1.6 miles from downtown
Orchard Road’s 20-odd malls are like hives for shopper bees. Teenagers either blow their allowances at Far East Plaza (great for the budget conscious), or save them for *Scape’s weekend bazaar and events. Discerning shoppers head to ION Orchard for eight levels of upscale international designers. 313@Somerset is also great for popular brand names.
Places to stay from $38 a night
1.1 miles from downtown
"Big India" is a bit far away, so why not save your legs and dive into this foodie's paradise instead? Muthu’s Curry and Banana Leaf are two popular places for fish-head curry, a local delicacy. Little India is one of the last few districts to retain its cultural and architectural authenticity. Don’t miss the ancient Sri Mariamman Temple.
Places to stay from $16 a night
0.7 miles from downtown
Boutiques and old colonial buildings have earned this district a reputation as a charming shopping neighborhood. Bugis Street has over 800 tented stalls with quirky souvenirs and knickknacks. Hindu Sri Krishnan Temple bears glistening treasures, with strikingly lifelike decorations that seem to jump out at you from all directions.
Places to stay from $27 a night
2.5 miles from downtown
Singapore’s grittiest district is a pink-lit haze of loopy lorongs (lanes) with charming thatched-roof shops and colorful facades. Massage parlors (both adult-oriented and mainstream) offer a thousand ways to relax. Belt out "Cantopop" or Teresa Teng tunes at karaoke, or sink your teeth into some famed chilli crab from one of the seafood eateries.
Places to stay from $18 a night
3.2 miles from downtown
Tanjong, Palawan and Siloso are man-made beaches filled with dozens of upscale hotels and even more locals soaking up the sun. Take your kids to Universal Studios, or watch 15,000 creatures flutter by at Butterfly Park. Fly away in iFly Singapore’s humungous wind tunnel, then dine at restaurants by celebrity chefs like Joël Robuchon and Kunio Tokuoka.
Places to stay from $193 a night
0.6 miles from downtown
Palms jut out of the concrete between Marina Bay’s skyscrapers. Rotate on the huge Singapore Flyer Ferris wheel for some dizzying fun. Take a gander at the Gardens by the Bay, or pull out your microscope and head to the ArtScience Museum for an interactive experience. For kicks, cross over Helix Bridge (a curved bridge that resembles DNA).
Places to stay from $159 a night
0.5 miles from downtown
Adrenaline junkie? Then you'll love to feel the gravity of the G-Max Reverse Bungee. Take in the views of Marina Bay and the famous half-lion, half-fish fountain at Merlion Park. At dusk, the pace slows down as the sun reflects on the water, but a stroll along Boat Quay, Clarke Quay or Robertson Quay reveals plenty of restaurants that pop with color.
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0.7 miles from downtown
The fabric-beating locals cleared out of this area, known as "Laundrymen by the Riverside" in Hindi. Fort Canning’s hilltop picnic areas are delightful. Watch arthouse films at The Cathay, shop at Plaza Singapura, or head over to Istana to see the President’s official residence – its grounds, full of security guards, are open on public holidays.
Places to stay from $54 a night
Singapore is an island city-state that packs a ton of culture within its tiny borders. Malay, Chinese, Indian, and Arab communities have all left their mark on the city, each bringing their distinct flavors into the mix.
Singapore's fusion of cultures is fascinating whether it's your first visit or fifteenth. In just one day you can go sourvenir shopping in Chinatown, take a moment to meditate at the four-storey Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, check out all the statues covering Little India’s Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, and stop to have a mint tea in the Arabic quarter.
Or if you prefere to take it slow, dedicate a full day to each neighborhood. Kampong Glam’s maze of bazaars, flea markets, and teahouses shouldn’t be rushed, and Orchard Road is a luxury mall perfect for a patient stroll.
Singapore is on the frontline in the fight against climate change, and the Gardens by the Bay are living proof. This enormous huge area of reclaimed land near the Marina has unique green spaces, and their "supertrees" and "cloud forests" demonstrate how cities even as densely populated as Singapore can be sustainable.
With over 100 airlines serving Changi Airport, traveling to Singapore is straightforward. Plus the year-round warm weather means anytime is the best time to visit.
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|Most popular time to visit||October-December|
|Cheapest time to visit||January-March|
|Local currency||S$ 10 = $7.46|
|Average weekend price||$183 per night|
|Average weekday price||$179 per night|
|Average stay||2 nights|
I always love staying in and exploring Singapore. This time I traveled alone and the experience was quite different than traveling with friends or family. I found I was able to see more because I was on my own time schedule. I ate at the Hawker Centres, eating for around $2.50 (SG) per meal. The food in these places is awesome! It's just not air conditioned, but the pay off for great local food is worth it in my mind. I made my way around Singapore using the MRT - it's clean and efficient and got me to most of the places I wanted to visit. One word of warning about that - they do not accept foreign bank cards (or my Wise card) so you will need cash to top up your EZ card (a card you buy to travel on the MRT). You can buy an EZ card at the airport, but only from the vending machine because that's the only one that will take a foreign credit or bank card. Most other places in Singapore accepted my Wise card, with the exception of all ATM's. The Wise card WILL NOT WORK in ANY Singapore ATM! Lesson learned...
Every time I go to Singapore it changes...in one way it is a good thing and in another way not so, as sometimes to want to see that particular thing. There is still lots to see and lots to do. The food is still as fabulous 👌 as always
Singapore is a great city break - we didn't venture out across the island. Plenty of sights to see (depending on taste - we did quite a bit of culture, nature and history) with excellent and diverse places to eat - 1-Michelin-starred Korean restaurant for less than $50?; yes, please. Public transport is plentiful but the city is walkable, if a bit hot and humid. Save up before visiting as it is expensive. A week was long enough for a single trip, but I would go back.
Shopping malls, Botanical Garden, Bay areas, zoo, Garden by the sea Ate in food courts, restaurants. Absolutely easy to get around Singapore - MRT, by foot, taxi. Nothing to avoid. Didn't have enough time to visit Sentosa Island.
Singapore is a small country by size, but it has many wonderful attractions for its inhabitants & tourists alike. Whether you are in a food court, in the street or inside the Metro, cleanliness everywhere will surprise you. It's a must to experience the many indoor hawkers food court made famous by the movie Crazy Rich Asians. The Metro network is extensive, frequent, reliable and very affordable, 14 stations from downtown to the airport, is less than U$2.00 Just window shopping in the many multi-level malls is an interesting attraction.
Mega-malls, random acts of kindness, subway easy and cheap and impressive, green spaces impressive, typical Asian toilet culture (washrooms always immaculate), lots of history. Prices (except for liquor and beer) are generally equivalent to Canadian. We did find a dollar store for some nice souvenir cups and magnets but never did find a collared tee with a sewen Singapore logo.
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