • Food expenses are excluded as they vary between destinations and are subject to changes. Except for Kukup, it’s advisable to factor in an additional $200 – $300 for 4 pax.

Kukup

Source: Pulau Kukup Google

Imagine overseeing a beautiful evening sunset, watching mudskippers and fish and boat harbours at a kelong (wooden offshore platforms built primarily for fishing). Kukup should be on your bucket list if you’re a seaside goer or want a laidback vacation.

For the uninitiated, Kukup is a quaint fishing village in the south of JB, better known for its seafood restaurants built on stilts over the water, and most importantly, it’s just 1.5 hours away from Singapore!

While it’s entirely possible to drive down from Singapore to Kukup, considering the fact that you will have to book accommodations and activities, why not leave it to planned tours, where everything is covered?

Targeted at groups and families, Kukup has plenty of 2-Day-1-Night packages for you:

Kukup Tour PackagesCoversPrice Per Pax (in SGD)
Rainbow Kukup Resort2-way transport

6 meals & snacks (2x Seafood Lunch/ 1x High Tea/ 1x BBQ Dinner/ 1x Supper/ 1x Breakfast, Day 2 lunch at famous Pontian restaurant)

Accommodation: 1 unit

Activity: Kelong tour/massage/visit mangrove island/souvenir shopping

Leisure: Table Tennis/Karaoke/Mahjong/Poker/Fishing/Fishing village tour/sunset
Age 11 and above: $119

Age 3 - 10: $99

Below 3: Free
Kukup Water Resort Package2-way transport

6 meals & snacks (2x Seafood Lunch/ 1x High Tea/ 1x BBQ Dinner/ 1x Supper/ 1x Breakfast, Day 2 lunch at famous Pontian restaurant)

Accommodation: 1 unit

Activity: Kelong tour/massage/visit mangrove island/souvenir shopping

Leisure: Karaoke/Mahjong/Poker/Fishing/Fishing village tour/sunset
Adult: $120

Child: $90
Happy Kukup Resort2-way transport

6 meals & snacks (2x Seafood Lunch/ 1x High Tea/ 1x BBQ Dinner/ 1x Supper/ 1x Breakfast, Day 2 lunch at famous Pontian restaurant)

Accommodation: 1 unit

Activity: Kelong tour/massage/visit mangrove island/souvenir shopping

Leisure: Billards/Karaoke/Mahjong/Poker/Fishing/Fishing village tour/sunset
Age 11 and above: $125

Age 3 - 10: $105

Below 3: Free
Tan Castle Resort2-way transport

6 meals & snacks (2x Seafood Lunch/ 1x High Tea/ 1x BBQ Dinner/ 1x Supper/ 1x Breakfast, Day 2 lunch at famous Pontian restaurant)

Accommodation: 1 unit

Activity: Kelong tour/massage/visit mangrove island/souvenir shopping

Leisure: Karaoke/Mahjong/Poker/Fishing/Fishing village tour/sunset
Age 11 and above: $139

Age 3 - 10: $119

Below 3: Free
Asina Luxury Resort
Sohen Luxury Superior Kukup Resort
Golden Bay Kukup Resort
Colorful Kukup Resort
Dong Hai Resort
Theme Kukup Resort
Hao Qin Kukup Resort2-way transport

6 meals & snacks (2x Seafood Lunch/ 1x High Tea/ 1x BBQ Dinner/ 1x Supper/ 1x Breakfast, Day 2 lunch at famous Pontian restaurant)

Accommodation: 1 unit

Activity: Kelong tour/massage/visit mangrove island/souvenir shopping

Leisure: Billards/Darts/Table Foosball/Karaoke/Mahjong/Poker/Fishing/Fishing village tour/sunset
Age 11 and above: $139

Age 3 - 10: $119

Below 3: Free
Guan Huat Deluxe Kukup Resort2-way transport

6 meals & snacks (2x Seafood Lunch/ 1x High Tea/ 1x BBQ Dinner/ 1x Supper/ 1x Breakfast, Day 2 lunch at famous Pontian restaurant)

Accommodation: 1 unit

Activity: Kelong tour/massage/visit mangrove island/souvenir shopping

Leisure: Billards/Darts/Table Foosball/Karaoke/Mahjong/Poker/Fishing/Fishing village tour/sunset
Age 11 and above: $135

Age 3 - 10: $115

Below 3: Free
Sohen Luxury Suite Kukup Resort2-way transport

6 meals & snacks (2x Seafood Lunch/ 1x High Tea/ 1x BBQ Dinner/ 1x Supper/ 1x Breakfast, Day 2 lunch at famous Pontian restaurant)

Accommodation: 1 unit

Activity: Kelong tour/massage/visit mangrove island/souvenir shopping

Leisure: Karaoke/Mahjong/Poker/Fishing/Fishing village tour/sunset
Age 11 and above: $145

Age 3 - 10: $125

Below 3: Free
Sohen Luxury Villa Kukup Resort

Short-trip Itinerary in Kukup

For those who prefer planning your own trips, it’s actually pretty easy.

If you’re taking public transport, this is the route you can take:

  • Larkin bus station > Switch your bus that heads to Pontian > Take a taxi, and you will reach Kukup in 30 minutes.

Otherwise, you can book a private car via SGMYTAXI that takes you to and fro at approximately $280.

Here are some things you can do when you’re there:

  1. Breakfast/Lunch:
    • Kopi Tenggek Tanjung Piai
    • New Kukup Seafood Restaurant
    • WohBee Canteen
  2. Go for walks or visits at:
    • Taman Negara Johor Tanjung Piai
    • Fishing Village
    • Temple at Huang Lao Xian Shi Taoist Temple
    • Aery Tower
  3. Dinner:
    • Ko-Piai DePacak Restoran
    • Restoran High King Seafood
    • Mandella Seafood Restaurant
  4. Dessert at Kukup Pinfen Crystal Jelly

Estimated Budget in Kukup For Two Adults & Two Kids Above 3 Years Old

  • Tour package: $436 – $540
  • Price per pax: $109 – $126

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Kulai

Like Kukup, Kulai is about 1.5 hours away from Singapore by car.

It’s entirely possible to make a day trip to Kulai, but if you prefer a less-rushed trip, you can enjoy a stay there by factoring in the cost of a hotel.

Short-trip Itinerary in Kulai

  • Day 1: Kelapa Sawit Mural (free) > Star Fish Leisure Farm ($4.40) > Kulai Putuo Village (Free)> Johor Premium Outlet
  • Day 2: Mount Pulai (free) > Temple Hwa Kuo Shan Sedenak (free) > 5D Art Studio Kulai (Adult: $10.30; Children: $7.30)

These are the prices of the popular hotels:

HotelPrice per night on Booking.com (SGD)Trip Advisor Rating
Castello$538/10
(371 reviews)
Palazzo Hotel Kulai$567.7/10
(355 reviews)
SEM9 Senai "Formerly Known As Perth Hotel$837.9/10
(662 reviews)
Creator Hotel$717.9/10
(203 reviews)
Kulai d putra suites
$969.0/10
(23 reviews)
Rainforest Tree House Kulai$30 (Adult), $18 (Children)-

Transport to Kulai From Singapore

When travelling within Kulai, just like what you can do in JB, you can ride-hail or rent a car of your own.

A private car will likely set you back $280 for a round-trip. If not, you can always hop onto a public bus!

From Larkin Bus Terminal:

The following bus services go to Kulai District from JB Sentral Bus Terminal, duration at about one hour:

  • myBAS T30 to Kulai Bus Terminal ($1.30)

  • City Bus 13 to Kulai Bus Terminal ($1.30)

From JB Sentral:

Bus Operator Buses Details
Causeway Link Bus BET1 Departure Point: JB Sentral
Arrival Point: Kulai Terminal
Departure Time: 6:20am – 10:40pm, frequency every 10-20 minutes
Bus 777B Departure Point: JB Sentral
Arrival Point: Taman Puteri Kulai
Departure Time: 6:30am – 10:40pm, frequency every 15-30 minutes
Bus 7B Departure Point: JB Sentral
Arrival Point: Kulai Terminal
Departure Time: 6:00am – 10:00pm, frequency every 15-30 minutes
S&S International Bus S&S7 Departure Point: JB Sentral
Arrival Point: Kulai Terminal

Estimated Budget in Kulai For Two Adults & Two Kids Above 3 Years Old

Best Option (Self-drive):

  • Accommodation: $53 – $96
  • Food: $200 – $300
  • Activities: $52.80
  • Transport (taxi within Kulai): $50
  • Total: $355.80 – $498.80
  • Price per pax: $88.95 – $124.70 (add $7 per pax if taking public buses)

Option 2 (Private car to-and-fro SG): +$280

  • Total: $635.80 – $778.80
  • Price per pax: $158.95 – $194.70

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Mersing

Source: KKDay

Situated on the southeastern coast of Malaysia, Mersing is a coastal town renowned for its role as the gateway to various offshore islands, such as Pulau Tioman and Pulau Rawa.

Visitors often use Mersing as the starting point for ferry journeys to these picturesque island destinations. Located just about three to four hours away, there are a few options to reach Mersing.

For travelling within Mersing, according to reviews, it’s best to travel on foot across the town.

Short Itinerary in Mersing

  • Day 1: Mersing Harbour Centre > Island Hopping > Muzium Mersing (Free) / Fushun Temple > Dinner by the sea at Brother Joe Ikan Bakar
  • Day 2: Gunung Arong Recreational Forest > Hearty breakfast at Sri Mersing Café > Hock Soon Temple > Air Papan Beach

Transport to Mersing From Singapore

1. Bus/Coach to Mersing From Singapore

If you love public transport, there are buses/coaches to Mersing from Singapore!

There are more than one bus operator offering routes from Singapore to Mersing Jetty (or Mersing Bus Terminal), and prices start at $53 per pax for a round trip:

From SG to MersingKKKL ExpressCauseway Link
DepartureKovan Hub / Katong V Mall (Village Hotel Katong) / Bugis MRT Exit D Taxi StandQueen Street Bus Terminal / Jurong East
ArrivalMersing Jetty / Mersing Bus Terminal
Duration~3 to 5 hours
Estimated Price (SGD)$31$30
From Mersing to SGKKKL ExpressLA Holidays
DepartureMersing JettyMersing Bus Terminal / Opposite Shell Mersing
ArrivalKovan Hub/Bugis MRT Exit D Taxi StandKovan Hub / Katong V Mall (Village Hotel Katong)
Duration~3 to 5 hours
Estimated Price (SGD)$35$23

To book tickets, you can visit busonlineticket.com, Klook or easybook.com, select your date and pick the departure time and place.

2. Drive to Mersing

There are two preferred routes, both of which will take you about 3 to 3.5 hours.

Route 1 – Via Kota Tinggi:

Singapore (via Laluan Persekutuan 3/AH18) – Johor Bahru – Ulu Tiram –  Kota Tinggi – Jemaluang – Mersing Jetty

Do note that during the evening hours, the Kota Tinggi route becomes completely devoid of light. If you lack experience driving at night, it is advisable to reduce your speed and allow other vehicles to overtake you.

If you want to be extra careful, remember to get car insurance that covers third-party liability and the geographical radius you will be in.

Source: GoIslands

Route 2 – Via Ayer Hitam:

Singapore (via AH2) – Johor Bahru – Ayer Hitam (via Route 50/Laluan Persekutuan 3/AH18) – Kluang – Kahang – Mersing Jetty

Source: GoIsland

3. Private Car to Mersing From Singapore

Just like cross-border taxis from Singapore to JB, if you can’t drive but still prefer a comfortable ride, taking a private ride is another option.

However, this option is significantly more costly and will potentially burst your $200 per pax budget.

DestinationToyoto InnovaAlphard / Starex
Mersing
(Round trip family for 4)
$420 ($105/pax)$520 ($130/pax)

Accommodation in Mersing

Here are some budget hotels in Mersing you may consider:

HotelPrice per night on Expedia/Agoda (SGD)Trip Advisor Rating
Mersing Merlin Inn$457.2/10
(36 reviews)
Mersing Hotel$163.5/5
(81 reviews)
MG Hotel$234.5/5
(36 reviews)

Estimated Budget in Mersing For Two Adults & Two Kids Above 3 Years Old

Option 1 (Bus):

  • Bus fares: $212 – $264
  • Accommodation: $16 – $45
  • Food: $200 – $300
  • Activities: $50
  • Transport (taxi/ride-hail within Mersing): $50
  • Total: $528 – $709
  • Price per pax: $132 – $177.25

Option 2 (Private car to-and-fro SG): +$420

  • Total: $736 – $865
  • Price per pax: $184 – $216.25

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Port Dickson

Just four hours from Singapore, Port Dickson is a coastal town surrounded by beaches and watersport activities.

If you’re looking for an aesthetically pleasing and comfortable stay, you can find resorts, villas and themed hotels for your perfect vacation.

Trying to find day activities that are kid-friendly?

Short-trip Itinerary in Port Dickson

  • Attractions:
    • Wild West Cowboy indoor theme park with escape rooms and kid-friendly rides ($15.50/child below 12, $16.45/adult)
    • Port Dickson Ostrich Farm ($13.29/child aged 12 and below, $14.80/adult)
    • Pusat Ikan Hiasan (Aquarium) Port Dickson (free)
    • Alive 3D Art Gallery ($10.51/pax)

Transport to Port Dickson From Singapore

There are several methods to reach Port Dickson from Singapore:

Transport Method Price per trip (SGD) What to do
Private car via Sgmytaxi.com Toyota Innova: $300 ($580 for round-trip)

Alphard / Starex: $350 ($650 for round-trip)

Select your own pick-up and drop-off locations
Bus (Direct) Golden Coach Express: $70 (round-trip) Departure Point & Time
City Plaza Singapore (8:15 am)
Concorde Shopping Centre (8:45 am)Return Point & Time
Grand Lexis (3:00 pm)
Port Dickson Avillion (3:15 pm)
Thistle Port Dickson Hotel (3:30 pm)
Lexis Hibiscus Port Dickson (3:45 pm)
Bus via Seremban The One Tours & Travels: $20 – $35 (one-way) Take the bus from Singapore to Seremban, and from there, take another local public bus to Port Dickson.

Departure Point & Time
Golden Mile Complex (7:00am, 8:30am, 9:30am, 1:30pm, 5:30pm, 7:30pm, 11:00pm)
Boon Lay Shopping Centre (7:45am, 9:15am, 10:15am, 2:15pm, 6:00pm, 8:15pm)

Duration
4 hours 30 minutes

Starmart Express:  $75 (round-trip) Singapore to Seremban Bus Terminal: SGD$30
Seremban Bus Terminal to Singapore: RM45Departure Point & Time
Golden Mile Tower (12:45am, 8:30am, 9:45am, 11:30am, 5:30pm, 8:00pm, 9:00pm, 10:03pm, 11:00pm, 11:59pm)
Boon Lay Shopping Centre (9:15am, 10:30am, 8:45pm, 10:00pm, 10:15pm)
City Plaza (11:00am, 5:00pm, 8:30pm, 9:33pm)
Park Royal Hotel (Kitchener) (11:15am, 5:15pm, 8:45pm, 9:48pm)Duration
4 hours 30 minutes
SEASONS Express: $18 (one-way) Step 2: Bus From Seremban to Port Dickson:

From Seremban Bus Terminal, you can catch their local bus 828, which brings you to Port Dickson, or you can ask the bus counters for the bus schedules. The journey takes roughly an hour.

Departure Point & Time
Golden Mile Complex
8:00 am to 1:30 pm, every 30 minutes to 2 hours
5:00 pm to 11:45 pm, every 30 minutes to 2 hours

Duration
4 hours 30 minutes

Train KTM to JB Sentral: $5

JB Sentral to Gemas: $6 – $10 (adult); $4.40 – $8 (child)

Gemas to Seremban: $6.50 (adult); $4.40 (child)

 

Step 1:

Take the KTM to JB Sentral

Step 2:

From JB Sentral, you have to hop on the KTM train that goes to Gemas

Step 3:

Once you’ve arrived at Gemas Station, another train will be the ETS train schedule for northbound services. Alight at Seremban Station, which is the 4th stop.

Step 4:

As you get down from Seremban Station, walk 6 mins to “Opposite Masjid Perbandaran Seremban” and catch bus no. 828 brings you to Port Dickson town. The travelling time is about an hour.

Car Highway toll: $10 Via the north-south highway, follow the route on Google Maps. Duration is about 3 – 4 hours.

 

Accommodation-wise, you can find true gems that are below $50/night!

HotelPrice per night on Agoda (SGD)Trip Advisor Rating
1 Hotel Signature Port Dickson$298.1/10
(579 reviews)
Waterfront Boutique Hotel$377.5/10
(1,967 reviews)
D'Wharf Hotel & Serviced Residence$407.9/10
(6,299 reviews)
Avillion Admiral Cove Hotel$887.7/10
(16,617 reviews)
Alpine Private Unit Premium Room Water Chalet$898.1/10
(91 reviews)

Estimated Budget in Port Dickson For Two Adults & Two Kids Above 3 Years Old

Option 1 (Bus):

  • Bus fares: $280 – $300
  • Accommodation: $29 – $89
  • Food: $200 – $300
  • Activities: $50
  • Transport (taxi/ride-hail within Port Dickson): $50
  • Total: $609 – $789
  • Price per pax: $152.25 – $197.25

Option 2 (Private car to-and-fro SG): +$580 – $650

  • Total: $909 – $1,139
  • Price per pax: $227.25 – $284.75

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Which Trip Would You Go?

Before we forget, even though Malaysia is just next to us, going on a road trip does have its risks. And if you’re planning to go for adventurous activities, do consider getting travel insurance that covers any risks imposed.

Make sure you use a credit card to book your hotel stay to earn miles while you travel.

Where would your selected destination be, and do you have any travel hacks to share?

Let us know in the Seedly Community!

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