The Rough Guide Singapore

Rough Guide Singapore - A great travel book for budget travellers on a Singapore tour.

The Rough Guide Singapore is a guidebook budget travellers will love.

It takes No. 3 spot in 'My Top 5 Singapore Travel Guides' rankings.

What's good:

The Rough Guide Singapore is written for the budget traveller. If you are travelling on a budget, you'll like their list of hostels and cheap hotels.

Their recommendations of budget accommodation are the best among my Top 5.

The writers also stick out their necks and list their not-to-be-missed top 20 attractions. Although this list is 'down the trodden path', they are ones that don't waste your time on a short trip.

It is also chock full of interesting background information to Singapore's sights and attractions, presented in a just-in-time fashion for each recommendation they make.

At the end of the book, there is an excellent section with very interesting snippets written by travellers from a bygone era.

And these readings build up the sense of enchantment for your trip here.

What's not so good:

Rough Guide Singapore has lots of good stuff. However, I found myself having to flip the book back and forth - because the guide is classified according to categories like places, hotels, eating and so on. Personally, I prefer a guide organised by geographical zones. But it is really a personal preference.

Unlike Lonely Planet Singapore and Insight Guide Singapore, The Rough Guide Singapore does not have tips for making those across-the-border short trips.

My recommendation:

Get Rough Guide Singapore if

  • you are looking for cheap accommodation in Singapore.
  • you like to-the-point background information for recommended travel spots.

The Others in 'My Top 5 Singapore Travel Guides'

No. 1 - Lonely Planet Singapore
for its comprehensive, spot-on and objective coverage of everything you need for a great Singapore tour.

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

No. 4DK 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

Go read my summary of Rough Guide Singapore and other good Singapore travel guides.

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