Singapore Travel Itinerary:
2 Half Days and 2 Full Days

by Rosie
(Seattle, Washington, USA)

By the way, awesome site you have here.

Mother in law (age 63) and I (42) are planning a trip to Singapore on May 16th, eta at Changi 12:15 pm. We are spending one night and leaving the next morning. We will be back in Singapore on May 26, eta at Changhi at 1:35 pm, and flying back on the morning of May 29. It would be so awesome if you can plan an itinerary for us.

Things we would like to exclude:

1. Science Center
2. Buffet High Tea
3 Omnimax Theatre and Snow City
4. Prawn-fishing @ Jurong Hill
5. St John's Island
6. Changi Boardwalk
7. Mt Faber

I would like to include the Zoo, Night Safari, Jurong Bird Park, Chinatown, Little India, historical and cultural places, Sentosa Island, the riverfront - that is all I can think of right now. We will be taking taxis mostly and I assume that all the included sights have regular taxis.

Thanks again and looking forward to your response.

Hi Rosie

Thanks for the kind words.

Here are my suggestions for an enjoyable Singapore tour...

Day 1 (Half Day on 16 May 2010): Singapore Zoo + Night Safari

If you don't get distracted at the duty-free shops, you should be able to clear immigration, collect your luggage, hop onto the taxi and be at your hotel by 2pm.

After a quick freshening up, take a taxi to the Singapore Zoo, where you should be able to catch one or two of the fascinating animal shows (afternoon schedule).

Thereafter, you should have ample time to see most of the other animals.

Around 6pm, head over next door to the Night Safari. Catch dinner at either Bongo Burgers (cheaper) or Ulu Ulu Restaurant (more expensive).

Follow these tips and enjoy the Singapore Night Safari.

Day 2 (Half Day on 26 May 2010): Singapore River

After checking into your hotel, embark on a cruise-plus-walking-tour of the Singapore River.

Take the MRT (our subway) to Raffles Place Station, where you start a Singapore River walking tour.

(You may also take a taxi directly to Fullerton Hotel and bypass the earlier - and less significant - segment of this walking tour.)

Worthwhile stops include:

1. Fullerton Hotel (a post-office-turned-heritage-hotel)

2. Asian Civilisations Museum

3. Clarke Quay riverside restaurants and pubs

Along the way, you'll pass many jetties where you may begin a Singapore River cruise - whenever you fancy or when you feel a little tired.

Culminate with a nice dinner at one of the many riverfront restaurants at Clarke Quay. For a taste of local-style seafood, I recommend Quayside Seafood Restaurant (Block A, Clarke Quay).

Day 3 (Full Day)

For Day 3, you'll need the Free Singapore City Map. Collect a copy from the Visitors' Centre when you arrive at Singapore Airport.

Morning: Little India

Take the MRT to Little India Station. Take the exit leading to Tekka Centre.

Begin your walking tour of Little India at Tekka Centre, which house some worthwhile shops on Level 2, as well as a fascinating wet market / food centre on Level 1.

Then head to walk the side streets and the main street (Serangoon Road) of Little India - taking in the colourful sights at the shops and the temples.

If you follow the traffic on Serangoon Road, you'll eventually come to a junction with Syed Alwi Road. Get onto this road and visit the ubiquitous Mustafa Centre - worth a look for its bewildering range of goods even if you don't plan on buying anything.

Take the MRT from Farrer Park Station to Chinatown Station.

Afternoon: Chinatown

At Chinatown MRT Station, take the exit to People's Park.

For lunch, Check out the interesting local food stalls at People's Park Food Centre. Then browse the quite interesting shops on Level 2 of the same building.

A few other malls around here are worth a look:

1. People's Park Complex

2. OG Building

3. Yue Hwa Chinese Emporium

These malls are clustered around the MRT station and easy to spot. There are quite a few things which will interest ladies.

Cross the Garden Bridge near the MRT station to the other side of the road. You arrive at Pagoda Street, which has many souvenir shops. Check out also the adjacent streets: Temple Street, Terengganu Street and Sago Street - which all have quite a few interesting shops and restaurants worth stopping at.

Around these streets are a few interesting religious/heritage buildings:

1. Chinatown Heritage Centre

2. Sri Mariamman Temple

3. Jamae Chulia Mosque

4. Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum

Stop over at Chinatown Complex or Maxwell Road Food Centre for a quick bite if you are hungry.

Continue the tour of Chinatown: Erskine Road, Ann Siang Road and Club Street. These streets are well known for their unique shops and cafes, and definitely worth a look.

If you still have time and energy, continue to China Square and Nankin Row - more interesting shops.

Have dinner in Chinatown or near your hotel. MRT or taxi back to your hotel.

Day 4 (Full Day)

Morning: Taxi to Jurong Bird Park

Do not miss:

1. Lory Loft

2. Kings of the Skies Show

3. Birds N Buddies Show

Afternoon: Taxi to Sentosa Underwater World.

At Underwater World, get hold of a brochure and follow the feeding times at the aquariums.

When done, catch the free Sentosa Bus to Dolphin Lagoon for the Dolphin show.

(Ticket to Underwater World includes entry to the Dolphin Show.)

Have dinner at one of the eateries at nearby Palawan Beach.

Take the Sentosa Bus to Beach Station, followed by a little stroll to Songs of the Sea (laser and pyrotechnic show at 7.40pm and 8.40pm).

Taxi from Beach Station back to hotel. (Or Sentosa Express + MRT from Harbourfront Station.)

If you have further questions, you may post it below. Otherwise, have a great vacation in Singapore!


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