We would like to get a couple of day trips in to neighbouring states, while we are in Singapore, and I'd appreciate local experts thoughts on the following;
Malaysia - Johor Bahru or Melaka?
The bus trip to Melaka looks a long one for the kids and, though it looks a more interesting place, think we will just go over to JB. I have read some concerns over safety, any tips of the best way to get there, and avoid any hassles? It looks like the main activity is shopping, so any tips on what to buy, where to get it, and a good place for lunch?
Indonesia - Batam or Bintan?
I'm leaning towards Bintan as it looks a nicer place to take the family. However I have read that it is mainly resort complexes on the coast - can we still use the faciities if we are not guests, are there public beaches? Basically just want somewhere to chill out for a couple of hours, and again get a nice lunch. Any other options?
All suggestions welcome.