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1. Posted by JoanneC84 (Budding Member, 9 posts) 15 Aug '09 17:05

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Hey all , havin a 3 day stopover in singapore on the way to perth and just wondering what kinda money im gonna need for 3 nights....

stayin in the royal hotel off orchard road, apart from spending all my money on fab food & clothes is there any thing else worth spending time on? going to be with family so wont be goin partyin. althou from what ive heard its like $8 for a beer!

any info or guidance would be great

thanks kids x

2. Posted by jlala (Budding Member, 36 posts) 15 Aug '09 18:42

I guess with 3 days you might be doing some sightseeing. Some places worth going are:
- Night Safari
- Museums (Ancient Civilizations Museum - where they have the peranakan exhibits)
- Singapore Flyer

In general food is not expensive. It can average about S$10 a meal with a regular drink. It can be much cheaper if you visit the hawker stalls.
You are right, a beer cost about SGD8 or so. If you go to one of the pubs for a drink it may cost about SGD10. Try getting it from 7-11 or a supermarket. It is much cheaper there.

3. Posted by pengkwee (Budding Member, 3 posts) 15 Aug '09 19:54

Hi

Royal Hotel is located at Newton Road and is pretty central.

The following locations are quite accessible from your hotel

- Newton Hawker Center: a favourite amongst tourists and some Singaporean supper enthusiasts, great place for a selection of local food during dinner and supper (just remember that it is free seating and see which stalls the locals flock too - and be willing to try anything you have not tried before! prices are displayed and remember to go for variety on your first visit) - you can walk here especially in the evenings

- Balestier Road: this road is peppered with great food like chicken rice, bean based cakes known as tau sar piah and a great hawker center that is opened at lunch (Whampoa Hawker Center)

(These are food alternatives: for comfort, you may want to try th Newton MRT station which is located below 2 shopping complexes with food outlets http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newton_MRT_Station#Other_Nearby_Facilities)

- Little India: this is a must go and be prepared to hustle and jostle with an unbelievable mass of humans; bargains are available but remember to bargain (you may want to check out mustafa center for pricing before hitting the streets); try Indian food like thosai, prata and indian sweets (really sweet!) along the streets (my favourite eating restaurant is Anandan Bhavan opposite the Tekka Hawker Center which is another great place to eat! try the masala tea and teh alia or ginger tea)

- Sim Lim Complex: while it is no longer easy to locate pirated software here, it is still a great source of bargains for IT products; it is a stone throw away from Tekka Hawker Center

- Bugis Village: this "village" is anything but; laid out like a mess of stalls it is actually inspired by beach resorts like phuket and bali (although the beach is quite a distance...); you can pick up bargains for clothes and accessories; more comfortable shopping is available at Bugis Junction just across the road from Bugis Village or at the newly opened Illumna (I am not sure whether it is fully operational though...)

(Note: Little India, Sim Lim and Bugis can be a one day express tour but be prepared with light clothi9ng and a good pair of walking shoes)

- Toa Payoh or Bishan HDB estates": to see how Sinhaporeans live, visit either or both of these two HDB estates; Toa Payoh boasts the first air-conditioner bus interchange in Singapore as well as the HDB Hub where you can see mock-ups of HDB flats at the atrium; try shopping of a different sort as you stroll through shops here and maybe even make a suit Bangkok style (but remember to bargain and check a few stalls before saying yes!); either are easily accessible by MRT

If you have time and love a more laid back type of visit, there is always Changi Village at the east most point of Singapore (near the Changi Airport) - this place is accessible by bus or taxi only although for tourists, it is recommended that you take a taxi there for reasons of time (you can do so either from the hotel (expensive or take a MRT train to Tampines and taxi from there n- you can also walk around the air conditioned shopping complexes there and try out UT at Tampines One where they stock my favourite T-shirts from Japan)

As Jlala suggested there are also tourist sights you can go like Night Safari (MUST GO! oops sorry for shouting). You may also want to try the Duck or Hippo tours when you are around the Singapore Flyer (tickets for the tours can be bought from SUNTEC Covention Center where you can also try a wide variety of food and also shop there before trying the underground mall connecting SUNTEC to the City Hall MRT station, where you can continue shopping at Raffles City or go for a photo-op at Raffles Hotel and a drink at the ar there - that was a mouthful!)

I think you are occupied for three days liao. Just remember - shop smart and eat

Enjoy

4. Posted by JoanneC84 (Budding Member, 9 posts) 16 Aug '09 04:05

thanks for your help guys!!

i wil be doing the night safari for sure! , i will look up the other things you have both mentioned also x

Jo