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What to see & do as a solo traveler in Singapore

I will be solo in Singapore at the start of the new year! This will be my very first time here.  What is there to do and see for a solo traveler in her mid-20s? Where are some good places to meet other young international travelers?

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  • Arkadiy Birger

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    I just spent a few days in Singapore as a single, budget, first timer (on a side note, I did have 2 people I knew in the city, who kept me company on few outings).

    Stay in a hostel (few in Chinatown area, also on Hongkong St), go for a morning run around the downtown area to get your spirits and appetite up, as well as to get a sense of the layout. You can cover a lot in an hour or so of jogging/running, while seeing most of the downtown buildings, squares and shopping malls. Singapore is a very runner friendly city.

    Then just walk around. As Rolf Potts of Vagabonding fame said it "if your day is boring start walking", or something along those lines. Pick a general direction and just go there. If you get lost, you can always take a cab back to your hostel or point of interest, its relatively cheap in Singapore.

    Alcohol is expensive as hell there, so I chose not to drink too much, but as others say, you can just walk and sit around and people watch or make new friends.

    Singapore seems to be mostly a land of shopping and eating to me, sorry for being judgemental ;) Nothing wrong with that. I totally enjoyed it.


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  • Scott Rogers

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    I would stay at a hostel. The Green Kiwi Backpacker Hostel is a good one and has a pretty good communal vibe. I'm sure you'll meet people there!

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  • Rama Dhani

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    Most of the young travellers could be found in hostels in Bugis or Little India or somewhere around those two area, depends on what you want to do, if nightlife Clarke Quay area offers nice clubs&bars, local cuisine can be found in many different area, depending on what you want to try :)

    the usual tourist attraction is the Merlion Gardens by the Bay Marina Bay Sands or Universal Studios Singapore :p

    theres a lot of parks you can enjoy for free, like Singapore Botanic Gardens MacRitchie Nature Trail


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  • Pavithra Babu

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    Hi Catherine!

    There is no doubt that Singapore will be a treat to you :) Here is my list of hang outs in Singapore that you should not miss!

    1. Arab Street - A great place to meet & interact with expats and locals. Try shisha bars while you are here. One of my favourite bar here is Blue Jazz

    2. Clarke Quay - A not to miss Singapore club district! loud, noisy one of a kind experience. As a budget traveller, you can sit on the bridge and grab a couple of beers and enjoy the cool breeze

    3. Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay, Singapore - A must visit for the view. Check out http://www.esplanade.com/whats_on/ for shows. Sometimes you get lucky with a free show in the open theatre. While you are here, you can also explore local delicacies at Makan Sutra

    4. Orchard Rd - Not sure if you are a shopper, but you can visit Orchard Street if you have the time (shopping is high end here mostly). At this time of the year, the road is very well decorated and glitzy.

    5. Cyling/Rollerblading in East Coast Park - Popular with locals, this is a beautiful promenade by the sea. This place also offers the best local sea food. Don't miss eating the sting ray at the food court :)

    6. Sentosa Island is on every tourists list. My favorite thing to do here is to hang out by the beach and the bars & restaurants around.

    Hope you enjoy your trip! Have fun :)

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      Awesome answer, Pavithra! You make Singapore sound so amazing! By the way, I'm a community manager here and I've helped you highlight the places in your answer on a map! In the future, you can do this yourself as you answer a question by simply typing the @-symbol followed by the name of the place. Take a look at your map next to your answer :) · (0 likelikes)

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  • Noora Peterson

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    If you are looking for nightlife for 20,30 something year olds, definitely check out Club St. On Friday nights the street shuts down to cars and it's probably 90% international crowd (generally Westerners). The food and drinks are good there too and pretty lively crowd, so if you are into going out at night by yourself, this might be your best bet in meeting new people since people are scattered all over the streets eating/drinking. The restaurants in this area range from mediocre to very good. For food Senso is on the high end, Ding Dong is new (Asian fusion--it's OK, a bit overpriced for what it is but that's generally every restaurant in Singapore). But if you do decide to go there just walk around and see what catches your eye. If it's not your thing, Clarke Quay/Boat Quay (the more touristy areas) are just a cheap cab ride away.

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  • Jason Loe

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    Hey Catherine!

    Some great answers there. NYC is my fav city to go solo. And at first I was quite challenged to think of Singapore. But here goes:

    Accommodations:

    1. There are many backpacker's inn to meet other young travelers. I've never stayed in any, so I will refrain from comments. You can read them yourself here: http://www.thebestsingapore.com/travel-singapore/the-best-5-backpackers-hostels-in-singapore/

    Activity and sports:

    2. Wild Wild Wet is a water theme park that has thrilling 18 metre drops called the Torpedo going at speeds of 70km/hr to gentler family fun rides for younger kids.

    3. Forest Adventure, a series of challenging obstacles and giant zip lines across trees and bridges and forest terrain. This is at Bedok Reservoir Park on the eastern park of the island.

    4. You can also do kayaking at Bedok Reservoir, MacRitchie Reservoir, Kallang, Jurong Lake, or even further out at Pulau Ubin, kayaking in the natural beauty of mangrove swamps.

    5. If you're a snowboarder and have always wanted to try its water version, book a boat at Punggol Marina and head out for wake boarding or riding. Go in the early mornings at 7 a.m. or in the evenings to avoid the intense afternoon sun.

    6. Wave House Sentosa Surf. DJs. Drinks. Chill. Sand. Enough said. Check out their website for weekend parties.

    7. Attaching yourself to a zipline or flying fox and zipping over 450 metres from a height of 70 metres, the MegaZip Adventure Park is an exhilarating ride over lush jungle canopy onto Silosa Beach. Young ones can be strapped with an adult as long as the combined weight is within the safety threshold.

    8. Adrenaline junkies get your fix at iFly Singapore which is an indoor skydiving via a wind tunnel.

    (6), (7) & (8) are all at Sentosa Island so make a whole day of this.

    Areas to wander around aimlessly and get lost:

    9. The charming Arab Street. Sip on teh tarik, have moroccan food, see the majestic Masjid Sultan. At night, visit Blue Jazz and the nearby shisha bars.

    10. Party like a rock star at Clarke Quay. There are clubs, bars, stand up comedy clubs. Everything. But go late. 11p.m. till whenever.

    11. Other neighbourhoods like Tiong Bahru Rd, Joo Chiat Rd, Everton Park, Changi Village Rd are well worth an afternoon's exploration. See this: http://www.tribe-tours.com/travel-tips/neighbourhoods

    There!

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    EAT the food! Singapore is known for it's food, and the hawker centers (food courts). They're all over the places, but popular ones are the Singapore Food Trail and East Coast Lagoon food centre. Local dishes that are recommended- hainese chicken over rice, laksa (noodle soup), nasi goreng (rice and meat), toast with kaya, and Singaporean crab. Also, the freshly squeezed juices are amazing.

    In terms of what to do, Sentosa Island for a day of tourist beach life and Orchard Rd for shopping. Little India is an interesting place, as well. The ratio of Indian men to women is about 10:1, a reflection of the economy and how Singapore is a hub for certain jobs. Little India has this incredible huge store Mustafa Centre that's open 24/7- basically has everything you could every want.

    Have fun!

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    There are several museums in Singapore if you want to explore.

    Museums like Singapore Philatelic Museum - a museum mainly for stamps and other special exhibitions; Asian Civilisations Museum; Peranakan Museum; National Museum of Singapore. Or farms like Bollywood Veggies & Hay Dairies Pte Ltd but they are quite out of the way, in the sense that they are located in an area that is quite inaccessible as compared to most places in Singapore.


    There are many cafes in Singapore too if you like to go cafes and rest for abit, e,g, The Book Cafe, Toby's Estate, Kith Cafe Park Mall. Sorry haven't been to much cafe but most of them should offer free wifi.


    There are many kite enthusiast on weekends at Marina Barrage, you can enjoy the nightview with the cool breeze =).


    Mustafa Centre is the 24/7 opened shopping centre but be careful of the crowd on weekends if you are going there.


    There's also Night Safari, Jurong Bird Park and the Science Centre Rd which is holding the transformer anniversary exhibition (i don't know until when =X). But there's really tons to do in Singapore depending on what interest you.


    Hope you'll like Singapore =)

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  • SC L

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    Singapore is mostly a shop and eat kinda culture, and pretty Westernised for the most part. The food of course, and the food courts here are decent: chicken rice, chilli crab, etc.

    Your question doesn't say what you like to do, so here's a general response based on previous, personal experience.

    (Window) shopping: Orchard Rd (usual glitzy malls) or Haji Ln (slight off the beaten track stores)

    Meet young people? Clarke Quay? I can't really answer this part.

    If you're into coffee, there's quite a indie cafe scene down there..

    Then there's Haw Par Villa, which is a theme park with all things Chinese mythology. Dante's got nothing on the Chinese concept of Hell...

    Or Sentosa Island, which has Universal Studios Singapore, Trick Eye Museum and recently, Madame Tussauds Singapore

    Depends on your priorities, really.

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