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While it's great to pick one destination to enjoy to the fullest, a day trip to a nearby town or attraction can be the icing on the cake of your vacation. ShermansTravel experts have rounded up the top day trips within a few hours' drive so you can experience that must-visit stretch of beach, national park, or under-the-radar city.

Day Trips from Singapore

East Coast Park

Visit this 6-mile stretch of beaches and park areas on the southeast coast during weekdays to avoid the crowds; on the weekends the area fills up with picnickers, windsurfers, kayak rowers, and beachcombers.

East Coast Park, Southeastern Singapore, Marine Parade Rd., www.nparks.gov.sg/park11.asp
Tags: family | outdoors | day trip

Johor

Cross the 16 mile Causeway, the bridge linking Singapore to Malaysia's Johor state, and visit oil palm and pineapple plantations. Enjoy local Malaysian cuisine and see landmarks in Johor Bahru, the capital and hub of the country's government and business.

16 miles north of Singapore, www.tourismjohor.com
Tags: family | outdoors | day trip

Kukup

At the southwestern tip of Peninsular Malaysia, the Kukup fishing village lures eco-tourists and gourmets with its preserved natural wetlands and fresh seafood.

50 miles southwest of Singapore, kukupnet.tripod.com
Tags: family | outdoors | day trip

Melaka

Founded by Malay rulers circa 1401, this 600-year-old port kingdom was ruled at various points by the Portuguese, Dutch, British, and Japanese. Visit the town’s museums, historic buildings, forts, and shops.

155 miles north of Singapore, www.melaka.net
Tags: family | outdoors | day trip

Pulau Ubin

Depart from Changi Point ferry terminal to Pulau Ubin, Singapore's second largest island. Here, camp or stay in chalets at Kampung Ubin. Chek Jawa boardwalk is ideal for nature and wildlife sighting.

Changi Jetty near Changi Hawker Centre, www.wildsingapore.com/ubin
Tags: trendy | outdoors | day trip | wildlife

Sentosa

This outlying resort island, reached by cable car or ferry from Telok Blangha, offers beaches, aquatic sports, golf, nature treks, an oceanarium, and museums. Two new casinos, plus mega hotels, and Universal Studio attractions are planned for 2010.

Southern Coast, www.sentosa.com.sg
Tags: family | trendy | outdoors | day trip

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