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Newer things to do in Singapore

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Newer things to do in Singapore

My boyfriend and I will visit SG for 3 nights next May (2014). We land at 3:30pm on 1st May and our flight to Phuket leaves at 4:30pm on the 4th May. We're staying at Ibis Singapore at Bencoolen.

I've been to Singapore around 5 times, but the last time was in 2005, so a lot has changed! Im 23 and bf is 25. What should we do for an interesting stay? I was thinking of Universal Studios and the Night Safari for sure, but not too sure what else.

We will also have to get breakfast ourselves each day - what time do food courts and restaurants open in the morning? Are many open for breakfast?

In terms of transport, would using the MRT be okay with bags from Changi? What about getting to the Zoo? Getting the MRT and then a bus might be a little tricky..

Thanks :)

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1. Re: Newer things to do in Singapore

Not sure what you have done or seen in Singapore in the past, but I would recommend:

- Universal Studios, Aquarium

- Chinatown, Little India, Arab Street

- Marina Bay Sands, Gardens by the Bay

- Esplanade, Merlion, Singapore Eye

- Night Safari, Jurong Bird Park, Botanical Gardens

- many museums

- if you like shopping, go to Orchard Road, Bugis

Most food courts open at 10 or 11am but there are a few which open earlier around 7am to cater to the breakfast crowd.

Yes, you can always take the MRT from the airport. You have to switch trains at Tanah Merah MRT (take the train in the direction of Bugis) and get off at Bugis MRT. From Bugis MRT, it's about 10 minutes' walk to your hotel.

To get to the zoo by bus, take number 166 at Selegie Road (near your hotel) and change to 138 or 138A at Ang Mo Kio Interchange. The latter buses lets you alight directly at the Night Safari.

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2. Re: Newer things to do in Singapore


You may squeeze Marina Bay into your itinerary as there are many new things in this area now: Flyer, Marina Bay Sands, Gardens by the bay. In Sentosa SEA Aquarium as open.

Within less than 5 min walk from Ibis Bencoolen there is a 24h kopitiam where you can take your breakfast. It is at the corner of Bencoolen street and Bras Basah road.

For the zoo you can easily take the mrt and then the bus. It is not tricky, it just takes some time.

You may consider buying a regular ez-link for each one of you if you plan to use mrt and buses.

Happy planning

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3. Re: Newer things to do in Singapore

<<Newer things to do in Singapore, , but the last time was in 2005, so a lot has changed! >>

AliKeane, hi

DEFINITELY you`ll be shocked at the list of how many NEW thing are now on the plate since 2005.

Marina Bay Sands Skypark


Singapore Flyer


Gardens By The Bay

Helix Bridge

Laser Show

Legoland ( MAL)




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4. Re: Newer things to do in Singapore

This are most of the attraction that open after 2005:

Marina Bay Area:

a) MBS Skypark, Shops and Light and Water Show

b) Gardens by the Bay

c) Waterfront Promenade

d) ArtScience Museum

e) Helix Bridge

j) Singapore Flyer

(2) Singapore River Safari (Next to the Zoo) http://www.riversafari.com.sg/

(3) Resort World Sentosa (RWS)

(4) Universal Studios Singapore

(5) SEA Aquarium (Inside Resort World Sentosa)

===> All the above have their own website, which can be found in the below Link:


(6) Bugis Village Shopping would have a Revamped after Ur last visit in 2005, so worth to check it out too, since just 2min from Ibis :D

Food? U never short of it, At the back of the Hotel (Infront of South East Asia Hotel) there is really big Albert Centre Market & Food Centre (Open as early as 6am or 7am till around 9 or 10pm - Depend on individual stall). Plus the surrounding area, there are so many other food options. If U like to try vegetarian food, there is the Fortune Centre where there are mostly vegetarian food outlet.

Across the street at Sunshine Plaza (Adjacent to Fortune Centre), there is Victor's Kitchen for Cheap / Good Dim Sum


Right opposite Ibis, there is a Korean Supermarket, if U feel like having a spicy Hot Instant Ramen :D

if U love BBQ Pork, U should check out Kim Hock Guan @ the building Next to ibis Bencoolen (The Bencoolen - side facing OG Albert Complex - overhead bridge to Sim lim). Heavenly Yummilicious Pork Belly BBQ Pork :D http://www.kimhockguan.com.sg/contact-us

And remember shopping at OG Albert Complex, ION Orchard & vivocity (opposite Sentosa & connected to HarbourFront MRT Station) :D


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5. Re: Newer things to do in Singapore

Adding on to the previous post, here is a suggested itinerary which includes some of the newer attractions:

May 1st - visit Fountain of Wealth at Suntec City (Esplanade or Promenade MRT), walk along Helix Bridge to Gardens by the Bay for multimedia show at 7:30pm, then to Marina Bay Sands Promenade for another show at 8pm. Visit Skypark & Ku De Ta Bar & Resto at MBS Tower 3 for dinner with a view of SG's cityscape. After this take the MRT to City Hall MRT for another round of drinks with a view at at New Asia Bar at the apex of Swissotel The Stamford. Then walk to Clarke Quay SG's nightlife district.

May 2nd - Start your day at Universal Studios followed by a visit to Underwater World or the Resorts World Casino. Leave Sentosa around 5pm & take the MRT Circle Line to Bishan MRT Station, trannsfer to North South Line to Yishun MRT, kill some time at Northpoint Mall & take a taxi to the Night Safari.

May 3rd - Visit Botanic Gardens/SG Orchid Gardens, followed by Ion Orchard which has a Sky Deck for city views. Try Hainanese Chicken Rice at Chatterbox, Meritus Mandarin Hotel. Take the MRT to Chinatown & visit the Hindu Temple & the fairly new Buddha Tooth Relic Temple. If you wish to shop for cameras, tablets & the like, head over to Funan DigitaLife Mall. You may also wish to visit SG ARt Museum and drop by Raffles Hotel's famous Long Bar. Round off your day in Little India for a pitstop at SG's only 24/7 Mustafa, an ethnic emporium that stocks practically everything under the sun.

May 4th - visit the Hindu Temple and Kuan Im Chinese Temple within walking distance of your hotel before checking out & leaving the city for your flight to Phuket.

The above itinerary just about includes all the newer or post-2005 attractions on the first 2.5 days.....hope you enjoy your short stay in SG.

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6. Re: Newer things to do in Singapore

Hi AliKeane,

There is a good Prata place for breakfast just across the road from your hotel - Al Jilani Restaurant - and they are open 24/7.



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7. Re: Newer things to do in Singapore

Since 2005 as well as the list of new things a fair number of places you might have been to will have changed quite a bit. The zoo layout has changed quite substantially since then, Sentosa as a whole is very different as the entre ferry terminal/ musical fountain/ Asian village area has gone - replaced by the new integrated resort. Orchard has changed at the top end, the MRT system has more lines. The list goes on, so as well as new attractions the old ones may have new options.

As for transport, yes you can use the MRT from Changi but with luggage after a long flight it's a long way to travel and you have to go through some busy stations so it can get very crowded. Not to mention hauling bags to the hotel once you get out of the station if need be. Personally I only ever do this with light luggage, at off peak hours and after a short flight.....with any substantial luggage, wrong time and being tired and I'm straight to the taxi rank - faster, door to door and so much easier.

For the zoo the quickest way is a taxi, and that's really the important factor for most between taxi and the MRT combination. The train and bus route is easy enough to deal with, it's really one change to a bus which leaves from well marked bus stops. The down side is the time - it's nearly 90mns travel time plus connections time. That's quite a bit to lose compared to the 30mins of a taxi. If you want to see Singapore from a different angle or save a title cash - both of which the train/bus combo gives for the extra time it takes - then I sometimes come back from the zoo that way. That's the part of the day when I have the time to do this routing, and it lets me stop for food at say Ang Mo Kio Hub or in the City as part of the ride. I always go to the zoo by taxi for the speed as it lets me get there early before the crowds - and the MRT would mean a very early start for the same arrival time

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8. Re: Newer things to do in Singapore

Wow, thanks to everyone for the replies!! Very much appreciated!

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9. Re: Newer things to do in Singapore


The link below has info about all your Transport options to and from Changi airport:-


and, wow, you will definitely notice an amazing difference in Singapore since 2005!!!

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