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Clean, green and safe
Favorite thing: Travel in Singapore Free and Easy! There's no need to sign up for tours. You can get anywhere by the MRT or bus. Almost everyone speaks English, so just ask your way around if you're lost. No need to worry about pickpockets cos Singaporeans can't be bothered and have no need to do so.
Do check out the hawker centres. A good one would be Maxwell Food Centre where you can try all sorts of Singaporean cuisine at an average price of SGD3. Must try's include chicken rice, satay (meat on a stick with peanut sauce), nasi lemak (coconut-flavoured rice with fish/chicken wings/vegetables) and laksa (noodles in spicy coconut gravy). Actually every chicken rice stall in Singapore is decent.
Tip: Don't take the Hippo Tour! It's a bus which takes you on a tour around the city. It's expensive (SGD30+) and not worth it. You'll be better off walking on the streets on your own.
Transit in Singapore
Favorite thing: Thanks for all replies. My concern is, we are going to Siem Reap for three days from Kualalumpur thats why we have to travel to KL from Changi. After Siem Ream we will come back to Changi (via KL) to continue our trip to Pacific. We dont want to take our heavy luggage to Siem Reap so want to put them in a locker which is available only in departure lounge in Changi (as I know). Thats my worry and doubt that we can do that withing two hours and rush to T1. Hope you would re-think about this issue. Cheers
Is location important?
Favorite thing: Hi,
Singapore is small and public transportation is world-class, hence it really doesn't matter where you stay because once you hop on the MRT or the bus, everything thing is so near.
There is a Backpackers' Hostel in Woodlands(north of Singapore). It is very near to the zoo compared to hotels in the city. The name is Hostel OneSixSix -or something like that.
The MRT (Metro, tube, subway) from the airport to the city costs less than S$3. That is your cheapest option to boot.
Waiting at MRT Station
Favorite thing: MRT stations are popular waiting points to meet up with your friends.
Orchard MRT station is one of the most busiest. There is only 1 common exit and you can continue underground to Borders, CK Tang or Isetan.
For other MRT stations, there could be more than 1 exit and so specific which exit if you are meeting someone there. I found that inside MRT, some areas the mobile does not work.
There are also constant MRT announcement or video visuals of watching out for unattended bags and reporting suspicious behavior to authorities inside the MRT system.
Use the Trains/metro/rail/mrt
Favorite thing: Whatever you call it, you have to take advantage of Singapore's fantastic public transport system. Get an EZlink card and commute to your heart's content.
1. EZ Link: http://www.ezlink.com.sg
2. get the official Singapore map at the airport.It's for free and after you study it for about 30minutes, you'd figure out the MRT right away and you can move around the city really fast.
3. Having a map will show you the actual location of the sites.You will also discover that many of these places are actually a walking distance away from each other.
EZ Link Card
Favorite thing: This is an excellent investment to buy this top up card that you can use for MRT and buses in Singapore.
You pay S$15 for the card. This will give a fare value of $7. A $3 will be refunded if you return the card. $5 is a one-time non-returnable charge.
You can top up the card at MRT stations as well as Seven Elevens.
It save a lot of time trying to figure the fare, finding exact change and you will get a temporary card which you have to deposit to get your $1 back at the end of your journey.
If your EZ is in your wallet or purse, you can just swipe with your wallet or purse without taking out the card.EZ Link card is now expanded use in several beverage outlets, etc.
Fondest memory: http://www.ezlink.com.sg/
Get a hotel near an MRT (subway) station
Favorite thing: Singapore is really easy to get around, with a top-notch public transportation system. When I stayed, I made the mistake of picking a hotel far away from an MRT station and ended up having to walk quite a bit. The walking didnt bother me, but the lost time did.
The closer your hotel is to an MRT station, the better. Its worth paying extra.
Once you are in Singapore, look for the North-East line (its purple on the maps). The north-east line goes thu some of the bigger tourist destinations. China Town, Little India, Clark Quay, Harbor Front (Which is where you go to reach Sentosa island)
Favorite thing: http://www.streetdirectory.com.sg/
is an invaluable reference someone on VT told me about. You can map any location and find the nearest MRT station.
I found an art store and a park using it so I think its good for about anything.
Favorite thing: The booklet (S$1.50) that they sell at the bus stops is well worth it if you are going to be in Singapore for a week or more. It lets you plan trips and find alternative routes back when your out exploring. Also you will probably want to buy an ez link card that gives you cheaper fares and allows you to not have the correct change every time you want to travel. Public transportation in Singapore is efficient, clean, and relatively cheap.
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Very Efficient Transportation System
Favorite thing: Singapore has one of the most efficient transportation in the world. Its network of buses (numbered) and trains is enough for a traveler to explore this island-city-state. One farecard can be used in any of the public transportation.
Fondest memory: Food! Food! And More Food! Singapore has also a pretty good mix of Chinese, Malay, Western, and Indian food. Singapore's diversity is reflected on its food. Hawkers are everywhere!
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