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I am going to Singapore on holiday
and I need some pointers
BeeDeeDubbleU




msg:3386720
 8:42 am on Jul 5, 2007 (gmt 0)

My daughter recently moved to Singapore and my wife and I are going out there for a holiday in Sep/Oct. Can anyone who has been there (or is there) give me some advice on what to see and do while there (let's forget about Raffles ;o)

I am going to try to take three weeks off and while out there arrange a one week trip somewhere within striking distance like one of the Indonesian Islands, Malaysia or even Western Australia.

Recommendations?

 

Essex_boy




msg:3386747
 9:41 am on Jul 5, 2007 (gmt 0)

Bet you cant stay out of an internet cafe while there....

Woz




msg:3386767
 10:02 am on Jul 5, 2007 (gmt 0)

The Food! Mmmmmmmmmm. You gotta try the street food, like BBQ'd Stingray (with lotsa Chilli), and Popiah which are like an Asian Burrito with vegies and prawns wrapped in a thin pancake. Suggestions for food places to visit would include Newtons Circus and Lau Pa Sat.

Shopping starts a bit later in the day with shops opening mid to late morning but staying open much later into the night. Orchard Road is a must, as is Centrepoint.

I love Singapore, got room in your luggage for a wandering Aussie?

Onya
Woz

BeeDeeDubbleU




msg:3386848
 12:28 pm on Jul 5, 2007 (gmt 0)

Bet you cant stay out of an internet cafe while there

Aha! This time it's laid on in my daughter's apartment :)

I love Singapore, got room in your luggage for a wandering Aussie?

Are you kidding? Do you know what Emirates charge for excess baggage?

My daughter lives near Holland Village, which is apparently a happening place.

eljefe3




msg:3386943
 2:29 pm on Jul 5, 2007 (gmt 0)

Ther are also a lot of cheap destiantions 1 to 2 hours away via air or ferry. Bintan in Indonesia, Phuket in Thailand, Bali is maybe 2.5 hours away Pulau Tioman in Malaysia can be reached via ferry, Sumatra is a short flight away. Tons of options to be had for a long weekend away from Singapore.

Monkey




msg:3393491
 10:11 am on Jul 13, 2007 (gmt 0)

Local Singapore Islands:
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- Ubin - if you want to see some of old Singapore - take a ferry ride out from Changai - costs @ $2 (@1/2 hr ride) - used to have a great seafood restaurant - dunno if it is still there.

If you do decide to walk/cycle around - bring "Off" (local brand to ward off mosquitos) or try "Tiger Balm"

- Sentosa - if you want to see modern Singapore (drive across a bridge or take a ferry or take a cable car)

- Kusu Island - further out but you'll have an island to yourself!

M'sian Isles
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- Sibu island - an hour by car from Johor Bahru plus boat across - beautiful white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters

- Tiomen island - more commerical place - @4hr journey - think you might be able to go from Singapore. Check out scuba diving and if you can go into the rain forest (off the beaten track) there is a water fall for you to play in. Suppose to be where "South Pacific" was filmed.

- Not an island but will give you a good sense of the rain forest culture and tribes - but might like to try Tamen Negara

Thailand Beach places
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All accesible from Singapore
- if you want to try climbing/kayaking/scuba diving - head for Krabi (@ 2 hr plane journey from Spore)

Visit Thailand




msg:3393492
 10:16 am on Jul 13, 2007 (gmt 0)

I am going to try to take three weeks off and while out there arrange a one week trip somewhere within striking distance like one of the Indonesian Islands, Malaysia or even Western Australia.

Think Thailand or New Zealand forget about the rest.

Anything specifis? Singapore is an amazing place all depends on what you are looking for?

Monkey




msg:3393503
 10:38 am on Jul 13, 2007 (gmt 0)

What to do in Singapore?
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Nature Stuff:
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1. Bukit Timah Nature Reserve - stick to the paths or go on a trail. Experience the rain forest in "civilisation". At the very least you should see monkeys. Bring plenty of water.

2. Mandai Zoo - well laid out

3. Bird Park - has the largest man made water fall

4. Botanical Gardens - great walks plus there is a really nice French restaurant.

5. Want to check out the locals "doing their thing" - go to West Coast Park - great place for the kids as well (if you have grand kids)

6. Cycling along East Coast Park

7. If you don't want to go too far - there is a large monsoon drain close to where your daughter lives where the locals walk and run. Should see turtles in the river and storks....if you're lucky you might see large lizards (think they're water monitors) in the water.

Shopping
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Electrical and clothes tend to be a good price

1. Sim Lim Square - if you're good at bargaining and looking for PC hardware

2. If you're not there is another place near Sogo (sorry can't remember the name) - prices are still pretty good

3. Get tailor made suits - you can do that in Holland Village

Areas to experience
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1. Little India - eat vegetarian curry with your hands. Try a bettle nut - it's what the Indians chew - makes your tongue red (personally I think it tastes gross). Go to the temples - you'll need to remove your shoes before you enter.

2. Arab street - lots of fabric for you to buy plus spices

3. China Town - Bugus Street - great food and cheap shopping - also Chinese temples (if you're into that kinda thing). Whilst you're there try/buy dried pork (red dried meat). Get your trinkets and gifts here.

4. Go across to M'sian - Johor Bahru - eating and shopping is even cheaper there.

5. Could go on a boat ride from Collier Quay - pleasant ride past various parts of Spore plus the Singapore Lion.

Food
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Eat what ever type of food. Great sushi places, korean bbq, german, french, steak, whatever.

The following is what you might like to try from the "hawker stalls"
- For noodles - Kway Teo (fried or hor fun) / Hokkien Noodles / Singapore Laksa
- Singapore Chilli Crab (along East Coast is pretty good)
- For something simplier - Duck rice / chicken rice or congee
- Bak-ku teh - kind of like a pork soup with vegetables, rice and chinese tea
- M'sian style dish - Mee rebus, mee siam - have these for breakfast too! Satay - maybe go to the satay club for this.
- Sting ray / poh piah (like a spring roll but not deep fried)
- Pratah (normally have this for breakfast - it's like a fried pancakish + curry)
- Fruit juices - go for the freshly squeezed stuff
- Teh tarek - milky Indian tea with spices that is "tarek" poured from one flask to another before being served.

Transport
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Get one of the MRT cards - will give you a small discount on buses and trains. Otherwise if you're using it a lot - get an Explorer card for 3 - 5 days.

Okay probably have more to tell you but got to do some work. Have a great time in Singapore and eat well....'cause it's the best thing to do there!

Monkey




msg:3393506
 10:41 am on Jul 13, 2007 (gmt 0)

P.S. Hari Raya Puasa is on the 13th Oct - Muslim new year. If you get to know any Muslims - it's a great feed up!

Christmas (Dec) and Chinese New Year (Feb) are great times to go due to the festivities. Orchid road looks great!

King_Fisher




msg:3394628
 4:19 pm on Jul 14, 2007 (gmt 0)

See New Zealand, its beautiful. ( Scotland without the over cast )

Western Australia. Perth is nice.

Have a nice trip! KF

Visit Thailand




msg:3394643
 4:30 pm on Jul 14, 2007 (gmt 0)

See New Zealand, its beautiful.

I have been to most places in the region but not yet NZ. My friends who have been can only praise the place and of course those that live there continue to tell me how wonderful it is.

Must admit all the pictures I have seen are amazing.

While it would be tempting to spend a week on a beach such as Krabi in Thailand (Sept/Oct) is not the best time to go. I would suggest you take a once in a lifetime journey to New Zealand.

Wherever you end up, Singapore and Asia in general has so much to offer. The food, weather and culture all combine for an amazing holiday.

Monkey




msg:3395106
 2:21 pm on Jul 15, 2007 (gmt 0)

New Zealand!....ever wonder why the pictures always make the place look so green....it's like the UK pictures......so I have learnt - a nice rich green - means rain!

Two weeks out there felt I was in the UK - weather wise.

Stick in Asia - if you're feeling hot go to a beach or mountain in M'sia - less travel time.....also if going to NZ you'll need another 3 weeks there.

BeeDeeDubbleU




msg:3396916
 12:31 pm on Jul 17, 2007 (gmt 0)

Yes, I would like to go to NZ but it's a bit far. Thanks for all the suggestions.

menton




msg:3398109
 2:07 pm on Jul 18, 2007 (gmt 0)

I spend a couple of months in KL each year, so if you need any advice about restaurants / hotels etc etc send me a sticky.

One island I have not seen mentioned above is Pangkor. You can fly from KL or take a taxi (2.5 hours). A lot less commercial compared with Langkawi / Penang. The Pangkor Beach Resort is the hotel to look at on this island.

For hotels in KL, the Regent or the Westin on Bukit Bintang are the ones to go for, although there are plenty of others to choose from. Bukit Bintang is the main street of KL.

Everywhere you look in KL there are restaurants / food halls or stalls. One of my personal favourite is the Bangkok Jam in Plaza Low Yat on Bukit Bintang.

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