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Old 07.08.2012, 22:14
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Re: Singapore

Uuuh, Singapore... so jealous!
It really depends on what you are into. I personally really enjoyed the inner city, the Marina Bay area. The skyline at night is really impressive! As mentioned before, there you might enjoy a good Pepper crab, if you are into sea food. Or just some nice fresh fruit juice (or sugar cane juice with lemon!) while strolling around near the little Merlion. Also the view over Singapore and the sea from Marina Bay Sands (around 20SGD to get up there ) is really spectacular with all the ships waiting.
If you have not been to other parts of Asia, you might prefer a trip to Chinatown or Little India. You can have a little look on so many different facettes of Asia in Singapore! I personally really enjoyed Little India and the food there... Just awesome. Try lots of different kinds of food from a banana leaf - great experience! Also asian souveniers are good to get here. You can reach both (as well as Marina Bay) easily via MRT.
I would definetely skip Sentosa if you come from Langkawi, its just beach and _VERY_ touristic stuff there.
If you are a foodie and have some time at the evening, go here: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/singapor...ian/lau-pa-sat
It is a really amazing food court in the financial district. Not only can you try some really good, fresh food, at night they place lots of plastic chairs on the street and you can eat between shining skyscrapers. Just an awesome atmosphere!

Damn, so I really want to go back again...
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Singaporean here...!
And always happy to hear of visitors popping by the country for a bit. Replies to this thread sum up the general impression of visitors to the country…
- it is indeed very hot, very humid, very crowded
- English is the official business language (although not our mother tongue)
- the national pastimes are shopping and eating

… but they don’t paint a complete picture

I don’t know how familiar you are with Singapore, but since you have 13 hours to spare on a Saturday, then I recommend the Free Singapore Tour organized by our Changi Airport. It’s a quick but comprehensive introduction to the main sights in the city – you could even go for both the day and the evening tour (lasting 2 hours each), and still fit in some shopping and eating in between. Best of all, it’s free and there’s no fear of getting lost or delayed for your departing flight.

If you are feeling more adventurous and want to explore the city on your own, then the airport is directly connected to the city center via train (the MRT). It’s a 30 minutes ride, and the fare card is sold at office counters located at the train station gantry. You can also choose to hail a cab; the average fare from the airport into town is about SGD 20.

Interesting areas to explore (in increasing distance from airport):
1. Katong/East Coast
- A charming historic neighbourhood that is popular with locals and expats for food, shopping and the beach. But often skipped by tourists because there are no direct train connections and taking the public bus can get tricky.

2. City Hall / Marina Bay / Esplanade / Clarke Quay / Singapore River
- Financial district area, so plenty of skyscrapers, shopping malls, hotels and restaurants here, above- and under-ground Attractions here: Marina Bay Sands casino and its Double Helix bridge, Gardens by the Bay (the brand new botanic gardens in the heart of the city), Merlion Park, Clarke Quay

3. Orchard Road
- Shopping avenue for locals and visitors alike. Wallets beware! Also be warned that it will get very crowded on weekends, but that also means you get to soak up the buzz of the city, and people-watch. If the outdoor heat and buzz gets too much, do what the locals do: escape into one of the many air-conditioned shopping malls. Alternatively, look out for the ice-cream pushcarts along the street. They are manned by friendly elderly men who are happy to sell you the local specialty – a slab of ice cream wedged in a piece of multi-coloured bread

When it comes to food and eating in Singapore, you will never go hungry. Is there any particular cuisine that you love, say Japanese or Indian? Otherwise, just follow your nose, or the long queue lines, and try try try away… be warned that some food items can be very spicy, so before you order, check with the vendor how much “fire” is in the food.

Enjoy your trip to the tropics, and feel free to ask if you have more questions for me
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Re: Singapore

The few hours is enough for you to do a quick tourist tour around Singapore but definitely not enough to visit all the attractions (which prob needs another 3-5 days)

Maybe you can visit the new Gardens by the Bay which just opened this year, walk around areas near the Esplanade and Singapore Flyer or grab some food there if you don't mind paying tourist prices. Otherwise, food is almost everywhere. You can even check out some of the foodblogs such as ieatishootipost.sg and search by area (east coast - near the airport) or by cuisine. Perhaps you would have time to pop by 1- Altitude rooftop bar for a quick drink and view before heading straight to the airport!
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yep, 13 hour layover and people have suggested everything under the sun...if treverus is around too we can all have a mini reunion and just go for a looooong drink
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Old 06.09.2012, 14:25
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People keep saying chewing gum will be confiscated and is illegal. Need someone currently living in Sg to confirm, but it's my understanding that neither is true.

It's illegal for shops to sell it (or else highly discouraged) but you can take chewing gum with you, and eat it as you walk around, no problem.
you can bring chewing gum in for your own personal chewing...but not for resale. prescription gum is available in the pharmacies here too....i always bring some over when in msia...

just saw someone already answered this...

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Re: Singapore

It was really interesting to read this thread and pick up all the info.
I've been before for work and done the shopping thing on Orchard Road but there wasn't time for anything else, so I missed out on a lot of sightseeing.

Anyway... I'm going to be in Singapore for 3 days over New Year, on the way home from a trip to Burma/Myanmar.

Any tips on the best place to celebrate the New Year?? We're late 30's-ish so not that into wild partying.
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Re: Singapore

I love Singapore. Time permitting the night safari at Singapore zoo is a must.

http://www.nightsafari.com.sg/
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It was really interesting to read this thread and pick up all the info.
I've been before for work and done the shopping thing on Orchard Road but there wasn't time for anything else, so I missed out on a lot of sightseeing.

Anyway... I'm going to be in Singapore for 3 days over New Year, on the way home from a trip to Burma/Myanmar.

Any tips on the best place to celebrate the New Year?? We're late 30's-ish so not that into wild partying.
you could go see the fireworks
then on NY day go for brunch somewhere, just check out timeout sg
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