Legoland Malaysia and Hello Kitty Town are located at Johor Bahru, Malaysia. If you plan to go to Singapore and have some extra day to spare (and if you have kids), taking a day trip to these theme parks is worth it. Johor Bahru is accessible by bus, and is about 20-30 minutes from the Woodlands customs. Bus options can be found here. I’ve been to Johor a few times, and taking CW5 at Newton Circus is the most convenient.
This trip is too last minute, I must say. The husband and I have been exchanging links on where to go during our free time at work, but we ended up going to none other than a theme park and water park. We initially thought of going for a weekend getaway to Bintan, Indonesia which is just a 45-minute ferry ride away from Singapore, but looking at the activities of most resorts (archery, biking, billiards), oh dear, it doesn’t make sense. My daughter is 2 years old, and she needs some fun activities. Her definition of fun is not similar to adults, basically. We also thought of Hong Kong Disneyland but the husband has very limited days to spare, plus checking the weather (mostly sunny), we just had to tick it off our list. Also, I am not a fan of short trips (short to me is 2-3 days). If I have to book a flight (even a 4-hr flight to Hong Kong), I like to spend at least 4-5 days there. Two-night trip is too short, ’cause technically there’s only one full day to explore. I just don’t like the feeling of being in a hurry to travel because of limited time (and we have a toddler to consider). Our trip to Malaysia was short, but the mindset is that, we can always come back because it is just a bus away, and no time was wasted because we were able to maximise and we followed our schedule diligently.
I badly wanted to book Legoland Hotel, but it was too last minute and rooms were fully booked. I heard good things about KSL Hotel (5-minute cab ride from JB Central) and I took the chance to book. I have been into several overnight staycations at Johor Bahru, but I always book The Grand Paragon Hotel which is located at the same street. KSL Hotel was the best choice because the hotel provides a shuttle going to Legoland and Hello Kitty Town, although taxi is also easily accessible. Just to note that you have to insist to the driver that you want to use the taxi meter. There are ordinary cab, and exclusive taxi. Exclusive would cost about MYR 55, and the usual taxi is about MYR 35 to Legoland from the hotel.
Sharing with you some of our photos:
Legoland is an outdoor theme park; my suggestion is to bring an umbrella, poncho (in case it rains), hat, and sunscreen! We actually brought our pram, but strollers are available for rent too (MYR 40 for single, and MYR 60 for double). Lockers, changing rooms and nursing area are pretty much available.
We went to the waterpark but we only had less than 2 hours to spare as the water park closes at 6PM. I didn’t take any photos because Antonia wanted to jump into the pool right after seeing the water
Hello Kitty Town:
Hello Kitty Town is an indoor park. We purchased the All Park Pass which entitled us to visit Hello Kitty Town and Thomas Town. It is basically a 3-storey indoor park with shows, meet and greet with characters, workshops, and some indoor rides too.
Overall, it was a simple, but really fun celebration with our little girl. I asked her if she had fun at Hello Kitty Town and Legoland, but she said, “no”, and gave me a silly face. Silly Billy.