SIN­GA­PORE TO DE­SARU AND MALACCA, MALAYSIA

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Lo­cated just 75km east of Jo­hor Bahru, De­saru is a popular but no-frills beach­side town that’s easy to get to. On the way, stop at the Os­trich Won­der­land in Teluk Ra­mu­nia, Kota Tinggi. Here, the kids can learn about ostriches, feed them, watch their eggs hatch and even go on an os­trich ride.

Af­ter­wards, head to De­saru Fruit Farm (www.de­sarufruit­farm.com), which has over 100 trop­i­cal fruit species. The guided tour teaches you how to se­lect the best fruits be­fore sampling your favourites. Be­sides fruit trees, the farm fea­tures a pet­ting zoo, a bee farm and dirt-cart rides.

From there, drive west­wards to Teluk Sen­gat Crocodile Farm, an­other big at­trac­tion for road-trip­pers. Here, you’ll find over 1,000 salt­wa­ter croc­o­diles, the old­est of which is 130 years old. You can take pho­tos with the rep­tiles and learn in­ter­est­ing facts about them.

An­other must-visit is Kota Tinggi Wa­ter­falls, also known as Lom­bong

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Wa­ter­falls – just north of Kota Tinggi town. The wad­ing pools are shal­low and safe for kids, but be care­ful around the more pow­er­ful cas­cades.

A visit to the Fire­fly Val­ley Leisure Park to the south of town is the per­fect way to end the night – watch fire­flies put on a spec­tac­u­lar light show as a boat takes you through the dark man­groves.

From Kota Tinggi, drive west­wards to re­turn to the high­way that will take you di­rectly to Malacca. This his­toric town is known for its food, but you should also check out its cul­tural at­trac­tions, like the Baba & Ny­onya House Mu­seum (www.ba­bany­onya­mu­seum.com), which show­cases rich Malaysian Per­anakan cul­ture, and Jonker Street, with its mar­kets, street food, shop­houses, and in­ter­est­ing ar­chi­tec­ture.

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