4 nights in SINGAPORE or PHUKET?

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1. Posted by travloverr (Budding Member 7 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

We're doing an early plotting for our vacation and between spending 4 days/nights in Singapore or Phuket, what would you suggest and why? Some help and input, perhaps some suggestions regarding these 2 would be appreciated. Thanks.

2. Posted by Marsh (Budding Member 9 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

They are two completely different holiday environments.
Singapore is a 1st world city with Underground Metros, motorways,
upmarket international designer shops, beautiful parks, shopping malls,
buzzy atmosphere, populated with people mostly going about their daily
working lives.
Phuket is a tropical island full of good beaches, rural jungle and plantations,
market shopping, big on sex tourism, laid back destination, lots of
small business operators, a population geared towards providing tourism
If it was just for 4 x days, I would choose Singapore.

3. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hello Travloverr:)

I have not been to Singapore so cant comment.
But I can certainly recommend Phukett. I was there last June and it is not the tourist trap I expected it to be. It is a lovely exotic sunny place.
Stay in Phuket town and then u can easily take busses from the day market to the various beaches. I really enjoyed Phuket town. A Thai town in every way but with things Westerners like such as nice restaurants, good coffee, bakeries.... If u choose Phukett avoid tours of the island and most of the time avoid taxis.
I think Phuket would suit everybody from backpacker to package tourist.


4. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 4916 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

as marsh says, these places are completely different types of vacations so it depends whether you want to relax on a beach or have a city break. I have been to both of these places and would choose Singapore but that's because I am more of a city person than a beach person.

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 26, 2008, at 3:57 AM by bex76 ]

5. Posted by suzy (Full Member 24 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I agree with the others. It totally depends on what type of experience you want; Urban core or white sandy beaches.

For me, Singapore is just another place-cleaner, more efficient public transport; but everything they have there-I can have a cheaper version of it in Malaysia-so in that respect; it didn't really make any impression. I met some friendly and nice people there, but it turned out that they weren't local. Alot of shopping malls-one after another and they have a very organized public transport system.

Anyway, it's your call. In Malay, with have this saying, `Tepuk dada, tanya selera' meaning; look into your self and listen to your calling.

6. Posted by twinsing (Budding Member 38 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

hi there:) I am from Singapore. Unless you plan to shop a lot and do some touristy things, I wouldn't recommend Singapore. Phuket-not been, but I have heard some pretty good things about the beaches and night life.

If you guys do decide to come to Singapore, food & shopping is good around this time of the year because of the Chinese New Year sales. Happy to help with some tips.

Have fun=)

7. Posted by sapphyre (Respected Member 418 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

On the contrary, I don't think Singapore is actually that boring. People who think we're just another urbanised place just don't know where to go.

However I would recommend Phuket for now unless you'll like to watch the F1 night races in September this year. Then come to Singapore in another 4 years or so, some things in progress now would be completed by then.

8. Posted by palusami (First Time Poster 1 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Im a kiwi living in Singapore. Phuket and Singapore are completely different. As a kiwi I find Singapore pretty expensive shopping wise and most Aussies and Americans I know who live here think the same so if you are from our neck of the woods dont come here expecting to find great bargains. Expats who went home over christmas came back with bags full of after christmas sale stuff! Accommodation here is expensive too as is alcohol but there are some really cheap places to eat and you can find food from all over the world here. Lastly I absolutely wouldnt swim in the sea here!!! Yuck! Singapore is clean and easy to get around though and theres a great zoo and bird park. Phuket on the other hand is all about beaches, resorts and market shopping and its cheap. Two totally different holidays. good luck!

9. Posted by stoneman (Respected Member 216 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Having experienced both places I would opt for Phuket every time based on cost and holiday options. Other posters have provided good insight in to the differences. Singapore was too sedate for my liking apart from having expensive accommodation and alcohol. After a month in Thailand I certainly appreciated the cleanliness though. Just an opinion.

10. Posted by algore (Full Member 88 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I've been to both and really didn't like either. Singapore's a big city. Sure, it might have stuff to do (like any city on earth) but it didn't really have anything unique that stood out for me, except the cleanliness and the good transport. It did have some cool historical spots like undergound bunkers and POW camps from WW2 but if you're not interested in that sort of thing then there's not much for you here.

I'm sorry to whoever posted the opposite before, but Phuket WAS a big tourist trap. I spent two days on Patong Beach (the main beach on the island) and then found myself wanting to leave as quickly as possible. Ask about the other beaches on Phuket island since I haven't stayed there but stay away from Patong Beach. It's loud, brashy and full of fat old foriegners with tiny, young Thai girls. Yuk. It's not proper Thailand at all, but rather a western beach in the middle of SE Asia with a tonne of hookers. I could recommend a few other, better islands and beaches in Thailand if you wanted me to though. Some place where you'd get a better feel for how Thailand actually is and experience something different.