Lonely Planet Singapore: The Best Singapore Travel Guide?

Lonely Planet Singapore Takes No. 1 Spot in 'My Top 5 Singapore Travel Guides' Ranking.
- Highly Recommended!

Lonely Planet Singapore - A comprehensive travel guide book for DIY Singapore tour.
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What's good:

As with most of the LP guides, the tips in Lonely Planet Singapore are concise and pertinent. The writers do not waste their words but tell you what's most important, making this guide chock-full of Singapore's best offerings.

You'll find the longest list of highly-rated hotels - the whole gamut of accommodation is covered here, from budget to boutique to super-luxury.

Restaurant tips are extremely brief, but they are numerous and highlight what's most important about the food, the atmosphere, the service, the views and so on.

I've walked some of their walking tours and found them absolutely spot on. Though they don't elaborate a lot about what you'll see, they point you to the most interesting spots.

After the Insight Singapore Travel Guide, Lonely Planet Singapore has the next most substantial information for short excursions to Malaysia (Johor Bahru, Tioman Island) and Indonesia (Bintan & Batam Islands). Whatever your budget, you won't go wrong crossing the border with their tips.

Other notable strengths of Lonely Planet Singapore:

  • Detailed, easy-to-follow maps with exact locations of attractions.
  • Color-coded word tabs that tell you whether a hotel is luxury, boutique, budget; or whether a restaurant is Indian, Chinese and the like.
  • Clear intuitive sectioning.
  • Exact prices for each hotel and attraction, so you could budget accurately; accurate restaurant price range (yes, I did check some of them out!). 

What's not so good:

The photos are squeezed into just a few pages. And the images, in my opinion, look amateurish and tired. But then again, they never set out to be a photo tour book.

My recommendation:

If you don't want to think too hard about which Singapore travel guide to buy, get Lonely Planet Singapore for its incorruptible research process and (ok, I'm biased here!) long-standing reputation...

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The Others in 'My Top 5 Singapore Travel Guides' List

No. 2 - Insight Guide Singapore
for its very substantial background information to each spot & souvenir-quality pictures.

No. 3 - The Rough Guide to Singapore
for its incredibly good range of budget travel options and useful background information all-round.

No. 4 DK Eyewitness Singapore Guide
for its numerous photos and see-through 3-D drawings.

No. 5
- Fodor's Singapore
for sticking out their necks to say which the best is in every aspect of Singapore travel.

And a good companion to these - Singapore Cityscoops.

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