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1. Posted by Urvi84 (Budding Member 9 posts) 10y

Hi,
We're doing a tour going from Bangkok to Singapore on the 8th June, we end in Singapore and plan to spend a couple of extra days there. Is three days enough? We're also looking to book a hotel, could anyone offer any advice on where to stay in singapore or where they've stayed beforehand? We don't want to spend too much but at the same time because it's near the end of our trip we'd prefer something decent.
Can't wait to go now! :)
Thanks!
Urvi

2. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1596 posts) 10y

Quoting Urvi84

Hi,
We're doing a tour going from Bangkok to Singapore on the 8th June, we end in Singapore and plan to spend a couple of extra days there. Is three days enough? We're also looking to book a hotel, could anyone offer any advice on where to stay in singapore or where they've stayed beforehand? We don't want to spend too much but at the same time because it's near the end of our trip we'd prefer something decent.
Can't wait to go now! :)
Thanks!
Urvi

How much do you want to spend?

Singapore is not known for cheap for hotels. If you Google "budget hotels, Singapore" you get several for around $50.

About 5 years ago I used the SouthEast Asia Hotel at 190 Waterloo Street. It was okay, check out more than one room and pick the best. Noisy temple on one side and noisy Mosque on the other side. I remember lots of free coffee and tea in the room. Good location for walking around. Street market nearby.

Beer is expensive. Take a boat ride while you are there.

In.
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3. Posted by iggy (Budding Member 27 posts) 10y

When we were there last year we stayed at the Swissotel Stamford. Location is great as it's next door to Raffles Plaza shopping mall, above an MRT station, buses outside, across the road from the famous Raffles Hotel, across from the Esplanade Theatres. You can walk up Orchard Rd from the hotel (we did), the Chjimes complex is behind the hotel also which has many great places to eat. We also used the CityBuzz buses, $5SD each for a day, and you can get on and off all day at all the various stops, see www.citybuzz.com.sg

But not knowing your budget, the Stamford could be too dear for you.

Hope this helps. PM if you want more info.

4. Posted by blitz (Budding Member 47 posts) 10y

If you want to spend a few dollars for a really nice room, right in the middle of the action try looking at the Crown Plaza hotel. Singapore shopping hi-tech district is basically one street and this hotel is right in the middle of it all. WIth the humidity it's only ever a short walk back and forth.. so you can cool off after an hour or two in your own room.

Enjoy!
Andrew

5. Posted by blitz (Budding Member 47 posts) 10y

One tip i'll give you about Bangkok... don't buy any transport inside the airport. Go out to the street to get a taxi, or catch a bus for a few cents.

6. Posted by blitz (Budding Member 47 posts) 10y

Depending on the time zone difference, three days in Singapore would be enough. Basically go shopping, go to the NIght Zoo. I didn't like Bangkok , but some shopping areas are good and 3 days would be okay too.

7. Posted by Urvi84 (Budding Member 9 posts) 10y

Thanks for all the replies...
Have found a great backpackers hostel in singapore now I think, not bad for around £12 a night, and we're going to be staying there as part of our package so just makes sense to stay on...
I think we definetely want to do some major shopping while we're out there! Any advice on best places to shop and areas/shops that are not heavily touristic?

8. Posted by Kelvin Ang (Budding Member 45 posts) 10y

Hello Urvi84!

If you're shopping for electronics and computer parts, then there's no better place to go than Sim Lim Square (nearest train station: Bugis) and Funan Centre (nearest station: City Hall). These places can be extremely crowded on weekends however (Singaporeans love their gadgets), so take extra care of your belongings if you decide to go there on a weekend.

Bargaining is expected at Sim Lim Square for some stores (particularly if you don't look/speak like a local) so if you aren't sure, go for the stores which have their price lists distributed on flyers or written on whiteboards placed outside their stores. These stores have a fixed price policy and although they may not be the cheapest, they aren't usually the most expensive either. I'll avoid Lucky Plaza shopping centre for electronics, which is located right in the heart of Orchard Road. They seem to have different prices for tourists and locals.

Have a great trip!

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10. Posted by ictravel2 (Budding Member 15 posts) 10y

While in Bangkok, do get a Thai massage, go on a boat tour, see the Grand Palace & get some beautiful pashimina scarfs. In Singapore, go eat at the food courts in shopping malls & if you're adventurous, the outdoor street food is cheap & good. Singapore is the safest, cleanest Asian country so you can stay out all night. I love the chili crab, it's a specialty. You can find better bargains in Bangkok, but there's the Great Singapore Sale May 26-Jul 23.