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Post by germangirl » Thu, 15 Feb 2007 1:16 pm

Hello everybody,

I just arraived here about 5 weeks ago and now my parents are here to visit me for 4 weeks (almost). As i am not really famliar with the city yet, does anyone have an advice on where i can "sent" my parents? Any "must go" or "must see" places in Singapore. Not just the typical Tourist stuff.... I know, this isn't a very clear question, but maybe someone has an idea.

Thank you !
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Post by Loops » Thu, 15 Feb 2007 1:35 pm

If none of you know the place very well, why not go on a tour?

I took my mum on the CityBuzz tour when she was here recently, mainly because I figured it would be a good way of getting around in air-con for her, but it goes to many key tourist areas.

there are 3 different routes, you can pay around $6 for an all day ticket and hop on and off the buses as much as you like for that day.

The routes are Chinatown, Little India and Orchard. SBS website has more info.

We also did Sentosa, the Botanic Gardens, walked along the East Coast, Boat and Clarke Quay, Fort Canning..........and lots of other stuff, but the bus is a good place to start.

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Post by huggybear » Thu, 15 Feb 2007 2:39 pm

what's wrong with the typical tourist stuff? was planning on doing that as well since i'm new.

some things i've jotted down that i want to do (since i'm new)
heard the presidential palace opens up only during cny new year.

the boat cruises down the river

botanical gardens

sentosa

i guess you could take the ferry to batam maybe? in indonesia?

buffet dinner (ritz carlton?)

high tea (raffles hotel?)

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Post by germangirl » Thu, 15 Feb 2007 4:27 pm

well, my dad's kind of... " i want to go where the local people go..." I would take them to the tourist stuff, as i also like to see all that as i am new, but he's kind of different with that :) of course also tourist stuff, but i know about that (Zoo, Sentosa, etc) he wants something special local, and i have no clue on what to do

hope i can get some help here !!!
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Post by babykasim » Thu, 15 Feb 2007 4:52 pm

why not take a walk along chinatown, little india, and arab street?
at least you'll see a lot of activities around that area.

also walk around bugis aread and walk to pagoda street - there's few temples (chinese, indian) with a lot of local activities going around there as well.

with chinese new year just few days away i guess it's a good way of experiencing how it is celebrated in singapore.
chingay parade is coming soon as well - it'll be pretty crowded though...

and of course trying the local foods will add more spices to their visit here :)

just some idea :)

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Post by Strong Eagle » Thu, 15 Feb 2007 9:12 pm

germangirl wrote:Hello everybody,

I just arraived here about 5 weeks ago and now my parents are here to visit me for 4 weeks (almost). As i am not really famliar with the city yet, does anyone have an advice on where i can "sent" my parents? Any "must go" or "must see" places in Singapore. Not just the typical Tourist stuff.... I know, this isn't a very clear question, but maybe someone has an idea.

Thank you !
Well... tourists do the tourist stuff but so do the locals. A few things to consider:

Sentosa
Take the cable cars to Mt. Faber - great views of the port
Botanical gardens - very nice
Jurong bird park
Trip up to MacRitchie resovoir to see the area and watch the monkeys all over the place.
Ride the MRT all around the island. Red line out of city hall, transfer to green line and come back in. Cost is one stop... normally taken on the red line going the other way.
Night safari at the zoo - truly incredible
Day trip to the zoo - very nice
Yah - boats on Boat Quay
Trip to Bintan for a day on the beach - or an overnighter if you have four weeks
Walk around Ft. Canning - have dinner there
Jungle boat tour up in the east coast of Malaysia
Take a flight to Hanoi - stay at the Classic in the old quarter and a trip to Halong Bay - way cool

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Post by hei guess what » Fri, 16 Feb 2007 10:27 am

germangirl wrote:something special local
Chinatown is a definite must do then . . . that's where to head for bargains especially tomorrow night when they'll sell their new year goodies at rock bottom prices. Then it'll become like a ghost town as the vendors all take a few days off for the Chinese New Year.

Be prepared for hordes of people jostling each other and hang on tight to your wallets, i.e. beware of snatch thiefs.

Don't forget the Singapore River Hongbao from 16 to 25 February with fireworks display - good time to take that river cruise and the parade
http://www.chingay.org.sg/2007/calendar/paraderoute.asp

Yeah, local people do take part in all these festivities . . .

Besides shopping @ Vivocity, Takashimaya, etc, don't forget eat, watch movies, eat, sleep, eat, shop some more . . . you can't go wrong :P

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Post by Weiss » Fri, 16 Feb 2007 10:56 am

The duck tour is another alternative.

http://www.ducktours.com.sg/

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Post by seasider » Fri, 16 Feb 2007 11:24 am

I have an eclectic list I put together when my in-laws came over, that I've passed on to a few people. If you give me an email address, I will gladly send it to you.

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Post by germangirl » Fri, 16 Feb 2007 1:21 pm

hei guess what wrote:
germangirl wrote:something special local
Chinatown is a definite must do then . . . that's where to head for bargains especially tomorrow night when they'll sell their new year goodies at rock bottom prices. Then it'll become like a ghost town as the vendors all take a few days off for the Chinese New Year.
actually we will go to china town tonight, first we have a dinner invitation that area, so later on we will stay there. So I hope tonight is also ok for that area.
Then we probably do Sentosa this weekend.. heard the zoo will be pretty crowded during the holidays?

Thanks for all your helps !!!!!
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Post by Loops » Fri, 16 Feb 2007 2:00 pm

If you want to go where the local people go, then go to any HDB estate and visit their hawker centre. Bedok is a good one, Tampines, Toa Payoh......well, anywhere really.

But like strong eagle says, locals do the tourist stuff too - they love the zoo, the Botanics, Sentosa etc - wherever you go there will be Singaporeans out with their friends and families.

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Post by germangirl » Fri, 16 Feb 2007 2:57 pm

Hi Loops,

actually, been at Bedok Hawker yesterday, lice close that area :) my dad loved it !!!! its true, you hardy see caucasians there....

well, i am sure we will figure out something.

thanks all you guys for your great help !!!!!

enjoy your holidays !!!!!
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Post by 2die4 » Fri, 16 Feb 2007 10:24 pm

germangirl wrote:well, my dad's kind of... " i want to go where the local people go..." I would take them to the tourist stuff, as i also like to see all that as i am new, but he's kind of different with that :) of course also tourist stuff, but i know about that (Zoo, Sentosa, etc) he wants something special local, and i have no clue on what to do

hope i can get some help here !!!
if they love nature... you may want to bring them to reservoirs in the area...

last christmas, a "friend" :wink: and I went reservoir hoppping...

it was nothing fancy but nice, then you can have a picnic or something...

have fun...
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Post by micknlea » Fri, 16 Feb 2007 11:21 pm

Speaking of nature stuff...don't forget Bukit Timah nature reserve if he is energetic at all....nice walks, and hills as well. It is certainly a different side of Singapore as is Sungei Buloh wetlands, (don't forget the insect repellent though). Nice place to wander around and see some of the wildlife etc.
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