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Frequently asked questions :
Which is a better location - Marina or Orchard ?
Both have their own merits, choose Orchard if you are in town purely for shopping. Marina and the surrounding areas (Suntec and Raffles City) will be a good base if you prefer to explore the city a bit more.
Where should I make the reservation - direct with the hotel or a third party ?
If there is a great deal on, an air and hotel package (eg. Singapore Airlines stop over package), those are the best ones to go with for. - If you have an amazing price on the airline tickets, book the hotel yourself through any sites eg. asiabesthotel.com, marimari.com, asiaroom.com, expedia.com etc. Whichever has the best prices.
Dont forget to compare prices with the hotel's direct site as they do have certain price (eg. prepaid) and promotional rates that are not available anywhere else.
What to bring ?
SIN is one degree off the equator so anything to keep cool; cotton and quick drying fabrics are best. It does rain a lot so bring along shoes that are comfortable and you don't mind getting them wet.
What is the weather like?
Hot and humid, average temp. is 27 degree celsius throught the year with one degree cooler or warmer towards or away from the monsoon season (northeast season begins Dec to Mar, southwest from Jun to Sep, Apr and May being dry and the hottest month in SIN)
What to do ?
Shopping is big in SIN - dining is the biggest hobby in town
What not to be missed ?
Fun activity :
What is the best souvenir to buy and where ?
How much is the cab fare from the airport to a hotel in Orchard Road or Marina area ?
to Orchard Road the cost will be around S$20 while to Marian area will be S$15-17, bear in mind there may be applicable surcharges (check this link for details : http://www.visitsingapore.com)
How much is the cab fare from a hotel in town to the zoo ?
fare from most hotels in town (orchard area) will cost about S$15 to Mandai area (zoo, night safari and orchid garden are located)
How is the MRT ?
Good and efficient, clean and safe. Definitely a great way to explore SIN. Consider the use of an EZ-link or NETS Flashpay Card when using public transport to get around. Easy and very handy to use. No need to fumble for exact change to buy a ticket. A card costs an initial S$12 ($5 for the cost of the card and $7 as stored value). These can be replenished/topped up as necessary at the MRT stn.
What about the SIA hop on/off bus or City Buzz ?
an easy way to get to know SIN if you don't have the leisure of time to explore the city, easy to use and cheap
Is the food safe at Hawker centres or food courts ?
SIN has a high standard of hygiene, all food establishments are required to display their health certificate issued by the health authority, grading from A (being the best) to D.
What's the best choice for mobile communications?
The 3 major providers are Singtel, M1 and Starhub each have various prepaid cards. M1 has kiosks outside the arrival area at the airport. Starhub can be purchased at the UOB Money Exchange airport counters. Singtel SIM's can be purchased at the RHB Money Exchange counters. These tourist card are typically ~ S$30 and include free int'l calling to most major countries. You often will need to buy a separate top-up card for data (data is very low cost). You will need your passport to purchase a SIM.