Singapore Tourist Traps

  • Long bar at Raffles Hotel.
    Long bar at Raffles Hotel.
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    Four Singapore Sling.
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    Expensive tourist trap...
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Singapore Tourist Traps

  • Sim Lim Square - Electronic Goods

    Singapore Tourist Traps

    Ladies and gentelman, I wuld suggest not even going into the shop called SLR Pro, located on the ground floor in Sim Lim Square. Yes, I got duped because I was stupid. You WILL be duped if you go there. Singaporeans are normally honest. The owner and salesman at the specific shop does not care about return customers, they try to fleece new...

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  • Lucky Plaza

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    Lucky Plaza is promoted as a good place to purchase electronics in Singapore - Somewhere to get a bargain. Instead, expect to be ripped-off at every opportunity. You could end up with: * A second hand camera * An 'export model' with no warranty * An old model camera touted as the latest model * A camera worth 1/2 what you actually paid for it....

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  • Fake goods

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    again most tour buses stop by here whether big groups or small group to encourage you to buy stuff. The store is not that large and it offers mostly perfumes and bags and shirts and other local stuffs but beware, not all they sell are original as some are imitations but they will tell you which is which (they say). don't buy anything if you are not...

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  • Taxis

    Singapore Tourist Traps

    Just to make sure you understand how thing work, there are 2 things you must know about Taxi Drivers. 1) They are thieving, lying bastards who can NEVER be trusted. 2). Re-read point number 1. In Singapore the taxis are heavily regulated, somewhat economical and can even produce a printed receipt instantly. In general they are more trustworthy than...

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  • Raffles Hotel's Long Bar

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    The long bar at Raffles was one of those bars that i really wanted to pay a visit to because of all the history related to it. But honestly speaking, the place has become an overpriced tourists trap where they serve crappy little Singapore slings for over 20 dollars a drink. The bar is actually quite cosy at first, but I did not see one client...

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  • Sentosa Island

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    I last visited Sentosa Island about 10 years ago. One Singaporean suggested skipping a visit here. I agree if you are short of time. You might go if you are interested in a beach or want to see a larger Merlion than the one near the Fullerton Hotel and Esplanade. If you are staying in Singapore for a long time, then consider visiting Sentosa...

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  • Merlion Park

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    Most tourist will drop at the City Hall MRT and walk to this Merlion, it's a nice walk no doubt. But, if you're on budget and about the lunch or dinner time . I would suggest you to feed yourself at the raffles city third floor food junction where you find variety of food and is reasonable. It's because the food(restaurant) around Merlion Park is...

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  • Newton Hawker Center

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    I am posting this news article from the local newspaper about a group of American tourists who were fleeced at a seafood staff at Newton Hawker Center. Avoid Newton Hawker Center at all costs! March 17, 2009 SIX Americans who sat down to a seafood dinner at Newton hawker centre on Saturday just about fell off their chairs when they were presented...

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  • Riverboat Cruises

    Singapore Tourist Traps

    The "Singapore River Experience", a 30-minute boat tour by Singapore River Cruises, was pretty pointless. Actually, I'm sure the taped commentary was interesting, but the sound quality was horrible so it was impossible to hear what they were saying! You did get to see a lot of different buildings, but without a proper guide it was nothing you...

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  • Riverside (East Bank/Raggles Landing...

    If your out on the east bank of the Singapore River around Raffles Landing / Asian Civilization Museum area, where the boat tours depart from, then beware of "friendly" people wanting to talk to you, they will try to solicit money from you, usually claiming to be from some charitable or religious organisation, showing you photos of children they...

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  • SIM LIM SQUARE IS FULL OF DECEITFUL...

    I went to a shop in SIM LIM, almost got cheated by a sales man who tried to sell me IPAD wifi without 3g while he pretends that the IPAD has wifi and 3g. He was asking for the price of IPAD with wifi + 3g. Then to another shop in SIM LIM again almost got cheated when the sales man tried to sell IPAD at lesser price but once he has your money, he...

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  • Sim Lim Square - Digital still and video...

    Most tourists come here thinking they can get the cheapest electronic items like digital still and video cameras, yet end up paying more than actual retail prices.A typical tactic used by most of the shops here is to quote a slightly lesser retail price to entice the shoppers in but will insist on extra accessories like batteries or lenses. Either...

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  • Places to avoid when you buy a camera

    Let me give an alternative answer. Here are places you must NEVER ever go to get a camera :(a) Lucky Plaza(b) Sim Lim Square(c) Peninsula Plaza(a) and (c) are blatant rip offs and the staff there have unethical business tacticsEvery shop in (b) is staffed by gangsters/ruffians/hooligans, and even the government agencies cannot handle themI'll stick...

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  • THE TAXI TRICK

    Just to make sure you understand how things work, there are 2 things you must know about Taxi Drivers. 1) They are thieving, lying bastards who can NEVER be trusted. 2). Re-read point number 1. In Singapore the taxis are heavily regulated, somewhat economical and can even produce a printed receipt instantly. In general they are more trustworthy...

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  • TANG DYNASTY CITY

    This theme park, which is at the corner of Yuan Ching Road and Jalan Ahmad Ibrahim, recreates ancient Chang'an, or Xian, the capital of the Tang dynasty. This elaborate theme park, which is surrounded by 10-m high stone walls, provides an admirable attention to detail. There's a main street with shops, restaurants, temples, a court house and a...

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  • CHINESE & JAPANESE GARDEN

    Chinese Garden, is a park in Jurong East, Singapore. The Chinese Garden’s concept is based on Chinese gardening art. The main characteristic is the integration of splendid architectural features with the natural environment. The Chinese Garden is modelled along the northern Chinese imperial style of architecture and landscaping.Chinese Garden MRT...

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  • The Berlian/WaveMaster Ferry

    This is for anyone who intend to cross singapore-indonesia through Batam island.We were not in hurry when we register at the counter desk of Berlian Ferry. We are still thinking about browsing around for some food in the Harbour Front center. When we approached the desk, the clock show 1.15pm. The next ferry will depart at 1.30. The lady at the...

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  • This is shopping heaven

    If you like shopping this is it, there are shopping malls dedicated to what ever your heart desires. You want clothes you got it an entire building with clothing shops, electronics the same, jewelry you name it its here and very reasonable prices. It may be a tourist trap but man its a great trap...

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  • Lost in the Tunnel

    We got lost in this tunnel from the building right across NSS/Bugis Junction. I thought it was going to the MRT station! It turned out to be an unused underpassed - i didn't see anybody down there except us, and most of the people were crossign the street on pedestrian lanes instead of using the tunnel. Cross on road and make sure you use the...

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  • SENTOSA - MERLION VISIT

    On Sentosa Island you may be impressed by the giant appearance of a concrete lion / fish creature. This is called the Merlion and considered reflecting Singapore's identity (an invention of the Tourism Board). Have your picture taken in the nicely gardened environment surrounding it, but don't waste your time and money (SGD 8 / USD 5,20) on this so...

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  • SENTOSA 4D MAGIX

    Sentosa proudly presents its 4D cinema that is the first, the largest, the most expensive and the most mindblowing of its kind in all SE Asia. Chairs in this cinema cost about USD 6500 each and have features such as seat vibration, leg tickling (to increase the level of scariness in the spiders and bat scenes), wind blowing, water release (so that...

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  • Beware the Touters

    Beware especially around the Plaza's, Lucky Plaza especially, for guys selling copy watches. Touting is illegal in Singapore but these guys operate out of back rooms of tailors etc. They walk quietly past you and say ‘copy watch?’. If you are interested, then don’t make a scene and acknowledge interest. I found the touters all very safe and I took...

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  • Bogus monks and nuns

    Beware when you are approached by any one who dressed like a monk or nun and asked you for donations. Do not give them any money. They are fake!! Real monks and nuns in Singapore do not go around "begging" for $. Call the police (tel: 999) if they pester you (this clearly show that they are fake)

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  • dishonest taxi driver

    Fret not if you are ripped off by a dishonest taxi driver. You can report them at the Land Transport Authority website at www.lta.gov.sg. Remember to record down the date/time of the incident, taxi number and the name of the driver (shown on the dashboard). Normally, LTA will acknowledge your complain within 3 working days and inform you of their...

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  • Sentosa

    When I first arrived to Singapore many people asked if I had gone to Sentosa and then began to chide May for having not taken me yet. Truthfully I had no inclination to go. So, not long after all that a couple of friends were staying at a hotel on the island and invited us to come and hang out poolside with them. This was my chance to have a quick...

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  • Taxis from Train station

    I arrived at Singapore train station 11 or so at night and was greeted by a "taxi" driver offering a life for 20SGD, approx 12 USD. It was only 1 km away (Little Chinatown). Catch a metered cab, expect to pay no more than 5SGD to get to Chinatown and 12 to India/orchard road.

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  • Sim Lim Square

    Sim Lim Square is a large shopping mall selling digital and IT products. The first two floors sell digital products like digicams, camcorders and MP3 players. No price is displayed on the product and if you do not appear to be local, you could be taken for a ride. The price quoted to you could be 50% higher than that quoted for the same product at...

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  • SIM LIM SQUARE

    Almost everyone here is trying to rip you off. I seriuosly have no idea why this place is so popular with tourists. Tourists who are about to get ripped off :)This place is promoted as an preferred shopping venue for electical appliances, cameras etc in Singapore. Well, here are the facts... 1. Photographic equipment / Cameras are expensive... out...

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  • Sentosa activities

    Sentosa Island has a great beach, and that's it. Steer clear of all other attractions like the Aquarium and the Delfin show, if you've seen anything that's decent anywhere else...it's not really anything here....except expensive. The beach is good....and the cable car trip is OK, if you're heading for Mount Faber, anyways. No known beach...

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  • Sentosa - great or not?

    First time I went to Singapore I didn't go to Sentosa. After going back to the Philippines, friends were asking if I've been there. So I thought I might have missed a lot because of my failure to visit Sentosa. On my second visit to Singapore, me and a girl friend went to visit Sentosa. It was a pleasant visit though a little expensive... it was...

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  • TAXIS

    dont try to catch a cab (taxi) between 10.30pm and midnight... they refuse to stop because they know the later it gets the more they can charge you.......we learnt the hard way..... try and catch a taxi before this time..... will save you money and hassles.......

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  • Volcano without lava !!!

    One of the main attractions for any visitor to Singapore is the Sentosa islands. This island is indeed a haven from the crowds of the city on any week day though the weekends are very crowded. There are many attractions within Sentosa and unlike other theme parks in the world, Sentosa prices admission to every single attraction separately. This...

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  • See for yourself!

    There are certain companies that offer bus trips around the city for quite a hefty price that really aren't worth the money. Shop around, and if you fly with Singapore Airlines you can go on a free sightseeing tour, just show your ticket. It is much easier to walk or jump on the bus/MRT. Singapore is very cheap and easy to get around.

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  • No discovery at the Discovery Centre

    Packaged as a fun-filled location for the entire family, it is anything but that with stale exhibits masquerading as thrilling experiences. Never an exciting moment. Well, go for the electronic shooting simulator; that's about as close as you can get to touching firearms in Singapore. Go to the Bird Park. Skip this.

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  • Sim Lim Square - Something to beware of

    An ideal venue for electronics shopping only if you are fully aware of the latest technology and prevailing market prices. Otherwise you may fall prey to sellers who may push unsellable models/items at ridiculously high prices to you because they know you're a foreigner and think you have too much money! And they're pretty good at convincing you to...

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  • Singapore could be a tourist trap

    Singapore itself could be a big tourist trap. 3 days 2 nights could be appropriate or enough for a visit in Singapore, stretch over a week is a bit too long. That's why Singapore is well-known as a stopover in Asia Pacific but not being the hot destination like Thailand & Malaysia. What you can find it here could also be found in countries...

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  • Cheap CDs and VCDs

    Cheap CDs and VCDs can be found in many places in Singapore. Often, each of these CD/VCD costs about $3 - $4 dollars. Be warned that the music in these CDs are not sung by original artistes, even though the cover may feature the faces of the artistes.I have personally tried these CDs/VCDs and have found none to be up to standard. So, my suggestion...

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  • Merlion @ Sentosa and Esplanade

    Kitsch - I can't think of a better word to describe it. Can't understand why tourists insist on taking shots of it and proceed to buy little replicas of it on a keychain.The equivilent would be the little mermaid in Copenhagen. Walk to the spiky-looking building beside the statue ( the Esplanade ) and go to the coffee joint at the library (NLB@...

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  • camera, view cam.

    i knoe u guyz likes to buy camera from here (singapore). but there are lots of dealers ( mostly in orchard )still sell a lot more expensive than the average price.(expecially to the eurpoeans) although the local goverment have notice it and had do somthing about it already.but pls do the price check on the net 1st before u process to buy the cam......

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  • Singapore is less expensive then Italy

    Is a common believe that Singapore is a very expensive city. Well, I slept for 14 Euro and I eat to satisfaction with 6 Euro. Same things are totaly impossible in Italy, simply we don't have such chip prices.

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  • The Merlion fountain is pretty lame.

    The Merlion fountain may be a Singapore landmark, but it's pretty lame as a tourist attraction. A cheaply made half-lion half-fish that looks like it's vomiting into the harbor. Pretty unimpressive considering all the hype it gets.The Merlion is passed off as some kind of old Singapore legend, but in reality it was created not long ago by the...

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  • Live Turtle Museum at Chinese Gardens

    The Live Turtle and Tortoise Museum in the Singapore Chinese Gardens is a blantant example of animal cruelty. The museum tries to convince you that its purpose is to educate people about the wide variety of turtle and tortoise species in the world, but in reality is more of a turtle prison. The turtles, especially the large ones, are kept in very...

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  • Good & Services Tax (GST)

    A 4% Goods & Services Tax is levied on most goods and services purchased from taxable retailers. Quoted prices of merchandise include GST. Combined purchases of SGD 300 or more (with a minimum of SGD 100 spent at a shop or different outlets of the same retail chain displaying the "Tax Free Shopping" logo) are eligible for a refund of the GST paid...

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  • Chinatown

    After several visits to Singapore I have concluded that Chinatown is a total tourist trap. It seems strange anyway to have a designated Chinatown area when 77% of the population are Chinese. It reminds me of a Disneyworld version of Chinatown these days - quite artificial. It is full of tourists and accordingly there are scam artists everywhere to...

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  • Riksja

    When visiting Singers, I can assure you a trip with a riksja is worth doing but be careful when paying. Don't take out two kinds of money, cause as you just arrived you would have no clue about the difference between all sorts of Dollars. I was to pay ten S$ but also took out a bill of 10 US$. The guy from the riksja suddenly took my US$ bill and...

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