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Post by nonbirijapan » Thu, 31 Mar 2005 5:17 pm

..your help! I am a 24 year-old American female teaching English in Japan and am heading to Singapore by myself in 6 days (april 6) for a short trip. I know NOTHING about Singapore. Could you help me plan my trip?

Here is my objective: To spend barely no money on accomodation. To have an inexpensive vacation, seeing the city but mostly find an out to a tropical island. (CHEAP preferably)


I hate planning trips.
I am keen on windsurfing and Scuba diving.
I like natural things, am into hiking, outdoor activities and not spending a lot of money on frivoulous-- what some people may deem as necessary -- things on a vacation!

(haha, this kinda sounds like a personal ad )

SO, what do you reckon i should do :?: Any :idea: would be most appreciated. thanks for this :!:

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Post by Strong Eagle » Thu, 31 Mar 2005 5:49 pm


Accomodations: Cheapest hotels in Sing are in backpacker districts in Chinatown or India Quarter... around S$50 per night, maybe a bit less.

You can eat at hawker centers for about S$3 per meal... cheap.

Taxi from Changi airport to downtown area is S$15 to S$20.

To me, Singapore is mostly a city that works. You can take in the Boat Quay, Chinatown, India quarter, Arab quarter, etc. in a couple of days. Throw in the zoo and botanical gardens, and a couple of museums, and add a couple of more days.

Beaches are available but not the most desirable, IMHO. A cheap and quick getaway is either to Batam or Bintan by fast boat. 40 minutes to Batam, an hour to Bintan. Nice resorts that are reasonably priced on both. Good beaches, opportunity for scuba, etc. Chance to see local sights.

PM or email me for more information and other possible accomdation alternatives.

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Post by jpatokal » Tue, 05 Apr 2005 1:13 am

Quite frankly Singapore sounds like exactly the wrong kind of place for you. Try Peninsular Malaysia or Borneo instead: lots of diving to do, mountains to climb, jungles to explore and everything costs half of what it does in Singapore.


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Post by Grant » Tue, 05 Apr 2005 9:49 am

You should visit this web site:

This place should meet your criteria and the folk there are really helpful.

If not it will give you plenty of ideas for your visit to Singapore.

Good luck!

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