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1. Posted by zeisha (Budding Member 715 posts) 9y

Hello.Hi.I would be travelling to Singapore very soon and i need help in Singapore bcoz i do not have any friends or family members living in Singapore.Please suggest.Regards Dimphina

2. Posted by reneesc (Budding Member 4 posts) 9y

One needn't fear getting around in singapore by oneself. Transportation is easily accessible--taxis abound from the airport actually. Which area in Singapore do you plan to stay in. I suggest spending at least a day along Orchard Road--if you love shopping, you'll not go wrong staying here. I stayed at the Meritus Mandarin which is connected to a shopping mall. it's right next to Takashimaya. Actually, you walk out of your hotel-go right or left, it doesn't matter since it's one mall after the other. I suggest that you try the Village restaurant in HMV, just across the hotel. It's a place wherein you have a choice of seafood, grilled items, pizza etc. and have it cooked the way you like it. Starbucks and Swensens icecream/cafe is right across the hotel too.
Stay another day in Marina area. Conrad, Marina Mandarin and Pan Pacific are right next to each other. I prefer the Mandarin since the Marina Square mall is connected to it and you can easily walk to Suntec, Millenia Walk and the Esplanade from it. Either hotel you opt for is next to shopping.
Spend at least 4 days there, take a city tour, see Sentosa, don't forget to try the chili crab. It really depends on what your interests are. There is a tourist agency that operates from Lau Pa Sat wherein you can easily book tours around Singapore.
I hope this helps.

3. Posted by summer910 (Respected Member 1342 posts) 9y

The MRT (train system) is very affordable and gets you to places pretty quickly. Orchard Road, as suggested by reneesc, is where you want to be if you're into shopping. There are two big bookstores there, Kinokuniya at Takashimaya, and Borders at Wheelock Place.

Mohammad Sultan has a variety of pubs, restaurants, etc where you can party till late. Sentosa, the Singapore Zoo & Night Safari, the Jurong Bird Park are also common places of interest.

This website might help you:

Uniquely Singapore

4. Posted by FlamesGirl (Budding Member 8 posts) 9y

Singapore is ulta-safe for female travellers. My experience there was very pleasant, and I never felt uncomfortable being alone while wandering through Singapore.

The night zoo is a must- albeit it is a bit pricey depending on your budget. I took a guided day tour of Singapore that I found very informative, and very affordable. You should be able to book that through your hotel.

Other attractions: Tiger Balm Gardens were an interesting sight, although it took a little more effot to get to than one might like. Little India and China Town are great parts of the city, if even to see how arcitectually different a city can be within a few blocks.

Be wary of the cost of going out to party- most places charge a high cover charge to get in, and then drinks tend to be 15-17S once you get there. If you are wanting to go out for a good time, investigate which bars have a Ladies Night as most times there will be no cover and free drinks all night.

If you have any other questions- message me. I can't promise I will have the answer, but I just might!

Cheers,
FG

5. Posted by daphnemaia (Full Member 155 posts) 9y

hi dimphina, if u need any help, just PM me. there's loads to do in singapore actually. transport is excellent too. n people speak english, n its all very safe. so don't worry about a thing.

if i'm free, i'm willing to be your tour guide for a few days. just PM me. cheers.

6. Posted by skyef (Full Member 105 posts) 9y

hello,

public transport:
very convenient and punctual. if u're gonna stay a bit longer here and plan to use the mrt (subway/train) and public buses to go around, i suggest maybe u could get the store valued card (we called it 'ez-link'). it's useable in the whole country plus cheaper than to purchase your day to day ticket. a deposit is SGD5 required

it's people:
everyone would have different say about singaporeans. i could say during my 2++ years here,the good surpasses the bad experiences. diverse races of people,japanese,indonesians,philipines, caucasians,pakistani and list. you'll blend in easily. from my experience, they don't smile a lot but it doesn't mean they're unnice. s'pore president is Mr S R Nathan, prime minister is Mr Lee Hsien Loong

food:
with the diverse races you'll find everything of every kind

safety:
crime rate is low but usual precaution applies like street wise,and on.
sometimes people may look and stare bcos we look different especially when could tell you're a tourist, could put on a sunglass to avoid since you're alone

shopping:
markets would be like chinatown, bugis village (bugis mrt station),more. they have antiques, handicrafts, second hand wares,list..
ethnic areas would be mustafa centre (opens 24 hours), bugis point, little india,and more.
city shopping malls are plenty..

more/others:
there more to what is written by everyone here..
exotic ice cream (small chunk of ice cream sandwich in between rainbow colour bread),fish head curry, rojak,and more. u must try these local favourites.
during peak hours,public holidays,or travelling from changi airport by taxi a usual surcharge applies.

since you'll be travelling by yourself i suggest maybe you could join the tour if you're prepared to spend. most hotels would be able to arrange them or alternatively could do it yourself at the s'pore visitor centres.
o..there's no chewing gums for sale in singapore.