Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 02 Jun 2017
Total posts 5
So my wife and I are heading out to Singapore for a little over 2 weeks, we are terrible at actually locking down all the details as we get distracted so we just booked the flights and figured now that we are locked in we can figure out the other details later. The idea is to spend a bit of time in Singapore and then use it as a hub to shoot over to a couple of places around there.
Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer
Member since 31 Jan 2013
Total posts 38
Depends on your budget but I would stay on the Orchard Rd belt. You can find hotels there from 3.5 stars (Holiday Inn), to of course 5 stars (take your pick, Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt etc). You are quite central and there are plenty of food options and easy transport via taxis or MRT to other parts of the island. A popular spot is the Marina Bay area as well, but those are mostly 5 star. You have the Marina Bay Sands, Conrad, Ritz etc in that area.
Member since 20 Jan 2017
Total posts 33
I agree with the above defintely recommend a stay around the Orchard Rd area. My Partner and I stayed at the Holiday Inn City central in Feb and i would highly recommend it. Recommend including lounge/club access and take 'full' advantage of the twilight service before heading out to dinner.
As for dining you cant go past the hawker markets for authentic food such as Chicken Rice and Chilli crab. given they are a staple of Singapore they're quite strictly regulated and display their overall rating in the stall (A,B etc). Another great place to check out for nightlife would be Duxton Hill, lots of bars and retaurants, highly recommend Lucha Loco if you're feeling Mexican.
As for attractions i would highly recommend gardens by the bay just behind Marina Bay sands.
if you're looking to get away from S'pore for a couple of days, I'd try nd duck up to KL. im not sure if there's a land option but its a $50 and 30min flight form changi (keep in mind its International so arriving enough time to get thorugh customs). KL is great especially for cheap knock-off shopping and street food. Accomodation is super cheap, Hilton KL sentral was approx. <$100 per night.
Member since 21 Apr 2012
Total posts 2,058
Orchard Road is overrated and overpriced. Yes it is accessible but I don't think you truly get the sense of Singapore (if that's what you're after).
I'd venture out to places like Novena or Bishan instead, just outside the Orchard area. Although hotels around Novena is rubbish, except perhaps the Oasia Hotel.
The Kampung Glam area is also quite charming. I believe the Park Royal hotel's there.
We also found Adventure Cove at Sentosa quite nice. It's Singapore Wet 'n Wild without the bogans.
If you intend to spend some time at Sentosa, I'd suggest the Bay Hotel, opposite Harbour Front MRT station. From here you'll be able to walk across to Sentosa, via the Sentosa Broadwalk and not pay the entrance fee.
A visit to the zoo is a must. For a very densely populated city, it's quite amazing how they've reserved the Mandai area, where the zoo is located, as a nature precinct.
The Singapore Eye (or is it Singapore Flyer?) is also worth going - go in the evening.
Member since 25 Nov 2016
Total posts 14
Recommend Novotel on Clarke Quay. Very close to eateries, and shopping complexes. Taxis or public transport abundant.
Cathay Pacific - The Marco Polo Club
Member since 03 Oct 2013
Total posts 1
I think it really boils down to what kind of tourist you are :)
Member since 18 Sep 2015
Total posts 27
Member since 15 Feb 2016
In Singapore, Tiong Bahru is my current favourite neighbourhood. It's relaxed, authentic and pretty central. A few boutique hotels, esp the new Wangz, some great cafes, local markets incl upstairs food hall, several good spas. Tiong Bahru seems to be popular with expats, not as much with tourists.
Member since 02 May 2017
Recently spent a week at So Sofitel Robinson Rd a really funky hotel with top service. Well situated where it is an easy walk to MBS , Gardens by the Bay , Clarke Quay, Chinatown etc. It is in the CBD so very peaceful on weekends.
Member since 21 Mar 2011
Total posts 431
Take a maxi taxi, from the airport direct to your hotel, while you do share your ride with a number of people from the airport to the city, its still cheap.I have done it, also done the #36 bus and the MRT too.Yes, its more pricey than the MRT, but the MRT sees you needing to change train at Tanah Merah MRT, then another train to the city.The Changi to Tanah Merah MRT train is a feeder, the main one comes from Pasir Ris to the city.While the ride is amazing, it can be long, and you could find yourself standing all the way, as its a regular train that everyone catches.Its always busy, but there are times during the day when its a bit easier to handle the MRT ride. Maybe do it without baggage once you have gotten to your hotel to "freshen up".They have a tourist MRT ticket, so you can buy the days to suit.Don't get the regular traveller one (no harm in that, but you will have a bit of a hard time getting the unused funds refunded as refunds only happen part of the day at the airport/other MRT stations).The tourist one, while no refund, but you do get to keep the tourist public transport ticket as a souvenir).If you do go up to Malaysia, and especially Thailand, just be aware of the possibility of scams/tricks.The food is cheap, the travel can be cheap, and the drinks can be cheap, remember: enjoy in moderation.Keep up fluid intake, its hot and humid up there!
Member since 23 Sep 2014
Total posts 2
Try staying in Katong. It is out of the ity but opposite Parkway and there is a decent shopping centre and lots of food.
Thanks for the recommendations everyone, got a lot to go research now. Probably going to finish up the trip with a stay in a Raffles suite, I know it's a bit tired now but can't ignore that history.
Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards
Member since 10 Nov 2011
Total posts 97
If it's bars you are after, have a look at some websites and find out when the happy hours are - drinks can be very expensive in Singapore! Make sure you get up to One Altitude at Raffles Place - the view is fantastic and you can see the entire island.
For bars, walk the Singapore River in the evenings, the place is practically booming.
Member since 17 Jul 2015
Total posts 18
At the moment here there is a big street event called Geylang Bizaar. It runs for the whole month of Ramadan (finishes 25th June so you'll just make it) and lines a couple of streets around the Paya Lebar/Geylang area. Pretty happening and has a great selection of Malay style street food, markets etc. Easy access from the east-west MRT line at Paya Lebar station (green line). Follow the crowds!
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