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Other cities to visit when travelling to Singapore


We're in the process of planning a 2-3 week vacation for June. We're planning around a concert that my husband is dying to attend in Singapore:)

We don't, however, want to spend beyond 6 days there. Any other suggestions for places around Singapore?

We've been to Malaysia a couple of times before, so any other suggestions are welcome!

(We don't want to spend a lot on additional airfare).


6 Answers

answered first by
Vicky from Los Angeles

There are so many places you can go around Singapore and fly direct to: Bali, Koh Samui, Phuket, Siem Reap (check out my guest post on the Trippy blog)/Angkor, Hanoi and so on.. Check out Air Asia or Jet Star for cheap direct flights from Singapore and you'll see all the possibilities. 

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Singapore (country)
  2. Bali (island)
  3. Koh Samui (island)
  4. Phuket (city)
  5. Siem Reap (city)
  6. Hanoi (city)
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answered by
Jason from Singapore

On the first day there, you should get a solid overview of Singapore Singapore City Gallery. For me, this give a good foundation and a greater appreciation for the city. Next to the City Gallery, is one of the best hawker centres called Maxwell Food Centre. Tip#1 Avoid the lunch crowd from 11 am - 2:30 pm. If you're going to one, this is THE one. Not Newton Circus, that's way too touristy. Maxwell is where the locals go! See

If it's your first trip to Singapore, give one full day to Sentosa Island. You did not mention if it's just you and your husband. There's lots to do for couples (The Sentosa Resort And Spa, dinner The Clift). Also if you have kids in tow, check out Wave House Sentosa for surfing.

If there's ONE park you must visit, Singapore Botanic Gardens is the people's park. Go for a beautiful leisurely stroll as early as 6 am. In my book, it beats Hyde Park and Central Park hands down, but maybe not Tuileries Garden in Paris. On Sunday evening, pack a picnic basket and laze around the park for free concerts on the luscious greens of SBG. But check their website first to make sure there is one.

Other must dos if you want to walk on the wild side include a visit to Geylang,singapore (Singapore's Red Light District). The food there is excellent amidst the hustle and bustle you would come to expect off red light districts. It's not unsafe at all, but go with a guide if it makes you feel better.

For things to do at night, you cannot do any worse than referring to most complete guide to after hours in Singapore. [disclaimer: there is a certain biasness to this claim since my friend wrote it! :)]

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  1. Singapore City Gallery (attraction)
  2. Maxwell Food Centre (attraction)
  3. Sentosa Island (attraction)
  4. The Sentosa Resort And Spa (hotel)
  5. The Clift (attraction)
  6. Wave House Sentosa (attraction)
  7. Singapore Botanic Gardens (attraction)
  8. Geylang,singapore (attraction)
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answered by
Steve from Auckland

Well Singapore is a pretty major hub, so you've got an incredible amount of options.

As you don't want to spend a lot on airfares, I'd suggest checking out Silk Air (Singapore Airlines' regional airline) or Air Asia which both have quite a few destinations out of Singapore.  You could also look at Bangkok Airways for Bangkok or Koh Samui or even VietJet if you fancy a quick trip to Ho Chi Minh City.

So many options...

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  1. Singapore (country)
  2. Bangkok (city)
  3. Koh Samui (island)
  4. Ho Chi Minh City (city)
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answered by
DG from Johor Bahru

The nearest place to go is either Batam or Bintan island in Indonesia. Both are popular weekend getaways for Singaporean, about an hour ferry ride away. There is not much to do on the island. Most people are there for their cheap seafood and relaxed stay in the resort.

If your budget allows, I suggest to go to Bali. It's about 2.5 hours flight. You can get cheap tickets with budget airlines like Airasia, Tigerair, Jetstar.

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  1. Batam (attraction)
  2. Bintan (island)
  3. Bali (island)
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answered by
Jass from Tampines

You could also have a quick getaway to Bintan Indonesia via a ferry transfer from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal in Singapore. It only takes 55 mins approximately to reach the resort. If you will take an economy class roundtrip ferry ticket, cost is S$58 for off peak season.

 One of the most recommended resort hotels is the Bintan Lagoon Resort (Bintan Lagoon Resort) because they have private jetty for their own ferries to the resort. They also offers package that includes ferry transfers from Singapore to Bintan Lagoon and vice versa. So budget wise, it is a good deal.

Most locals actually go to Bintan for relaxation, spa & massage, and shop for some local products.

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  1. Bintan (island)
  2. Bintan Lagoon Resort (hotel)
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top answer by
Andrzej from Singapore

Hi Hina, it's a very good idea not so spend more than 5-6 days in Singapore. Despite it being a great place - it's sufficient to see and do most of the stuff in this time - wander around Little India, shop in Chinatown, walk down the Orchard Road, go up to Marina Bay Sands, and have a drink in a highest alfresco bar in the world at 1 Altitude.

Out of Singapore you've got couple of options - Kuala Lumpur is the closest and easiest, but you mentioned Malaysia is already checked.

Then you can fly to Bangkok for around 200SGD return. Or check out any of the beautiful islands they have, my favourite Koh Phi Phi (got my favourite private beach place), Koh PhanganKo Lanta or Phuket, not so much recommended though these days. Before booking any islands - check the weather and avoid the monsoon seasons - depending  when do you travel - choose east or west side of Thailand.

Cheapest option is to go to Vietnam, the closest city and cheapest flight is to Ho Chi Minh City, for about 100SGD return, to see Mekong Delta and Cu Chi Tunnels

Cambodia is also well worth the visit, go straight to Siem Reap to see Angkor Wat.

Indonesia is also close, to visit Bali, best way is to go to Ubud, avoid the beach area. Or, as we are planning now, go to Yogyakarta, to visit beautiful tempels of Borobudur, or take a short flight to Surabaya to see active volcano at Mount Bromo.

If you don't want to fly - there are short distances by boat to closest Indonesia islands of Bintan and Batam. They're not the best island resorts ever, and prices are also very "Singaporean", but it is only 45min away by boat, about 50SGD return. But if you add it all up - it;s cheaper and nicer to fly to Thailand islands, and spend third of the price there.

You can check all of these places on our blog below, with lots of pictures. There's option to Google-translate each post to English, and you're good to go. :)

Singapore News

PS. Use Skyscanner, to check flight tickets to all these places - prices depend on the weekday and time you're flying.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Singapore (country)
  2. Little India (neighborhood)
  3. Chinatown (neighborhood)
  4. Orchard Road (attraction)
  5. Marina Bay Sands (hotel)
  6. 1 Altitude (attraction)
  7. Kuala Lumpur (city)
  8. Bangkok (city)
  9. Koh Phi Phi (city)
  10. Koh Phangan (attraction)
  11. Ko Lanta (attraction)
  12. Phuket (city)
  13. Vietnam (attraction)
  14. Ho Chi Minh City (city)
  15. Mekong Delta (region)
  16. Cu Chi Tunnels (attraction)
  17. Cambodia (attraction)
  18. Siem Reap (city)
  19. Angkor Wat (attraction)
  20. Bali (island)
  21. Ubud (attraction)
  22. Yogyakarta (city)
  23. Borobudur (attraction)
  24. Surabaya (city)
  25. Mount Bromo (attraction)
  26. Bintan (island)
  27. Batam (attraction)
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