Vying with Dubai as the world’s most desirable shopping destination, the island city/state of Singapore, lying south of the Malaysian Peninsula, has set world standards in high-rise architecture, functionality and cleanliness. A holiday in Singapore is a shop-a-holic’s dream, its glittering skyscrapers housing a myriad of stores offering all manner of bargains. The old colonialmore
Singapore compressed - Kameleont. Date of travel: Nov 2009
By now I have been to Singapore half a dozen of times. The country is very easy to visit and like - well organised, clean and safe with both nature and shopping close at hand. Food (clean and safe) is everywhere! Tap water is safe in the kitchen. But. Everything, including the nature in the nature reserve, is so put in order it all becomes boring after a while. And under the surface you will find a competitive society allowing it's members little rest or private time.
Lesley Ryan. Date of travel: Sep 2005
Visiting Singapore is like visiting China, India, and Malaysia with the best of the west included. The Hotels beat anything on offer in the UK for their price and standard. The MRT is pristine, cheap and safe. Taxis are regulated and cheap and friendly. Buses easy to get around on and they have TV's on board. If you want a taste of China you will find it in China town with the ornate shophouses and fabulous oriental and elegant gifts and clothes. There is food a plenty to try both from outdoor venues or expensive restaurants. Don't miss Yue Hwua Emporium for all that China has to offer. A taste of India can be found on Serangoon Road. Walk its length taking in the different sounds and smells. Mustapha's Department Store is a must. Chaotic but has everything including the largest array of gold you will ever see. So much in fact that tourists often say ' is it real!!' A trip further out will take you to the Malay area a lot quieter and more sedate than the other two but well worth a visit. As for Arab Street - do you like fabric of the exotic and usually expensive kind - go here you will not leave without something the fabrics are to die for!!! Orchard Road in the centre of Singapore has the prestigious western design stores and malls. Takashimaya is a must to visit even if only to be welcomed into the store at 10am by the store staff bowing you in to the store to the strains of a Japanese melody. So have a hint of Japan! Holland village cannot be missed enjoy the outdoor bars and restaurants and watch the world go by. There is shopping there as well too do not miss Lim's for more exotic and multi cutlural goods. Ever wondered why Pashmina's are so expensive, go to Holland village and you will find out they are not. Getting away from the shops because there is more to do the orchid garden is spectacular and a vist to the singapore zoo during the day and the night safari is a must. Do not be fooled you will not have experienced anything like the Night Safari good for kids and adults. Boat Quay is also well wirth a visit as is Clarke Quay. There is so much more to see and do than I have mentioned , I could write pages telling you of all the useful tips for your trip, areas you might not think of going. how easy it is to get around on your own and safe too - do not bother with tours unless you really want to spend your time with lots of people you do not know or like. Its also only a bus ride away from Johor Bahru and a short boat trip away from an exotic island. Give Singapore a go - you will not regret it. The only down side for the western tourist is the cost of alcohol- however if you know where to go and what time to go you can beat this a little bit! Enjoy Singapore city of culture, city of the Merlion, city of shopping and eating and a city of friendly people. I defy you not to enjoy it!
Carlito Taruc. Date of travel: Sep 2005
My visit to Singapore was a very memorable one. It was my first international tour and I was not disappointed. On our arrival on the airport I was very impressed with how beautiful Changgi airport is. With beautiful orchids inside the airport while we were looking on our way out. The plants are just simply amazing. For the first timer like us we were confused if we were seeing real plants or just plastics because there are so beautiful. Later we learned it is real. Then we were picked up by our tour operatour. On our way to our hotel in Fort Canning Lodge (YWCA) in Orchard there were lot of trees. And you will appreciate the beauty of nature just outside the airport and also in fort canning park it is so beautiful. We were excited on our first day in Singapore. On the following days we had gone to Sentosa island, botanical gardens, Geylang, Toa payoh, Chinatown, Suntec city, Takashimayah, Lucky plaza. I love the botanical gardens. It is so big. There are lot of different plants to see and be amazed at especially the orchids. I love the malls at the Orchard road. Chinatown is also nice place to visit. I love the food there. a The one I ate is the Laksa. A popular dish is Singaporean noodles. A very spicy one. And of course Sentosa. We rode the cable car. Went to underwater world. The Palawan beach. Etc. It is really a big place. Then we went to Mt. Faber. It is beautiful. From there you will have a nice view of the ocean and of the Sentosa island and other near island. In our two week stay there I definitely want to go back and experience again the fun we had. It was truly a great experience.
Jimmy Dean. Date of travel: Nov 2003
Singapore is a fantastic city, where the old meets new. It has all the hustle and bustle you would expect from a far East city but has a fantastic chic side to it. You can spend the day shopping on Orchard Avenue where all the top designers from Prada and Gucci have stores or catch the underground system and go to the surperb beach. Your day wouldn't be complete without taking a trip to Raffles the world famous bar where the Singapore Sling was invented. At Raffles you get a real sense of what colonial life must of been like. Also Singapore has many great site seeing tours such as all the Hindu and Buddist temples and the fantastic harbour area. What ever you want Singapore has it all, beach and city holiday rolled into one. Its perfect for a holiday or just a short stopover to Australia or New Zealand. Tour Operator: Gold Medal
Hotels in Singapore User Rating
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