During this Chinese New Year break, I decided to have a quick getaway before returning to work. I decided to go to a famous tourist hot spot in Kota Tinggi district in Malaysia, Desaru, because it is not too far away from Singapore.
It’s a good idea to prepare everything before your trip because it can be difficult to know how to get around in an unfamiliar place. Therefore, I booked my ferry ticket from a secure ticketing portal BusOnlineTicket.com before departure. Below is the summary of my trip:
|Check-in at Limbongan Maju counter at Changi Ferry Terminal
|Immigration Clearance and Board the Ferry
|Ferry from Changi Ferry Terminal to Tanjung Belungkor Ferry Terminal
|Arrival in Tanjung Belungkor Ferry Terminal
Check-in at Limbongan Maju counter at Changi Ferry Terminal
I booked a 9:30AM ferry ticket from Changi Ferry Terminal to Tanjung Belungkor Ferry Terminal via BusOnlineTicket.com. I took a 30 minutes taxi ride to Changi Ferry Terminal because as far as I know it is difficult to take bus or MRT service to get to Changi Ferry Terminal.
Inside Changi Ferry Terminal, there were waiting area, toilet and vending machine.
I checked in my ferry ticket from Changi Ferry Terminal to Tanjung Belungkor at the ticketing counter to get the boarding pass.
Please note that the check-in counter in Changi Ferry Terminal will open 1 hour before departure time and will close 15 minutes before departure time.
Immigration Clearance and Board the Ferry
30 minutes before the departure time, I passed through a luggage scanner checkpoint. Please make sure you do not bring any illegal items or else you might get stuck here and delay your journey. Upon going further, I went to the immigration counter for immigration clearance for Singapore side. It took me only 5 minutes for the whole process.
After immigration clearance, I walked to the departure lounge to get ready to board the ferry.
After I waited for 20 minutes in the departure lounge, one of the staffs from Limbongan Maju came and led us to the jetty to board the ferry.
Ferry from Changi Ferry Terminal to Tanjung Belungkor Ferry Terminal
15 minutes before departure time, I finally boarded the ferry with the helps from some friendly staffs.
Inside the ferry from Changi Ferry Terminal to Tanjung Belungkor Ferry Terminal, there were plenty of spacious seats, sufficient life jackets for both adults and children, luggage compartment, toilet and entertainment facilities.
Arrival at Tanjung Belungkor Ferry Terminal
After travelling on sea for 30 minutes, I finally arrived at Tanjung Belungkor Ferry Terminal.
I went through immigration clearance for Malaysia side. Upon completing the immigration clearance, I passed through a luggage scanner checkpoint. It took me 5 minutes for the whole process.
Anyone who wants to proceed to their next destination, you can book your taxi at the reception counter.
Things to Do in Desaru
I took a 30 minutes taxi ride from Tanjung Belungkor Ferry Terminal to Desaru Beach, one of the famous tourist spots in Malaysia. In Desaru Beach, I took a banana boat ride. It was so exciting!
After that, I went to Desaru Ostrich Farm to visit the world’s largest bird for a closer look. Please note that the entrance fee for Desaru Ostrich Farm is RM15.00.
Before dinner, I went to Batu Layar Beach, a place dramatically decorated by nature with dark sharp rocks.
I had my dinner at a seafood restaurant in town area, Sungai Rengit. The seafood in Sungai Rengit was quite cheap and delicious!
Desaru was a really good place for a short weekend getaway. The picturesque view and the heavenly seafood that I enjoyed in Desaru totally healed and awaken my energy. By the end of the trip, I felt high-spirited and was looking forward to do better with my work. I definitely will come back to Desaru again with my friends and family. Moreover, booking ferry tickets online at BusOnlineTicket.com made the journey so much easier.