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A few budget days in Singapore

An April 1999 trip to Singapore by Leesa

Singapore Zoo Photo, Singapore City, Singapore More Photos
Quote: We were very impressed by Singapore, finding it a very organised and efficient country. Do not expect, like we did, that Singapore is anything like Hong Kong. Singapore is largely flat, with a wonderful feeling of space despite the housing blocks, with plentiful patches of green parks at every turn.

A few budget days in Singapore

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Our highlights were * The Zoo * The National Orchid Gardens * Little India, for its wealth of colour and good food * Orchard Road, for shopping or just looking * Boat Quay, to watch the wealthy expatriates at play Quick Tips: Best Way To Get Around: If arriving overland from Malaysia, remember to have the currency declaration slip completed and handy for Malaysian Customs. There is a fine if you do not produce this declaration on leaving. Beware also that the international bus drivers are on a schedule, and are very impatient to leave customs unless someone points out that a person is missing. We almo...Read More
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This hostel was recommended to us by another backpacking couple we met on the bus from Malaysia, who led us to it on our arrival in Singapore. We were a little concerned when it became apparent it was run by a Catholic organisation, but we were reassured you don’t need to a Catholic to stay here. In fact the name ‘hostel’ is misleading as the place seemed only to offer private rooms with a/c, en-suite bathrooms and TV. In reality it could be a hotel if it wasn’t just the 4th floor of a building. Slightly more than we had intended to pay, we found this more comfortable that some of the other budget hotels we looked at. And this price also included a buffet breakfast of boiled eggs, fru...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 4, 2001

Singapore Zoo

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Singapore Zoo Photo, Singapore City, Singapore
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We visited Singapore Zoo, assured by our guidebook that it is one of the world’s few ‘open’ zoos where animals are not caged, but ‘moated’ on roomy islands recreating their natural habits. It has apparently been praised by leading conservationists. We found it a joy to watch gorillas, monkeys, pygmy hippos, komodo dragons, and Asian tigers to name but a few roaming around looking very unstressed. The zoo is so large that there is a guide and map to it. We ended up spending several hours there, fascinated at being able to get up close to Australasian animals. It some respects it was quite frightening to find out what creatures there are out there.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 10, 2002

Singapore Zoo
80 Mandai Lake Road
Singapore, Singapore 729826
(65) 6269 3411

Singapore Botanic Gardens

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Attraction | "National Orchid Garden"

Singapore Botanic Gardens Photo, Singapore, Asia
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Travelling on a budget, we headed off to Singapore’s National Botanical Gardens because it was free. It turned out to be more of a park, with loads of white open green spaces, which was a great refuge in the heart of Singapore.

The highlight though was the National Orchid Garden. There was a small entrance fee, which we considered worth it to see such a brilliantly colourful display of orchids in all shapes and sizes. The gardens themselves are a fair size, and the paths wander through lush undergrowth. Even for two non-gardeners we found these gardens a unique sight, as the swathes of brightly coloured orchids was simply amazing.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 10, 2002

Singapore Botanic Gardens
1 Cluny Road
Singapore 259569
(65) 6471 7138