Singapore Trip Help...

Jan 18th, 2011, 05:44 AM
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Singapore Trip Help...

Three ladies planning a week long trip to Singapore in mid-April from the NY area. I know it's not much time but what are your recommendations/must see?
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Jan 18th, 2011, 07:02 AM
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Do you have a guidebook yet? There is plenty to see and do in Singapore, and must-see depends on yoru interests. Probably my top 2 must-sees are the orchid garden at the Botanical Gardens, the Museum of Asian Civilization.

The Singapore Tourist Board has perhaps the best promotional materials of any tourist board in the world. Take a look at their website. Also, they will send a beautiful packet of materials if you ask.

There are probably a hundred good threads on this site on thing to see and do in Singapore and on the fabulous food in Singapore. AT the top of the page, go to the drop-down menu that says "view by country" and choose Singapore.
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Jan 20th, 2011, 10:13 AM
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Thank you for your help.
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Jan 20th, 2011, 02:24 PM
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we really liked the hop on hop off bus....it got us around easily and saw a wide area of the city....
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Plan one day for Sentosa Island, Asia's favourite playground. Ride the Luge and Skyride before heading to the Palawan beach where you cross a suspension bridge and climb to the top of a viewing tower for a panoramic view of the lsland. In the afternoon, visit Images of Singapore, 4D magix, Underwater World, Dolphin Lagoon and reserve the night for Song of the Sea.

If history of Singapore and Asia is in your list, spend a day visit Images of Singapore, Asian Civilisations Museum and National Museum of Singapore. In the evening, chill out at Singapore Swissotel New Asia Bar. The city view from 71 floor is stunning. Call 65-68373322 for details.

For a unique experience, spare a morning visit a wet market at the basement of Chinatown Complex. After that, proceed to level two to hunt for some of our local or hawker food. The must-try dishes include our unofficial national dish chicken rice, chilli crabs, laksa, fried hokkien mee and the list goes on. In the afternoon, find out why Singapore is named as a garden city. You won't want to leave Singpore not knowing the beauty of Singapore Botanic Garden and National Orchid Garden.

Another day just for Singpaore Zoo, Night Safari or Jurong Bird Park.

Got another day? Hop on a FunVee double-decker bus for a city tour. Then embark on a Captain Explorer DUKw Tour to explore the colonial district and marina bay. In the evening, take a drink at Hard Rock cafe. Finally, end your night with a cruise on a bumboat along the Singapore River. All that for S$39.90, for details call (+65) 67383338 / (+65) 81886000 to enquiry for the Attractions Explorer Passport.

You may check out the above-mentioned attractions at http://www.singapore-vacation-attractions.com

Welcome to Singapore, you will have an enjoyable vacation here.
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Jan 22nd, 2011, 07:41 AM
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We all like different things. I've been to Singapore more than a dozen times and have never had any interest in going to Sentosa! Just LIke I've been to LA dozens of times and have never gone to Disneyland.
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Jan 23rd, 2011, 07:48 AM
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Wow...you've given me quite a bit to think about. We also plan to take the Aeroline Bus to Malaysia from Singapore.

Has anyone done this and is it recommended?

Thansk you all so very much.
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Jan 26th, 2011, 06:30 AM
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>>>Singapore Trip Help...<<<


Greetings Versailles. Congrats on forthcoming trip to sweet Singapore.

Should your budget be a bit on the high side, would suggest Singapore Airlines' all-time cherished, all-business class, non-stop service, EWR-SIN! Other (far less expensive) SQ flight options, as well as various Singapore holiday packages / promotions can be found on that fine singaporeair.com .

Have fun in SIN (hard not to), and should you fly SIA, savour your rides with those Girls.

macintosh (robert)


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You have not indicated what your interest are, so its hard to make specific reccos. -You should take a look at the website for the tourism authority, which as mentioned above is very good and will give you an idea of what is on offer. For example, the Singapore Biennale, a modern exhibition over several months, will be running when you are in town, see http://www.singaporebiennale.org/. There are no official public holidays in April, other than Easter, but you may find local celebrations going on (esp in Hindu or Buddhist temples), so check the tourism authority website for ideas.

At the very least, look at what Fodors suggests (click “Destinations” above). The Luxe Guides are interesting for shopping and restaurants, they are not really tour guides but worth a look and easy to pack, go to http://www.luxecityguides.com/, you can get the series for Hong Kong and Australian cities as well.

I used to live in Singapore, and my idea of a great week there would include:

1. A half day or more in each of the ethnic areas: Little India, Arab Street, Geylang (Malay) and Chinatown (yes there is a Chinatown). For eating, shopping and just people-watching. Temples, mosques, museums, “wet” markets, street markets. These are all areas with lots of narrow streets where you find the traditional 2-storey “shophouse buildings” with the little family stores and restaurants; that is the Singapore I like the best. Have perfume made on Arab Street (and eat). Watch ceremonies at the various Hindu temples in Little India, go see the amazing Tekka Market (and eat). Try all the great street food in Geylang. Shop for kitschy souvenirs in Chinatown and visit a temple (and eat).

2. The Asian Civilizations Museum, which has been mentioned a few times above. They have marvelous guided tours, take a look at http://www.acm.org.sg/home/home.asp to see when they are offered. The main museum is in Empress Place, but the new Peranakan Museum should also be included; again very good guided tours. (Patricia Welsh at the Empress Place branch is a particularly good docent, IMO.) You can of course just wander exhibits on your own in both: well-curated and well laid out. Quite good gift shop at Empress Place, and the little shop next to the Peranakan museum has Malay karosang jewelry which is quite hard to find elsewhere. These are IMO the best museums in Asia. SAM, the modern art museum, is small but has some interesting stuff, see http://www.singaporeartmuseum.sg/museum/ (again, good guided tours). The National Museum of Singapore is worth a stop too. There is a loop walk in downtown Singapore of the colonial core that will give you a nice chance to see the colonial architecture and learn some history, and will include the Empress Place wing of the Asian Civilizations Museum and the other museums along the Padang by Empress Place. Most guidebooks describe it, also take a look at the website for the Singapore Tourist Authority at visitsingapore.com to see if they have info, and hopefully a map. Or try http://www.singaporewalks.com/index.htm if you want to pay for a guided walk.

3. I have a thing for British colonial-era architecture, so I would always include a walk in the Goodwood Hill Road off Scotts/Stevens Roads, and the Nassim Road just off Orchard Road near the Tanglin Shopping Centre. You can also do this by taking a walking tour with Geraldene Lowe, who has been giving tours for decades. She can be reached at [email protected]. Or try http://www.singaporewalks.com/index.htm for other guided walks. There are also several restaurants located in black and whites, notably Flutes at the Fort quite near the Empress Place Museum, and then a string of very good ones in the Rochester Park area like Graze or Ming Jang at One North.

4. A trip to the east coast or Punggol area of seafood and to see a different greener part of Singapore. There are also some beaches out northwest of Changi Airport in the Pasir Ris area which also has good bike paths. I would not call any of the beaches in Singapore especially beautiful and would not go to Singapore for the beaches, but they do make a nice afternoon of walking, biking or sailing. An alternative would be a trip to Pualu Ubun, which is an island in the narrow waterway between Singapore and Malaysia, and most of it is a national park. You can rent bikes and explore the little bit of wild jungle and wildlife left in Singapore. There are some good seafood restaurant here as well. Other places for scenery are Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, and East Coast Park; in any of these places you can walk or rent bikes to see the area. Website for Ubin and all the parks in Singapore is at http://www.nparks.gov.sg )

5. A stroll through the Botanic Gardens, esp to see their orchid area. On Sundays and public holidays, it is full of chattering Filipina maids, and you can get an idea of how another section of society in Singapore lives.

6. Going to the Holland Village area, which an interesting area of shops and some good restaurants. The area is off the main tourist track much more than Orchard Road (but very popular with expatriates) and it’s a short taxi ride. (When the MRT station opens there, which should be later this year or early 2012, then this area will be more popular with tourists.). I have always liked a shop called Lim’s Antiques (211 Holland Avenue, #02-01), a nice collection of stuff, some antiques but a lot of new and reproductions and also very much like Galerie Cho Lon (43 Jalan Merah Saga). In addition, the Mohamed Sultan Road area to the north and east of the main business district may be interesting to you, there are art galleries there.

7. Singapore has an excellent symphony orchestra (the SSO) which performs in a very modern, almost futuristic venue on the waterfront esplanade not too far from your hotel. They often have guest conductors, musicians or orchestras. Tickets are ridiculously cheap by US standards, take a look at http://www.esplanade.com to see if anything is on while you are there.

8. You can watch cricket most weekends afternoons on the Padang in downtown Singapore. The Cricket Club and the Singapore Sports club anchor both ends, and there are several fields in between. The clubs are private, but you can sit at the fields edges and watch the play.

9. The Polo Club has polo matches, usually at least one Sunday a month. 80 Mount Pleasant Road Tel. This club is also private, but the rules are generally ignored on match days and you can just walk in. Also, the restaurants are generally open to the public on weekend evenings, call to confirm. The club is in another area of "black and white" bungalows. See http://www.singaporepoloclub.org/default.htm for info.

10. If you were tempted to do any shopping in Singapore, the one place I might recco would be the Tanglin shopping centre, antique shops, some art galleries and places like the Tang Horse, Antiques of the Orient (http://www.aoto.com.sg/) which has antique maps and prints as well as the Select Books stores which has a fantastic collection of SE Asian books (see http://www.selectbooks.com.sg/). See a list of all the shops at http://www.tanglinsc.com/

11. I think the clothes shopping in Singapore for women’s casual clothing is quite good (and much better than Hong Kong where I now live), and I always make a pilgrimage to the nearest British India shop (see http://britishindia.asia/index.html), wish they would open one here. Good quality, nice fabrics. Not outrageously expensive. They have outlets in Raffles Shopping Centre and Millennia Walk Mall, Ngee Ann City Mall and Tanglin Shopping Centre. The Millennia Walk shop has some housewares too. There is sales tax in Singapore, but you can get this refunded for most items; be sure to ask about this and get the proper forms; there is a place downtown where you can get the refunds, you don’t have to lug all the stuff to the airport when you are leaving to do the refund process.

12. Last, but certainly not least, is eating. Singapore offers just a huge variety of cuisines, most of it excellent, and much of it quite inexpensive. Their street food is just the absolute best, so much variety and all so good and all so cheap. There are guidebooks to the hawker/street food places in Singapore, you might want to get one. For restaurants, see the posts http://www.fodors.com/community/asia...estaurant.cfm; http://www.fodors.com/community/asia...hing-to-do.cfm, http://www.fodors.com/community/asia...estaurants.cfm

Finally, some other ideas which may appeal to you are;

-Cooking lessons, see http://www.shermay.com http://www.corianderleaf.com/courseschedule.html and http://www.cookerymagic.com/ (lessons at the latter are in the chef’s home on Pulau Ubin, which could be interesting. I have not taken any course offered by any of the above.)

-Taking a “flight on the Flyover, see http://www.singaporeflyer.com.sg/

-Singapore now has a Ducks Tour, if you have ever done one, there are a lot of fun. If you haven’t these are amphibious craft that do a trip on land and then plunge into the water for a water tour, they often let kids drive the boat for a brief bit as well. I would assume this would be fun, they drive around town and going into the water near the Marina, take a look at http://www.ducktours.com.sg/index.htm. I believe this same group does a hop-on-hop-off bus tour of Singapore that you may also want to do.

-In addition to Singapore’s wonderful zoo (try the night safari), the Jurong Bird Park is interesting. It has a huge aviary and also wildlife shows. Take a look at http://www.birdpark.com/servlet/index.

With regard to the Aeoline bus, I have not taken this, but from the website it looks fine. Road travel in Malaysia is quite safe, as roads are in good shape and drivers are not maniacal like some other places in Asia. Countryside views are lovely for the most part. This wold probably be a good way to travel; although for a very long distance you might want to consider flying or perhaps the train.

A good stop on the way would Malacca/Meleka, which has a lot of old Portuguese colonial buildings, an old Chinese town area and and a good museum of Malay history. Great food. The drive from from Singapore takes about 3 hours.
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Jan 28th, 2011, 06:59 PM
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Hello all,

Thank you so much for your wonderful advice. I seem to be having a little problem.

1. Booked ticket on Cathay Pacific
2. Booked 2 days in Malaysia (just thought a quick visit whilst so near.
3. Booked 3 days in Bangkok need to book individual airline ticket since Cathay doesn't service Kuala Lampur to Bangkok.

Would our luggage allowance be that of North American passengers or regional. 20kg will not work.

Help please.....
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Jan 29th, 2011, 12:11 AM
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Your intra-asia flights will have the baggage allowance of regional, but check websites to see what that is, it can vary from airline to airline.

Where are you thinking of going in Malaysia for only 2 days? KL would be too much hassle for too little sights, IMO. Consider Malacca, but for only 2 days, if you have to return to Singapore to go to Bangkok, that seems like a little rushed. Possibly doable. The lovely east coast islands are good in April, but again 2 days may not make it worthwhile. Consider a train to Bangkok from somewhere in Malaysia, would take longer but would be cheaper.
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Jan 29th, 2011, 04:09 AM
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Hi Cicerone,

Thank you for your response. We plan on flying directly to Bangkok from KL.


Thank you.
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Jan 30th, 2011, 05:11 AM
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Where would you go if you had 4 or 5 extra days in Singapore in early March? Where would you go in Malaysia? Bus to Malacca or fly somewhere?
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Jan 30th, 2011, 11:50 AM
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Tiger Airways and Air Asia offer cheap air fares from Singapore to many great SE Asia destinations.

With 4-5 days you can visit Malaysia (Malacca, Penang or Langkawi) or fly to Phuket for their fantastic beaches, Bangkok for their amazing culture and food or Hochiminh City, Hanoi in Viet Nam. Too many great options from Singapore.
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Jan 31st, 2011, 02:12 AM
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Sarawak maybe?
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Jan 31st, 2011, 06:50 AM
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A short trip to Kuching would be a delight!
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Jan 31st, 2011, 01:28 PM
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Kathie,
Tell me about Kuching.
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Jan 31st, 2011, 02:08 PM
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Kuching is the largest city in Sarawak, one of two Malaysian provinces on the island of Borneo. It's a charming small city, situated on the river, and with nice walks along the river. You can just enjoy the city (eat great food, shop for local crafts, etc) or you can make arrangements to visit a longhouse or Bako park, or go to the beaches at Damai.

We loved our short stay in Kuching when we went o Borneo, and have long said we will return.
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Great list Cicerone.

I love Singapore and now have a few more things to add to my list. I didn't see this thread when it was first posted. I can't wait to get back to Chili crab, Paranakan food (True Blue-Benjamin Seck custom made my kebaya), British India flagship store, Prints-paper store
http://www.prints-international.com/, Hawker center food, Sabai Thai restaurant http://www.sabaifinethai.com.sg/, and a lot of other Singaporean delights.

Happy Travels!
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We are in BKK now, and the traffic is horrendous, but methodical. They just announced a benefit to people who want to buy their first new car, this = more cars=more waiting in traffic. So,we think next visit we go to: Phutket, OR Singapore. We met a guy from India today who said Singapore is focusing more on 'green' efforts, public transportation/ bikes/ etc. Singapore for us next time!
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