Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia are two cities in Asia known for its multi-cultural diversity. Not only will visitors expect a convergence of different cultures in the region, the two cities also present a contrast between the Orient and the Western World. Just recently, AirPhil Express invited travel bloggers to try out their new package tour: “Double the AdvenTour! Fly to Singapore and Cruise to Malaysia!” As you could imagine, the experience was a lot different from my usual DIY travels because of the convenience of hotel accommodations and coach transfers. I really enjoyed our trip since we were able to go to attractions that I wasn’t able to experience during my first trip to Singapore and Malaysia last year.

Thien Hou Temple in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with the imposing KL Tower and Petronas Twin Towers

Fly Singapore via AirPhil Express

The Singapore and Malaysia Cruise took 4 days and 3 nights (4 nights if you count the late-night flight back to Manila). We flew to Singapore via AirPhil Express (flight 2P800) and spent the night at Hotel Fragrance Selgie in Little India. The next day, we had the whole day of free time to roam around Singapore. Had an awesome time at the Singapore Flyer before proceeding to the StarCruises’ ferry terminal at the Habourfront Centre (beside VivoCity Mall). Since we had a few hours left before going aboard SuperStar Virgo (by StarCruises), I split away from the group and did a short walking tour along Orchard Road, the shopping Mecca of Singapore.

Pedestrian view of Orchard Road in Singapore

Cruise to Malaysia Abroad SuperStar Virgo by Star Cruises

While kickin’ it back and enjoying the many onboard dining and entertainment options of SuperStar Virgo, we were already cruising our way to Malaysia. We arrived early morning in Port Klang, located just an hour east of Kuala Lumpur by bus. We spent our day tour in Kuala Lumpur with a visit to Thien Hou Temple, Merdeka (Independence) Square, KL Tower, and Suria KLCC shopping center (located at the base of the Petronas Twin Towers). After the full day of sightseeing in Kuala Lumpur, we spent another night aboard StarCruises on our way back to Singapore. We still had a full day in Singapore before our evening flight back to Manila via (AirPhil Express flight 2P801). We went to Sentosa Island and tried out some of the fun attractions.

Self-portrait during our tour of Sentosa Island. Blog debut of my new glasses :D

Another thing I really enjoyed was trying out Singaporean and Malaysian food, which we weren’t able to indulge in last time. Got to taste celebrated local dishes such as the Char Kway Teow (stir-fried flat rice noodles mixed with pork, shrimp, and veggies), Bak Chor Mee (Mince meat noodles), Nasi Lemak (Coconut Milk Rice with Anchovies Sambal), Laksa (Spicy noodle with curry soup base), Samosa (triangular pastry shell with savory veggie fulling) among others. I was also ecstatic that AirPhil Express flies in/out the Terminal 2 of Changi International Airport in Singapore since we only got to land at the Budget Terminal last time.

Double the AdvenTour! Fly to Singaporeand Cruise to Malaysia!

Airphil Express is offering the “Singapore Cruise to Malaysia Adventour” for P24,888. Selling period is from August 10 to September 20, 2011 with travel period from August 23 to March 13,2012. I think it’s a good deal considering the convenience of being on a packaged tour inclusive of:

  • Roundtrip Airfare (Manila-Singapore-Manila)
  • Coach Transfer (Airport-Hotel-Port-Airport)
  • Overnight accommodation during the first day in Singapore at either Fragrance Rose or Fragrance Oasis (with complimentary breakfast)
  • Inclusive of 3days and 2 nights on board Superstar Virgo with full board meals (6 meals per day on selected restaurants)

Additional expenses would be incurred during your free time in Singapore (for example, if you’d like to go to paid attractions like the Singapore Flyer) and the optional tours in Malaysia offered by StarCruises.

Superstar Virgo docked at Harbourfront Centre, Singapore

Watch out for more of my travel experiences coming soon in future posts. In the meantime, you can check-out my travel blogger buddies during this trip: Langyaw, En Route, Flair Candy, Batang Yagit, Hearty’s Haven, Yoshke, and The Poor Traveler.

My Singapore and Malaysia Cruise was hosted by AirPhil Express. For more information about their “Double the AdvenTour! Fly to Singapore and Cruise to Malaysia!” tour package, visit their  website or simply connect with them in Facebook.

You may also find my travel guide on Singapore at