Making a 5 Day Singapore Tour Plan Feasible

(Reader's Question)

Hi there.

Me and my husband (both early 30s) are due to arrive in Singapore on June 20 at 15:40, then we'll leave on June 24 at 17:40.

Basically, here's what i have in mind:

When we arrive there, we'll check in at a hotel (haven't yet booked..can you suggest an area or even a specific hotel, 2 - 3 star perhaps), freshen up a bit, and then head out for the Night Safari.

Then on June 21, the whole day at Sentosa.

June 22 at Universal Studios Singapore.

June 23 at Botanic Gardens and Orchard Road and Clarke Quay.

On June 24, where else can we go?

I'm interested in the Equinox Restaurant(the high tea buffet), when can I squeeze that in?

Based on my readings, Little India and Chinatown also look interesting.

At the places I mentioned, what restaurants, simple eateries can we go to, especiallly your popular chilli crabs? We like good food, but not necessarily exotic ones. :)

Is my itinerary ok, and for each day, can we still add something or the schedule is too full already?

Basically, I'm interested in a bit of culture, a bit of shopping, food, fun rides, sightseeing.. walking is just fine with me (reasonable distances).

Thanks very much!! Hope to hear from you. :)

Hi there


Based on the places you'd like to visit and things you'd like to do, I recommend the following 3-star hotels in Singapore:

1) YWCA Fort Canning Lodge

This is a decent 3-star hotel on the fringe on Orchard Road and within 5 minutes' walk to the Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station.

You could use the MRT to get to almost all the attractions you mentioned.

2) Ibis on Bencoolen Hotel Singapore

Hotel Ibis Bencoolen is in a similarly central location vis-a-vis Fort Canning Lodge - about 7-10 minutes walk to the Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station.

It's close to many shopping malls, eateries, art galleries and museums.

SCHEDULE FOR DAYS 2-4 (21-23 June)

Your allocation for 21-23 June seems spot-on. If you plan on using the Equinox Restaurant, you could possibly go for their high tea buffet on 23 June, between your Orchard Road and Clarke Quay stops.

Be warned, however, that some shopping-inclined visitors have planned half a day on Orchard Road, only to end up with 2 days there.


Chinatown and Little India are definitely worth your time and best seen on walking tours.


1) At Singapore Night Safari:

The Buffet Dinner at Ulu Ulu Restaurant is pretty good in my opinion. However, it costs about S$45 per person. If you don't want to fork out this type of money, just walk into any mall near your hotel and have dinner there before heading to the Night Safari.

2) At Universal Studios and Sentosa Island:

For Universal Studios, I'm afraid you'll just have to settle on what's available within the theme park.

For Sentosa:

a) You could have a decently affordable meal (local food) at the Koufu Food Court on Palawan Beach near the Dolphin Lagoon.

b) For a real treat in romantic surroundings, try The Cliff at The Sentosa Resort and Spa. Quite pricey menu, but definitely the place to pamper yourself.

3) Orchard Road & Clarke Quay

If you fancy buffets, check out one of these wonderful hotel buffets.

If you fancy local food at decent prices, head to the upper levels of Far East Plaza, which have some mom-and-pop eateries.

A convenient place to try local seafood, including chilli crabs, would be Quayside Seafood Restaurant at Clarke Quay. Their quality is proven. But you're likely to spend less if you head out to outer lying areas such as Geylang and Changi Village, where rent is lower and competition is stiff among the seafood restaurants.

4) Chinatown & Little India

In Chinatown, check out Maxwell Road Food Centre, Chinatown Complex Food Centre or People's Park Food Centre.

In Little India, check out Tekka Food Centre.

Enjoy your Singapore tour.

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Making a 5 Day Singapore Tour Plan Feasible

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May 19, 2010
Enjoy Your Singapore tour!
by: Gabriel Tan


I've just added suggestions for enjoying your Singapore tour - schedule refinement and restaurant suggestions.

Finally, may I invite you - with no obligation - to share about your experience after your trip to Singapore, like these visitors have done with their Singapore travel stories.

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