First and foremost, a big thanks to all fellow TA contributors who I've been following to put together this trip.
Visited Singapore for a week starting July4th. It was a family trip, essentially for shopping for my teenage daughter and her interests, so the "touristy" destinations like the Zoo, Night Safari were not covered(had done it last time we were here). So here goes and hope the info helps future travelers(especially from India).
Day#1: Arrived by SQ 407 (red eye flight from Delhi, so watch out). Flight was uneventful and landed on time and was greeted by clear skies- no haze!!!! This was the best welcome as we were apprehensive about it. Immigration was quick and we got a taxi quickly. The trip to CBD takes roughly 20-25 min and cost us SGD 28 to Swissotel Merchant Court.
Tip: Larger taxis are also available for people with large families/extra bags.
We stayed at the Swissotel Merchant Court, Clarke quay(mainly for the location) and were extremely happy with the choice made. MRT and the Central Mall across the road gave us excellent accessibility. Besides, a wide variety of eating options scattered around the Quay area.
In the evening , went to Orchard Street for the first round of shopping. (Just for info, standalone A&F Store is located here which was a must buy for my daughter). One is spoilt for choice here, its just malls after malls (Visited Ion Orchard, Paragon and Takashiyama). All malls have excellent food plazas, so great eating options.
Tip: If your stay exceeds 5 days, its a good idea to get an EZ Link card(convenient and can easily be topped up as you go along; we got ours from a 7-11 Store).
Day#2 : USS Day! Took the MRT to Vivo City and transferred to Sentosa Express (SGD 4 per person and can be used for unlimited travel). Got down at the Beachfront Station and reached Universal Studios.
My view is that USS is smaller and more compact than the ones I've been to(both in the US & Australia) and it can easily be covered in 4-5 hrs maximum. If one goes on a weekday, there is no need for an Express Pass (if needed, you can get one inside the park as well.)The best rides IMHO are the Transformer ride, Revenge of the Mummy and Battlestar Galactica..
After the park, we went for the Songs Of The Sea(SGD 12 for regular seats, SGD 15 for premium seats). IMHO, this show is overhyped and can easily be given a miss.(Detailed review in the appropriate forum).
Back to the hotel by MRT.
Day#3: Back to Sentosa! This time, visited the I-Fly (the biggest wind tunnel in Asia). My daughter did the beginners package(expensive at SGD 90, for 2 rides which last approximately 90 seconds!). However, it was a unique experience and she was thrilled with it.
After this we all did the Sky Luge and the Sky Ride, good family fun and recommended (SGD 13 single ride and SGD 20 for three).
Came back to Vivo Mall and did a little shopping. Its a huge mall with an excellent food court and has nice viewing areas of the port and Sentosa.
Took an MRT to Little India and visited Mustafa Center(open 24 hrs!!). Good rates of exchange in case anyone wants to change currency.
Day#4 ; Bugis today! Walking distance to Bugis Village and Junction from our hotel .Bugis Village is rows and rows of shops selling cheap clothes ( rates range from 5-15 SGD). Cooled off at an excellent juice stall (wonderful juices at 1-2 SGD!).
Bugis Junction is a conventional mall (huge as all are in Singapore). Lovely lunch at Manhattan Fish Center.
Later in the night, did the Harbour Cruise (roughly 40 minutes for a circular trip and costs 18SGD per person). Do this at night as the lights are amazing.
Day#5; Sentosa again!!! This time went to Adventure 4D (this consists of 3 games, one arcade-Shooting, second-Adventure Island and third- Log roller coaster). Actually, only the Log ride is worth it and at 38SGD pp its not worth it.
Next visited Paluwan Beach(not impressed!) and Silosa Beach (much better!).Detailed review in the appropriate forum.
Night was reserved for the signature Chilli Crab! Had it at Clarke Quay , good al fresco dining at the water edge. If planning for Jumbo, be prepared for a long wait unless you reserve early.
Day#6 : Chinatown! Again, walking distance from the hotel. This, IMHO is the best place to pick up souviniers and knick knacks from Singapore .Lots of eating options nearby.
Day# 6&7 : Marina Bay Sands! This according to me was the high point of the visit. This is not to be missed, both for the grandeur and the views . Visited the Marina Bay Shoppes, excellent high end shopping ( Prada, Cartier etc). Large food court, skating rink and an outside viewing area for the laser show at night (8pm and 9.30pm on weekdays).
In the night also visited the Skypark at MBS, its mind blowing with the infinity pool and the 360 degree views of the city, not to be missed!
Return by SQ 408 (best timings for India)- on time as usual .
Hope this helps future travelers in planning for their trip to this wonderful island.