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What to do & where to stay in Singapore?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by JBuk, 20 Sep 2009.

  1. JBuk

    Capodecina

    Joined: 28 Nov 2002

    Posts: 11,038

    Location: Cumbria

    I'll be there alone for a few days early in February as a stop over back from NewZealand and I'd like to hear from anyone who has been

    I've had a quick read up on a few tourist websites but there's nothing like first hand advice :)

    So... what area is best to stay? hotel recommendations? activities?
     
  2. S@njay

    Mobster

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 3,074

    Location: MK

    I went there last year, i enjoyed it quite a bit.

    Try Clarke Quay, its a tourist area, lots of good resturants cant really go wrong!

    http://www.clarkequay.com.sg/

    Sentosa Island is very nice, relaxing and again a tourist Area.

    http://www.sentosa.com.sg/

    The Zoo is huge and a very nice day out, check out their Night Safari lots of good fun.

    http://www.zoo.com.sg/

    And do the obvious and have a singapore sling at Raffles hotel. You can stay there too, if your feeling plush!

    http://www.raffles.com/EN_RA/Property/RHS/
     
  3. Manics

    Hitman

    Joined: 1 Sep 2008

    Posts: 532

    +1 for the zoo! It's the best one I've ever been to by a long chalk. The way it's designed makes you feel as though you are actually "in" with the animals. Try to time your visit to follow the feeding tour.
     
  4. Vanilla

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 9,233

    I'm there in exactly 1 month! I've got 3 days!

    The zoo and the night safari are my main items.

    Of course, I will have a singapore sling in raffles.
     
  5. JBuk

    Capodecina

    Joined: 28 Nov 2002

    Posts: 11,038

    Location: Cumbria


    mmm...cheapest room is about £280 a night :eek: maybe not :)



    The zoo sounds good and I will have a Singapore Sling (although I will look rather sad by myself hahhar )
     
  6. Vanilla

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 9,233

    Yeah raffles is a bit too expensive.

    I'm saying at a nice and cheerful IBIS - the one on Bencoolen. Should do the job!
     
  7. steveo

    Soldato

    Joined: 12 May 2005

    Posts: 5,153

    Location: Ripon, North Yorkshire

    did 2 weeks backpacking there after i finished at college years ago and loved every minute of it :D would love to go back but the missus wants a hols in the states :(
     
  8. JBuk

    Capodecina

    Joined: 28 Nov 2002

    Posts: 11,038

    Location: Cumbria

    gonna look at that

    edit: no rooms on the dates i'm there :/


    what did you get upto?
     
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  9. HangTime

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 25 Oct 2002

    Posts: 28,192

    Location: Hampshire

    Hop on/off bus tour is a good way to get a feel for some of the sights.... we were only there for a day unfortunately so didn't get a chance to do much. Spent slightly longer in Hong Kong which is dirtier and I'd probably have preferred longer in singapore if I'm honest.

    I was very surprised by how cheap it was though in terms of souvenirs etc.
     
  10. [FnG]magnolia

    Pancake

    Joined: 29 Aug 2007

    Posts: 26,810

    Location: Comme Des Garcons

    Definitely go to the Zoo if you get some time, it's astonishingly good! We went to a food market, whose name I forget, but your concierge would help you with this. Very nice food, although the constant touting/harassing for business can be a little trying depending on your temperament.

    I'd recommend the Pacific Hotel both for their customer service and for the rooms. We had an excellent stay with them. Here's their page

    Singapore is a great place to visit. Enjoy!
     
  11. JBuk

    Capodecina

    Joined: 28 Nov 2002

    Posts: 11,038

    Location: Cumbria

    The Pacific hotel looks very nice but slightly more than my budget

    the travel agent who I booked my flights with today recommended the zoo but told me the night safari is pap
     
  12. Goliath

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 20 Aug 2003

    Posts: 2,139

    Location: The Republic

    Cocktails at Raffles = Rip Off. Go if you must, but you will feel distinctly lighter in the wallet area afterwards. A very nice place to spend the evening is over the road from Raffles; it's called Chijmes and has about 20 bars and restaurants in the grounds of an old convent school.

    For electronics and cameras etc, Sim Lim square houses a lot of shops (400ish) in a small location. A word of advice, be very definite before you go about what you want: most places will have a load of models on display but will only carry stock of end of life models or whatever thay can buy in bulk. If you ask about a particular model they will "phone the warehouse" to check stock etc, and then try the hard sell on the model they have loads of while you wait. It's a PITA shopping there to be honest, i ended up getting the camcorder i wanted online after wasting half a day there. www.visitsingapore.com has some good info on tax and customs etc, as well as a list of tips on buying electronics. Funan Mall is pretty good for IT stuff. Oh, Creative gear is very cheap in Singapore, it's made there!

    Other stuff to do: Night cruise of the harbour is fun (leaves from Collier Quay, last about an hour and a half), Little India and Little China are well worth a visit, and wandering up and down Orchard Road shopping can easily kill a day.
     
  13. JBuk

    Capodecina

    Joined: 28 Nov 2002

    Posts: 11,038

    Location: Cumbria

    I don't plan to do any shopping really, it sounds similar to shopping in Hongkong which I hated.

    I just want a few days to chill and a few activities, I'll be having a Singapore Sling in the Raffles though, I don't mind paying over the odds for that tbh just to say I've had it :)