a VirtualTourist member from Boortmeerbeek
In June we will have a two night stay over in Singapore coming back from an Indonesia trip. Since this stay over was actually unplanned I never really looked into what to do there. Any suggestions or recommendations? Shopping tips?
You can take the hop-on hop-off bus goes around the city or heritage places. Those places that interest you more you can then spend more time there.
For shopping tha main shopping belt is Orchard Road, though you can also find clusters of shopping area around Marina Square and Raffles City Mall. And the largest mall is Vivocity at Harbourfront near Sentosa, where the USS theme park is.. For cheap souvenir shopping head to Bugis market..
There are plenty of places to visit. You can browse www.yoursingapore.com to see which of those places suit your preference. Some top of favourties include:
Singapore Zoological Gardens / Night Safari / River Safari
Gardens by the Bay
Jurong Bird Park
Orchard Road Shopping Belt
Marina Bay Sands Resort
Singapore River / Merlion
As you are about 5-6 months away from your arrival, do take time to go through that website for ideas.
This should help you know about what to do in Singapore...
Have a read of my Singapore travel page (scroll down for tips)
[original VT link]
Drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration, which is dangerous in the heat
Singapore is not a cheap destination, so be prepared. Lots of great suggestions already, and I liked Haw Par Villa - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haw_Pa... and is free entry, but don't take young children as many of the statues are 'confronting'. The Singapore Tourist Pass is a great way to get around on the excellent bus and train network. I was there in October and have yet to post up any tips on Singapore - naughty me.
I recently visited Singapore. I don't think hop-on hop-off is very practical unless you want to care less about taking the public transportation. Singapore is very convenient for the public transportation, MRT, Bus and Taxi. I think MRT and Bus can go almost everywhere. I would like to share with you two saving tips:
1) Buy the Singapore Tourist Pass that allows you to unlimited with MRT and Bus. If you buy the Plus... Means you have a free ride on the boat too.
2) Check out where you want to go and see in Singapore, some attractions are very expensive. So you can buy tickets online to save up to 30% than walk-in price.
For a first timer I think the hop-on hop-off bus offers visitors a good overview of the city.. especially if you only have a couple of days... the HOHO bus seems popular.. everytime I saw that touristy double decker red or yellow bus, they are never empty... some are full... if you are a repeat visitor, then the novelty will wear off.. yea the public transport, especially MRT, is an excellent and cheap way to move around, though MRT do not go to some places of interest like zoo or bird park.. you have to take a combo or bus and mrt.. public buses can be time-consuming except for short distance.. be aware taking taxis during peak hours incur additional 25% and after midnight its 50% more.. but then taxi is your only option after midnight...
Singapore really a nice destination, the idea of getting out there will be great.
As you got a good time I have listed out the top destinations when one visits Singapore,
- Marina Bay
- Clarke Quay
- Marina Bay Sands
- Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple
- Jurong Bird Park
- Pulau Ubin
- Sentosa Island
- Singapore River Cruise
- Big Wheel
and for Shopping I would recommend you these places
- Mustafa Centre
- Bugis Street
- Lucky Plaza
- Far East Plaza
- Anchorpoint Shopping Centre
The above list provided will really make you feel worth of being in Singapore as even I have made a plan of visiting Singapore in the month of May, probably the mid week.
Will definitely add some other places if I come across.