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#41
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Decide what you want to do in Singapore before you get there. There are so many things to see depending on your interests. The Gardens by the Bay, Singapore Zoo, Night Safari, Jurong Bird Park, hawkers markets or visit Changi or Sentosa for WW2 history. Taxis are cheap and the MRT is very easy to use once you work it out. Walking is easy and very safe but Singapore is either hot or very hot and thunderstorms are usually a daily occurrence. Take your umbrella.
#42
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Originally posted by Tranquility Base
On my next 1 day visit to Singapore I am thinking of doing a nature hike.

Thinking of either MacRitchie Nature Park or Bukit Timah Nature Reserve.
Planning on about a 2 - 3 hour walk.
Perhaps public transport there & taxi back.
An update.
I did the Treetops walk at MacRitchie Reservoir last month.
I did the Treetop loop from Venus Drive Carpark, and it took about 2 1/4 hrs.
It was an enjoyable walk.

I caught the MRT to Newton, then 167 Sembawang bus getting off at the opp flame tree park stop.
After the walk, caught bus 167 again and stayed on all the way down Orchard & Bras Basah rd till Raffles.

Thanks swn4 for your info.
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Originally posted by Tranquility Base
An update.
I did the Treetops walk at MacRitchie Reservoir last month.
I did the Treetop loop from Venus Drive Carpark, and it took about 2 1/4 hrs.
It was an enjoyable walk.

I caught the MRT to Newton, then 167 Sembawang bus getting off at the opp flame tree park stop.
After the walk, caught bus 167 again and stayed on all the way down Orchard & Bras Basah rd till Raffles.

Thanks swn4 for your info.


Glad that you enjoyed yourself!


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#45
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We are in Singapore for 2-3 days before our cruise. Staying in Chinatown.

Huge foodie/drinkie types...which are the best Hawker centres?

We have researched foods popular over there (Chicken rice, Crab, Nasi Lemak, Kaya Toast, Laksa) but there seems to be so many centres we want to get the good ones. .

Also...where is the best place to drink some good Asian craft beer?

Any particular drinks/eats/places to try?
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#46
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Originally posted by Velvetwater
We are in Singapore for 2-3 days before our cruise. Staying in Chinatown.
Huge foodie/drinkie types...which are the best Hawker centres?
We have researched foods popular over there (Chicken rice, Crab, Nasi Lemak, Kaya Toast, Laksa) but there seems to be so many centres we want to get the good ones. .
Also...where is the best place to drink some good Asian craft beer?
Any particular drinks/eats/places to try?
You will have lots of eating choices in Chinatown. I always visit Chinatown Complex, 335 Smith Street, Chinatown, and join the longest queue for chicken rice. Always delicious and a bargain.

There is delicious food everywhere. I had a memorable breakfast of Nasi Lemak for $2.50 in a food centre under accommodation, when I got off a bus 106 going the wrong way to Gardens in Bay. Whilst at Gardens in the Bay, I ate well at their hawker centre overlooking the water.
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#47
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Leaving for Singapore on Wed. Arrive Friday AM, fly to Thailand on Monday.

How are Sunday's in Singapore? Just another day with everything open or should we plan on some closures. I have printed out some walkiing guides etc. Plan to review them on the long plane trip. Staying in little India (ibis bencoolen).
#48
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Originally posted by iancal
Leaving for Singapore on Wed. Arrive Friday AM, fly to Thailand on Monday.

How are Sunday's in Singapore? Just another day with everything open or should we plan on some closures. I have printed out some walkiing guides etc. Plan to review them on the long plane trip. Staying in little India (ibis bencoolen).
Enjoy Little India, which is a food paradise. Recommend scenic route on bus 106 to Gardens By The Bay from Hotel Rendezvous, Bras Basar Road. 9 - 9 two conservatories - do Flower Dome first, Cloud next. Welcome relief from the heat in the domes. The Gardens are beautifully lit at night. I ate at the hawker centre at Satay By the Bay on the waterfront (Makan By the Bay). Food Court at Marina Bay Sands Hotel nearby had some good food selections available. You can pay by cash (no change) on bus. Mustafa at Little India is open 24 hours. Same bus 106 goes from the YMCA Orchard Road to Botanical Gardens.

Have a great trip.
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#49
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Hi, most shops will be open in Singapore on Sundays, in fact weekends are the prime time for businesses.

Little India will also be a hive/peak of activity on Sunday. If you like the hustle and bustle, you will be right smack in the action. It will notably be quieter on Monday (not sure what time you fly out).

Originally posted by iancal
Leaving for Singapore on Wed. Arrive Friday AM, fly to Thailand on Monday.

How are Sunday's in Singapore? Just another day with everything open or should we plan on some closures. I have printed out some walkiing guides etc. Plan to review them on the long plane trip. Staying in little India (ibis bencoolen).
#50
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Makan by the bay is a good choice - in addition to the dishes you mentioned - the grilled chicken wings, Popiah (fresh spring rolls) are worth a try!


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What is the best way to find a tour guide for a tour of Singapore? We will be ther for two nights precruise staying at the Stamford. Walking can be a bit of a challenge at times so need to be careful.
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Trip Advisor is a great resource. If your put "tour guide" in the search bar, you will get recommendations and feedback for actual experience.

You can also search on the cruisecritic ports of call board and your roll call may also have suggestions.

Travel guide books are also useful. And there's always Google.
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#53
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Tripadvisor would indeed be a good place to start to check out the options with guides/tours available.

In addition, you can also find the whole laundry list of licensed guides from the Singapore Tourism Board. Google "guides online singapore tourism board" and it will be the first link.


Originally posted by ssbeagle
What is the best way to find a tour guide for a tour of Singapore? We will be ther for two nights precruise staying at the Stamford. Walking can be a bit of a challenge at times so need to be careful.
#54
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A friend of mine's cruise is ending in Singapore, and her flight out is not until 11:30PM.

Does anyone have a suggestion for a hotel near the airport, particularly one with a 'day rate'.

Thank you.
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#55
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Easiest and possibly most expensive is the Crowne Plaza airport hotel.
Other options :
1) Changi Village Hotel : next to beach, free shuttle to airport
2) Budget hotels in the neighborhood of Joo Chiat Road/Katong (map out "Joo Chiat"). Interesting "shophouse" architecture in the neighborhood. These hotels possibly have day rates but will highly suggest to read tripadvisor reviews on these options.


Originally posted by pablo222
A friend of mine's cruise is ending in Singapore, and her flight out is not until 11:30PM.

Does anyone have a suggestion for a hotel near the airport, particularly one with a 'day rate'.

Thank you.
#56
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If it were me, there is the option of storing the luggage at the cruise terminal, touring Singapore for the day, then heading to the airport for the late night flight.

Depending on which cruise terminal (there are 2), cruise terminal has luggage storage service. Here's a recent TA thread of options:

https://www.tripadvisor.ca/ShowTopic...Singapore.html
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#57
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Loved doing both routes of the hop on hop off bus. Got to see the whole city. Loved eating sweet chili crab. Got a Wall hanging in Little India. Note high temps and high humidity there.


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What is the easier way to to get to Johor in Malaysia? We are in Singapore approximately 2-3 days (late sail away).

We were planning to use our main full day to head to Johor but not sure whether to taxi it or to get a bus/ train.
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#59
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Taxi and bus (various companies) services depart from the Queen Street Bus/Taxi terminal that is a 5-10 min walk from "Bugis" subway station.

This webpage reviews all the various bus services leaving from the terminal.
http://yqtravelling.com/singapore-jb-bus/
Taxi would be the easiest (but also the most costly):
http://www.taxisingapore.com/singapore-to-malaysia/

Do note the immigration queues during the weekends and allocate a good amount of time to clear borders.

Originally posted by Velvetwater
What is the easier way to to get to Johor in Malaysia? We are in Singapore approximately 2-3 days (late sail away).

We were planning to use our main full day to head to Johor but not sure whether to taxi it or to get a bus/ train.
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Originally posted by Pepy
Easiest and possibly most expensive is the Crowne Plaza airport hotel.
Other options :
1) Changi Village Hotel : next to beach, free shuttle to airport
2) Budget hotels in the neighborhood of Joo Chiat Road/Katong (map out "Joo Chiat"). Interesting "shophouse" architecture in the neighborhood. These hotels possibly have day rates but will highly suggest to read tripadvisor reviews on these options.
Thank you for the very helpful reply.

It looks like the crowne plaza is right in the airport, so I think that would make
her feel comfortable.
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