Singapore is a beautiful and hi-tech city that makes the first time visitor enthralled. This wealthy and dynamic city has lots to offer to its visitor right from the tall skyscrapers, colorful urban centers, bustling street shops and tropical rain forests. This clean city has many places to visit which keep the first timer busy all throughout the day. If you are planning to visit this year, go through the travel tips first time visitor to Singapore to enjoy your trip safely. Remember to pack cotton and light material dresses as the city gets immense rain and don't forget the waterproof shoes.
Arriving in Singapore:
When you will arrive at Changi International airport, you will be amazed by its utmost efficiency. Your luggage would be around the carousel within 10 minutes. Though there are trains, buses and cabs to ply you to various places, cabs are the most effective. You can find many cabs once you exit and you can check into any hotel within half an hour. The cab fare for would be around S$20.
Places to stay in Singapore:
There are a number of hotels in this city that offers excellent accommodation. If you are on a shopping spree in Singapore, you can enjoy staying at Shangri La, Four seasons, Grand Hyatt and St. Regis. You can also find 4 star or 5 star hotels, such as Meritus mandarin, Hilton, Royal Plaza, Marriott hotel, Good wood Park, Orchard Parade, Traders and regent. If you wish to stay in luxurious ones with a good view, then opt for Raffles plaza hotel, Swissotel Stamford, The mandarin oriental Singapore, Pan Pacific etc. Apart from these, there are budget friendly hotels for families, such as summer view, Strand, Quality, Perak Lodge, Bencoolen etc.
Cheap local eateries in Singapore:
Now, after accommodation, it's the time for food. If you wish to taste some great foods without spending huge bucks, then head towards the local stalls that serve great healthy foods from 11 am to 4 pm and some shops serve until 7 pm. You can taste an array of cuisines, such as Chinese, Malay, Thai and Indian. There are also halal restaurants that serve great meat delicacies. Most of the foods have loads of vegetables, greens, tofu and meat served piping hot with a generous heap of noodles or rice for just $2. You can also get good coffee or Chinese tea at $0.40 and fresh juice for $2.
Places to visit in Singapore:
There are a number of places in Singapore that attract the tourists all over the world. Here is the list of the most popular places so that you don't miss them during your trip.
Singapore botanic garden:
The botanic garden is spread out in 52 hectares and features lakes, fountains, green lawns and sculpture gardens. You will feel very relaxed walking through the garden. It has a huge orchid collection of over 1000 species and hybrids over 2000.
This is the remnant of the original rain-forest that once the island possessed. The evolution garden will let you enjoy a journey from the dinosaur era to the present world. Let your kids have a nice time in the Jacob Ballas Children's garden by climbing up the bridge and playing in the maze.
This museum lets you experience the pain and turmoil of the prisoners of war when Singapore was under Japanese control. The personal accounts of torture collected through personal interviews of former inmates, the formation of death railway, the railway line that connects Thai or Burmese border etc. are quite appalling.
Buddha Tooth Relic temple & museum:
This temple is located in the center of China town. The five floored temple with a roof garden is an amazing beauty to look at. This place is full of vibrant colors, like, gold, red and many more. Remember to dress appropriately as it is a place of worship. You can take pictures; however, you have to use a camera without flash as camera having flash is not allowed inside the temple.
This is one of the popular places to visit in Singapore. Take a trip to the 40 hectares of lush green rainforest that has more than 1000 animals. Find about 120 different animals in their own habitat. Enjoy a 45 minute tram ride and know about the various characteristics of each animal.
Nightlife & shopping in Singapore:
If you are a night life lover, you will find many watering holes in this city with excellent light display. Find an amazing array of cocktails and bubbly drinks to quench your thirst. You can have some of the best souvenirs at Chinatown, such as mugs, key chains, and T shirts, handicrafts like beaded bags, shoes, fans, silk scarves, spices, fabric and jewellery. Buy the small statues of Merlion, which are the perfect gift for your friends. If you are interested in electrical items, go to a reputed shop, bargain well and beware of fake ones.
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