Need: singapore travel advice

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  1. #1

    Join Date
    Jul 2010

    Need: singapore travel advice

    I am planning to travel to Singapore for 4 - 5 days in Feb 1st week.

    We may be 2 adult of 4 adults.

    any advice for accommodation ??

    should we go for hotel or serviced apartment

    we are not looking for great luxury but nice accommodation in clean area near train.

    can you suggest 1 / 2 good places near singapore to for 1 day and comeback in evening

  2. #2

    Join Date
    Feb 2010

    spending 4-5 days in sg? thats abit too much isnt it? unless you plan to visit the casino every evening

    you can drive across to malaysia - its more worthwhile to to spend more time there

    check tripadvisor for hotel recommendation

  3. #3

    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Gulf Region, ex Mid-Levels

    Serviced apartment usually are better if you are going in for a longer stay. Personally I detested living around Orchard Road and would avoid it like the plague. Stay somewhere central nearish to China Town.

    An idea would be to take the ferry for an overnight stay in Bintan. It's a bit fake, but the beaches are far nicer and cleaner than what you would find in Singapore and JB. Other sights barring the Casinos would be.

    - Palau Ubin, take a small boat across, rent a bike and explore an island which has managed to fight off urbanisation and concrete to date.

    - Sentosa (non Casino bit), an interesting museum on the site of the occupation prison camp (Fort Siloso), the aquarium, and the luge.

    - Singapore Zoo / Night Safari

    - Little India

  4. #4

    Join Date
    Feb 2009

    As far as I know, service apartments in Spore usually require minimum stay of 7days, so i think u better stick with hotel.
    Yeah 4-5d is bit long for Spore, maybe can spend half a day in Melaka (Msia). Try to avoid going there during weekend.

  5. #5

    Join Date
    Jul 2010

    I stayed at Park Hotel a few months ago. The rooms are modern and clearn, tho a bit small, and it's quiet around the hotel with walkable distance to the train station. Also, it is very near to Clarke Quay, an area with lots of nice bars and clubs.

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  6. #6

    Carlton Hotel by City Hall. Nothing amazing but had a very nice stay there. Good location as well. Paid about 100 pounds a night (was living in UK at that time). For luxury I'd recommend the Swissotel Stamford which is in the same area.

  7. #7

    Join Date
    Sep 2009

    VIP Hotel

    Service apartments do require a minimum 7 night stay. I would recommend VIP hotel, which is clean and conveniently located in Bukit Timah, so you can easily hop on a bus, MRT or cab. It's in a residential area and we used to put up relatives there when we were living across the street. They have fantastic lunch specials cooked and served by a lone, Hainanese man, which is very charming as he does a lot of the old "colonial" recipes as well. You would also be within walking distance to Newton Circus, which is a large hawker centre that serves just about every kind of Singaporean street food available.

    Singapore is a great place if you're looking for child-friendly things to do. West Coast Park is a favorite of hours, where there are huge playgrounds for different age groups. East Coast Park has bicycles and roller-blade rental for you to go up and down the boardwalk. The Singapore Zoo, Night Safari, Jurong Bird Park and Science Centre are all very kid-friendly. If your children are old enough, they'll also like the National Museum and the Asian Civilizations Museum as well. I like going to Little India for spices and Arab Street for textiles. Dempsey Road used to be military officer barracks, but has been transformed into an F&B hangout where there's a Ben & Jerry's, children's indoor playground and Long Beach Seafood - be sure to make a reservation.

    I've actually never visited the casino, as you're not allowed to walk through with children anyway - same as in Macau, so I've always given it a miss as there are too many other things to do!