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3 (possibly 4) Days in Singapore

Posted by kierjan on 29/4/2008 at 15:57

Planning a RTW trip and as part of it we're planning on spend 3 (4 at a push) days in Singapore next May. Any recommendations on what we should do in that time, things to see etc?
Thanks Jan

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Posted by Jon_Mak_Mak on 30/4/2008 at 00:30

Hi, I've spent a few days in singapore. Little India was an interesting place but only saw it at night. Apart from that, went to that tower were all the lady boy bars are. lol (4 floors)

Sorry cant help more,

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Posted by Little1 on 21/8/2008 at 14:49

Plan to stay at Beetlebox hostel and do their foodies tour (only available friday nights).

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Posted by idreamofdurian on 5/9/2008 at 13:33 TF writer

Hi kierjan,

Singapore is pretty tame, but there's still some cool things to see and do:

The Singapore Zoo and Night Safari: great open-air exhibits and lots of indigenous South-East Asian animals - Malay sun bears, proboscis monkeys, orang utans, etc.

Sentosa: man-made island full of family-friendly attractions and mediocre beaches. The Underwater world aquarium is pretty good.

Little India: One of Singapore's more vibrant and bustling areas - eat a dosa masala with your hands, buy some cheap Bollywood VCDs, and get your fortune told by a parrot! Avoid this area on Sundays as it gets REALLY REALLY crowded. The Mustapha Shopping centre is also in this area - it sells absolutely everything and is open 24 hours.

Orchard Road - If you love to shop, this is the place to go. The road is lined with giant shopping mall after giant shopping mall filled with designer clothes. It's quite the sight to behold, but not a good spot for bargain hunters.

Bugis street market - lively street market area with cheap t-shirts, the cheapest souvenirs in the city, fruit vendors and food stalls.

Lau Pa Sat - Singapore is well known for its food centres and this is one of the best. It's in a good location right downtown, too.

Esplanade Park - right downtown near the waterfront checking out the park and walking around downtown is one of the best free things that Singapore has to offer. There's a Merlion statue here (the half-lion half-fish "icon" of Singapore), the Esplanade theatres, shopping malls, coffee shops, etc. You can catch a boat tour from here, too. The Asian Civilizations museum is near here, too.

Clarke Quay - trendy area of restaurants and bars near the waterfront. Prices are a bit inflated, but the atmosphere is great - try to show up around 5ish for happy hour drink prices (2 for 1).

China Town - a very photogenic part of town and good spot to sample street food like "char kway teow" noodles and steamed buns. You can get rickshaw tours around this area.

As you might have guessed, I do live in Singapore and would be happy to field any questions you might have!

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Posted by cactusjoe on 22/9/2008 at 10:50

I'm in Singapore for a few days before heading to Oz. I have been there before. I think I went to one hawker stand. I will be staying at the Classique.
Is there a hawker stand near there?
Any other suggestions for a cheap Canadian tourist?

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Posted by idreamofdurian on 22/9/2008 at 18:42 TF writer

You're never too far from a hawker centre in Singapore!

Your hotel is in Little India where there are tons of cheap places to eat. A must try is the dosa masala. The big hawker centres in Little India are Tekka Centre and Little India Arcade.

Other big food centres not too far away are Newton Food Centre (at Newton MRT), Doby Ghaut food courts, and the food courts in the basements of the malls along Orchard Rd. Food courts cost a bit more than hawker centres sometimes, particularly if they're in a high-end mall. Regardless, it's always easy to get a meal for under $5 Sing :)

- a cheap Canadian girl living in Singapore :)

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Posted by idreamofdurian on 22/9/2008 at 18:45 TF writer

For cheap Thai food go to Golden Mile Centre, AKA Little Thailand (Beach Road, near Lavendar/Bugis MRT).

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Posted by cactusjoe on 22/9/2008 at 20:10

thanks for your advice

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Posted by malique on 11/10/2008 at 16:16

and for middle eastern experience, arab street is just a walk away from beach road. :)

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Posted by scottyheather on 1/12/2009 at 01:33

I personally don't think any trip to Singapore is complete without a Singapore Sling in Raffles - costs you an arm and a leg but well worth it.

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Posted by smkuchta on 25/10/2010 at 23:15

Raffles is fun to walk around, we had a singapore sling the first time we went there (on our honeymoon), don't know if I'd recommend it as I don't particularly care for "sweet" drinks and as one poster said they are overpriced. It is fun to wander around the hotel and grounds though.

Night Zoo is good and the shopping is great but to me Singapore is all about the food!

If you are a semi-adventurous eater then check out http://ieatishootipost.sg/ or http://www.makansutra.com/topten_sg.html . I think we hit about 8 or 9 of the top 10 on the makansutra blog. Our days were mostly spent planning on where we were going to eat and what.

We love Singapore mainly due to the food!

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Posted by peter27 on 22/12/2010 at 18:53

Singaporeis one of the most sought after travel destination and has a greatbeauty. Last year we were on a short trip to Singapore and visitedvarious attractions in a rental car. We hired quite nominally pricedcar form a company Pointcarhireand were able to book a car with a flexibility of selecting the pickand drop locations as per our need. While in Singapore, we traveledaround many places including exotic wildlife and theme parks, ChinaTown, Sentosa Island, beautiful gardens, shopping malls etc. OrchardRoad is a great place to go for shopping as it has a nice variety ofreasonably priced goods.

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Posted by john_f on 22/12/2010 at 23:37

Another thing to do, which is quite fun, is to take the ferry to Pulau Ubin and rent some bicycles to cycle round the island. It is completely different to the rest of Singapore.

We also went to a park with a lake, can't remember what is was called, where there were loads of wild monkeys (although they were very used to humans).

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Posted by john_f on 22/12/2010 at 23:38

Another thing to do, which is quite fun, is to take the ferry to Pulau Ubin and rent some bicycles to cycle round the island. It is completely different to the rest of Singapore.

We also went to a park with a lake, can't remember what is was called, where there were loads of wild monkeys (although they were very used to humans).

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Posted by idreamofdurian on 22/12/2010 at 23:58 TF writer

The park with a lake and monkeys sounds like MacRitchie Reservoir.

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Posted by Ryvyan on 24/4/2011 at 21:13

Don't go to Lau Pa Sar or Newton Circus if you can; too touristy. I was born and raised here and I have not been there properly since I was a teenager, and we are constantly shocked at the prices.

Obviously it's recommended for tourists, but to see the real Singapore you need to go to the more Singaporean hawker centres idreamofdurian has recommended!

On Pulau Ubin, I don't exercise very often and I wanted to give up while cycling around the island. It's the steep slopes and gravel (rent a mountain bike, not a road bike) that killed me. And bring lots of sunscreen and mosquito repellent.

If you're at Orchard Road wanting local food, try the Hainanese Chicken Rice (no relations to actual Hainanese food in China) at Lucky Plaza! Or this stall called Rabbit in same mall for lighter fare. Good exchange rates there, but shop around especially if you're not local because obviously you'll be prone to being ripped off.

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Posted by jultrip on 20/6/2011 at 12:12

Posted from within Vietnam.

Great info! Going there in summer. Any recommendations of weather would be nice!
I guess bringing lots of sunblock and mosquito repellent.
Thank you

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Posted by Magen on 1/8/2011 at 16:44

One of the best things to do when you are in Singapore, is to step into the hidden treasures around Little India and Geylang. While many thinks that these places are dirty, I find that it is the true side of Singapore where the local singapore people are happily eating in an open space by the road junction. Also will see the different races of people living together happy. I took the MRT train to angmokio and truly experienced how it is like to be living here, and how people run off the train after work. Other than walking around, the best thing is to try everything you can find in the food selling areas they call hawker centres. The website hungrygowhere also helped me with finding nice local food. As for my staying place, I stayed here in a homestay at siglap i found on a website wimdu.com, stayed with two old singaporean people and they make very nice breakfast every morning for me. I am going to phillipines tomorrow, so will check out the other postings on this nice website.

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Posted by LinM on 19/4/2012 at 03:02

Hi!

Nice info about Singapore
My bf and I are going to Singapore from the 26 of July to the 16 of August, now we are going to be base there but not staying there the whole time.

We are no to sure werent to go, we want to go to ,koh Samui, koh Tao and or phi phi as well as maybe cambodia (Angkor ) ,or Vietnam or Laos, however for what I read that's the rainy season in most of those places.

So can anyone recommend us somewhere to go from Singapore. Is it better to go to Indonesia or malasya ...?

Thanks

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Posted by antoniamitchell on 13/5/2012 at 05:11

A few more suggestions:

If you like walking: hike the southern ridges
If you like flowers and plants: visit the botanical gardens
If you like art/history/culture: visit the Asian Civilisations museum
If you like food: hit the hawker centres and enjoy!

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Posted by William07 on 17/8/2013 at 06:20

If you are looking to get any advice about your tour then you can also get help from trip advisor.

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