How do you get to Singapore? The award winning Singapore Changi Airport is recognised as one of the best airports in the world. With 80 airlines serving more than 180 cities in over 50 countries, you can easily find an airline of your choice to get to Singapore. With the fleet of budget airlines, flying to Singapore from Asian countries like Philippines, Thailand, China, Vietnam, Indonesia etc has never been easier and cheaper. Be sure to book your air ticket now; the earlier you book, the more you save.
Start your shopping experience in the Changi Airport Shopping City with over 300 retail and F&B outlets in Changi Airport. With such a wide varieties and choices to choose from, its no wonder that the Changi Airport Shopping City is voted the World's Best Duty Free Shopping. You can also shop with confidence as the prices at Changi Airport are guaranteed no higher than established downtown shops or you can ask for refund. Find more information about Changi Airport at: http://www.changiairport.com/changi/en/index.html
How do I getting to City? Getting to the city from the airport is one of the easiest things to do. There are varies form of transport which you can choose from:
1. Taxi (Cab) - The journey to city costs between S$18.00 and S$32.00 and takes approximately 30 minutes.
2. Airport Shuttle - There are different schedules for the different terminals. Please approach the Airport Shuttle Counter on the arrivals level to register. It costs S$9 per adult and S$6 per child.
3. Train (MRT) - The Changi Airport MRT Station is located under Terminals 2 and 3 and linked to the arrivals and departures by escalators and lifts. The first train arrives at around 0530hr and the last leaves at midnight. A single fare to the city costs about S$2.70 (inclusive of S$1.00 refundable deposit) and takes approximately 27 minutes. Tickets are available at the station. If you are traveling with little or light luggage, you may want to consider this option. (Look to picture on left, courtesy of MICA)
4. Public Bus - Public bus service 36 goes to the city. The first bus arrives at around 0600hr and the last leaves at midnight. A single fare costs below S$2.00 and takes about an hour. Bus stops are located under Terminals 1, 2 or 3. Please prepare the exact fare as no change will be given. (This is the least advisable especially if you have big or many pieces of luggage.)
Where do you stay? Singapore offers a wide variety of accommodation types to suit all budgets and preferences. They range from backpacker, budget and youth hostels to boutique and five-star hotels. You can google for the kind of accommodation that you suit your need and budget. I would recommend HotelTravel.com. When I was googling for hotel for my trip in Phuket last year, HotelTravel.com was able to provide me the best rate for most of the hotels I was looking at. Not only that, their service is prompt, friendly and with online support.
How do you move around? Moving around in Singapore is one of the easiest things to do because of the highly developed transportation network, provided you know where you are going. As mentioned earlier, the GSS is located from downtown Orchard Road to Marina Bay to the shops in the heartlands. Depending on the location of your hotel, there are 3 modes of transportation at most time. You can catch a ride on Taxi (cab) or MRT or public buses from your hotel to Orchard Road (Orchard Road MRT station) and from there you can just take a slow walk along the whole stretch of Orchard Road all the way to Dhoby Ghuat MRT Station; you will see all the major shopping malls on both sides of Orchard Road. From Dhoby Ghuat MRT Station, you can take a MRT ride to Cityhall MRT Station where you can continue your shopping trip. (The Picture of Suntec City Shopping Mall within walking distance from Cityhall MRT Station, courtesy of MICA)
And while you are in the vicinity of Cityhall MRT Station, you may also be interested to take a look at one of Singapore landmarks: The Esplanade, theatre by the bay. (Photo on the left, courtesy of MICA)
From Dhoby Ghuat MRT Station, you may also consider taking a MRT ride to Harbor Front MRT Station where you will find one of the latest mall, Vivocity, in Singapore. (Photo on the right, courtesy of MICA)
What do you eat? Eating in Singapore is never boring if you may ask a Singaporean. Singapore is a food paradise and being a multi-racial country, you have a wide selection of cuisines to choose from. We guarantee that our local food like Bak Kut Teh (Pork Ribs in Tea Soup); one very unique food that you must definitely try. Laksa (noodles in a spicy coconut broth); this is one of the Singaporeans' favorites. Roti Prata (Indian pancakes) will leave you wanting more. If you are not so adventurous in food, you can always stick to the many fastfood chains like MacDonald, KFC, Burger King etc. I am sure you can find something to your liking.
What do you wear? Singapore has an equatorial climate, which is warm and humid all year round. Rain falls throughout the year. You can leave your winter clothing at home, just t-shirt and jean will be fine. And of cause a good pair of walking shoes.
What will be the next thing to do? Make sure you marked the date for the GSS and book your air ticket earlier. I'll see you in Singapore!
PS: Don't forget to get your tax refund. Check for more information at: The Official Great Singapore Sale's Site
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