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1. Posted by Scotslad (Budding Member 41 posts) 10y

Hi guys,
Planning to to Oz via Singapore and stay there for four days. Any suggestions on what to do there? Im up for anything. Also whats the food like and how hot will it be roughly? Im going in mid sep.
Cheers

2. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 10y

Theres lots to do in Singapore - visit the Zoo and the Night safari; have a Singapore Sling in Raffles (though it will cost you) which is decadent, Little India for some fantastic Hindu temples, wander around Clarke Quay and Boat Quay (full of expats) there's lots of places to eat (Chilli Crab is a local delicacy) do some shopping in the malls; Sentosa Island is good for a day; take a cable car from Mount Faber.

There's lots to eat from the food halls which are relatively cheap and inexpensive but the foods great; to really expensive top range restaurants.

The weather will be hot but expect rain at times and thunder also though it does seem to clear up as quickly as it started. I was there mid June and it was quite nice - around 30 degrees.

4 days should be plenty to see lots of the city plus if you have time take a bus over into Malyasia to Johor Bhuru more simply for the fact that you can see the stark difference between the 2 cities which are so close yet very different.

3. Posted by summer910 (Respected Member 1342 posts) 10y

Yeah, I think Purdy has pretty much listed the stuff to do. The train system is pretty efficient and there are stops practically everywhere. Might want to drop off at Chinatown as well, late September is when the Chinese start preparing for the Mooncake festival, so it'd be quite crowded and fun. Orchard Road is for shopping, a whole stretch of it, and if you like books, there are two big bookstores and a few small niche ones.

If you're so inclined, near Boat Quay is the Central Business District area, and a mere walk away would be places of interest such as the Asian Civilisation Museum and the new Supreme Court. There's also the Esplanade if you want to take in some arts performances.

http://www.esplanade.com
http://www.nhb.gov.sg/ACM

4. Posted by amlcortez (Budding Member 5 posts) 10y

4 days should be enough to explore Singapore. The highlights of the trip there for me were Little India and all the food stalls (a good one near the city center is the one in Esplanade, Makansutra something, it's the only open-dining food court type there). Look out for the ice cream vendors by the streets too, some of them charge S$2 for a bar tho when it's really just around S$1.

Also, Sentosa Island was surprisingly fun for such a touristy area. The Night Safari is worth a mention too, go there a bit earlier tho since when you take the last bits of the tour and end at midnight, there won't be any buses to take you back into the city center.

Bugis is a good area to do some shopping too, for me at least since Orchard Road was mostly of high end stores. I loved the Bugis Junction mall and there's the nearby Bugis village too.

If you're looking for something a bit more on the nature side, you can take a day trip to Pulau Ubin where you can take a bike ride around the island. You can visit Changi village too if you want since the island is off the northeastern coast.

5. Posted by travelmood (Budding Member 6 posts) 10y

Yup, looks like all there is to say had been said. By the way, mooncake festival is on 17th Sept, so around this period is the best time to go chinatown at night. Try the mooncake, if u have never tasted it before, and learn about the culture.

As for food, it's almost everywhere. Go to any hawker center or food court and u will have so many choices of food that u will not be able to decide what to eat. For most tourists to Singapore, it's usually Newton Circle (just renovated) or Geyland. Go at night. Newton Circle has a wide varieties of local delicacies whereas Geyland has more choices for non-local food. Just for info, Geyland is also a red-light district.

[ Edit: Edited at Aug 14, 2006 9:36 AM by travelmood ]