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Study Tour - Out of Hours

SINGAPORE
Getting Around
Forget Sydney taxi prices - Singapore is cheap for getting
around (and tiny - Singapore can t into metropolitan
Sydney just over 17 times).

Taxis - all are metered. If someone offers you a at price,
its expensive and walk away. Limousine taxi services are
not supposed to tout.
http://www.taxisingapore.com will give you more
information on the companies and rates. There are
some surcharges for peak hour use, and they will
charge you an extra 50% of the metred fare from
midnight to 6am. This is normal.
MRT/Buses - This Singapore website will tell you how to
get from one place to another using MRT/buses (or even
taxis): gothere.sg
They are cheap and abundant. The MRT service does
stop at midnight, however. Buses and taxis are
available after this time.
Singapore Weather
Singapore is known for its hot and humid weather, with little variation
throughout the year. The average daytime temperature is 31C, dropping to
around 24C in the evenings.
All work and no play makes for a dull trip, so between
group meetings and working on your presentations, here
are a few pages to keep you entertained!
Bring tissues:
No napkins are
provided and they are
used to reserve tables
at food centres
(you can buy them
cheap in Signapore)
(No) Smoking
Besides air-conditioned areas such as shopping centres, restaurants,
entertainment outlets and cinemas, smoking is also an offence on public
transportation, lifts and certain public areas. There is no duty free
allowance for cigarettes coming into Changi Airport. So if you are a smoker
and bring cigarettes, you will need to declare them at the airport.
Useful Links
Singapore Travel Information - General tips for consumers #
- http://bit.ly/generaltipsSG
Singapore travel advisory (DFAT):
http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/zw-cgi/view/Advice/Singapore
Study Tour - Out of Hours
SINGAPORE - FOR THE SHOPPER!
Orchard Road
Denitely everyones favourite shopping spot in
Singapore. Orchard Road is a long belt of shopping malls,
each with its own characteristics and tenant mix to entice
different crowds.
Far East Plaza has a whole cove of small shops with fab
nds, from vintage goods to pocket-friendly fashion to
cameras to tailors; spend a little more time here combing
the levels and you might just be surprised by unexpected
nds.
Ion Orchard and Ngee Ann City are the undisputed
destinations for the luxury shoppers, where the
international luxe labels congregate and spoil you with
choices. Expect all-time favourites like Chanel, Louis
Vuitton, Saint Laurent Paris and Christian Dior.
313 @ Somerset and Plaza Singapura are two trendy
malls with arrays of shops, eateries and beauty services
stops. They are both all-in-one malls for the young and
family crowds think names like Daiso, Cotton On,
Forever 21, The Body Shop and Jean Yip salons.
Bugis Village
This is THE ultimate spot for budget fashionable buys. Bugis Village is one
fascinating destination for fashion lovers; even Steve Tyler was spotted
buying a pair of shoes when he came to town recently! From accessories of
all sorts, to male and female apparels, to shoes galore, Bugis Village has
so much to offer all at very competitive and unbeatable prices.
Accessories go as cheap as S$2 for a pair of earrings, and it is not difcult
to nd dresses at S$10 each.
Haji Lane
For the indie lovers, for those with a thing for local designers, for vintage
treasurers, Haji Lane is a colourful street just a stones throw from Bugis
Village. With an exquisite and unconventional offering, this cult street sees
both locals and tourists hunting for that unique buy that regular malls do not
otherwise offer. Well, even if you are not a fan, take a stroll and snap some
photos here because it is really quite a avourful side of Singapore.
Vivo City
If you are not a fan of shopping in town, Vivo City is your next best option.
Situated at the South of Singapore, just before our famed Sentosa Island,
Vivo City is a relatively huge mall with a comprehensive shopping directory.
Here, you can easily keep yourself entertained with the numerous things to
do Shop at your favourite brands like Zara, Aldo and Loccitane, or Tangs
the departmental store; wine and dine at the many restaurants, fast food
chains and small eateries; catch a movie in between shopping at the
cinema; or pamper yourself with a facial or manicure at the various beauty
services pit stops. You can even do your grocery-shopping at the hyper
mart at the basement.
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Study Tour - Out of Hours
SINGAPORE - FOR THE SIGHT-SEER!
Chinese
We will be in Hungry Ghost Month - 27 Jul - 24 Aug
2014
Chinatown Heritage Centre
48 Pagoda Street. Singapore
By MRT - Nearest MRT station: Chinatown Station (NE4)
Admission Charges
Adult - $10
Chinatown
Thian Hock Keng Temple - oldest Hokkein Temple in
Singapore
Sri Mariamman Temple - oldest Hindu Temple in
Singapore
Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum - large and
decorative temple housing a relic - the tooth of Buddha
Red Dot design museum - housed in the old Trafc
Police HQ
Tea Chapter - very cool tea room, full of heritage. Dont
forget to check out the dumpling place nearby!
More available at: http://www.chinatown.sg
Malay
Malay Heritage Centre
85 Sultan Gate, Singapore
By MRT - Nearest MRT station: Bugis
Admission Charges
Adult - $4
Check out the Arab Street area (around
the heritage centre, or go to Geylang Serai
- a market that sells some of the freshest
produce and poultry in Singapore, and it
also has a large selection of hawker stalls
selling the best Malay and Indian-Muslim
dishes around. Closest MRT is Paya Lebar
MRT station.
Check out Lonely Planet or Trip Advisor for more
Indian
The Indian Heritage Centre is
currently being re-built and will open
in 2015
Go walk around Little India - visit
Mustafas (24 hour department store)
Catch the MRT to Little India station
and walk up Serangoon Road to
Farrer Park station.
Check out:
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Tekka Centre Market
-
Komala Villas (great Indian
vegetarian)
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Mustafas (closer to Farrer Park - so
you wont have to carry your
shopping far!)
-
Indian temples: Sri
Veeramakaliamman Temple, Sri
Srinivasa Perumal Temple and Sri
Vadapathira Kaliamman Temple
Museums
-
National Museum of Singapore - the
Singapore History Gallery has an
audiovisual tour that lets you choose the
news or the anecdotal histories as told
by Singaporeans. A must see if you
have the time! $10 entry + headset
rental
(near Bras Basah MRT Station)
-
Asian Civilisations Museum - $8 entry
(near Rafes MRT)
-
Changi Museum (taxi is recommended
for this)
There is loads to see in
Singapore so check out
www.yoursingapore.com
Study Tour - Out of Hours
SINGAPORE - FOR THE FOODIE!
Singaporeans love food!!
How to eat at a Hawker Centre:
http://bit.ly/sghawker
Hawker Centres
Hawker centres and food courts are a way of life in
Singapore. Here are a few to get you started:
-
Chinatown Complex Food Centre on Smith Street
(off New Bridge), a short walking distance from MRT-
Chinatown
-
Maxwell Road Food Centre is another extremely
popular Hawker centre in Chinatown. Located along
Maxwell Road, between URA building and South
Bridge Street
-
Lau Pa Sat (Telok Ayer Market) - food centre in the
nancial district. Good satay after 7pm.
-
Makansutra Gluttons Bay near the Esplanade
Theatres (the "Durian") in Marina Bay.
-
Tiong Bahru Market - 10 15 minutes' walk from
MRT-Tiong Bahru (Take a cab, it will cost you
peanuts)
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Geylang Serai Market - the main market for
Singapore's Muslim-Malay community. Near Paya
Lebar MRT.
-
Tekka Centre - houses a wet market, a food centre
and some authentic shops. Near Little India MRT.
-
Marina South Hawker Centre - take the MRT to
Marina Bay Station and transfer to SBS bus no. 400
-
Takashimaya Food Court - for those Orchard Road
shoppers who want to have a delicious meal at a
relatively low price. A bit of posh nosh on the food
court circuit!
Bring tissues:
no napkins are
provided an
they are used
to reserve tables
Posh Nosh
There are oodles of restaurants
in Singapore with cuisines
represented from all around
the world. They are pricier than
the food courts and hawker
centres, but there are loads to
try. Hit www.makansutra.com
for recommendations.
(Makan = eat in Malay/
Singlish)
Must-Eats in Singapore
Things to try:
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Bah Kut Teh - pork bone herbal soup
-
Carrot cake - not actually made from carrots.
Egg and radish fried and served hot
-
Char Kway Teow - at noodles fried with black
sauce, egg, prawns, cockles and sh cake
-
Chili Crab - try Jumbo Seafood for this popular
dish
-
Hainanese chicken rice - its more about the
rice and chili than about the chicken! National
dish!
-
Satay - barbecued meat with a peanut sauce
-
Laksa - curry noodle dish
-
Roti prata - a at bread eaten with curry - best
for breakfast!
-
Rojak - Singaporean for salad, try it Indian or
Chinese style!
Study Tour - Out of Hours
SINGAPORE - FOR THE ADVENTURIST!
Zoos
Singapore Zoo
Singapore Night Safari
Singapore River Safari
Singapore Bird Park
All information can be seen here:
www.zoo.com.sg
All are in the same location with
the exception of the Bird Park
Theme Parks
Sentosa Island is home to:
-
Universal Studios, Singapore $74 for a one-
day pass
-
Marine Life Park - SEA Aquarium (near
Universal Studios) $38 per adult
-
MegaZIP Adventure Park (multiple fees,
depending on rides)
-
iFly Singapore (sky diving simulator) $99 per
jump"
-
Adventure Cove Waterpark - $36 per adult
-
Luge & Skyride - the luge will get you down
the hill. The sky ride will get you back up! $15
per person. Other packages available.

Other adventure stuff to try:
-
G-MAX Reverse Bungy @ Clarke Quay
$45 per person, per turn
-
Wild Wild Wet (another water park - its hot in
the tropics) $19 per head. Located on the East
Coast.
-
Singapore Flyer (observation wheel - like the
London Eye). Approx 30 minutes, $30 per
adult.

There are a lot of packages, combos and
specials available on the above. Check out the
individual websites, or summaries available at
www.yoursingapore.com
Nature
Singapore is a city-state but it prides itself
on having a lot of nature and parks.
The following are some of the highlights.
-
Bukit Timah Nature Reserve
Natural rainforest walking trails. Used by
locals for recreation
-
Gardens by the Bay
The funny looking super-trees that you
will see on the way from the airport are
part of an amazing piece of horticultural,
sustainability and architectural design.
Outdoors is free. Access to the Flower
Dome and Cloud Forest is $20 for both
conservatories ($12 for one)
-
Singapore Botanic Gardens - free
access except for the orchid garden
which is $5 per adult.
-
MacRitchie Nature Trail - A 3 km stretch
of tropical rainforest, it connects the
MacRitchie Reservoir Park with the
Singapore Island Country Club.

Check out Beyond the Skyscrapers at
http://bit.ly/SGSkyscrapers for more
nature trips

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