Singapore Tour: 6D5N Itinerary Request

by Peekay
(Mumbai)

Hi, firstly compliments on a great site!

I am visiting Singapore for 5 nights starting with Sunday, June 14. Can you please help me create an interesting itinerary for this period?

I want to enjoy Singapore, savour the local fun, absorb only the must-do unique things in SG - not all the rides and touristy things, eat good vegetarian food and do budget shopping. I'm not much into pubbing, theatre and museums.

Would there be a special discount for the variety of entertainment - given it's the Great Singapore Sale?

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Jun 06, 2009
Some Questions Before I Write the Itinerary
by: Gabriel Tan

Hi Peekay

thanks for your encouragement.

5 nights is quite a substantial amount of time in Singapore. Before I proceed to suggest a Singapore tour itinerary, may I ask:

1. Will you be sticking strictly to a vegetarian diet throughout your stay?

2. Apart from vegetarian food and shopping, is there any particular emphasis you'd like for your tour? E.g. history and heritage, adventure, nature, war-related places, etc.

More specific information will help. I'm also assuming that this is a first visit to Singapore?

Jun 08, 2009
Some detailing on my 5N6D tour
by: Peekay

Hi Gabriel, I should have described my plans for the trip with some more thoughts. Surely I am not visiting SG just for eating veg food and shopping. This is my second trip. The first one was way too short and tight.

My wife and I really had a tough time with veggie food. My idea of a travel is to savour the fun of a place. While I would like to indulge in the variety of attractions that SG has, I don't wanna get into everything a tourist should be doing. Love to walk around precincts, get some bearing on SG's history, enjoy Sentosa, etc.

Do suggest if the SG hop on-off bus (discounted for SG pax) can be reliably used for making an interesting itinerary. I have decidedly booked an appartment for us this time to ensure that food, however spartan, does not hold us back from diving into SG's fun.

We would like to build a slow paced itinerary.

Gabriel, I feel quite selfish to pose so many questions across - especially when I know that this is all coming to me as a complimentary service.

Many thanks in advance for your courtesy.

Jun 10, 2009
About the SIA Hop On Bus + More Coming Up
by: Gabriel Tan

Hi Peekay

the SIA Hop On Bus is useful if you have a limited amount of time and you want to quickly see several spots in the city.

You could use it to 'sample' a few places which you won't be seeing for long.

But you have more time than a stopover tour. So it might be better for you to get to one place, and linger for a while before you move on again. You also indicate that you prefer a slower paced itinerary, which I think is very sensible. Maybe the SIA Hop On Bus is not the best option for you.

Jun 11, 2009
Singapore Tour Day 1: Civic District & Singapore River
by: Gabriel Tan

Hi Peekay

Here goes...

Day 1: The Civic District and Singapore River
(Afternoon/Evening)

1. After checking into hotel, take the MRT to City Hall MRT Station.

2. Exit the MRT Station and take a walking tour of the Civic District and the Singapore River.

Visit:

a. Raffles Hotel.

Visit the Raffles Hotel Museum. Then have a drink at one of its restaurants.

b. St Andrew's Cathedral. Beautiful English Gothic architecture.

c. The Padang, Old Supreme Court, City Hall, Singapore Cricket Club and Esplanade Park.

d. Merlion Park and Singapore River. Consider a river cruise on the River in the evening.

Jun 11, 2009
Singapore Tour Day 2: Chinatown & Clarke Quay
by: Gabriel Tan

Go on a walking tour of Singapore Chinatown.

1. Early Morning:

a. Take the MRT to Tanjong Pagar Station.

b. Visit the religious buildings on Telok Ayer Street (a.k.a Street of Faiths).

2. Late Morning:

a. Visit the boutiques, restaurants and bars on Ang Siang Hill and Club Street. Some very interesting shops here.

b. Lunch at Chinatown Complex Food Centre, Maxwell Road Food Centre or one of the restaurants on Club Street.

3. Afternoon:

Sight-see and shop for souvenirs in the heart of Chinatown: Pagoda Street, Temple Street, Smith Street, Sago Street and Trengganu Street.

Check out also the very interesting Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum (free entry).

4. Evening:

Shop at People's Park Complex. Then walk or take the MRT to Clarke Quay Station. Shop at Central Mall. Have a drink or dinner at a riverside restaurant on Clarke Quay.

Jun 11, 2009
Day 3: Little India & Malay-Arab Quarter
by: Anonymous

Morning:

Visit Kampong Glam (Malay Arab Quarter).

Afternoon/Evening:

Visit Little India, including shopping at Mustafa Centre.

Jun 11, 2009
Day 4: Heartland and Rainforest Tour
by: Anonymous

Late Morning:
Ang Mo Kio Town (Heartland Housing Estate)

1. Take the MRT to Ang Mo Kio Station.

2. Browse the shops at AMK Hub and the surrounding plazas (Blocks 702 to 720).

3. Lunch at S11 Food Court or Blk 724 Food Centre.


Late Afternoon:
Lower Peirce Trail (Easy Rainforest Trail)

1. Take bus number 166 from Ang Mo Kio Bus Interchange to Upper Thomson Road. Alight at the bus stop outside Peirce Secondary School.

Cross the road and walk to the junction with Old Upper Thomson Road. Walk along Old Upper Thomson Road until you reach the car park at Lower Peirce Reservoir.

2. Walk the Lower Peirce Trail. Prick up your ears and open your eyes to this fascinating rainforest trail.

3. Exiting the trail, walk along Old Upper Thomson Road and back onto Upper Thomson Road. Without crossing the road, take bus number 138 to the Singapore Night Safari.

Note: Along the way, bus number 138 passes through the lovely Mandai Lake Road. Sit on the left side of the bus to enjoy the views of Seletar Reservoir.


Evening:
Singapore Night Safari

1. Plan to arrive around 6pm and have dinner at either the Bongo Burger Restaurant or Ulu Ulu Restaurant, both in rainforest-type settings.

2. Watch the Bornean Tribal Show at 6.30pm (Ulu Ulu Restaurant) or 7pm (Bongo Burger Restaurant).

3. Follow these tips and enjoy the Singapore Night Safari.

Jun 11, 2009
Day 5: Changi War Trail and Ubin Island
by: Gabriel Tan

Morning: Changi Chapel and Museum

1. Take the MRT to Tanah Merah MRT Station, followed by bus number 2 to Changi Chapel and Museum.

Take in the intriguing World War 2 history of Singapore. Browse on your own (free) or take the in-house guided tour (S$8). An audio tour is also available.

2. Take bus number 2 to Changi Village. Have lunch at Changi Village Food Centre.

Afternoon:

Option A:

Take a walk along Telok Paku Road to Changi Beach. At Car Park 2, there's a information board about the massacre that took place here during World War 2.

Recall the information you've learnt at the Changi Chapel and Museum and try to imagine what happened here in 1942.

Then spend a lazy afternoon by the beach. Or backtrack to Changi Jetty and take a walk on the Changi Coastal Boardwalk.

Option B:

Take a bumboat from Changi Jetty to Pulau Ubin ($2.50 per person one way). Grab an island map from the visitor centre. Then walk or rent a bicycle to explore the island.

Worthwhile are Butterfly Hill, Chek Jawa Wetland Reserve and the traditional village homes along the way.

Jun 11, 2009
Day 6 & Other Singapore Tour Tips
by: Gabriel Tan

Day 6's itinerary depends on how much time you have before your flight.

So I'll leave it to your own devices. You may revisit one or two places. Or you may want to go for an early morning stroll at the Singapore Botanic Gardens, a very lovely place in the morning.


Other Tips for Your Singapore Tour

1. June is a tremendously hot season in Singapore. So if it gets to hot, just retreat to one of the air-conditioned malls for a couple of hours to escape the heat.

2. You may replace any of the day itineraries with either of these Sentosa tours:

a. Fun Sentosa Tour

b. Romantic Sentosa Tour

3. When you arrive at the Singapore Airport, go to the Visitors' Centre. There, you may collect a free city map of Singapore and other free brochures.

Many of the places recommended on this itinerary are described in some detail in these brochures.

Have a wonderful Singapore tour.

Jun 12, 2009
You are truly generous
by: Peekay

Hi Gabriel, you are truly generous and kind. i hope the STB (SG Tourism Board) gets its staff in Mumbai to learn under you. i visited them recently and they merely piled up a huge number of things-to-do brochures. One helluva eco waste. They neither had the time to slowdown and share some ideas with me. Well that be that.

i intend reciprocating your kindness by actually logging-in my itinerary upon return from SG. This way others, may find it of some interest.

i once again express my sincere thanks for the efforts and care you have taken. The list of Veggie Restaurants, you sent, too is most appreciated. Lisiting it below for other benefit:

1. Komala's Restaurants
2. The Good Stuff
Both are at Basement of Peninsula Plaza, 111 North Bridge Rd. Easy walking from City Hall MRT Stn.

In Chinatown:
1. Level 2 of Chinatown Complex has several vegetarian food stalls. Mainly cooked Chinese style.
2. Basement of Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum offers free vegetarian food to all visitors. Donations are welcome.
Both places are near Sago Lane in Chinatown.

In Little India:
1. Ananda Bhavan Vegetarian Indian Restaurant
(58 Serangoon Rd). Raving reviews by their guests.
2. Komala Vilas Restaurant
(76/78 Serangoon Road)

In Ang Mo Kio:
1. Eight Immortals Vegetarian
(Stall 1, NTUC Foodfare, Level 3, AMK Hub, near Ang Mo Kio MRT Station)

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