Which is the Best Singapore Travel Guide Book for Me?
Join a package tour in Singapore?
Or use a good Singapore travel guide?
If you pick up a good Singapore travel book, it is easy and safe to move around Singapore on your own.
Allow me to recommend the following guides - all of which could make your Singapore tour enjoyable.
My Top 5 Singapore Travel Guides
I unreservedly recommend Lonely
Planet's Singapore and Insight
Guide Singapore as the two best Singapore travel guides. But here's my Top 5...
Lonely Planet Singapore's write-ups are brief, but cover Singapore's travel gems most comprehensively.
Insight Guide Singapore provides the most meaningful and substantial background information to Singapore's best spots.
The DK Eyewitness Singapore Travel Guide is great for its spell-binding photos and 3-D drawings.
The Rough Guide to Singapore will be loved by budget travelers.
Fodor's Singapore makes my Top 5 list for daring to say specifically which is the best hotel, the best restaurant, the best walking tour and so on.
Once you have decided on which of these to get, consider a good companion to your main Singapore travel guide - Singapore Cityscoops. As the name suggests, they compile the latest happenings in town. I strongly recommend Cityscoops as an alternative travel guide for repeat visitors.
If there's just one Singapore travel guide you want to get, Lonely Planet Singapore is the one.
Read the full review of Lonely Planet Singapore.
Or get at a low-low price.
Read the full review of Insight Guide Singapore.
Buy this Singapore travel guide, but don't rely on its accommodation listing. Use a hotel comparison tool and book a good Singapore hotel online. In this way, you could enjoy your Singapore tour, and not worry about where to stay.
3. The Rough Guide to Singapore
Read the full review of The Rough Guide to Singapore.
Get this Singapore travel guide if
- you are traveling on a budget.
- you like concise, meaningful background information weaved into each recommendation.
- you have no intention to make short trips across the border.
4. The DK Eyewitness Singapore Travel Guide
Read the full review of DK Eyewitness Singapore Travel Guide.
Get this guide if
- you are a visual person and like a photo-filled guide.
- you want a keep your guidebook as a souvenir for years to come.
- you intend to visit just the 'most famous' sites.
- has a very good 'Smart Travel Tips' section - how to save time and money
- enriching background information to attractions
- short list of hotels and restaurants, but very helpful insights about these places
- a trustworthy 'Fodor's Choice' section, listing the top attractions to see
- maps are not specific enough
- prices are shown in range rather than in exact figures
- no excursion tips to nearby Malaysia or Indonesia spots
Read the full review of Fodor's Singapore.
Buy Fodor's Singapore if
- you like 'this-one-is-the-best' recommendations, said with conviction.
- you are visiting Singapore only,
- you consider restaurant recommendations and the dining experience important.
And a great companion to go with any of the books above...
- the Alternative Singapore Travel Guide
- the quickest to uncover the new hotspots in town
- discoveries that surprise even the locals
- captivating photography
- intuitive grouping of new attractions
- cannot be used on its own by first-time visitors
- a few recommendations are actually yesterday's news, not as novel as claimed
Read the full review of Singapore Cityscoops.
Get this Singapore travel guide if you want to see the spots that wow the locals, or if you like discovering those charming nooks and corners that don't feature on postcards (yet). As it does not include essential travel tips for tourists, first time visitors to Singapore should use this book together with a 'mainstream' guide.
Buying just one Singapore travel guide?
Get Lonely Planet's Singapore or any of the 'Top 5'.
Buying two Singapore travel guides?
Get Lonely Planet's Singapore and Singapore Cityscoops.