Few people say that the most convenient way to travel is to do it via a guided tour or commonly known as a travel package while others, including me, preferred to do it DIY.  But of course, we will never know the difference unless we make an opportunity to try it.

So for this blog post, let me share to you my experience with a land-arranged tour by ACT Travel Services.

Budget

The amount needed for touring three cities is expected to be expensive. Of course, there will also be some factors that may increase or decrease the total cost of your travel expenses hence, you must ask your chosen agency to give you options.

And to give you an idea on how I landed on this preference, here is the list of my considerations:

  • The total amount of the tour package with airfare versus without airfare.
  • Cost, accommodation and itinerary comparisons from 2 to 3 travel agencies.
  • The whole price of the travel package without airfare with hotel breakfast versus without hotel breakfast.
  • For the sake of my peace of mind, I have drafted a DIY itinerary to know how much will be the cost difference, if there is. And yes, it is about PHP 2,000 cheaper plus all the hassle.

In my case, I opted for the following options which led me to a total amount of PHP 26,495.855 per person:

  • I chose to personally process the airfare to avail tickets which are on sale(PHP 5,797 roundtrip fare SG-MNL-MNL-SG).
  • I have chosen an agency which offers the most places to visit and back-and-forth hotel transfers for each itinerary.
  • A land-arranged tour with hotel breakfast since it will be cheaper than dining out(PHP 20,698).

Nevertheless, if you don’t want any hassle and you are not worrying about your budget, you can always choose to include everything in the package.

Itinerary

Day 1: Singapore

  • Singapore Arrival (ETA 09:35 AM); Pick up at the airport and transfer to Fragrance Imperial Hotel.
  • Having free time upon arrival and after hotel check-in, we have explored some of the famous attractions in Singapore’s Gardens By the Bay such as the Flower Dome, Cloud Forest Dome, and OCBC Skyway using the admission ticket which I have purchased beforehand via Klook.

Day 2: Indonesia, Batam

  • 06:00 AM – Pick up from Hotel going to HarbourFront Ferry Terminal(90 Minutes Before departure time: Assemble at Harbourfront Centre)
  • Collect your boarding pass based on confirmation ferry operator and embark on the high-speed air-conditioned ferry to Batam(Taking 08:20 AM Ferry – Batam Time).
  • Upon arrival at Sekupang International Ferry Terminal and after immigration and custom clearance, you will be greeted by PT. Nusajaya Indofast T&T experienced and friendly Local Guide(Red Color Uniform) and escorted to awaiting air-conditioned bus and start the One Day Batam City & Shopping Tour.
  • Visit temples and shops such as Maha Vihara Duta Maitreya Temple, Polo Outlet, First Factory Outlet, Golden Tourist Shop & Bird Nest Shop and Batik Outlet & Golden Factory Outlet.
  • Lunch will be served at Golden Prawn 933.
  • Watch Indonesia Cultural Dance
  • Bengkong Dry Market Food Stuff Market
  • 70ºF Koffie Factory, where you can learn about coffee and see how it is made.
  • Latex, nature latex experience center, to learn more about how will the quality sleep affect our long term health consequences and the impact of health problems.
  • Batam Center where you can see the “Welcome to Batam” monument and try different local foods at own expense.
  • 06:00 PM: Proceed to International Ferry Terminal.
  • 07:00 PM: Ferry Boarding from Batam Center to Singapore(Route for itinerary & time subject to change and arrangement by the Tour Guide).
  • Estimated arrival is  9-9:30 PM – Pick up HarbourFront Ferry Terminal back to Hotel; after arriving back to Singapore.

Day 3: Malaysia, Johor Bahru

  • 08:00 AM – Pick up from the hotel and transfer to Singapore Flyer.
  • 09:00 AM – Depart for Legoland Theme Park.
  • Spend the entire day at Legoland.
  • 04:30 PM – Transfer from Legoland to Singapore: Check-in at Legoland Malaysia Coach Bay for departure.
  • 05:15 PM – Coach departure.
  • 07:15 PM- 07:30 PM – Pick up from Singapore Flyer to hotel.

Day 4: Singapore

  • 08:00 AM – Morning Halfday city tour.

City Tour Itinerary :

Drive Pass Suntec City & Singapore Flyer, Merlion Park, Thian Hock
Keng Temple (Chinatown), Souvenir shop, Drive pass Little India, Chocolate Gallery and lastly, Gardens by the Bay for 30 mins (Excluding the Flower Dome, Cloud Forest & OCBC Skyway).

  • 11:00 AM -12:00 PM – Send back to the hotel.
  • 03:00 PM – Pick up from Hotel going to Airport for Departure(ETD 06:50 PM).

Travel Package vs. DIY

The overall experience of my availed travel tour package to Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia is not bad at all contrary to all of my what-ifs and worries. And since I have experienced both options, here is my comparative view of the two:

DIY Tour

  • You take control of everything.
      1. You can splurge or limit your budget.
      2. You set your own phase and time.
      3. You can decide on the places you want to go to.

Package Tour

  • Convenience
      1. Almost all expenses were already settled.
      2. Schedules were already plotted.
      3. You can explore sites which were listed out for you.

There might be some differences or advantages over each other but everything will vary from your cravings and preferences. Anyway, at the end of the day, the most important thing is that you have enjoyed your trip and you have saved memories.

Singapore
Supertree Grove

Singapore
Gardens By the Bay

Singapore
Marina Bay Sands Hotel

Singapore
Marina Bay Sands Hotel, Singapore Flyer, Art Museum

Singapore
Singapore Flyer

Batam, Indonesia
Batam Centere

Batam, Indonesia
Batam Centere

Batam, Indonesia
Batik Outlet

Batam, Indonesia
70º Fahrenheit Coffee Factory

Johor Bahru, Malaysia
Legoland Theme Park

Johor Bahru, Malaysia
Legoland Theme Park

Johor Bahru, Malaysia
Legoland Theme Park

Johor Bahru, Malaysia
Legoland Theme Park

Johor Bahru, Malaysia
Legoland Theme Park

Johor Bahru, Malaysia
Legoland Theme Park

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30 Replies to “Singapore-Indonesia-Malaysia : 4D3N Tri-City Tour”

    1. I prefer travel agency before, nung dalaga pa ako para less hassle din, yung tipong babayaran ko na lang. But nung nagkaanak na ako, prefer ko na yung DIY. Mahirap kase magtravel kapag may toddler. Pwedeng mabago ang plan depending on his mood 😂

  1. This is a very practical, budget-friendly, travel itinerary ever!I would love to travel and see those places! I can’t wait to travel and explore again!! thank you for sharing and blogging about this post… I will use this as my reference for my future travels..

  2. This is a good plan if I wish to visit more countries with lesser days. I was not aware of the ferry transit from Singapore to Batam, until I read your article. I might check with ACT Travel in the future.

  3. I went to Singapore last year but I wasn’t able to cross countries. You have very detailed itinerary! I’ll take note of this for my next travel!

  4. Great tri-city tour. I work here in Indonesia and it is great to visit its capital, Jakarta and the Baguio-like Lembang.

  5. Oh, I enjoyed reading this post. Reading this was like a trip down the memory lane. I used to work in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, which is so close by Singapore, so I frequently visit my friends and relatives there. I have also visited Indonesia, which I also found to be an interesting place. Thanks for sharing!

    1. If only I am familiar with the place I would have gone from Johor to Kuala Lumpur via bus. I just have known that route after my trip.

  6. Once we can finally travel from Australia to Singapore then we will surely visit. SG is one of my favorite country to visit and easy to explore.

    1. This is something, I plan on doing with my friends in the future and what a great reference for a travel agency. I am guilty om being too lazy to making my own itenirary so this is a huge help for me. Wish we couls travel real soon!!

  7. This is a good guide if you want to explore different countries in one go. I was only able to try a side-trip in Malaysia last 2017 when I first visited Singapore. But since Im already working here in Singapore, I may explore other neighbouring countries/cities soon including Batam for sure. Just waiting for the pandemic to end.

  8. I’ve personally plan out my tri-city tour last year and my travel was supposed to be this year but then, the pandemic happened. Huhu naalala ko tuloy! Antagal kong pinlano yung itinerary na yun but seeing this post, I’ll check mine again and insert some of it mula dito sa post mo! 🙂 Yiee thank you for the very detailed itinerary.

  9. Haven’t been to Singapore but I saw it from my sister’s photos that though it’s a small country, it’s orderly and there are lots of scenic places you can go to. And also, madali lang tumawid to other countries right? Di ko pa din napuntahan ang Indonesia and Malaysia 🙁

    Do you prefer DIY over tour packages? I’ve done mostly DIY in my travels 🙂

    1. I prefer DIY as well para hindi naghahabol sa oras. Siguro, kapag first time ko to visit a country, I’ll get a tour package then sa mga susunod I’ll do it DIY since may idea na ako about the place.

  10. It’s good that you tried tour packages so you can compare it with DIY tours. Personally i like DIY because there’s so much flexibility. But sometimes it’s okay to do tour packages also (Like you get discounts or cheaper if by group). ☺️

  11. Solid itinerary! Plus 5,797 RT airfare, how lucky! I’ve been to SG a decade ago and I’ve been wanting to go back – I heard there are tons of new places to explore. Malaysia is one of my frustrations since Kota Kinabalu is on the bucket list! Curious din ako sa Legoland – never been to one. 😊

    I usually DIY my travels – makes me the master of my itinerary (feeling ko independent ako. char! 😁) and I find it more meaningful compared to joining group tours.

  12. I actually had this bookmarked so whenever we want to visit this place and customize our trip, atleast I have this guide. Thankyou for this <3

  13. Usually sa mga travel namin mas gusto namin ung DIY, control mo nga kasi ang lahat. At madalas tumitingin kami sa mga blog for itinerary at dun kami nagbibased ng magiging itinerary namin.

  14. had i been smarter, i should have done the singapore-malaysia trip together. but I did it separately with my family. sayang. but maybe because that time, my sons were younger. i could do this route next time like yours.

  15. thanks for sharing. i will take note of this! i only did singapore 3 days and 1 KL before, and DIY lang din kami! hindi ko pa din na eexperience ang with travel tour, but ill try one time.

  16. oh wow, tri-city for more or less 150K?? Mura yan! I just showed my husband. We want to do that, too! I’ll use this as reference when we finally get out of this dang pandemic and push through with our trip!

  17. Woah thanks for sharing this itinerary! I’ve been wanting to visit Indonesia and Malaysia, so I’ll save this for future reference 🙂
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