Singapore Tour in 3 Days - Is This Do-able?

by Aurora
(Philippines)

Hi.

Friend and I are going to Singapore on 20 to 23 of August 2010. Our ETA is 10 in the morning of August 20. We plan to do the Little India, Arab Street, and Bugis walking tour from 12 noon until 6.30 in the evening. Then we'll head to the Night Safari in the evening.

The 2nd day, we plan to do the Chinatown walking tour in the morning, then head to Sentosa Island from noon until the evening.

The 3rd day, we plan to do Singapore Zoo and Jurong Birdpark the whole morning; then do the Singapore River and Orchard walking tour, with the Singapore flyer, in the afternoon until the early evening.

Our flight back to the Philippines is at midnight of 23 August. We'll leave the hotel for the airport at around 8 in the evening.

Is this itinerary possible?

I'd really appreciate a response. Thanks!



Hi Aurora


Here are my opinions about your Singapore tour plan:


DAY 1 - LITTLE INDIA, ARAB STREET, BUGIS & NIGHT SAFARI

Day 1's arrangements seem reasonable enough. Be warned, however, that there's actually quite a lot to see and buy in Little India. So if you run out of time, just forgo Arab Street/Bugis and head straight to the Singapore Night Safari.


DAY 2 - CHINATOWN & SENTOSA ISLAND

Your plan for Day 2 also looks good. Again, be warned that there's enough in Chinatown to occupy you for a day. So you need to be selective. There are basically 3 main areas in Chinatown for sightseeing, each with its own characteristics:


a) The Big Malls on Eu Tong Sen Street

You could have a look at People's Park (Food Centre & Plaza), People's Park Complex (including OG Department Store), People's Park Centre.

This cluster is great for women looking for clothes, shoes and accessories.


b) The Heritage Buildings and Shops Around Pagoda Street

Note the names: Pagoda Street, Temple Street, Sago Street, Telok Ayer Square and Chinatown Complex.

Here's a constantly evolving mix of restaurants and shops. Some are interesting and reflective of traditional Chinese culture; others are tourist traps. But this zone is generally worth a look.


c) Hip Chinatown - Ann Siang Road, Club Street and Telok Ayer Street

Some very interesting and quaint concept shops are found on Club Street and Ang Siang Road. These ones, in my opinion, are the most interesting in Chinatown. Nearby on Telok Ayer Street, you'll find some of oldest religious buildings in Singapore.


Each of a), b) and c) will likely take you half a day. So be selective.


DAY 3 - SINGAPORE ZOO/BIRD PARK, ORCHARD ROAD & SINGAPORE RIVER

You cannot see both the Singapore Zoo and the Jurong Bird Park in one morning. So choose one of them.

Thereafter, arrange to shop on Orchard Road in the afternoon. In the evening, take a walking tour of the Singapore River or a Singapore River cruise.

Round up the day with dinner in the Singapore River or Marina Bay area, perhaps at one of these dining spots:

a) Makansutra Gluttons Bay (near the Esplanade Theatres)

b) Clarke Quay or Boat Quay.

c) Marina Bay Sands


Have a good Singapore tour.


Gabriel Tan

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Singapore Tour in 3 Days - Is This Do-able?

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Jul 14, 2010
Tour Plan Refined
by: Gabriel Tan

Hi Aurora

I've just offered my 2 cents worth regarding your Singapore tour itinerary.

Let me know if it all makes sense for you.

Have a good trip.

Jul 14, 2010
Thank you!
by: Aurora

Hi Gabriel,

Thanks for refining our itinerary. It's just that there's so much to do and see in Singapore that I want to maximize my three-day stay there.

I trust your judgment and will follow your advice.

So here's the final plan then:

Day 1: Little India and Night Safari

Day 2: Chinatown and Sentosa

Day 3: Singapore Zoo and Singapore River

I'm more on the culture rather than the shopping :)

Thanks again! I hope I can catch you in Singapore!

Aurora

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