Come here to gather Singapore latest tourism news, cost saving tips like packaged tickets, free programmes and discounted pass to Singapore attractions to help you plan for a rewarding Singapore vacation.
We also highlight to you the current fairs and events you should not missed while travelling in Singapore. Don't forget to check up on the Singapore Festivals and Events Calendar while planning your Singapore vacation.
Our Chilli Crab Review tells you the two most easy-to-find seafood restaurants to try out the famous chilli crab. Get to know also the cost or the price you got to pay for a decent chilli crab meal.
The opening date of National Gallery Singapore is on 24 Nov 2015. All visitors will get free entry to the Gallery from 24 Nov to 6 Dec. The Gallery opening hours during these two weeks are as follow: Mon to Thu: 10am to 7pm, Fri to Sun: 10am to 11pm.
Click here to get your free tickets to the museum. Walk in visitors may be held back for entry as priority is given to those with tickets.
National Gallery Singapore Ticket Prices
From 7 Dec onwards, the admission tickets for the museum are priced as follow: $20/adult, $15/child aged 7-12, free for child aged 6 and below. Free admission for Singapore citizens and permanent residents.
Please visit National Gallery Singapore for more information on the two weeks celebrations.
As one of the ambassador and Unesco delegate, Darko Tanaskovic said: "The Singapore Botanic Gardens is encouraging proof of how men can re-create lost paradise, and of harmony between men and nature."
Let's see some facts about the Singapore Botanic Gardens.
Universal Studios Singapore Roller Coaster will reopen on 27 May 2015 after closing for more than a year since 21 Jul 2013. Book the rollercoaster tickets online now to avoid disappointment as tickets will be selling out fast. Get 13 tips on how to tour Universal Studios smartly to save you time and money. Be sure to buy the Express Pass to avoid long hours of waiting for some of the popular rides.
The roller coaster will operate with a new look when it opens. The four-seater vehicle will be replaced by two-seater vehicles. The tracks, however, will remain the same.
Lonely Planet, the world well known travel company, has chosen Singapore as the No. 1 country to visit in 2015.
The things which being mentioned in its Best in Travel 2015 guidebook about Singapore include:
Of course, there are also many visitors come here just for the food, admire the greenery or love the peace and safety that our country provide.
Before planning your Singapore vacation, check out our 5-day Singapore Tour Itinerary for a first time visitor. For family vacation, get more information on what to see and do in Singapore from our Singapore Tour Itinerary for Family.
Madame Tussauds Singapore, which is located at the Imbiah Lookout on Sentosa Island, will be opening on 25 Oct 2014. It is the wax museum company 18th attraction around the world. Find out more information on Newest Attractions in Sentosa Island.
Opened on 31 Jul 2014, Hotel Clover 33 Jalan Sultan is located in Bugis area, just 5 minutes walk from the famous Sultan Mosque. Converted from a row of 17 two-storey conserved shophouses, it has 17 loft suites which comes with a living area on the ground level and a bedroom on the mezzanine level.
Known as Mooncake or Lantern Festival, the Mid-Autumn Festival Celebrations here are generally hold in Chinatown areas. This year programmes are listed below for your reference:
Official Opening and Light Up Ceremony
Where: New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street
When: 24 Aug 2014
Time: 7pm to 10pm
Lantern Making Competition
Where: Chinatown Point
When: 16 Aug to 8 Sep 2014
Time: All Day
Lantern Painting Competition
Where: Chinatown Point
When: 16 Aug to 8 Sep 2014
Time: 9am to 12pm
Nightly Stage Show
Where: Kreta Ayer Square
When: 24 Aug to 8 Sep 2014
Time: 8pm to 10.30pm
Mass Lantern Walk
Where: Kreta Ayer Square (start point)
When: 6 Sep 2014
Time: 7pm to 10pm
For more information about the above Mid-Autumn Festival Celebrations, please visit Chinatown Festivals.
As a tourist, it would be nice if you have a chance to taste a number of local dishes all at one go. Now you have the opportunity to try them all at Ellenborough Market Cafe's in Swiss Merchant Court hotel. The following are just few of the many special dishes served in the cafe:
For drinks, there are local favourites like water chestnut, barley and bandung. The highlight of this buffet is the durian feast. You can have as much fresh durians as you like. So do remember to reserve some room for that.
The cafe is offering a promotion for HSBC card holders. For every three diners, one will dine free. The offer ends on 27 Jul 14.
Where: Swissotel Merchant Court
When: now till 27 Jul 2014
Nearest MRT: Clarke Quay
Price: $65++ an adult, $33++ a child
Good news to Muslim visitors looking for great Malay food in Singapore. Celebrity Chef Wan, the Food Ambassador of Malaysia, is giving a promotion for the fasting month of Ramadan at his 1 Market buffet restaurant. For every four guests, you pay for the price of three.
The following are few of the must-try dishes:
Durian lovers, especially foreigners and tourists, should grab the opportunity to take part in the Resorts World Sentosa Durian Fest 2014. The reason is it's never be easy to choose the right durain yourself. The worse scenario is that you are being conned to pay a high premium for the best grade of durian but get normal class durian.
The Durian Fest, however, guarantee us the very best of the few types of durians. You eat with peace knowing those star durians are provided by well established vendor with good reputation.
If you love Chilli Crabs, this buffet dinner promotion at Plaza Brasserie in Parkroyal on Beach Road is for you. Besides chilli crabs, you get to taste mud crabs which serve in 14 different cooking styles. Apart from the common versions like Black Pepper Crab, Cereal Crab and Salted Egg Crab, you can also find the new ways of cooking style like the Crab Kut Teh and Steamed Crab With Dang Gui, a Chinese herb.
At a price of $65 per adult, it's consider cheap. It would cost $50 to $80 a crab to dine in similar restaurant. So, if you are in Singapore during the promotional period, don't miss the chance to try 14 versions of crabs in one visit.
Where: Plaza Beasserie, Parkroyal on Beach Road
When: now till 27 Jul 2014
Time: 6pm to 10.30pm daily
Price: $65/adult, $39/child
Enquiry: call 65055710
I have a mix-feeling after watching the new night show Wings of Time at Siloso Beach on the first day of its launch. A very high tech show makes use of multimedia effects, 3D visual effects, fountain, laser lights and fireworks, your eye will be too busy trying to take in all these. No wonder it costs 10 millions to produce it. It's definitely entertaining and worth spending a night with your loved ones. Check out more information on Wings of Time Ticket Prices and Show Times.
The easiest way of Getting to Marina Bay Sands is by MRT. No matter where you are: Changi Airport, Little India, Orchard Road, Chinatown or Kampong Glam, there is always a MRT station nearby to take you to Bayfront station, which is connected directly to Marina Bay Sands.
Visitors can now get to Singapore Zoo, River Safari and Night Safari from the city areas on a comfortable coach. The service is provided by the Duck & Hippo tour company. It departs from Suntec City and Singapore Flyer hourly. The first coach begins at 8.30 am and takes about 45 to 60 minutes to reach the Zoo. The last coach departs from the Zoo at 10.30 pm. Tickets cost $7/adult and $5/child for a single trip. More information on Taking Coach to Singapore Zoo.
Check out Other Cheaper Ways to Get to the Zoo.
From next month onward, visitors to River Safari will have a chance to join two new tours: Be a Panda Reseacher and Fishy Business. These two behind the scenes tours will let participants know more about how to take care of freshwater animals and understand the panda's diet and lifestyle. For instance, they will learn how to prepare for the aquarium animal feeds, analyst panda droppings so as to know about its diet. For more information, check out River Safari Behind-the-Scenes Tours.
Orchardgateway, sitting on the previous sites of Specialist Shopping Centre, Hotel Phoenix and Orchard Emerald, is opening its door to the public though some of the shops are not opening yet.
It consists of two buildings which are connected by a cylindrical overhead bridge. In addition to a shopping mall, the complex also housed a 500-room hotel. Level 1 of the shopping mall is linked directly to the next shopping mall 313@Somerset.
How to get to Orchardgateway? As it is connected to the Somerset MRT station at the basement, you are just few steps away once you are out of the station.
Songs of the Sea ends on 4 May 2014 after seven years of successful run. Those who miss the show will have to wait for the new night show Wings of Time, which will be launched on 17 Jun 2014 at Sentosa's Siloso Beach. In the meantime, renovation works will be carried out in the existing site. Visitors will have to patiently wait for the opening date of Wings of Time. For more information, check out Wings of Time Ticket Prices and Show Time.
Now you got a chance to see more than 200 sharps real up close at the Marine Life Park in Resorts World Sentosa Integrated Resort. You can even get into the tank to watch the sharps swim inches away from you without fear that they would hurt you. The Sharp Encounter allows visitor to see the creatures within an acrylic enclosure. The Sharp Encounter, which costs $88 per person, lasts for 30 minutes.
Singapore Zoo will turn 40 years old next Thursday. To celebrate its 40th birthday, it is offering discounted ticket to the Zoo for Singaporeans and permanent residents. Visit Singapore Zoo facebook page to print out its promotional coupon. The discounted ticket prices for adult is $8.80(U.P. $22) and $5.60 for children(U.P. $14).
Check out How to get to the Singapore Zoo.
Starting from 18 May 2013, you get free entry to the following 11 museums if you are a permanent resident or Singaporean.
An amazing bubble show by 18-time Guinness World Record-holder Fan Yang which all kids and adults will enjoy it. For more information and booking of tickets, please visit The Bubble Legendary Show website. Take a preview of the show from the following video clip.
Where: Festive Grand Theatre, Resorts World Sentosa
When: 6 to 9 Jun 2013
Time: Various time slots from 11.30am to 7.30pm
Tickets: S$28 to S$88 per person
A Dell laptop for S$699? Yes, S$699 or less if you buy the laptop on the last day of the PC Show. I have bought two of my Dell laptops at S$699 during the show in the year 2010 and 2012. After the show, prepare to pay for S$899 or more for the same laptop.
Beside laptop, you can find all sorts of PC accessories, digital camera, gps and all kinds of gadgets at a discounted price.
When: 6 to 9 Jun 2013
Time: 12pm to 9pm
Where: Singapore Expo Halls 5 & 6
If you have a plan to visit Singapore for a vacation, you should try to avoid the following Public Holidays as most of the Singapore Attractions will be very crowded. You may want to have a look on our suggested 5-Day Singapore Tour Itinerary to help you plan for your family vacation.
Singapore 2014 Public Holidays
|1 Jan||New Year's Day||Wednesday|
|31 Jan to 1 Feb||Chinese New Year||Friday|
|18 Apr||Good Friday||Friday|
|1 May||Labour Day||Thursday|
|13 May||Vesak Day||Tuesday|
|28 July||Hari Raya Puasa||Monday|
|9 Aug||National Day||Saturday|
|5 Oct||Hari Raya Haji||Sunday|
|25 Dec||Christmas Day||Thursday|
Notes: The following Monday will be a public holiday if the holiday falls on Sunday.
All of you are invited to a free concert in Gardens by the Bay on 27 Apr 2013. Bring along with your some drink and snack, relax while you enjoy the classical music performed by the Singapore Chinese Orchestra.
Great news for all Singapore residents! Universal Studios Singapore is offering a 15% discount on its day passes from now on till 31 May 2013. If you pay by MasterCard, You will get an additional $5 dining voucher.
Visitors may Buy Universal Studios Singapore Tickrts Online or at any of its ticket booth. For any enquiry, call +65-65778888.
Bindi, the daughter of the late Australian conservationist Steve Irwin, will share with kids her favourite Zoo Animals in Singapore Zoo. It's also a very good opportunity to play game together with Bindi.
Join by her brother and mother Terri Irwin, she will be holding a show-and-tell session at the Shaw Foundation amphitheatre.
Children can learn about how to treat and get along well with zoo animals. She will also give advices on wildlife conservation.
Date: 13 Apr 2013
Time: 8am to 12pm
Fees: Normal zoo's ticket prices, $22/adult and $14/child(aged 3-12)
I visited River Safari yesterday, which is the official opening date of River Safari, it took me about one and a half hours to tour around the park. It's obviously that it isn't a very big park. As most of the exhibits are in air-conditioning rooms and inter-connected with covered walkways, old folks and small kids will not have any difficulty to walk around the park.
You may want to view the latest map and Photos of River Safari which I have taken yesterday before heading to the park.
As River Safari is located just next to the Singapore Zoo, please refer to Getting to Singapore Zoo for details.
River Safari will be officially open on 3 Apr 2013. Stroll along the boardwalk, visitors will be able to see various animal and marine creatures which could be found from eight most longest rivers around the world, which include Nile River, Yangtze River, Mississippi River, Murray River, Amazon Rivers, Congo River, Ganges River and Mekong River.
River Safari Ticket Prices
Adult: $35, Child(age 3 to 12): $23, Senior Citizen(age above 60): $17.50.
River Safari Opening Hours
9am to 6pm
As the park is not fully open yet, visitors are entitled to a discounted price of $25 for adult, $16 for child and $12.50 for Senior Citizen. Once the Amazon River's boat ride is completed, visitors will have to pay for the usual ticket price.
For more information on the new attraction, visit River Safari Latest Update.
Chinatown Food Street will be closing down from May to Dec 2013 for major renovation. After the upgrading, there will be 24 roadside stalls along Smith Street serving you Hawker Food. The prices of hawker food will remain low at $3 to $8. Also, there will be another 10 restaurants and a food kiosk along the street.
When the new Chinatown Food Street reopen in Jan 2014, you could have a taste of Singapore Local Food there regardless of rain or shine as most of the stalls are under a cover.
The street will also be more lively as you could expect a series of activities like cultural performance, outdoor movie screening, food tour etc to be held there more frequently.
Just bought a Panasonic Lumix FZ200 camera at Cathay Photo for a very good price of S$685. I have been buying camera from Cathay Photo for more than 20 years.
If you are looking for a camera in Singapore, I strongly recommend you to buy from this store. They have two outlets: one in Pennisula Plaza and the other in Marina Square Shopping Mall.
This is how I would go about when I thought of getting a camera:
Call Kelvin, who works in Cathay Photo Pennisula outlet (Tel: +65-63374274 ), to enquiry on the camera model and price before proceed to the store. Kelvin have been working in Cathay for more than 30 years, he is very friendly and knowledgable to answer any questions you may have regarding all kinds of camera and accessories.
Bring enough cash to pay for your camera. The price that he quoted you over the phone can be further reduced(about 2-3%) if you pay by cash.
I guarantee you will always have a smiling face when you walk out of the shop. You have no worry about fake or inferior products and you will get whatever freebies which come with the camera without asking.
Universal Studios Singapore is offering a family package for 2 adults and 1 child for all master card holders. The package, which cost only S$206 (usual price S$280), include tickets for the family to S.E.A. Aquarium or Adventure Cove Waterpark and Universal Studios Singapore. Visit Resorts World Sentosa official site to buy your tickets or at its ticketing booth. For enquiry, call +65-65778888.
You may also want to check out 12 Tips on Universal Studios Singapore.
Parc Sovereign, a 4-star hotel located in Bugis Street with a swimming pool, is offering a night stay in its superior room for only S$118++. The offer comes with breakfast and free Wi-Fi access. Book before 31 Mar to enjoy the promotional room rates. For any enquiry, call +65 63456116.
Check out more Hotels in Bugis Street.
This year Singapore F1 will be held from 20 Sep to 22 Sep 2013. Early birds can enjoy a ticket discount of up to 30%.
The tickets are already on sale from 20 Feb, grab them now before 30 Apr 2013 to enjoy the discount.
If you buy now, the cheapest single day ticket will cost you only $168. It will be priced at $198 after 1 May 2013. For an overview of all the ticket prices, please refer to 2013 Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix Official Site. You may also call 65-67386738 to order your tickets.
I am planning to bring my two kids to Esplanade- theatres on the Bay for the Huayi Festival Opening Ceremony this coming Friday. The following performances will be held in and around Esplanade and all the programmes are free. I have work out a schedule for my family for those performances which we plan to atttend. You may want to join us.
|7pm||Huayi Opening: Lion Dance||Forecourt|
|7.15pm||Joyous Melodies by Jing Ying Ensemble||Concourse|
|7.45pm||Festive Pulses by Wufang Singapore, Diabolo Art and ZingO Festival Drum Group||Forecourt|
|8.45pm||Songs of Celebration by Singapore and Taiwan singers Chen Ming Pei, Kong Lan Xun and Qiu Wen||Outdoor Theatre|
|9.30pm||Hand Puppetry by China's Hui An Puppet Troupe||Waterfront Canopy|
When is the best time to visit Singapore? If you are looking for the cheapest hotel room rates, February is a good time. Book a room now till end of February at Grand Park Orchard to enjoy a night free if you stay for a minimum of two nights. For enquiry, call 65-66038829. For more choices, check out more Hotels in Ochard Road.
Located in Chinatown and Singapore's Central Business District, the new 5-star Parkroyal on Pickering was officially opened on 16 Jan 2013. With 367 rooms, the 16-storey hotel is own by Pan Pacific Hotels Group.
This is a great hotel to stay if your main interest is to explore Chinatown and Clarke Quay. The hotel is also close to many eateries and food centres like Hong Lim, Maxwell and Chinatown Complex Food Centre. Few of the unique features include:
From now till 16 Feb 2013, there are many places to enjoy free performance in Chinatown and Bugis Street to celebate the Chinese New Year. Even in shopping malls like VivoCity, Raffles City Singapore and shopping centres in Orchard Road, you can easily find stage show in the atrium perfoming cultural show, acrobat acts, lion dance, festive song and Chinese dance.
What: China Population Culture Arts Troupe
Date: 29 Jan to 3 Feb 2013
What: Jilin Arts Troupe
Date: 5 to 8 Feb and 12 to 16 Feb 2013
Time: 6.30pm and 8pm
Where: Amphitheatre, Level 3
What: Fuzhou Theatre
Date: 29 Jan to 3 Feb 2013
What: Fujian Song & Dance
Date: 5 to 8 Feb and 13 to 16 Feb 213
Time: 1pm and 7pm (Tuesday to Sunday, additional of 4pm show on Sat and Sun)
Where: Atrium, Level 3
Ticket prices: $10 for one day, $15 for two day (26 and 27 Jan). Ticket can be bought at Kreta Ayer Community Centre.
Visit Chinese New Year Celebrations in Chinatown for details of the above events.
Singapore Science Centre is an interesting place which most kids will find it fun. Your kids could easily spend more than 2 hours to go through all the exhibits. And just before they got tired and bored, bring them for a IMAX movie just next door at Omni Theatre.
Visit Omni Theatre for details of the IMAX movie ticket prices and titles of the movie currently on show.
If you are planning for a family vacation in Singapore, you may want to check out our 4 days Singapore Tour Itinerary for Family which you can find many interesting attractions for kids in Singapore.
Opens in mid of Jan 2013, with an area of about 2000 sq.m, the new Satay Club in Gardens by the Bay could accommodate more than 1000 people, so there will be enough seats for you and your family. By Feb 10, all the 26 stalls will be open for business. Beside 8 Satay stalls, you could also find stalls serving popular Singapore local food like Fried Kway Teow, Yong Tau Fu, Fried Hokkien Mee, Indian Roti Prata etc.
As the prices of food are targetted to that of food court, you could expect a budget of $4 to $7 per head.
Getting there: How to get to Gardens by the Bay?
You may choose one of the three following ways to cruise Singapore River:
Check out Singapore River Cruise Ticket Prices and Opening Hours for details.
Enjoy up to 17 attractions in Sentosa lsland for just $65.90 (U.P. $232.50) for adult and $49.90 (U.P. $181.50) for child on weekday. Pay a bit more at $71.90 (U.P. 235.50) for adult and $53.90 ($184.50) for child on weekend and public holiday. The Day Play Pass is valid from 9am to 7pm. The 17 attractions in Sentosa Island are as follow:
Personally, I find the Pass is much more worth than the value of $65.90. However, you would have to plan your time nicely so that you could visit most of the above Attractions in Sentosa Island.
From just $53, you can now enjoy a three- to five-course set menus lunch at L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon. The Robuchon restaurant, located at Resorts World Sentosa in Sentosa Island, is one of eight around the world managed by the renowned 26 Michelin-starred chef. This special offering only opens for two-hour on Sunday from 12 to 2pm.
Address: Level 1, Hotel Michael, Resorts World Sentosa
Nearest MRT: Harbourfront
Geylang Serai Market is the place to go if you are looking for authentic and affordable Malay food. Just 10 minutes walk from Paya Lebar MRT Station, this market is a focal point for the Malay community. It consists of a Wet Market in the ground floor and a food centre and a number of shops selling all things Malay at the second floor.
The following are few of the recommended stalls to look for authentic Malay food:
1. Sinar Pagi Nasi Padang (stall 137)
Must-try dishes include ayam panggang (grilled chicken), sotong hitam (squid in black ink) and paru belado (beef lung).
2. Hajjah Mona Nasi Padang (stall 166)
The signature dishes include sambal terung (eggplant with chilli), ayam belado (spicy fried chicken), rendang daging and sayur lodeh (vegetable curry).
3. Alhambra Stay Club (stall 145/160)
Chicken, beef and mutton Satay at $5 for ten sticks.
Address: 1 Geylang Serai
Nearest MRT: Paya Lebar
Opening Hours: 8am to 10pm (most shops closed after 2pm)
Fly to Macau from Singapore for only $88. This offer is a one-way all inclusive fare by budget airline Tiger Airways. However, you have to book by 12 Dec 2012 and travel from 5 Jan to 31 Mar 2013. Book your ticket now at tigerairways.com.
Visit Singapore Botanic Gardens if you are planning for a family picnic on 16 Dec 2012. You will be happy to watch a free concert perform by M'Ode Orchestra at the Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage. The concert 'In the M'Ode for Christmas 2012' will bring to you classic music like Edward Elgar's 'Pomp & Circumstance March No. 1', Johann Strauss II's 'Die Fledermaus Overture' and many more popular Christmas tunes.
Date: 16 Dec 2012
Time: 6 - 7pm
Venue: Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage,Singapore Botanic Gardens
Canton Recipes House in Parc Sovereign Hotel is offering a 50% off its 7 course set menu or A la Carte menu to celebrate its 2nd anniversary. The usual price of $538+ for the 7 course set menu for 10 person now goes for $268+. At less than $30 per head, I would say it is a good deal. The menu is as follow:
Operating Hours: 11.30am - 11pm
Address: 175 Albert Street #01-02, Singapore 189970
The promotion ends mid Jan 2013.