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Title: Visiting Singapore
Post by: on August 20, 2010, 12:00:23 PM
Just wondering if any one has been to  Singapore?  If so any advice on where to stay?  And there are allot of tours in that city, anyone taken those?  Are they worth the money? 
My trip is in November.
All advice is welcome...
Title: Re: Visiting Singapore
Post by: RUFUS on August 20, 2010, 03:48:51 PM
Are we making our yearly visa exit excursion ?
Title: Re: Visiting Singapore
Post by: on August 20, 2010, 07:16:08 PM
Are we making our yearly visa exit excursion ?

You Bet......this  will be my first visa exit excursion
Title: Re: Visiting Singapore
Post by: on August 20, 2010, 08:14:19 PM
I lived there for a couple of years long ago, and spent many days there on various port calls or crew changes. It is a fabulous place, but a bit pricey. There is a range of hotels from backpackers dives to $1000 a night palaces, but I can\'t really recommend anywhere without being well out of date. It will depend on your budget really, how long you plan staying etc.

There are loads of things to do, places to visit etc. An hour on Google will bring up a whole bunch of places to visit, museums, the bird park, Sentosa island, Raffles hotel etc.

The public transport system is great, buses, MRT (rail system) taxis are all metered and controlled and not expensive.

I used to spend hours just walking the streets, around Orchard Road, and the surrounding areas. It is clean, safe, tidy etc.
Title: Re: Visiting Singapore
Post by: dylanaz on August 21, 2010, 02:32:21 AM
Let her share a hint of your home country while in Singapore...

All I can mention or recommend is that they have UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD... in SINGAPORE ! JUST OPENED THIS YEAR !!!

I dont think there would be anything better to do there related to your home country than this Universal Studios - thats if you care to give her a piece of American entertainment while there.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-EqyIP5MsgM

BRAND NEW 2010 THEME PARK !

They also have official Apple stores and you can save hundreds in an iPad/iPhone4 if you buy in that country as opposed to locally where they arent \'officially\' available.
Title: Re: Visiting Singapore
Post by: RUFUS on August 21, 2010, 04:02:22 AM
Here is 10 things to do in 24 hours in Singapore

http://www.time.com/time/travel/cityguide/article/0,31489,1845806,00.html
Title: Re: Visiting Singapore
Post by: GregW on August 21, 2010, 04:29:33 AM
My wife is happy because she knows the can go to Singapore to visit their IKEA.    ::)
Title: Re: Visiting Singapore
Post by: on August 21, 2010, 04:55:17 AM
Don\'t they also have the worlds biggest Ferris wheel in Singapore? And that mahoosive park thing atop three skyscrapers, somewhere down near the East Coast docks?

I\'ll have to take my family back there for a trip some day. Wifey has been several times, but Princess Herald never has.
Title: Re: Visiting Singapore
Post by: dramazone on August 21, 2010, 01:03:18 PM
Singapore is very pricey ( in many places) and unless you want to eat/drink with the locals in the foodcourts/Kopitiams you will need to take out an extra mortgage. The pubs vary in prices but even happy hours are expensive compared with other places (one or two exceptions).

Night Safari can be disappointing. Esplanade Theatre excellent but pricey (depending on the show) some seats can set you back $400 per person (and more) - especially for the touring shows.  The waterfronts are fine and various events are staged there. East Coast Park (Leisure and Beach) is fine and there are cycle hire facilities/bars/cafes - it can get very busy though. Clarke Quay worth a visit - especially the Crazy Elephant Bar if you like live blues music with a touch of classic rock. Free admission and (fairly) reasonable drink prices. Eating out is pricey in the tourist areas.

Orchard Road - very, very pricey but worth a visit as is Little India (that\'s not so pricey and you can get decent buys but some cheap and nasty stuff sold). \'Lucky Plaza Mall \' is almost exclusively Philippino but some fake goods can be found there as  they can be at Sim Lim Mall (electronics). Lots of Cinemas and Karaoke places (KTV). Taxis quite reasonable (most of the time).

Just a few ideas there but, no doubt, you will find things to do.

I prefer the Philippines to Singapore and find it far more relaxing and less humid. Anyway, enjoy the visit if you come over.
Title: Re: Visiting Singapore
Post by: friendlysaint on August 21, 2010, 05:18:28 PM
Ok, first time visitor to my birthplace.
Hotels prices ranges from $50 to a $1000/night depending on your budget. U can check out the Hotel 81 or Fragrance hotel chain website, they have several hotels all around S\'pore.
Singapore is consider a shopping n food paradise there are many shopping malls in the city n in the surburbs, food is everywhere u won\'t go hungry even MacDonalds now operate 24/7. The period u intending to come in November is the school holiday n X\'mas n year end festive, so is going to be crowded everywhere.
See Orchard road at night n you will see all the malls n roads decorated for christmas.
Yes we have the biggest ferris wheel in the world called the S\'pore Flyer (there\'s another asian country building it even bigger) great time to go is between 6 to 7pm so u can see both daylight n night time.
Getting around is no problem good public transport system.
Night life maybe u can check out dramazone spin his stuff.
Anyway there are more but u check this site http://www.newasia-singapore.com

Andrew
Title: Re: Visiting Singapore
Post by: on August 21, 2010, 08:59:16 PM
Singapore is very pricey ( in many places) and unless you want to eat/drink with the locals in the foodcourts/Kopitiams you will need to take out an extra mortgage.


But the food in these places  is both varied, delicious and perfectly safe to eat.  ;D

For the price you won\'t get better value anywhere. I used to use them all the time when I lived/worked there over the years. They even have them on Orchard road, so you can window shop in the worlds most expensive stores, but not have to pay a fortune just for a feed.
Title: Re: Visiting Singapore
Post by: on August 22, 2010, 09:43:15 AM
Thanks everybody for all the info.....very helpfull to say the least.  WOW.

  Hopefully there wont be any bad weather in November.
Title: Re: Visiting Singapore
Post by: on August 22, 2010, 12:44:15 PM
Do you recommend taking US Dollars or Singapore Dollars to spent when visiting Singapore??
Title: Re: Visiting Singapore
Post by: friendlysaint on August 22, 2010, 04:17:33 PM
Suggest u use s\'pore dollars. U can get your peso change to S\'pore dollar in RP or when u get here, all major credit card are also accepted here.
Weather wise in that month can be a damper but cool just like in RP.
Title: Re: Visiting Singapore
Post by: Lyn on August 29, 2010, 10:41:18 PM
My wife is happy because she knows the can go to Singapore to visit their IKEA.    ::)

so happy that we have IKEA in dubai. my favorite store also.
Title: Re: Visiting Singapore
Post by: JHunt on August 30, 2010, 08:06:29 AM
Singapore is very pricey ( in many places) and unless you want to eat/drink with the locals in the foodcourts/Kopitiams you will need to take out an extra mortgage.


But the food in these places  is both varied, delicious and perfectly safe to eat.  ;D

For the price you won\'t get better value anywhere. I used to use them all the time when I lived/worked there over the years. They even have them on Orchard road, so you can window shop in the worlds most expensive stores, but not have to pay a fortune just for a feed.

Do they still have the \'hawker centers\'?  The wife and I did part of our honeymoon there and visited again a few years later, but that was still 15 or so years ago.  I remember you could get some incredibly delicious food.  Sentosa Island was a great day trip then, not sure if it is still.  We took in everything we could; zoo, orchid gardens, museums, etc.  I look forward to visiting again someday.  It was a very clean place, but at the time, I was bummed that I couldn\'t get copenhagen.  Try being with your lovely new wife for a month and running out of tobacco.  Major bummer!  Anyway, I finally quit the stuff, and kept the wife. lol.
Title: Re: Visiting Singapore
Post by: richardsinger on September 06, 2010, 09:07:49 AM
Thanks everybody for all the info.....very helpfull to say the least.  WOW.

  Hopefully there wont be any bad weather in November.

Well there\'s usually a lot of rain in November, but you might get lucky.

Richard
Title: Re: Visiting Singapore
Post by: richardsinger on September 06, 2010, 09:14:26 AM
Let her share a hint of your home country while in Singapore...

All I can mention or recommend is that they have UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD... in SINGAPORE ! JUST OPENED THIS YEAR !!!

I dont think there would be anything better to do there related to your home country than this Universal Studios - thats if you care to give her a piece of American entertainment while there.

BRAND NEW 2010 THEME PARK !


Here\'s some Singapore videos that I made, including one of Universal Studios.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hdxjlj3tXwU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCxcayiqoYw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fz2CDOJEHg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1x_YFjrv40

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmkiiWxmNso

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HyNeVTTpEBg

Richard