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DIY tours in singapore

by dailyprose

Hi! I'm going to Singapore for a few days sometime in March. I want a DIY tour of museums/ libraries/ universities/city hall etc.. Is that possible?

Can you guys recommend any other DIY tours? Thanks.=)

Re: DIY tours in singapore

by Typhoon2000

Sure, there is no reason to use an organised Tour in Singapore, its a small place, public transport and taxis are cheap and efficient and its easy to get around. So just go see what you want on your own at your own pace.

Re: DIY tours in singapore

by walterwu

Getting around in Singapore is not a problem at all. Subways, buses and taxis get you to where you want to go and asking for direction in English is not a problem. Maps of favourite tourist locations / landmarks are available at the Airport and most hotels.

Re: DIY tours in singapore

by pangaeatours

Hello
Just get a decent tourist map that highlights the major attractions. I would suggest you get a daily tourist pass for the MRT system for 8 Singapore Dollars. You can use the train and buses all day and that will take you everywhere you need to go. There are also permanent maps at every train and bus station. The only trick about the bus is to make sure you are on the correct side of the street. You can get the MRT directly out of the airport and buy the pass there also. Really dont need taxis. Nice to walk a little, buy food and go into the malls.
Brian

Re: DIY tours in singapore

by dailyprose

Thank you for all your replies!

@Brian: Yes, I'll be getting that tourist pass, indeed. The problem is I don't have a good sense of direction and I always end up on the wrong side of the street/ train station...haha...Thanks! =)


I hope my SG friend could take a day off from his work so at least I have someone to go with @Universal Studios. =) (Hope he reads this although he probably don't know this site and that I wrote here. Haha)

Re: DIY tours in singapore

by joysweet

you can do the museum/library tour around Bras Basah area - there are quite a number of museums close to each other
1. national museum
2. singapore art museum
3. 8q at SAM
4. Peranakan museum
5. philatelic museum

the nearest library in this area is the National Library/Central Library at Victoria street

the nearest uni in this area is SMU which is right across the national museum

City Hall area will be near the Peranakan/Philatelic museum, and I think by the time you visit, the National Art Gallery at the old Supreme Court building will be opened to the public.

other DIY tours you can do is Chinatown/Arab Street/Little India. Check the singapore tourism website as there's a brochure on DIY Walking Tours.

hope you enjoy your vacation

Re: DIY tours in singapore

by gshajisg

Going to Universal studios will be the least of your problems because Harbourfront is the last MRT station on that route. From Harbourfront you can go into Vivo city and take the light train to Universal Studios in Sentosa.

Travel Tips for Singapore

DIVERSITY CITY

by DAO


Singapore is a shinning example of many different people coming together in a peaceful and well run country. Most residents are ethnic Chinese, but there are so many workers from around the globe that are not counted. A few facts:
Ethnic groups:
Chinese 76.8%, Malay 13.9%, Indian 7.9%, other 1.4% (year 2000)
Religions:
Buddhist 42.5%, Muslim 14.9%, Taoist 8.5%, Hindu 4%, Catholic 4.8%, other Christian 9.8%, other 0.7%, none 14.8%
Languages (officially English):
Mandarin 35%, English 23%, Malay 14.1%, Hokkien 11.4%, Cantonese 5.7%, Teochew 4.9%, Tamil 3.2%, other Chinese dialects 1.8%, other 0.9%

Communications by phones

by imstress

Payphone services

Public payphones are operated by credit card or stored-value phonecards. They can be used to make both local and international calls. Public payphones can be found in most shopping complexes and subway stations. Local calls are charged at 10 cents per 3 minutes.

Stored-value phonecards are available in denominations of Singapore dollars 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 at post offices and convenience stores.

To make an international call, you have to dial the access code followed by the country code, area code & telephone number. Different telephone companies use different access codes. Dial 001 or 013 for SingTel, 002 or 021 for M1 and 008 or 018 for Starhub.

International Calling Cards from Singtel and M1 in denominations of Singapore dollars 10, 20, 50 and 100 are available at post offices, ATM's, the airport, 7-Eleven convenience stores and other retail outlets.

It's Ramadhan in Singapore! (Arab Street)

by beetlebummer

Ramadhan is a month celebrated by the Muslims all around the world by fasting from sunrise to sunset everyday for a month. Singapore also celebrate this month as Muslims form a majority population here. Bazaar Ramadhan will be seen springing up all over Singapore, selling mostly food and delicacies. Some delicacies are only available during this month especially the Kathirah drink and the porridge provided by the mosques (slurp!). Mosques prepare all kinds of porridges during Ramadhan. The initial reason was to provide for the less fortunate and the musafirs (travellers). But anyone can get a packet or two...just join the queue at mostly any mosques. Any race and any religion. No discrimination. Arab Street is one of the places that has these Ramadhan bazaars. The streets around these area will be decorated with lights. So if you happen to be in Singapore during this beautiful month, go ahead and drop by Geylang and Arab Street and visit the bazaars and feel the atmosphere.

Chinese New Year (CNY)

by imstress

Chinese New Year starts with the New Moon on the first day of the new year and ends on the full moon 15 days later.

The Chinese calendar is based on a combination of lunar and solar movements. The lunar cycle is about 29.5 days. In order to "catch up" with the solar calendar the Chinese insert an extra month once every few years (seven years out of a 19-yearcycle). This is the same as adding an extra day on leap year.

This is why, according to the solar calendar, the Chinese New Year falls on a different date each year.

New Year's Eve and New Year's Day are celebrated as a family affair, a time of reunion and thanksgiving.

Have a Happy and Prosperous Chinese New Year!

Gong Xi Fa Cai!

Camping/Fishing In Singapore

by imran8852

In Singapore Camping Is Quite Popular Among The Locals. And If You Visit Parks In Singapore, You'll Most Probably Notice Locals Setting Up Camp To Spend A Day Or Two At The Beach While Enjoying Activities Like BBQ,Swimming,Cycling,Beach Volleyball And Others.

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