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Paul asks…

How to make my 4D/3N visit in Singapore worthwhile?

Need help / suggestions regarding the best place to visit in Singapore. If you have an itinerary that I could follow. It would be very much appreciated.

Mustafa Singapore Admin answers:

Visit as many attractions as possible and I personally think that the best way to travel is to see how the locals live. So go out of the normal area and visit the heartlands..where are you from by the way? So I can plan an itinerary better for you.

Here are some suggestions
Day 1 – City Tour so you will get familiarize with the city. Visit the City Hall, Raffles Hotel, shopping at Raffles City. Enjoy a nice dinner at Raffles Hotel or if you’re on a budget, plenty of nice restaurants along Bugis. Bugis is a nice place to shop too

Day 2 – Morning at the Zoo, enjoy the wildlife and later go visit the Science center or the Singapore discovery centre. Evening, go to the Night Safari

Day 3 – Visit Little India, shop at Mustafa and enjoy a banana leaf lunch there. Then visit Sentosa for the evening and enjoy the laser show and some attractions there..or you could take the Singapore flyer.

Day 4 – Of course, more shopping…head down to Orchard Road for a day of retail therapy.. You may want to visit other places of interest too..

– Geylang Serai
– Chinatown
– Shopping with the locals near Toa Payoh, Tampines or even Bedok. Its cheaper and fun too.

David asks…

what are good restaurants near fortuna hotel in singapore?

also shopping

Mustafa Singapore Admin answers:

Hi,

Just opposite Fortuna is the Mustafa Centre, a mega shopping mall that opens 24 hours daily. You should be able to find plenty of fast food restaurant and average priced restaurants. SInce Fortuna is at the centre of Little India of Singapore, there are plenty of Indian restaurant to choose from. Anandha Bhavan Restaurant, Annalakshmi, Kala Mandhir, Saravanas are vegetarian restaurant that serves authentic Indian servings and there are also non-veg diners like Apolo Banana Leaf, Banjara Tandoor, Moghul Mahal Restaurant, Royal Thali and many more. Price are vary depends on the restaurant as there are exclusive diner and there are also common eateries.

Or you can try in Serangoon Road, the same row of Fortuna. It has many varieties of restaurant such as French Stall, serving European dishes like pasta, lasagna etc. Green Garden Bar Restaurant offers local varieties or you can try Xin Hua Restaurant, serving authentic Cantonese and a blend of other Chinese cuisines.

Rest assured, you are staying in a place where you’re surrounded with food stalls and restaurants, almost 24 hours daily. You might wanna check the links below for details on Fortuna, Little India and Serangoon Road. Hope this helps!

Http://www.littleindia.com.sg/
http://www.holidaycity.com/fortuna-singapore/index.htm
http://www.streetdirectory.com/restaurants/nearby_restaurants/nearby_7vcv1q62/544_Serangoon_Road_218166/

Helen asks…

Does anyone here know Singapore well?

I stopped over there for about 2 days on the way to Australia and I absolutely loved it.

I mean, yeah I had a pretty luxurious visit so I can’t complain but I got a really good feeling about the place and I really want to go back.

Was my short visit not really an eye opener? What have you got to say about Singapore?

Mustafa Singapore Admin answers:

Oh man! There’s so much more Singapore can offer!

NATURE

– Farms in Lim Chu Kang, small countryside of S’pore!
– Treetop walk in KentRidge Park (MUST SEE!)
– Bt Timah Reserve (Monkeys, snakes, BIG SPIDERS, birds!)
– World-renowned zoo (animals in natural, enclosed habitats) and birdpark (with a LARGE NET CAGE with birds flying ALL AROUND!)
– Pulau Ubin, an offshore island belonging to S’pore, for a cycling experience in a tropical environment, plus BOARD WALKS!

SHOPPING

– Bugis street with little shops
– Orchard Road, main shopping district
– Mustafa Centre, 24 HOUR SHOPPING MALL in Little India! CHEAP!
– Neighbourhood malls along ALMOST EVERY TRAIN STATION!

FOOD

– Geylang, S’pore’s red light district, another sleazy side of S’pore, PLUS lots of good local food! Don’t stray into the dark alleys though!
– Food courts in shopping malls with food from many places!
– Bedok interchange food centre (non-air con)

NIGHT LIFE

– Clarke Quay, riverside, with lots of pubs, bars, clubs
– Boat Quay, more of seafood restaurants and small bars
– Zouk
– Butterfactory

PLACES OF INTEREST

– Zoo
-Sentosa Island (beaches)
-Birdpark
– Downtown east, wild wild wet (swimming pool with slides and wave pool)
– Merlion
– Esplanade (arts centre)
– St Andrews’s Cathedral (Singapore’s oldest church)
– Arab street (some good arabic feel)
– Little India
– AND MANY MORE!

Mandy asks…

I am going to Singapore what can you recommend with regards to…?

foods – what foods and where can i find them?

clubs – the hottest spots! preferably those that play R&B/hip-hop songs =)

shopping – where can i shop for really cheap clothes and shoes and souvenirs..

places to visit – im pretty adventurous, so do they have like bungee jumping in singapore? or cool rides (amusement parks) and stuff, aside from the usual tourist attractions..

i am pretty worried coz its just gonna be me and my younger brother traveling (22 & 21 y/o), and after reading about some foreign travelers gettting raped or cheated and whatever stuff by the locals in other countries and stuff.. but i heard its a pretty safe country.. i hope that’s true.. is it easy and safe to get around by ourselves there?

all in all: any tips to make this trip a really memorable one (even though it’s just gonna be me and my brother =P)?

thanks a lot!

Mustafa Singapore Admin answers:

Foods –

Singapore is a food paradise with a wide variety of food.
If humidity and heat (no air-conditioning) is not a problem for you and your brother, would suggest you visit hawker/food centres, food courts and kopi-tiams (coffee shops) to eat some local fare (at affordable prices) that’s not easily available back in your country rather than spending extra money at restaurants. See: http://www.expatsingapore.com/content/view/1074

Must try foods:
Hainanese Chicken Rice, Bah Kut Teh, Roti Prata, Char Kway Teow, Chilli Crab, Grilled Stingray with Sambal Paste, Barbequed Chicken Wings, Oyster Omelette, Frog’s Legs Porridge, Prawn Noodles, Soup Tulang, Murtabak, Roti John, Nasi Goreng, Nasi Lemak, Fish Head Curry, Laksa, Rojak, Satay and so on.

For dessert, try: Ice Kacang, Bubor Cha Cha and Cheng Tng (served hot or cold).

Fruits will be Durian, Rambutans, Mangosteen, Long-Gans, Lychees etc. (depending on season)

You can refer to this link for detailed explanations of the dishes:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Singaporean_cuisine
Most of the dishes stated above can be commonly found at hawker centres, food courts and kopitiams.

Some places frequented by locals and tourists alike will be: Lau Pa Sat, Food Street (Smith Street, Chinatown), Newton Circus Hawker Centre, Geylang, Changi Village Food Centre, Golden Mile Food Centre and Maxwell Food Centre etc. Do ask the cab driver for recommendations since they are always on the roads and know many food haunts.

Clubs –

Definitely Zouk – Asia’s premier nightspot! It’s actually 3 clubs and a wine bar in 1, consisting of Zouk, Velvet Underground, Phuture & Zouk Wine Bar.
Website: http://www.zoukclub.com/ or reviews at: http://afterdark.hotspots.com/singapore/review_detail_001_sg_zouk.html
Other recommendations will be:
St James Power Station: http://www.stjamespowerstation.com/
Ministry of Sound: http://www.ministryofsound.com.sg/
Chijmes, Fullerton, clubs along the Mohammed Sultan Road stretch and the 3 Quays: Boat Quay, Clarke Quay & Robertson Quay.

Shopping –

The Great Singapore Sale starts from 25 May – 22 July 2007 so this is the best time for shopping!

Great Singapore Sale


Most of the apparel are centrally located in Orchard Road, the heart of the Singapore shopping experience. Here are two pretty comprehensive shopping links for all the shopping malls you can visit. Addresses are provided on the websites as well:
http://www.visitsingapore.com/publish/stbportal/en/home/what_to_do/shopping/where_to_shop.html
http://www.singaporeexpats.com/food-and-leisure/shopping-in-singapore.htm

I personally love shopping at Marina Square, Suntec City Mall, Parco Bugis Junction, Far East Plaza, The Heeren, Plaza Singapura and Wisma Atria because of the trendy apparels and stuffs there. Another notable shopping mall will be Vivocity – the largest retail and lifestyle destination at the HarbourFront precinct in Singapore.
Http://www.vivocity.com.sg
For cheap stuffs and souvenirs, try Mustafa Centre in Little India which boasts of full range of all the brands and wide variety of all the items. Most importantly, it is opened 24 hours – 7 days a week!
Http://www.mustafa.com.sg/index.asp

Places to Visit –

Sentosa, Singapore Zoo, Night Safari, Haw Par Villa, Jurong Bird Park, Singapore Science Centre, Little India, Chinatown to name a few.

Attractions:
– Sentosa Luge & Skyride
http://www.sentosa.com.sg/explore_sentosa/attractions/sentosa_luge.html
– Sentosa The Flying Trapeze
http://www.sentosa.com.sg/explore_sentosa/attractions/the_flying_trapeze.html
– “Escape Theme Park” and “Wild Wild Wet” located at NTUC Downtown East, Pasir Ris:
http://www.downtowneast.com.sg/corp/corp.aspx
– G-MAX reverse bungee at Clarke Quay:
http://www.gmax.co.nz/index.php/pi_pageid/10
– The DHL Helium Balloon Ride at Bugis:
World’s largest tethered helium balloon offering 360 degree panoramic view of the city.
– Snow City:
Singapore’s first indoor snow centre
http://www.snowcity.com.sg
– Ski 360° at East Coast Park:
Waterskiing or wakeboarding where the participants are not pulled by a boat but by an overhead cable, very similar to a snow ski lift, but erected around the banks of a lake with a top speed of 58 kph.
Http://www.ski360degree.com/

Safety –

Singapore remains one of the safest in the world to visit but visitors should also take the necessary precautions and always be on the alert. Don’t count your wads of cash in the streets, be cautious of your belongings when at crowded spots, don’t walk along lonely streets or along poorly lit roads at night. Stick to areas where you see many locals walking about. Basic common sense applies and being street smart helps too.

Transportation –

Public transportation here is excellent. Just bring a map along. You can hop onto a bus, flag down a cab or take the MRT train. MRT routes are expanding in this small country, moving around in Singapore using MRT isn’t difficult after all. Most of the shopping complexes are also accessible by MRT, so you can easily plan your itinerary using this MRT route map:
http://smrt.com.sg/trains/routemap/routemap.pdf
If you wish to take a cab, there are many well marked taxi stands outside most major shopping centers and hotels. All taxis run on the meter, but there are surcharges applicable when using the expressways etc. A surcharge may also be imposed by taxis for picking up passengers from certain places like Changi International Airport. For more info on transportation in Singapore, can refer to this:
http://www.expatchoice.com/relocation_guide/useful_resources/transportation-taxi.htm
*** Never get into a cabs which quotes their own prices. They are out to fleece tourists!

Tips –

You can refer to these sites for traveller tips:
http://www.visitsingapore.com/publish/stbportal/en/home/about_singapore/travellers__essentials/general_info.html#0037
http://www.ntu.edu.sg/home2003/lime0003/SG/tips.htm
http://www.streetdirectory.com/travel_guide/singapore/travellers_tip/381/singapore_traveller_tips__general_tips_when_visiting_singapore.php

*** For your information, chewing gum is still not allowed in Singapore. The ban was only partially lifted in 2004 to allow controlled sales for medical purposes such as Nicorette, a smoker’s chewing gum.

Just plan your itinerary well and I’m sure both of you will have a great time here. Enjoy! 🙂

Steven asks…

Are any shops/restaurants/attractions open on Chinese New Years? If not, when do they close and re-open again?

Eg. Sentosa, Flyer, Zoo/Night Safari, Long Bar at Raffles etc

Mustafa Singapore Admin answers:

Tourist attractions such as Sentosa,Bird Park,Singapore Zoological Gardens,Singapore flyer etc… Will be open as usual.Shopping malls will be close.Open on the fourth day of Chinese New Year.Only Mustafa Centre,Giants hyermarkets & Cold Storage supermarkets will be open.Clubs will be open in the evening.Hotel-restaurants will be open as usual.Fast food restaurants will be open.

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