Ray Montgomery

Family Friendly Singapore - 3 Days in the Lion City

  • Family Friendly Singapore - 3 Days in the Lion City

Ray Montgomery

Family Friendly Singapore - 3 Days in the Lion City

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Description

This itinerary is ideal for anyone with a penchant for art and culture and who just cannot resist Singapore's world famous cuisine and shopping!  It is also perfect for families with a wealth of fun attractions and sights for curious youngsters. 
 
It includes a comprehensive 3-day itinerary which explores the city's most popular sights and points out many hidden gems that only locals know about.
 
Offers fascinating walking tours of its three famous ethnic enclaves, the historic colonial district and the ultra modern business district, all which can be enjoyed at your own pace on foot and completely customizable.   
 
Sights & places you'll see with this itinerary:

  • Be in awe gazing at Singapore’s towering skyscrapers.  
  • Shop until you drop in some of the world’s most extravagant shopping malls.
  • Go skiing or snowboarding in the tropics!
  • View classical Oriental artwork in world class museums.
  • Experience the bustle and flavors of a Chinese hawker food center.
  • Walking tours through the ethnic districts of Chinatown, Little India and the Malay village.
  • Explore the elegant colonial history of Raffles Hotel. 
  • Take a vertigo inducing cable car ride across Singapore bay.
  • See exotic feathered friends at Jurong Bird Park. 
  • Cool gadgets and experiments galore at Singapore Science Center.
  • Suggestions for other places to see if you have additional time in Singapore

The Main Focus of this itinerary:

 To show you the very best things to see and do in Singapore while offering colorful insights into its celebrated past and vibrant present day.   

Present detailed directions and maps along with time and money saving tips to get the very most out of sightseeing, culture and entertainment.

Show you how to navigate the transport system with ease and point out hidden sights that few tourists get to see. 

Why You Should Buy The Guide:

 Points out the very best of Singapore’s sights with a wealth of options for fun filled family activities.

Saves you time and money with insider tips on shopping, using public transport and the very best places to eat and drink.

No need to spend hours of research – everything you need for a full and rewarding time in Singapore is right here.

What does the itinerary include? 

  • Many pictures pointing out all the key landmarks and easy to read maps covering every part of the city.
  • My personal contact details if you need any further assistance or advice while in Singapore

Itinerary Table of Contents

  • How to Use This Guide
  • About the author -- How to contact me if you have additional questions.
  • The 3-day highlights itinerary – Full details of activities and sights to see with opening times, prices and specific instructions for getting there.
  • Transportation Tips on getting around Singapore
  • Restaurants -- General recommendations on finding great places to eat
  • Hotels – The best places to stay for every budget.  
  • Other Place to See -- If you have a little extra time, I recommend some other areas to explore in the city.

Sample From the Itinerary

This is a sample of the itinerary. The actual itinerary includes additional pictures and maps.

Little India

As you head down Serangoon Road you will be accosted with the sight of colorful silk saris, pungent spices and the blaring sounds of Bollywood music. This is Little India, without doubt the most unique of all Singapore’s city districts and has a refreshing rawness and energy like nowhere else. It is also the cheapest place to shop, eat and stay and a haven for local and visiting bargain hunters. On your left, Tekka Market is a frenetic, crowded place with market stalls packed high with exotic silk garments, spices, tacky artwork, fortune tellers and pretty much anything else you could think of. The ground floor is given over to the ‘wet market’ – amazing seafood such as lobster and shrimp, fresh meat and exotic fruit. This is one of the few places where you can seriously haggle for bargains. The opening price offered is always highly inflated so aim for at least a 50% discount. Directly opposite is the Little India Parade, a similar experience but in a more ‘civilized’ surroundings. It is a little touristy so expect higher prices.

On either side of Serangoon Road, dozens of small lanes are ripe for exploring. Just simply stroll at leisure. Each is packed with tiny grocery stalls stacked high with exotic foodstuffs, Bollywood music stores, cheap hostels, electronic retailers, antique sellers and best of all, a fantastic array of cheap hole in the wall Indian cafes. On Serangoon Road proper, you cannot help but notice the garish displays of gold jewelry here. This is Singapore’s main center for gold shopping. Firma Jewelers (107 Serangoon Road) has one of the best collections in town.    
 
Midway along the main road is the elaborate 19th century Sri Veerama Kaliamman Hindu temple. It has an amazing tower filled with figurative sculptures of gods and mythological beasts. You will see strings of mango and coconut leaves hanging above the temple doors for good fortune and the interior is filled with sparkling gold adornments. Unlike many other places, there is no charge to take photographs.
    
The next major turning on the right (Syed Alwi Road) is a magnet for serious bargain hunters in Singapore. The famous Mustafa Center is a cheap and cheerful six story mall packed high with all manner of household goods, electronics and exotic foods. Just behind here is Desker Road, Little India’s red light district filled with a few sleazy café bars frequented by the city’s colorful transvestite community.  
 
Little India never has the appearance of being overrun with tourists due to the large local Indian population and this is certainly the case at the Thieves’ Market. This sprawling flea market is located along Sungei Road and the Rocher Canal and is far removed from the air conditioned glitz of the mega malls of Orchard Road. This is the only place where people can literally set up a stall and sell without a license and anything goes here. In amongst a sea of kitsch and junk, you may even spot a priceless antique or two. This is one of the areas true hidden gems that few visiting tourists get to see. As you head back to the main street, try out some of the local delicacies at Banana Leaf Restaurant (48 Serangoon Road, hours 12:00 – 10:30pm www.thebananaleafapolo.com). This famous eatery has been around for over 30 years and offers huge portions of butter chicken, tandoori prawns and even fish head curry served on a banana leaf complete with unlimited rice, veggies and spicy dips. It is a real lunchtime bargain.

Cover Image Credit: Ariaski (Creative Commons)