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Singapore First Time

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Singapore First Time

We are spending 2 nights 3 days in Singapore next April. Never been before. Coming in after Penang and Langkawi. I would appreciate knowing whether there key areas of the city to stay that are better than others - walking distances to city, markets, shops, restaurants, what transport options are usual - is there a bus service train etc, are taxis readily available from the airport or do they require pre-booking and if so how or is there a train service or other transport, how far is the airport from major accommodation area, any recommended middle of the road accommodation and ideal locations would be much appreciated.

What are the key things to see and do in Singapore? Are tours etc easy to arrange?

Is Singapore dollars the only ones accepted?

What is the power supply/plug like?

Thank you kindly.

Edited: 15 June 2014, 11:38
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it would be a lot more rewarding for you to do some research yourself

read the answer to all those questions in the top questions about Singapore next to your question

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Have a peek at the top questions ( on the right hand of the screen if you are viewing in a desktop browser) which should answer most of your question.

Singapore is small place a 50min end to end by taxi, with the city area pretty much in the centre of the Island the longest journey by taxi will be 30 min and cost not more than $30. Most journeys to attractions are in the $5-10 range. Taxis are readily available from the airport, a trip into town is around the $20-25 mark.

The MRT (underground train network) is extensive and maximum journey cost is $2 or less. You can get pretty much anywhere a tourist would want to go by MRT/on foot ( other than the Zoo and Birdpark).

Prime locations to stay are Marina/City Hall, Clark Quay, Orchard Road. Cheaper areas include Chinatown, Bugis and Little India. All these areas are within 10min on the MRT and 5 min by taxis and 30min on foot.

Everything is prised in Singapore dollars is the only accepted currency in the majority of place. Shops may accept other currencies at an unfavourable rate.

in Singapore where everyone speaks English and easy public transport, tours are mainly for the infirm and those that need a tour guide that speaks their own language.

There are Hop on/ off bus services which are good of city orientation and getting about town.

Edited: 15 June 2014, 12:12
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Hi ChellaTas,

Singapore is a multi racial country and mostly everyone here speaks English, you wouldn't have any communication problem. It is really easy to travel around Singapore as it's a small country and you could get from one end to another in a taxi for only about an hour. I had attached a YouTube link and Transportation link below so you could have it as a guide. Singapore, I can say is quite warm and humid. You might just want to bring just t-shirts and pants, but don't forget to to bring some dress for a night party :)

Yes, only Singapore Currency is accepted here. They also do accept foreign currencies in some shops too, but not to worry you can always head down to a nearby money changer to change your money. Money changer can almost be found in every mall.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yj6ZziI4Lpw

publictransport.sg/content/…homepage.html

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Hello,

You can use your Australian Credit or Debit card at ATM machines at the airport or anywhere in town, but check with your own bank or building society about any overseas transaction fees and currency conversion charges they impose. Money changer booths are at the airport or in town, eg. Mustafa department store in little India, or around the Raffles Place area give good rates.

As mentioned above, our Top Questions section on the right of this page will answer many of your questions. We have gathered useful links and articles on Airport Transfer options, lists of recommended hotels which includes a description of the main popular areas to stay, sightseeing - what to see and do, mapping websites, MRT underground train network maps and taxi fare calculators to help you plan your transport while in Singapore.

If you can be a bit more specific about your accommodation needs we can help you narrow down a few to investigate and read their reviews. It would help us if you could give a figure in Sgd$ or Aust$ per room per night and any preferences you have.

Edited: 15 June 2014, 21:10
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HI,

1/ What`s your budget/ room/ night???? PLease..........

2/ yoursingapore.com

Edited: 16 June 2014, 11:43
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Thank you so much. Your replies are very helpful indeed. Did not realise there was a 'top questions' option to look at here. Will definitely check it out.

We typically would pay $100 to $150 per night in most Asian areas.

Cheers.

Edited: 17 June 2014, 07:03
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<<pay $100 to $150 per night in most Asian areas. >>

For SIN it is a low bar, you`ll have to look at 2 star properties, nothing fancy, but check these options:

The Bliss

Dorsett

Soluxe Inn

the BIG

Bay Hotel

The Clover

Marisson

NOTE: every hotel rate will gain 17.7 % of tax and service charge at the end of booking.

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