When you are planning a trip to Singapore, you will want to get your priorities straight before you start. Will you be staying in a hotel or searching for short term rentals? You will want to make sure you know what you want before you start.
Indians made for the fifth largest visitor group to Singapore in 2012, and this year the number is expected to cross the 1 million mark. If you are planning a holiday, here are the things you should consider before flying out.
Don’t miss: A trip to Singapore will be incomplete without a visit to its latest attraction, Gardens by the Bay. Planned as a green, floral tapestry covering 101 hectares, the first phase of the project, Bay South Garden, is open to public. You can visit two conservatories with plants, 18 super trees, or 25-50 m structures serving as vertical gardens, and nine F&B options. As CEO Dr Kiat Tan says, this $1 billion wonder is a garden masquerading as a theme park.
Best time to visit: It’s a year-round destination, but in December it’s at its best, from the Christmas light-up along Orchard Road, to ZoukOut, the annual musical fare.
Trip Trail: Experts suggest you keep aside four nights to do justice to Singapore, or three nights at the very least. Take a flight that lands in Singapore in the morning so that you can be off to a running start. Reserve the first day for the city tour on a FunVee bus, and if you are not too tired, you could take in the night safari before you crash. On Day 2, take it easy and soak in the myriad charms of the Bay South Garden, making sure you stick around for the light and sound show. Make your way to Sentosa on the third day. There are a lot of attractions here, so you will have to pick and choose what you want to do. If possible, keep Universal Studios for another day. The other option is to do the river safari, the Jurong Bird Park and zoo on day four. If you have time on your last day before you hit the airport, you can squeeze in some shopping too.
Air fare: With eight carriers and 430 weekly flights between India and Singapore, you can find one to suit your budget and schedule. Tiger Airways’ Chennai-Singapore return trip costs Rs 18,000 per person and Bang alore-Singapore fare is Rs 17,000. These low-cost carriers don’t fly out of Delhi, Mumbai or Kolkata, so the fare from here is upwards of Rs 28,000.