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Discussion in 'Entertainment' started by thegreat, 1st May, 2016.

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  1. thegreat

    thegreat Well-Known Member

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    So how long is long enough to stay in Singapore for a holiday?
    What activities would you have taken to make it worthwhile?
    Would you go with airbnb or hotel? reasons of any of the option?

    Thoughts?
     
  2. Blacky

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    3-4 days is enough. Singapore for me is fairly boring. It has the theme park/island which I couldn't stand to be at for more that about 2hrs and was a complete rip off in my mind. But that maybe just me.

    Good food/drink but it is largely an business centre rather than a tourist centre. In saying that I do enjoy visiting.

    Stop by 'newtons food court" for the best (and cheapest) chilli and pepper crab.

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    Depends on if you are going by yourself, couple, family, age of kids...

    I used to think Singapore was really boring. However the last time we went and took the young kids, we had a blast. Saw a completely different side of Singapore that was family oriented that I never even considered before.
     
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    Agree with @Blacky that a few days is enough. I'm usually only there for a couple of hours on the way to somewhere else. :p
    But in saying that might be doing Xmas/New years there this year.
     
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    I love Singapore, one of my favourite places.

    Lots to do...
    - WW2 history
    - eat, drink and relax around Clarke Quay
    -Zoo, both night safari and breakfast with the Orangutans
    - Cable car across to Sentosa Island. The light show is quite impressive.
    - shopping
    - Orchid gardens
    - obligatory singapore sling at Raffles
    - night markets
    - Little India
    -the marina place
     
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    Time your trip to the observation deck of Marina Bay Sands for sunset / night.

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    I recommend two trips to the gardens by the bay. One trip during the day to see the gardens in the two garden domes ( in the photo above ).

    A second trip to see the super trees at night. Get there with good timing so that you can be in the queue for going up in the elevators to the trees close to sunset. The ticket sellers will give you an estimate of the queueing time and you can use that to judge when to join the queue.

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    Singapore is a beautiful city at night!

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    I wouldn't recommend staying at Marina Bay Sands. I found it soulless, and that it renders you captive what with the shopping, restaurants and food hall a part of the complex. Plus, the pool is very impressive, but being so high is windy and cold. The only reason for going in is to take a selfie, like everyone else does.
     
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    I visited Singapore 2 weeks ago. 3-4days is max before you get really bored, unless you're a shopper.

    Garden by the bays, shopping pretty much the entire country is like a big shopping mall, zoo, etc etc.

    Hotel. The location is usually better (though I haven't tried BnB there). It's also very hot there, so you'd appreciate the aircon and swimming pool.
     
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    Newtons is closed 2 weeks ago for upgrade :( We went to the place called Chomp chomp for seafood - you will need taxi to get here
     
  10. geoffw

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    While I haven't been to Singapore for many years, I'd check out Airbnb for accommodation. The range seems very good at reasonable prices.

    Even 30 years ago I thought that Singapore was doing itself a great disservice by getting rid of many of the historical areas of interest in order to build more soulless shopping centres. They were still in the middle of that process then, but there was still enough of interest in the old areas to make for some fascinating days of exploring without having to go ner the shopping centres.
     
  11. Blacky

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    Really :(
    The entire point of going to Singapore has just vacated.

    Is this temporary? Ill be there next week, any idea when it will reopen?
    will it re-open in the same format - just newer, or is it a full revamp which will basically completey change what Newtons was all about.

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    I believe it is temporary - when I visit it just say closed, but hey, maybe it's open next week when you visit :)

    Otherwise, if you haven't been to Chomp Chomp, have a go - it's still Hawker'ish ;)
     
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    Newton Circus is really priced for tourists but convenient.
    If you have time, read Dr Tay's singapore food blog ieatishootipost: Singapore Food Reviews and Recipes
    According to friends, some of the best local food are found in neighbourhoods outside the city centre area.
     
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    One annoying aspect of Singapore is that it is almost impossible to find any cafe's / restaurants in Clarke Quay and surrounds open for breakfast. Really odd that in a relatively nice waterfront area there are no breakfast dining options. Finding a good coffee before 10am was impossible.
     
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    @wombat777 I find finding good coffee in Singapore is next to impossible...
    My sister took me to a good cafe somewhere early morning- very western with ok coffee but I don't remember the name of the place o_O
    I'd say tho, if you're going to Singapore, don't eat stuff you can get here with Australian price... the hawkers and Asian food are better there. Hawker - $10 get you bbq pork, soy chicken with rice and wonton soup plus drink
     
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    Because and it's because those areas only cater for lunch and dinner. Not brekky. Most brekky are done in hawker centres, they come alive around 5am. Hotels would have brekky though, western style. I'm going in January and only hawker food will make me happy, taste and dollar wise.
     
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    I like to buy street food when I can, and from small shops when I can't get street food. It's not just for the cost and taste, but also to put money into the local community and not a big chain.
     
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    Haven't been to Singapore but worth doing over a stop over in Perth!
     
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    Can you own a property in SG? Or they only sell to Singaporean residents?
     
  20. EN710

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    Yes, very hard from what I was told.