Did you check tripadvisor? Lots of good info on Singapore there.
I was in Singapore for Christmas. Lots of lights all over. Singapore is a shopping Meca so they know how to do the shopping season.
I did have trouble transitioning from the cold of Chicago to the heat/humditiy of Singapore. So pls just be aware of that.
BTW go to the beaches at night with the breeze coming in. Some of the beaches have awsome seafood. Prawns with the heads still on. Break the heads off. Break the shells open and eat. Yum. Also great beef on a stick. I think night at a beach resturant is one of my favs. Though there are a ton of tourist things to do in Singapore.
Depends on the budget - Im currently living in Singapore and I can tell you it has something to offer everyone.
Since the dates are confirmed I imagine you have flights already - if not, try CheapoAir - I always have luck with them.
Rhornback is right- beaches at night - especially east coase park - are fantastic... Sentosa (tanjong beach club) is very nice for the days. Orchard road lights up like crazy in season. Daytime, try to make it to the marina bay sands skypark and go for food at boat quay. Then it is a short walk along the river to Clarke Quay which has great nightlife.
Malaysia - plans on where you are travelling? JB/KL/Lankawi? I have some tips for each, but it depends what you plan to get out of the trip.
In KL I always stay at MiCasa on Jalan Tun Razak. - Nice Boutique style place on the cheap and the suites are very nice. I moved between hotels and finally stayed there for 6 months while working on a project.
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I don't work for them, but I thought it was pretty cool. Its a start up in the Bay, that has humans searching for the best deals. They were saying like computers can only do so much (like Priceline, Expedia etc.) and you need human to search the the cracks to get the ultimate deal. They guarantee to find you a deal and take a percentage off. If they don't they theres no charge. It looks pretty interesting. Its called Flightfox. I posted a link to the news station and let me know how it goes. I might want to use them in the future.
Singapore is extremely safe - my wife and I are planning a month long tour of europe and we are honestly afraid of our own newfound relaxed (naive) state of mind.
My wife can leave her purse on the table at restaurants, no need for a security alarm on your house, plenty of police (mandatory national service) - I would say Singapore is definitely safe, but sometimes not up to western general hygiene standards.
Many of good places to stay - but will be 2x or more as expensive as the equivalent in Malaysia, so I would honestly limit the amount of time in Singapore (try to do more in less time). Marina Bay Sands is spendy but worth it if this is the only trek through Singapore - Ive given up on backpacker hostels some time ago, but there are a lot, a nice Kiwi backpacker's lodge on Lavender street - On the cheap, check reviews from tripadvisor, else - Orchard/Scotts road hotels from major chains. I always pay with my skymiles so price isnt such a factor.
Thanks Rhornback and Pheuker. Appreciate the tips and repped you both.
Late night beaches sound good but is it (Singapore) generally a safe place?
Singapore is like one of the safest countries in the world. I would have no problem walking alone through the city at 3 in the morning. Can't say the same for downtown LA...
Singapore has cameras like EVERYWHERE, you are constantly being watched..trust me on this. Don't ever try to do a drug deal in Singapore..you will get farked. They are incredibly strict and hygienic. All the people speak English as well as it's their first and official language. Singapore is one of my favorite countries on how un-corrupted they are compared to other Asian nations (e.g. in Malaysia you can give a police officer like RM30, about $10, and they won't write you a ticket etc. aka bribe them. Try the same in Singapore and you might get jail time..). They are rated #5 on the least corrupted countries list (behind New Zealand, Denmark, Finland, and Sweden; the US is at #24 if that tells you anything..).
Let me know how you plan on using mobiles there. I still have an unused StarHub prepaid card (you'll have to buy the sim yourself though, Singapore is very strict on prepaid sims in that they require your passport info and then they expire after 6 months I think..) worth $17 that you can use to reload a StarHub account if you'lll need it (they're like #2 I think behind Singtel). I won't be back to Singapore for the next few years so might as well put it to use. I can email you the PIN if you use StarHub
It's a HappyStars card which should probably cover you for calls and texts for your entire trip (for one phone anyway). Don't worry about data usage..Singapore has free nationwide Wifi..you just need a local telephone number to register first (hence why I got a prepaid sim lol).
A little confused on whether to go to Malaysia or not. Would appreciate if you can chip in to clear my dilemma.
Malaysia has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world on the island of Langkawi. Please, please, please make sure you plan a small trip to Langkawi. I missed going there due to time constraints during my last trip and regret it. You can take Tiger Airways from Singapore for a day trip to Malaysia if you don't want to drive. I think the flight was only like $25 US. Tiger Air is a no frills airlines though. It's like Spirit Air here in the US....it's really cheap but don't expect much.
Malaysia is going to be cheaper but watch out. They like to scam Americans easily. You can ALWAYS, let me repeat this, ALWAYS haggle on price when you are in the night markets in Malaysia. They will be tough on you to get a sale, but hold your ground, they need you more than you need them. It's not like here in the US where every price is set in stone..you can always barter for a lower price. If they say $20 for something you say the best I can do is $12, and you probably work around $15. Always go as low as you can (but not super low). You'll learn fast.
I remember bringing back like 300 DVDs and games many years ago for like what..$50 altogether? Maybe less. Customs didn't say anything. Malaysia is awesome for fake stuff. Enjoy it.
Oh when in Singapore they have a new casino (I think I missed it just before they opened..not sure..it's at the Marina Bay Sands.)
When in Singapore if money is no object, try the infinity pool. If you look white and fancy enough (I shit you not...don't try to look like white trash and you'll be fine) they probably won't ask questions. You can just tell a lot of foreigners and more upper class people stay in the hotel. I got super lucky in that a friend was staying there and was able to get access to their room and key card. They have cameras on every floor though (again this is Singapore..they watch you like crazy), and as long as you look like you "belong" there, then they won't ever ask any questions.
If you have the time visit Malaysia, but since you're only there for like 3 days it might be either way too tight or not worth it. Malaysia has a lot more to see and do, Singapore is just one gigantic ass city.
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