Hi, my name is Helena. I am travelling alone to Australia but I am stopping for a few days in Singapore. Can anyone recommend stuff to do, eat or drink! Don't really want ot waste any time. I am also interested in crossing into malaysia for the day. I am there for 4 days. Have booked two nights accommodation in Sleepy Sams, can anyone recopmmend any other hostels etc. Cheers I look forward to hearing from anyone.
Only 4 days!?! Thats a shame. It may only be a pint sized coutry but there is a crate of stuff to do and see. I lived there for a year and can't believe I moved back to Blighty.
Anyway stuff to do, low budget and high budget;
1/ The Night Zoo - This is a must, fantastic white tigers and more.
2/ The Merlion @ the Esplanade - Great area for all budgets. First of all the 'Merlion' is the country's mascot. Mythical half Lion half fish creature.
2a/ The Esplanade Theatre - Always plenty going on but not necessarily a budget destination.
2b/ Lau Pau Sat - A hawker market. Right near Raffles MRT Station. Really cheap but excellent quality food.
3/ Boat Quay / Clarke Quay - Not a bad night out. Right on the river for boat tours. There is a bar there called Harry's which is a very good jazz bar and is where Nick Gleeson got arrested. At the back is (was) a great bangra bar called Poison. Clarke Quay never got my juices flowing but there is a Hooters..
I am at work so can't really continue but there is soo much to see and do, Pasir Ris, China Town, Arab Street, Sentosa Island (by cable car) Jurong bird park, Orchard Road, Newton Court, Little India, so much, I could talk about it all day not get paid and be a day behind in my saving.
When you going as well changes what you can because of the diverse culture and the different holidays and festivals...
You are lucky.
AdrianF's got some of the key attractions to see. It depends on what you are looking for as well.
Walking maps which I think will be really useful and brings you out of the normal touristy areas of Singapore.
For a coloured hardcopy of the maps, you can visit the Singapore City Gallery, which is a very good starting point for your visit as well. The gallery navigators, Asmah and Osman are especially helpful! There is a 1:400 scaled Central Area Model on display too with lots of interactive games and information.
Best part, it's right smack in the between Chinatown and the Financial District. And has 2 famous hawker centre selling cheap and good food just 5 minutes walk away!!!
I'm not sure whether the National History Musuem has opened already, it went through a massive renovation and upgrading work for almost 3 years. Botanical Gardens is just 10 minutes bus ride away (no. 7) from Orchard Road, the shopping district. There's also Changi Boardwalk and MacRitchie Resevoir Tree-top walk which I think are interesting. Pop by some of the neighbourhood shopping centres, like Bishan Junction 8 to experience some Singaporean's lifestyle. Let me know if you need more help.
u're staying 4 days and you intend to cross over to Malaysia for a day? that leaves you around 2.5 days or so for sg, that's pretty short. what time are u arriving and leaving? Just checked out the location u're putting up at, its a gd location indeed. One end of singapore to another usually takes half hour, public transport is relatively easy.
This gives you an idea of Singapore's layout:
This will help you locate transportation modes to use:
Orchard Road- crowded but nice lightings
Night Safari- go after 7, open till 12
Little india- avoid sundays, when there is daylight
Chinatown- has some fabulous food
Esplanade- sg's opera house, nicknamed durians, king of fruits as we term it, try it, it is creamy and nice, dun be put of by the smell.
the place where ure staying has some 'shi sha' places, piped tabacco,basically a group kinda thing but should try. flavoured smokin i would call it.
try to take the mrt to toa payoh or something to see the real singapore, see the HDBs that most singaporeans put up at.
Far East Plaza (orchard)
Wisma Atria (orchard)
One Night Stand standup comedy + dance...
Attica- rnb,mainly westerners
Ministry of Sound- rnb, trance, studio 54
Wednesday is ladies' night in sg, entry to clubs are free
Brewerks- Beer brewery @ clarke quay
Holland Village- check out Wala Wala live band upstairs
Boat Quay(many places) -drinkin/ chill out
eg, China One
char kway tiao (fried black noodles with half-cooked cockles)
satay, laksa, briyani rice, hainese chicken rice, curry chicken, teh tarik(milk tea, din sum (minature dumplings, must try-prefably at Yum Char @ Chinatown), ice kacang, honey sea coconut with jelly, prata (crisp+oily indian pancake), chilli crab (yummy, usually one $50? goes by weight),
Youth Park, @ orchard beside Cineleisure, starts evening, my fav there are the sambal stringray, sambal sotong & fried rice. All from the same stall.
Newton food centre (5mins from newton mrt)
Ya Kun- toasted bread + poached eggs is a fav here
Crystal Jade- Cantonese/chinese food. dim sum
Actually Singapore has such a wide variety of food stuff....so much to try n see but depends on where you're visiting so use this as a guide.http://www.sbestfood.com/#Location
Crossing over to Malaysia's nearest state is johor bahru, near to Woodlands mrt. You could take a bus from Woodlands or there's a public bus from Bugis that goes over to malaysia (bout an hr ride), I usually hang around City square there but I dont know the way around, Malaysia is less safe tan Singapore, their taxis usually dont go by meter, ringgit 5 to somewhere nearby is a reasonably price.
suggest that u spend at evening walking from boat quay to clarke quay, try the g-max, walk along to esplanade. Nice views along the way. Than maybe decide which clubs appeal to you.
Plan ur johor bahru trip, maybe around 10am, (if weekdays) walk around and leave around say 7ish? than go back to Singapore and take a cab to Night Safari . u could go Holland Village via cab from here.
Spend one day walking through Little India, try the food there but be sure to ask if its spicy. their desserts are a special lot too but might be very sweet, ask them what it is. Buy a sari if there's a chance of wearing it, its nice to have. go Mustafa shopping centre(it boast to sell everything, u could buy small sourvenirs here, its 24 hours btw)
Next go Chinatown, try the dim sum there or there's an outdoor street there that has veri veri gd choice of food.
try to go sentosa too for a day trip, squeeze in vivocity too if ther's time, there's also a nice chill out place called km8.
there's so much to do, eat and see.... how ure going to handle singapore in less than 3 days is a big question indeed. Let me know if you need more information
[ Edit: Edited at Nov 15, 2006 6:08 PM by lene ]
As I havent stayed in any hostel here before, if you have any in mind, I could probably let u noe if its location n surrounding area is gd...
this is a place i have read of from our local papers. The location is so-so only but its cheap and they have [http://www.betelbox.com/hostel_foodwalks_tours.htm]food tours and stuff, sounds pretty cool and interesting.
actually its gd tt ur first day here is on a Wednesday, its free entry to clubs for ladies. it would be nice if you could visit dbl o (free entry n drinks) than proceed Zouk or Ministry of Sound or attica (free entry)
btw, if ure visiting Night Safari, which I think u should, there's this bus tt u could take from orchard, its much more convenient.
if beers are ur kinda thing, Millenia Walk, Balaclava, Clarke Quay has a few gd choices.