I'm traveling to Singapore at the start of April. There's two of us (27) traveling and we're in the country for 8 days.
There are the obvious things such as Universal Studios, Botanic Gardens, Light Shows etc. I'm just wondering what are the best things to do and what things should we avoid?
We have accommodation sorted for the whole time while we're there.
The most obvious tourist traps are establishments (food, entertainment, leisure) located near hotspots and attractions such as Chinatown, Sentosa Island, the Singapore Zoo, Little India, Newton Circus, and Bugis Street, just to name a few. That's not to say that you should avoid those areas entirely, but do keep an eye out for obvious signs: people dragging you into shops/restaurants, drinks priced above $3 and anything you would avoid in any tourist trap you might have in your home country.
Otherwise, most places in Singapore are quite friendly for any tourist and are also easily accessible by public transport. Cabs/Taxis are also a viable form of transportation (from about $5-30 depending on distance) as they are strictly regulated in Singapore, so you are unlikely to be ripped off. Places to recommend: Holland Village, Serangoon Garden Estate, Tiong Bahru Rd, Orchard Road, Marina Bay, Marina Barrage, Gardens by the Bay, Clarke Quay, Sentosa Island.
Singapore has quite a vibrant blogging scene, so your best bet would be to check out local blogs for things you can do on your trip. You can easily spend a few days tracking down all the foods Singapore has to offer, or just trying out different activities. (Try searching for keywords such as: singapore local food, best clubs in singapore, things to do in singapore when you are bored)
Singapore also has many boutique hotels, which are definitely worth spending a night at, offering a different experience in different localities. (Try Lloyd's Inn Singapore, located within walking distance from Singapore's most frequented shopping belt along Orchard Road, or Klapsons, The Boutique Hotel, located just at the edge of the Central Business District.)
There's really just a lot of things Singapore has to offer to any tourist willing to try, despite the small size of the country.
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I loved Singapore! Definitely check out the Night Safari, I thought it would be cheesy, but it was actually really interesting and different from any zoo I've ever been to. Something else that sounds awful, but was actually quite fun is a DUKW tour. The guide was fantastic and we learned a lot about the city. Don't miss the Asian Civilisations Museum
More tips in this post from my blog: http://www.poplartravels.com/what-to-do-in-singapore-highlights-from-five-days-in-the-city/
What to avoid? Steakhouses...many talk a big game about their beef and it can be tempting if you have a craving, but given that all beef is pretty much sent frozen from elsewhere, it's a lost cause. Same with the Singapore Sling...definitely a tourist trap in a drink. To a smaller extent, I'd also say that the fine dining scene is not worth digging through...the obvious hawker stands are still the best places to find tasty meals.
Outside of food, I actually had fun at one of those touristy fish spas, and Prawning is a fun local activity (okay so that's kind of food related, sorry, can't help myself)