Two Days in Singapore

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  1. wcblack34

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    Hello Everybody!

    I will be embarking on a SE Asia tour in October. I'm flying into Singapore first and I plan to spend two full days there. So what I'd like to know from those of you who have been there:

    What would you do if you had only two days in Singapore?

    The only caveat would be that I am on a moderate budget, so 5-Star Restaurants are not going to be on my itinerary.

    Thanks!
     
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  2. skyvan

    skyvan Gold Member

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    I did Singapore on a moderate budget (though ended up splurging on three celebrity restaurants, two were worth it). I really enjoyed going to the Hawker Malls in Little India, and just walking around in various parts of the town. You can see what I blogged about the hawker center on my blog (http://talltravels.com/wp/searching-for-satay-in-singapore/). That shouldn't take too long though so you'll have lots of time for other stuff. I'd also recommend going to the night time light and sound show at the Marina Bay Sands, and definitely check out the Marina Bay Sands itself, it's gigantic.
    There are also great opportunities to see nature within Singapore at biospheres and the like, but not exactly sure what you're really looking for.
     
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    Highly recommend both of what Gary mentions. The hawker food is fantastic. Even though it was expensive and took a bit to get my wife ate a chili crab...loved it. The night safari was great!!! Laser light show at night was nice too....
     
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    This is excellent advice. The chill Carb at Long Beach is one of the best, but it is imported from Sri Lanka in teh standard version and is expensive. However, it is the definitive Singaporean food so one splurge is wort it for sure.
    There are also the Hop On Hop Off bus tours that can help acclimate you to a fair variety of places. If you resist shopping and simply eat at hawker stalls and the pseudo-hawker stalls in the basements of most large buildings you'll eat very well and cheaply. Singapore can be very expensive is you change your eating preferences, but you'll not get better food by paying more. There are also lots of free hiking trails if you like that, including some great ones in forested areas, and Singapore is a good walking city too. If you've a smartphone with GPS and you like walking, plump for a prepaid SIM and use the GPS to guide you. There are a few free and low cost apps taht have locals sights and GPS guidance too. There is lots of variety, so in two days you'll just be able to indulge a few of your major preferences. Another tip--don't. Singapore does not use tipping.
     
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  6. Singapore Flyer

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    Hawker Centers are your best bang for your dollar/euro/pound, etc...East Coast is great for Seafood, but my favorite hawker center/tourist trap is Newton Food Center. If you want air conditioning, go to any of the major malls, my preference is either Vivo City or Taka on Orchard and eat in the food courts there. You won't be disappointed, but it may be slightly more expensive than a local hawker center, but still cheaper than East Coast, Newton, Maxwell, etc...

    The Gardens by Marina Bay is actually a really nice side trip for a few hours. Night Safari is cool as well. My personal favorite for certain dishes, was actually at a new food court on Sentosa Island called Malaysian Food Street. It had some throwback dishes that our family enjoyed.

    Remember, even though majority of the folks are Chinese, they don't do all types of Chinese food well or cheaply i.e. dim sum, you don't go to Singapore to eat that unless you are prepared to pay a lot of money for it or can find a really really local joint opened by some Cantonese family. However, there is an outpost of Tim Ho Wan in Singapore now; along with the queue to get in. ;)

    Tip - Amex isn't accepted as readily as V/MC, but usually in major stores/hotels/restaurants only. The money changers at Far East Plaza gave the best rates...the one on the 2nd storrey. If you like "jerky", get some bak kwa at People's Park. It is sweet/salty dried meat products. You can check Wikipedia.
     
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    There's a group of students who do free walking tours in the city center (2 routes) on weekends. I thought this provided a good overview of the colonial area and some insight into the local culture.
     
  8. SingaporeVacations

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    Although Singapore is expensive, it can be a lot more affordable if you plan carefully. Choose a hotel that would not cost you too much. Check out the budget chains, such as Hotel 81 and Fragrance. Do price comparison before you get a room and a place to do this is singapore-vacations.com. it is hard to tell where you should to go, but the easiest way is to buy a travel pass when you arrive. It allows you to travel on all public transport. I would suggest you stay in a hotel or hostel in the central district, so a lot of places of interest are within walking distance. If you stay in the central district, do not miss the Merlion Part and MBS the casino with huge shopping centre. Gardens by the Bay is nice, but it requires entrance fee. Go to Chinatown and Little India if you like cultural heritage.
     
  9. Jonathan Lee

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    Great points! Food prices can range wildly from super cheap to astronomically high, it's really down to your budget and planning. For cheap, Singaporean fare where the locals frequent, try Maxwell Food Centre, Chinatown Complex or Old Airport Road!
     

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