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Hi off to Singapore any ideas for where to stay and what to do?
9 years ago, July 14th 2012 No: 1 Msg: #158799  
We are off to singapore for the first time any views on where to go and where to stay. We are in our 50s so not spring chickens, ha ha Reply to this

9 years ago, July 14th 2012 No: 2 Msg: #158800  
Singapore, one of my favourite cities in the world!

I'm usually not one to recommend zoos, but the Singapore Zoo's Night Safari is really worth a visit. The Asian Civilisations Museum is well worth a look. Many people recommend the Orchid Garden and the Botanical Garden, but I've never seen them. The world's most expensive hotel complex (in terms of construction cost), Marina Bay Sands, is worth a look for the Skypark (which costs money) and the nightly light and water show (this is free).

Accommodation is expensive in Singapore, so finding a decent place is important for the budget. I prefer to stay in the area around Marina Bay, and not on Orchard Road, but the prices are higher in the Marina area. If I cannot stay there, I tend to either look for places in Chinatown or Bugis (near to Little India) Weekend hotel rates are cheaper than weekday rates, and the further in advance you book the cheaper your price will be.

Transport is cheap and extensive, and the food is one of the highlights of staying in the country - every meal is an absolute pleasure as there is such a variety of cuisines on offer. There are many cultural activities with regular performances in the Esplanade Theatres on the Bay and at Marina Bay - and they do have world class performances. During my two visits last year I saw Richard III starring Kevin Spacey, and The Lion King - both excellent productions.

I note that you are from the UK, so I shall forewarn you about the humidity of Singapore - unless you are used to it, the weather can tire you quickly. The secret is not to plan too much each day and allow some time in the middle of the day to either be in your hotel room or in some air-conditioned place. Reply to this

9 years ago, July 14th 2012 No: 3 Msg: #158803  
Hiya, we have stayed at Sentosa Island (10 min taxi from city/airport) the last 2 times we stayed in Singapore and i much more enjoyed that than the Orchard Road area i had stayed the 2 times before that.

Sentosa is a tourist desitation though and very much so...the hotels are lovely but have nice big pools and there are man made beaches. The indonesian side has heaps of cafes and restaraunts on the beach you can walk along and ahve a beer/wine and relax. There is heaps to do from a butterfly park, gardens, Gaudi style waterpath, Universal Studios, luge, zip line, skydiving etc.

From there we would then venture over the mainland once for any shopping or to the marina or chinatown to do what you want. I just find the orchard road area like staying in a huge shopping centre. If you are keen on shopping the entire time it would be good, but i want more of a holiday and none of the clothes fit me so there is no point looking... both my hubby land I are quite tall.

I agree with Shane that Singapore Zoo is pretty impressive especially the night zoo. Plus there are heaps of little alcoves such as Chinatown, Little india, the marina and quayside.

hope you have a great time Reply to this

9 years ago, July 15th 2012 No: 4 Msg: #158816  
Glad you posted here Tam, though I've been to Singapore eight times I've barely visited Sentosa (last time in 2003) so am interested to hear opinions from someone with more solid experience.

I just find the orchard road area like staying in a huge shopping centre.

Excellent description, I couldn't have said it any better! Reply to this

9 years ago, July 16th 2012 No: 5 Msg: #158868  
I really liked the Little India area where we stayed last time, good budget accommodation, lots of delicious food options around there too and pretty easy to get around Singapore from there, on foot or/and metro.

The night Safari is good, and even though overpriced, a cocktail in Raffles Hotel is a great experience!

Have a great trip 😊 Reply to this

9 years ago, July 19th 2012 No: 6 Msg: #158973  

Sounds fab thanks Reply to this

9 years ago, July 20th 2012 No: 7 Msg: #158988  
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In response to: Msg #158799

When you need hotel advice it helps to also include a price range. South East Asia Hotel on Waterloo.

I have used this hotel years ago. Good location, not the best and not the worse.

From Singapore you can also go to Malaysia if you want. Also check out a tour to Malacca. You can do Malacca on a day tour.

Good luck.
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