80 Kms from Tanjungpinang
Well that's exactly what happened when all my plans to go to Singapore materialized. I was going abroad for the very first time and that too ALL ALONE! The very thought of no parents and its 'JUST YOU' who is gonna be the ultimate decision maker really bought a list of some really crazy things I wanted to try and do.The 2 week long stay in this beautiful city country was just the best way to let your BRAND NEW PASSPORT go screaming with the unexplainable joy of having its first stamp on it.My packing for this trip started almost a month back, but at the last moment i literally threw a lot of stuff out of my suitcase because the 'typical Indian' style of thought hit me....that i need to bring back more stuff from overseas than to take things from home to the new place! (though I wasn't successful in doing that...but still I did shop like a maniac! :P )So, the flight from India to Singapore wasn't really long but something i really enjoyed and once I reached the airport I was really stunned at how amazing it was. And by the time I left the airport I felt extremely hungry and my search for food just made things a disaster when I realized that 'I'm gonna starve to death' for a fortnight because there was literally NO VEGETARIAN food available. But somehow I survived, thanks to the CUP NOODLES my mom dumped in my suitcase, inspite of my cries & endless arguments - " WHO TAKES CUP NOODLES TO SINGAPORE?" (in short MOM knows it all & you better listen to her) and also Thank goodness for the milo cans & tetra-packs that were available. I literally survived on milk, cup-noodles, bread & cheese. (Trust me these are the TRUE INGREDIENTS TO LOSE WEIGHT!!)The first day at Singapore I spent CRYING in my room, feeling home-sick. The next day onwards I felt a bit more better but was actually looking forward to go home and eat mom's food. But mom was right, after the first day I was pretty okay, and she constantly told me "go LIVE IN THE PRESENT MOMENT and do everything you want". Meanwhile I managed to make some really good friends with people from different nationalities- Chinese, Pakistanis, Indonesians and of-course the other Indians who were there.Being in the company of other people was an experience which was out of the world. I got to learn more about their culture, country, the people over there and of-course how each country's Government works and all. Overall it was good and we had our own share of crazy outings and of course my all time favourite SHOPPING!!The first thing I did was to take the hop-on-hop off bus (Duck & Hippo tours) that gives a full city tour, it takes you around the city and shows all the iconic places in singapore.
103 Kms from Tanjungpinang
Not too long ago, Johor Bahru was not exactly a "tourist" spot. It was a dusty, dirty town. But, it has changed quite drastically since then. Situated on Malaysia's border with Singapore, this little town has developed enough to attract the tourists and sustain their interest, albeit for a while. Johor Bahru is filled with amazing Hindu temples decorated with glass mosaics. The second-largest city in Malaysia, Johor Bahu has come a long way with opening up of various amusements parks and other commercial complexes.
285 Kms from Tanjungpinang
Malacca is a historical place and it holds a great importance to it. Here you will find mostly museum and churches related to origin of Malaysia ,their culture and people. Also this city was important in terms for trading at that time.. You can enjoy the boat ride here to get a full view of the city. Night city looks more beautiful and charming. Please also try the tricycle ride in the city. Its a 1 day trip from KL takes approx 2 hours by Cab.Cab charged us 480 RM for a return trip ( We bargained from RM 600 to 480 ). There are buses which starts from KL central also they charge your around 100 RM ONE WAY. Also since Malaysia is in the tropical zone in summers it gets very hot there so don't forget to pack your hats and Umbrellas.