a VirtualTourist member from Brighton
So .....we have a 6 year old daughter and want to visit Singapore from Perth, Australia for 4 nights in July/August.
It will be our first trip.I understand public transport is so good that location doesn't matter too much but maybe you guys can tell us if there's any area for a family to avoid?
Our aim is
....some good meals out, ( can be street food, cheap but brilliant, etc) visit the zoo, Sentosa island for fun and enjoy a nice hotel ( wifi and pool ideally )
We have a budget of about A$150 a night and I fear that may not get us much in Singapore.
I'm familiar with booking.com and trivago but would welcome recommendations of any hotel that would be a good location and meet our needs.
There is no place in compact and crowded Singapore to avoid.. no place is unsafe.. however unless you like to be near bars and pubs then avoid staying around the three quays.. Clarke Quay, Boat Quay and Robertson Quay.. with kids can be a bit noisy at night.. with kids you may also want to avoid staying at the cheap-ish Geylang even numbers lorongs (streets) red-light area though Singapore red-light is pretty mild compared to other cities... some of the best streets food can be found in Geylang though... just ask Anthony Bourdain... having said that I have read of families who have stayed at Clarke Quay or Geylang and they love it...
yea $150 won't go far especially for three in a room.. for a first-timer I would suggest an area near the Civic district i.e. Cityhall... many attractions within walking distance of Cityhall mrt... or perhaps a station down from Cityhall.. i.e. Bugis area.. lots of 3*-ish hotels around Bugis area..
Thanks that's really helpful. Do you have any idea how long it takes to travel by public transport from those areas to Sentosa?
The purple (north-east) line goes to Harbourfront. From Cityhall or Bugis green east-west line you can transfer at Autram mrt station to get to Harbourfront. From Harbourfront station at basement of Vivocity you can take Sentoso Express at level 3 of Vivocity. But Sentosa express will cost $4 pp. The cheaper alternative is to walk to Sentosa via the boardwalk from Vivocity at level 1. Only about 10 min. stroll and its free. All transportation within the island is free such as trams, shuttle buses and sentosa express is free. You can take sentosa express back to Vivocity for free.
Here is the mrt map.
Travel by mrt would be about 20 min. from city centre to Harbourfront..
s for accommodation I suggest you visit www.tripadvisor.com , Singapore and then put your budget range $150 au. eg $30 to $160. The site should bring up hotels in that range, prices and rating (stars), location etc. Then check comments in either family, or couples category, look at guests photos they tell a better story than the hotels professional photos.
Do the same for www.bookings.com
Make certain if the price includes breakfast, and how close to metro station.
Should read $130 to $ 160 au. Make certain room contains bed for daughter.
You and your family can feel at ease when you are in Singapore and need not worry about personal safety much. It is highly unlikely to get robbed in Singapore or lives threatened, etc. But that does not mean that you may not loose your personal effects. That, again, is unlikely to happen in Singapore. In fact, on loosing things, one may find it being returned if the owner can be traced.
There are certain places that are geared towards different segments of the population.
As for food, there are plenty of food choices ranging from food available in housing neighbourhood in shops and food centres, food court in shopping malls, restaurants and many more. Do be aware that asian portion of food served may be small compared to those portion of serving that are of Perth.
Food found in tourist spots tends to be more expensive .
For food, you may wish to checkout www.hungrygowhere.com
For hotel choices, you already have the websites that you can trust and find the rooms that will match your budget.
Try the Hotel 81 at Chinatown. It's very reasonably priced, convenient for the MRT (mass rapid transit or metro that takes you all over Singapore) which is just across the street. Plus Smith Street Food Street where you can dine al fresco and sample all the local cuisines is just around the corner. Chinatown, which is full of shops for picking up colourful souvenirs, is also within walking distance of the colonial district, the Singapore River, Boat Quay, Clarke Quay etc. Singapore is safe to walk around at all times, though one should always exercise the usual vigilance when out in the wee hours of the morning or walking down some dark alley.
You can try the Patina Hotel neat by 15 Stamford Road, Singapore. Which provide good facilities and meet's to your requirements.
Visit : The Patina, Capitol Singapore - http://www.patinahotels.com/singapore