Planning to Visit Singapore? Here’s THE Travel Guide.
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Singapore, Singapore

Covering just 277.64 miles square, Singapore is one of only three city-states in the world. And although small, it’s home to one of the most powerful economies in the world. No wonder they call it the Lion City, although lions aren’t native here. Just watch out for all the strange laws… Can’t buy gum but you can buy sex?? Let’s visit Singapore!
Visiting Singapore? Let’s Take A Walk!
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One of our favorite cities to get out and explore, Singapore is a great place to stretch those legs. Just head towards the water and start checking off our “must-sees”.

Garden By the Bay East

Just past the Marina Bay Golf Course and the East Coast Parkway Bridge, find a bench by the park and enjoy the iconic skyline of Singapore. From here you can see the giant buildings of downtown including the huge Singapore Flyer ferris wheel, the iconic Marina Bay Sands Hotel, as well as the Gardens by the Bay and Supertree Grove. Our advice is to pack a snack and watch the sun go down over the city. Be sure to wait until 8pm when the spectacular nightly light show begins.


Supertree Grove
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Do not miss Singapore’s grove of amazing steel trees. Measuring between 82 and 160 feet tall, each one is an actual vertical garden covered in vines, ferns, and flowers. At night they glow with beautiful lights, truly a magical experience. You can even go up 164 feet to the Skyway for stunning views of the gardens below.


Tanjong Rhu Suspension Bridge
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Connecting the affluent district of Tanjong Rhu and the Singapore Sports Hub across the Geylang River, this is Singapore’s first suspension footbridge.


Singapore National Stadium
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The world’s largest retractable dome is busy year-round with football(soccer), rugby, cricket, and several concerts.

Visiting Singapore? Let’s Grab a Bite!
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With over 100 hawker centers around town, there are literally thousands of choices for food. In fact, there are over 6,500 different restaurants in Singapore, a number that’s growing at a rate of roughly 2 every day! Here are our three cents on the astronomical food situation in Singapore:

Satay by the Bay

Why choose Satay by the Bay over 99 other hawker centers? Location. Perfectly located at the south end of the Gardens by the Bay, this center is the home to 23 diverse stalls of culinary delights. Grab a beer and enjoy a mixed satay plate under the stars at this indoor/ outdoor food court.


You know the old saying “Be a leader, not a follower”?

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It’s a good one unless your leader is Anthony Bourdain, then you should probably follow. In 2016, he released a list of 10 dishes he hopes to include in his highly anticipated New York hawker center. Two of which were within a few blocks of our apartment and we had to check them out:

Gelang Claypot Rice
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I’ll just leave this quote from the 2016 Michelin Guide here:
“The location and specialty are both there in the name. This modestly decorated place with its big round tables and plastic chairs is all about rice cooked over charcoal – accompanied by sausage, salted fish, chicken or cured meat. There are other Cantonese dishes to choose from the illuminated menu on the wall; the bean curd ‘prawn ball’ is particularly recommended. Call in advance to reserve a table and to ensure your rice will be ready for you when you arrive.”

J.B. Ah Meng Kitchen
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White. Pepper. Crab. Be prepared, you’ll get your hands and face messy and you’ll enjoy this ahhhmazing dish. J.B. Ah Meng is in a slightly hard to find the alley, but trust, it is sooo worth it.


Durian
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They should rename the awful thing “don’tryin”. This spiky fruit can get as large as 12 inches and weigh as much as 7 pounds. Full disclosure: We did not eat durian in Singapore, BUT we did smell it. It’s bad! The odor has been described as a mixture of rotten onions, turpentine, and raw sewage. It’s even banned from some hotels and public transportation for heaven sakes. If you’re up for the adventure, we’d recommend trying it in another Southeast Asian country. Due to the high demand for durian in Singapore, it is MUCH more expensive than in neighboring countries.

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Getting to Singapore

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Bus

Buses are not our favorite mode of travel.. The seats are generally cramped, the ride is bumpy, and departure/arrival times can be unpredictable. Since Singapore is an island, international bus travel is a bit complicated, although reasonable departures from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia are only $15 for the 5-6 hour ride

TRAIN

Due to some sticky government issues, you can no longer take a train into Singapore. If train travel is preferred, take the train just to the Malaysian border town of Johor Bahru, then transfer across the border. Train travel from Kuala Lumpur takes about 7 hours and costs $13.


FLY

Singapore’s Changi Airport is one of the largest transportation hubs in Southeast Asia and named the worlds best! Flights from surrounding countries are extremely cheap: Kuala Lumpur for $11, Hanoi for $27, Krabi for $19, or Bali for $20 with our favorite flight search site, Skyscanner.

Singapore Flight Deals


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Changi International Airport to Singapore City Center

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Taxi

You’ll find the taxi stand just outside the arrival level of each terminal. Depending on the time of day, you can get to the city center in about 30 minutes for about $14 – $28. **They’re are surcharges depending on the time of day, weekend vs weekday, and holidays.

Bus

For roughly $2.50 you can take a 60-minute bus ride and get to the city center. Located in the basement of terminals 1, 2, and 3, find Bus 36 for the city center.


Train **Recommended**

Look for signs in the airport that say “Train to City.” Take the MRT from the Tanah Merah station directly to the city center in about 60 minutes for less than $2. Cost of the ticket is directly related to distance traveled.

Getting around in Singapore
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Walk

Walkscore.com gives Singapore a score of 96, calling it a “Walker’s Paradise.” We also found this to be true. Walking around Singapore is highly recommended.

Uber

Uber is readily available all over Singapore including to and from the airport. Get to the city center for about $14 from Changi International.


Metro

Public transport in Singapore is very user-friendly. Called the MRT (mass rapid transit), 9 color-coded lines have you very well connected in the city. Find ticketing machines at each station with easy to follow instructions, fares are determined by distance traveled but will generally cost around $2 USD.

Where To Stay in Singapore:

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HOTELS

Singapore offers a wide range of hotels. High-end hotels like Marina Bay Sands or The Westin Singapore run about $400 a night, while reasonably priced hotels like Hotel Supreme or Value Hotel Thomson go for about $80 a night. When it comes to hotels, we recommend shopping Agoda.com, the most competitive resource when searching for hotels in Singapore.

Singapore Hotel Deals



HOSTELS

With just over 80 hostels available in Singapore, you will likely find one that suits your needs but it’s always best to plan in advance. Prices generally range from $15-$40 a night for a dorm room, while private rooms cost a bit more at about $60-$80 per night. Hostelworld is our recommended resource when searching for hostels in Singapore.

Singapore Hostel Deals


AIRBNB

We love Airbnb! From private rooms to entire homes, there are plenty of choices when visiting Singapore. If you’re a first-timer with Airbnb, use this coupon and enjoy $35 off of your stay.


NEIGHBORHOODS

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Choosing a neighborhood is an important part of trip planning that should not be overlooked! With 28 districts, this seemingly small island country has many different areas to choose from. While our general recommendation is to stay in the lower 14, here are some of the best worth considering when deciding where to stay in Singapore.


Marina Area, CBD (central business district), and City Hall. Districts 1, 2, and 6

These city center districts are where the business happens and the wealthy live. Filled with luxury condos and the iconic supertrees at Gardens by the bay, this is where we took one of our favorite walks. Get the details here complete with specifics of the 3.85-mile journey.


Orchard and Tanglin. Districts 9 and 10

These family-friendly neighborhoods are filled with parks, playgrounds, wide sidewalks, and great public transit, yet still close enough to the city action. Also home to the gigantic ION Orchard Mall, offering over 300 stores from PRADA to H&M and everything in-between.


Eunos, District 14

This not so family friendly district includes the infamous Geylang neighborhood, aka the red light district. While I can’t speak for the prostitution in the area I can say the architecture and food found here are worth considering. Take a look at the neighborhood in our Singapore foodie video, which includes some ahhhmazing food.

Singapore Travel Tips:

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Singapore Travel Tips: Tipping

Generally speaking, there is no tipping in Singapore. Most restaurants will include a 10% service charge to the bill that typically will not go to the server, so if you wish to take care of them specifically, hand it to them in cash.

Singapore Travel Tips: Money

Singapore’s national currency is the Dollar and is currently exchanging at 1.39SGD to $1USD. Credit cards are widely accepted and ATM machines are readily available.


Singapore travel tips: Insurance

Traveling through Singapore is exciting and safe, but you never know when some good travel insurance could come in handy. World Nomads offers the best coverage in the business, is affordable, and is quick to act should something go wrong. For more info, check out our recent World Nomads blog post.


If planning to visit Singapore, you might want to check out our Singapore resource page.

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