I will be in Singapore for 2.5 days. Yes, I know it's not nearly long enough! But, I've never been before, so I am really looking forward to it. I've read tons of travel books, but since I'll be there for just a short time, I'd like to know what the absolute "do-not-miss" items are. Please help!
Absolutely don't miss Boat Quay and around Singapore river late in the afternoon - it's very nice. To get a picture and help you decide what to do in your short stay in Singapore, see my Singapore "Things To Do" tips.
2.5 days is indeed short but good enough to cover the necessary attractions.
Then again, it really depends on where your interest are. Below are some suggestions:
1. Orchard Road
2. Bugis Junction
3. Suntec City
More cultural stuff
1. Little India (at Serangoon Road) for an experience of the indian food & culture
2. Chinatown (at North Bridge Road)
3. Malay Village (at Eunos / Joo Chiat Road)
Places of Interest
1. You might wanna pay a visit to the Esplanade where all the arts & cultural performances are. It's a new addition to the Singapore skyline & the architecture is magnificent.
2. Whilst visiting the Esplanade, walk along the bridge towards the Merlion Park (just right in front of the Fullerton Hotel) for a snapshot of Singapore's Tourism Symbol (The Merlion).
3. The Night Safari is also a musn't be missed. Take the mrt to Ang Mo Kio Station, then take Bus 138 to the terminal station where the Zoo is.
That should be enough for your stay here. If you need any other info, just send me a message.
Nobody mentioned the Raffles hotel !
If it's a sunny day (quite likely) then a walk by this building is worth it, on to Suntec City (which did nothing for me personally), and the Esplanade. The new theatre building is very nice and the Merlion is different.
I agree that the Night safari shouldn't be missed. It's really just a tour round a zoo, but the night atmosphere adds a different dimension.
While the MRT is very good, clean and cheap, a walk around the city will give you a good feel for it.
it depands on what are you into....personally I will recommend The Esplanade as well....best to go in the late afternoon....u can see the differences in the day and at night...the surroundings are very nice...the merlion..
in the day, you can go to the Chinatown and little india. Don't forget to try the local food here!!!
At night, you can go to the night safari, I love to go there myself...
if you love to shop, orchard is great, but you might want to venture to the neighbourhood, there are nice bargains...maybe try Toa Payoh...just take the MRT to Toa Payoh and venture around...
hmm...if you like the sun and the beach, you will surely have to go to Sentosa....
I guess that's about it for 2.5 days!
Jurong birdpark,Sentosa, night safari,hawpar villa - tourist stuff.
Little india, Chinatown - if you want to experience some local culture
Mustafa (24 hr), Simlim - if you want to shop at reasonable price
Orchard road - general shopping, people watching
Suntec towers - if you want to shop after winning a lottery
Raffels place, city hall areas - if you havent seen tall buildings
Boat quay, clark quay, orchard road, chjimes - eat, party late
Pulau Ubin - if you want to get away from it all and trek/bike in a little island (part of singapore) near Changi area.
Thanks everyone! I really appreciate your advice!
Please Please try the local food here. But anything that costs more than SGD5 here is NOT local food.
HOWEVER, if you are not up for spicy food, pls check with the vender first!
Seriously Esplanade is not really "cultural". Singapore was never a cultural place. Go to esplanade for the ambience and a great view of the river(at night!).
Chinatown is a stop purely for food, it is a very culture-poor area. if u are really into cultural hotspots, tis is not one of them. there is a very famous porriage shop located opposite 'ck departmental store' (cant remember the name, if u wanna noe the details, msg mi) try the food street at night, the stalls there are tried and tested. (stingray is a personal favourite)
Orchard Road if you like shopping and don't have time. Start from Orchard Mrt, and go along the road up till Somerset Mrt Station. Pretty short road, but enough to burn your wallet. a building to check out for funky stuff would be far east plaza, on Scotts road, adjacent to Orchard road.
bugis-parco bugis junction is another shopping area. But the shopping center is a stand-alone building, so if you like air-conditioned shopping, the place is not big. Check out Bugis Village opposite the seiyu departmental store(in parco bugis junction) if you have time.
Clubstreet and Clarke Quay if you like clubbing. Tanjong Pagar has the gay vibe.
taxis are an easy way to get around, however, mrt would take u around reasonably efficiently and cheap. Extra charges apply after mignight.
Being a local, i seldom visit the Chinatown stretch except during the Chinese New Year season. However i wouldn't think of it a culture-poor place as lene puts it. I used to play host to my friends in Europe and they did find the area fascinating, perhaps due to the cultural difference. Anyhow, the good thing is that Singapore is a small island and one could easily cover the entire tourist trail in afew days. The food here is indeed diverse and there are food stalls everyone. U may want to check out our government website - www.visitsingapore.com
for latest tour events or cultural shows, art exhibition etc.
Let us know again if u need further assistance.