Quick guide to Singapore
Singapore is one of the most developed country in South East Asia boosting quite a few modern architecture. If you are visiting Singapore for business or for leisure purpose and not knowing what to do with your free time - here is a quick guide for you to save you time and money.
Singapore is a small country with good subway system and you will not get lost no matter which connection you have taken or where you have dropped off. At the most, you might be lost maybe for 5 minutes; if it is more than 5 minutes than you are probably the worst map reader. :).
This is a easy and quick guide to Singapore.Did I mention that Singapore is a tiny country and all most all the places are walking distance away and you can always look at the city map to find out where you are exactly? Nope? Well it is!!! The place is friendly and no need to worry about getting mugged or harassed.
Main attraction for the Singapore is the Mariana Bay Sands and Sentosa Island. You can enjoy a panoramic view of the whole city from Skypark. A must visit for every people traveling to Singapore. Skypark is on top of Mariana Bay Sands building - The three building that looks like its holding up a big ship. Yep Skypark is on that.
Sentosa Island is completely designed for getaways and enjoy the day with your family with themed park by universal, or play casino, or shop or just enjoy the night with their special song of the sea, or take a flying lesson in the largest wind tunnel in Asia called "iFly". iFly is worth every bit of experience if you are interested to fly or feel how it feels if you are parachuting.
Or another activity is to take a bird eye view of Singapore on Singapore Flyer.
Have a great day!!
Firstly- a guide to MRT (the subway)
MRT (the general term - subway ) stands for Mass Rapid Transit and its cheaper and easy way to get around the country. Of course you can take taxis too. There is four colour code for the MRT - North-South Line (NS -the red colour), East-West Line (EW - the green colour), North-East Line (NE - the purple colour) and lastly the Circle Line (the yellow colour).Plus there are bus transit terminals near MRT stations. Where-ever you want to just follow the colour and the lines and hop on the train.
There is also an interactive map on www.smrt.com.sg and you can just see the line map or calculate the fare by clicking the start and end destination. A very helpful site if you are planning ahead.
Shopping and city tour
- A relatively new and big shopping mall with nice views at the spacious balconies at the shopping mall looking towards Sentosa Island.
- Easily accessible via Harbour Front MRT station (North-East Line).
2. Marina Bay Sands
- easily accessible via Promendade MRT station (Circle Line)
- nice and new high-end shopping mall with casino
- nice to walk around the walk-ways outside the shopping mall with good views of surrounding buildings
3. Raffles City, Marina Squares, Suntec City, Esplanade, City Link Mall, Singapore Flyer
- easily accessible via City Hall MRT Station (accessible from North-South Line or East-West Line)
- Shopping malls, river views, views of business district
note- can combine with visits of Marina Bay Sands on same day as they are all relatively near to each other, in fact, can easily walk to Marina Bay Sands from Marina Square area
4. Orchard Road
- Long stretch of shopping malls, newer malls in recent years include ION, Orchard Central, Somerset 313
- easily accessible via Orchard MRT Station or Somerset MRT Station
Visit to places of interest
1. Day Zoo and/or Night Safari
- Note-tickets are purchased separately, one can choose to visit only the Day Zoo or only the Night Safar
- island next to Harbour Front
- easily accessible via Train from Harbour Front MRT Station
- new attractions include Resorts World and Universal Studio
3.Botanical Gardens and parks, MacRitchie Reservoir
4. Beaches: Singapore is an island city, so there are a number of beaches that are easily accessible
Souvenirs and specific shopping areas
- Many souvenirs shops in Chinatown and Little India
- Little India- Mustafa shopping centre in Little India (it is 24 hour shopping mall- has a wide variety of goods such as household items, electronic goods, toiletries, groceries)
- Wide variety of nice local food:chicken, bak kut teh (pork ribs soup), rojak (mixed items with nice sauce), laksa (spicy noodle), etc.
- Visit hawker centres and local coffee shops to experience the local food experience
- also many varieties of other countries' food in restaurants as well: Thai, Korean, Japanese, Western food, Asian Food, Peranakan, Indian, Malay, Chinese, etc