Is this the ideal 2.5 days Singapore travel itinerary?
First of all, Happy New Year and keep up the good work with this website - it is very informative! :)
We are a group of 5 adults who will be landing in Singapore on 23/1 night and leaving on 26/1 at 7pm. I have worked out a rough itinerary for the 2.5 days that we are there and just want to know if it is the ideal timetable in order to maximise our stay here...
Day 1 (24/1) - Chinatown (need to go there to buy the Singapore Tourist Travel Pass) -> Merlion (?) -> Raffles Place / Lau Pa Sat -> Sentosa (Images of Singapore / Songs of the Sea)
Day 2 (25/1) - Clarke Quay -> Orchard Rd -> Night Safari
Day 3 (26/1) - Merlion (?) -> Little India -> Bugis Market -> Singapore Flyer(?) -> Raffles Hotel -> Airport
I am not too sure about where to place Merlion and Singapore Flyer as they seem to be out of the way compared to other places. We will be staying near Outram Park.
First of all, thanks for your blessings and kind words.
To help you cut down on backtracking, I'd like to counter suggest the following itinerary:
Singapore Tour Day 1
Chinatown -> Raffles Place / Lau Pa Sat -> Merlion Park -> Clarke Quay -> Night Safari
(1.1) Clarke Quay comes alive in the afternoon and evening. You'll find most of the shops/restaurants if you turn up early in the morning.
(1.2) You may see Raffles Place, Merlion Park and Clarke Quay by taking this simple Singapore River walking tour.
Get a free tourist map from the Visitors' Centre when you arrive at the airport. It'll help you make that little detour to Lau Pa Sat.
(1.3) 'Merlion' - I'm assuming you are referring to the Merlion Park @ Marina Bay. There's another Merlion at Sentosa, which is basically an observation tower, offering views to parts to southern Singapore.
Singapore Tour Day 2
(Botanic Gardens) -> Orchard Road -> Sentosa, including Images of Singapore and Songs of the Sea.
(2.1) The shops on Orchard Road open only in the late morning. If you plan on starting early, you could squeeze in a trip to the Botanic Gardens during the early part of the morning. Orchard Road is a short bus ride from the Botanic Gardens.
Singapore Tour Day 3
Singapore Flyer -> Raffles Hotel -> Bugis Market -> Little India
(3.1) Day 3's itinerary might be a bit tight, especially if you and your travel companions like shopping. I'm also assuming that you are keeping your luggage at the hotel and going back there to claim it after your walkabout. If this is the case, you might need to drop 1 or 2 places on Day 3.
Just one more question - How long are the duration of your River Walking Tour and the Chinatown Walking Tour?
1. The Singapore River walking tour may be done in 1-2 hours if you just breeze through every spot, without stopping for a drink and without seeing the Asian Civilisations Museum. (But why be in a hurry?)
If you take it easy - leisurely take in the sights, stop for a drink or 2 and visit the Asian Civilisations Museum - it's likely to take 4-6 hours.
2. The Chinatown Walking Tour will take 1-2 hours, including a stop to sample local food at Maxwell Road Food Centre. You may extend it with a visit to Chinatown Complex, Buddha Tooth Relic Temple-Museum and the touristy parts on Pagoda Street/Temple Street - all of which are nearby.
Thank you very much.