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Feedback on Singapore Itinerary : Dec 24 - Jan 1

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Feedback on Singapore Itinerary : Dec 24 - Jan 1

Hello Experts - We are going to Singapore in last week of December 2017 with our 1.5 yr old bub. Below is the list of activities/attractions that are planned on each day. Will the experts be kind enough to show some insight on any improvements or additions that will make our little bub enjoy the trip.

Day 1 - Dec 24 : Flying in from Melbourne via Perth and will land at midnight . Taxi to hotel in MacPherson Road. Wakeup in the morning and explore chinatown till lunch time. Post lunch planning to visit Merlion Park and then head to Gardens by the bay to experience the Sound and light show. Would love to explore some local street food.

Day 2 - Dec 25 : Start the day with breakfast at hotel and then head to Singapore Zoo. Plan to cover river safari as well on the same day.

Day 3 - Dec 26 : Planning to cover Jurong Bird Park and Night Safari.

Day 4 - Dec 27 : Planning to do a river cruise on Singapore river ( Is it worth it as we stay along the dock in Melbourne so not sure whats so special.) , mint museum and Singapore Flyer.

Day 5 & 6 - Dec 28 & 29 : Planning to spend two complete days covering universal studies and Sentosa Island. Can add one more day if two days won't be sufficient to cover the whole of it.

Day 7 - Dec 30 : Planning to do a batam tour if there is nothing more to do in Singapore as we are searching for options. Appreciate if someone can suggest some good day trips within reasonable price.

Day 8 - Dec 31 : Explore the city without any specific agenda. Appreciate any suggestions.

Day 9 - Jan 1 : Checkout the hotel in the morning and reach Changi. Relax in the lounge waiting for our flight back to Melbourne.

Based on the research we have done thus far , I think using MRT will be an easy option with toddler else we are okay to use taxi. We are not very fussy about food as we are okay with any cuisine or street food.

Is the above plan achievable or too tiring ?

Also I am planning to buy all the tickets from the official websites. Is it recommended to buy the express pass at Universal Studies.

Appreciate your time and happy holidays.

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1. Re: Feedback on Singapore Itinerary : Dec 24 - Jan 1

You itinerary is fine. However, there are many things that you are missing out in Singapore. Places like Marina Bay Sands, Gardens by the Bay & the observatories etc.

You might want to checkout this website for more information: http://www.visitsingapore.com/en/

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2. Re: Feedback on Singapore Itinerary : Dec 24 - Jan 1

Day 1 visit to Gardens by the Bay. For local food you can head down to Satay by the Bay within the gardens. They have grilled satay and steamboat and other local fare. It is Christmas eve so expect crowds.

Day 4 river cruise. This goes around Marina Bay, the area you are exploring on Day 1. It's nice at night when the lights are on, especially during year end festivities. After seeing Marina Bay on day 1, you can reconsider if you want to do this activity or not. Singapore Flyer is along the route of the river cruise.

Day 7/8 - There are plenty of year end festivities you can go for. You could include a visit to Orchard road at night, for a stroll to see the Christmas lights and decorations. Join various new year's eve parties, the biggest one being the countdown at Marina Bay. There are the ethnic areas of Chinatown, Little India and Kampong Glam which you can visit and try out local food while at these places.The Esplanade has many free performances during this period. You can check their calendar of events at www.esplanade.com.

As for public transport, MRT will get you to most places but for the zoo, bird park, night safari, it would be easier to use taxis as there are no nearby MRT stations to these places yet. For Sentosa, it may be better value to take a taxi rather than the Sentosa express monorail. The monorail costs $4 per person, and if your toddler is age 3 and above, they'd need a ticket too. For a family of 3, that's $12, an amount that is comparable to taxi fares from nearby locations into Sentosa.

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3. Re: Feedback on Singapore Itinerary : Dec 24 - Jan 1

Thanks AccidentalTourist69 for your inputs. Will definitely rework on the plan,

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4. Re: Feedback on Singapore Itinerary : Dec 24 - Jan 1

Thanks teebs2593 for your response. Will definitely help explore activities.

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5. Re: Feedback on Singapore Itinerary : Dec 24 - Jan 1

With a 1.5 year old child, I don't recommend staying out too late for New Year's Eve festivities. The crowd will get staggering if you stay after countdown.

As for the river cruise, my impression of Melbourne docks are they are fairly quiet and don't have as many restaurants as in Clarke Quay so I guess the ambience may be different.

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