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Singapore is better with friends

Published June 18th, 2015

If you have the kind of friends who like to eat, shop and indulge in a little bit of luxury where it can be afforded – it won’t take much convincing to get them to join you on a quick holiday to Singapore.

With flight time of eight hours from Sydney and a minor two hour time difference, you can hit the ground running once you land. Sure, Singapore isn’t exactly a backpacker-budget friendly city, but for three or four nights, you can indulge your Champagne tastes just a little.

Splash out on accommodation then save by eating at the thrifty and delicious hawker centres around town. Having some mates in tow means you can split the cost of accommodation and have someone to help you devour that massive plate of Singapore noodles. Oh, and you’re going to want to stash some cash for a little shopping too.

#tbt to chasing rooftops in #singapore #mbs #marinabaysands #infinitypool

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Where to stay

You’re going to want that iconic shot swimming in the infinity pool of Marina Bay Sands Hotel, overlooking the Singapore skyline at for your Instagram. At around AU$400 a night, you and your two besties can squeeze into and split the cost for a luxurious room that’s worth every one of its 4.5 stars. Being a guest here is also the only way into the SkyPark Infinity Pool, so even budgeting one night’s stay is worth it. Still a pipedream? There are plenty of cheaper places to stay and non-guests can still check out the view from the public Sands SkyPark Observation Deck. Whether you’re staying at or visiting Marina Bay, there’s oodles of window shopping to be done in the complex’s shopping mall which houses everything from Chanel handbags to fancy food stores. Don’t miss the Art Science Museum with its collection of Singaporean contemporary art, and of course, dinosaurs. 

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Where to eat

Singapore is a melting pot – both culturally and culinary. With the city’s diverse cultural backgrounds, you’ll find amazing Chinese, Malay, Indian foods and of course, the hybrid; Singaporean food. There are loads of ‘Hawker Centres’ lined with hundreds of stalls selling every Asian food option under the sun. Head to the Maxwell Food Centre for legendary Chicken Rice; to Old Airport Road for the best satay; Little India for the famous fish head curry; and Chinatown for dim sum.

Orchard Road is known for its inflated tourist prices, but when you’re shopping, you need sustenance. Luckily, there are a couple of cheap eats to be sought out: Toss &Turn dish up huge salads for S$10 (approx AU$9.60). Steeple’s Deli has been serving up Reuben sandwiches and super thick milkshakes for years and you’ll get change from S$20 for both. Grab a Banh Mi from NamNam Noodle Bar for S$5.90.

Hari terakhir disini mau banget foto depan Orchard. Biar apa? #singaporetrip #singapore #orchardroad

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Where to shop

Singapore, one of the smallest countries in the world, has been mistaken for a giant shopping mall more than once, so if you’ve got a penchant for retail therapy, this mighty island has you covered. Orchard Road is Singapore’s 2.2km long shopping Mecca, with everything from high-end couture to high street labels. On Saturday you can even shop until 11pm – now that’s a shoppers’ idea of a good night out! Friends come in handy for retail emotional support; offering fashion opinions and holding shopping bags during toilet breaks.

Where to drink

Drinking isn’t cheap in Singapore. Limit yourself to one iconic Singapore Sling at Raffles Hotel – it’s a classy experience. Also set aside enough time (and money) for a rooftop drink at one of Singapore’s glitzy rooftop bars. Mr Punch Public House, perched atop a toy museum, has a fun nostalgic vibe along with good food and drinks at affordable prices, plus a view! Then, do as the locals do and head to Chinatown for cheap beers and karaoke the night away.

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Where to get the ultimate animal selfie (as you do)

Singapore Zoo is known as the ‘world’s best rainforest zoo’, meaning it’s really beautiful to look at, and the animals here are free to roam and hang out. Catch the Elephants at Work and Play Show and explore the savannah grasslands of the ‘Wild Africa’ exhibit spotting lions and zebras. Friends come in handy when spying an Orang-utan in the Free-Range Orang-utan Zone.

#stork #cigonya#today #animalselfie #vscocam

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Rachel Surgeoner

A self-confessed 'food-tourist', I take hunting for the world's greatest sandwich very seriously, my quest has taken me from Berlin to Hoboken. Stopping off only for vintage shopping, craft beers and Mediterranean sunsets.