Planning a trip to Singapore

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  • 1.MIS Assignment: Planning a trip to SingaporeTopics to be covered: T Transportation - Air Travel, Trains and Buses, Rental cars, travel maps t Weather Conditions & maps. - landmarks, start and stop sites, hotels and restaurants on map, directions h Lodging - rates, amenities, surroundings, food, discounts, booking room, spas, promotions b Destination information - restaurants, museums, shows, shopping, special attractions, sports, concerts, cuisines, culture, local language, guides etc l Total cost and sources onlineSingaporenothing lonely about the planet(http://www.raahi.com/travel-guides/singapore/at-a-glance.html)

2. Singapore has traded in its rough-and-ready opium dens and pearl luggers for towers of concrete and glass, and its steamy rickshaw image for hi-tech wizardry, but you can still recapture the colonial era with a Singapore Sling under the languorous ceiling fans at Raffles Hotel.At first glance, Singapore appears shockingly modern and anonymous, but this is an undeniably Asian city with Chinese, Malay and Indian traditions from feng shui to ancestor worship creating part of the everyday landscape. It's these contrasts that bring the city to life. At a Glance Travel guide: 3. When to Visit:Go anytime. Climate is not a major consideration, as Singapore gets fairly steady annual rainfall. Co-ordinate your visit with one of the various festivals and events: Thaipusam is a spectacular festival, occurring around February. If shopping and eating are major concerns, April brings the Singapore Food Festival and the Great Singapore Sale is held in June.OrientationSingapore is a city, an island and a country. Sir Stamford Raffles founded Singapore on the Singapore River, which is still the heart of the city, encompassing the central business district and the popular entertainment and dining precinct along the quays. Most of Singapore's tourist action is centred around Orchard Rd, Chinatown and Little India.Getting Around:Singapore's public transport is plentiful and varied. You have the option of using metered taxis (although rickshaws are really only in Chinatown and the back streets), the MRT subway system or the convenient bus services. You can get around on the water by ferry or bumboat.Weather:Singapore is one giant sauna anytime of the year. November to January are the wettest months but the other months are not exactly dry. The only real deterrent is the lack of refreshing winds during March and September. Generally expect average temperatures to reach around 31C (88F) during the day and linger around 24C (75F) at night.Dial in code(s): 4. City code:065 Ethnic Groups:77% Chinese, 14% Malay, 8% IndianBest Time To Visit Singapore(http://www.travelinfoz.com/singapore-travel-guide/best-time-to-visit- singapore.html) This island nation of world tourists attractions in Singapore for pleasure trips and holidaying in the best places in Singapore. Tourists visit Singapore through out the year. However the best time to visit Singapore is the festive seasons. In January every year, the entire Chinese population of Singapore celebrates the Chinese New Year on a grand scale. China-town, one of the popular attractions of Singapore, the area most densely inhabited by the Chinese will wear a festive look, with colorful decorations, lighting up the entire area with beautiful luminaries. During this peak tourist season in Singapore, Chinese will greet the tourists with bouquets and oranges and there will be street parades known popularly as Chingay. A huge bazaar is also organized.The next peak tourist season for Singapore comes in November, when the Indians celebrate Deepavali with lights, music, dance, cultural programs and lot of fanfare. During this peak tourist season in Singapore, one of the best places in Singapore, Serangoon road will be having milling crowds with lights everywhere shopping merrily for the festive season.Also in November tourists visit Singapore, when Malay Muslims celebrate Hari Raya Puasa to mark the end of their fasting season 5. in Singapore. An active night bazaar to sell clothes, food such as candied dates, cakes etc. will be opened in the night at Joo Chiat Road. Another best time to visit Singapore is during September when Chinese celebration with Lantern Festival takes place. The entire Chinese Garden, another best place in Singapore will glitter with big lantern lights of Chinese origin while kids also light up paper lanterns observing the tradition.For art and cultural fan-fare loving tourists to visit Singapore the best time to visit Singapore is June, when the famous Art festival, one of the popular attractions in Singapore is conducted with music troupes performing in the Esplanade Theater including the popular cellists of Symphony Orchestra.Christmas is another peak season to visit Singapore and one can witness the celebration with lights, fun and frolic in the entire Singapore Island. So the best places in Singapore can be visited during travel to Singapore and the peak seasons in Singapore mentioned above and tourists can enjoy all the attractions of Singapore. Air Tickets(http://www.cheapairticketsindia.com/ http://internationalflights.yatra.com/flight/intl/searchIntl? depart_city_1=DEL&destination_city_1=SIN&flight_depart_date_1=30/10/2010&class_ 1=E&depart_city_2=SIN&destination_city_2=DEL&flight_depart_date_2=03/11/2010& class_2=E&ADT=1&CHD=0&INF=0&type=R) More the number of stoppages for a flite, cheaper is the flight. Malaysia airlines is the cheapest flight. 6. Round trip from New Delhi to Singapore: Date of boarding flight from New Delhi: 30th October,2010. (12:25, DEL) Date of return From Singapore: 3rd November, 2010(9:50, SIN) Charges for round trip: Rs. 18,326 per head 7. Hotels Available: (http://internationalhotels.yatra.com/hotel/searchresults? currencyCode=INR&userCity=singapore&additionalDataString=vrBookingSource| null&locale=en_IN&searchParam=2EBABFD7-C0B7-4EDC-A830- BE4D93D426FF&searchType=DESTINATION&travelDetail=[-0]1&cid=317676)There are a number of hotels available from 2 star to seven star but to make the cheapest trip, a 2 star Hotel is chosen: Fragrance Hotel Crystal: 2 star Near Singapore National Stadium Charges: Rs1715.28 INR (nightly rate) 8. Fragrance Hotel-Crystal is conveniently located in Geylang at the Eastern part of Singapore and in just 15 to 20 minutes by taxi from Singapore 9. Changi International Airport, 5 to 10 minutes away from Singapore Central Business District (CBD) and just 10 minutes away from the renowned shopping belt of Orchard Road. The nearest Aljunied MRT Station is just within a few minutes walking distance from the hotel.Geylang is located in the heart of the City and is a vibrant place throughout day and night with many eateries operating round the clock and here you can certainly able to sample a variety of good food at reasonable prices and enjoy an exciting nightlife when you stay at Fragrance Hotel-Crystal.Room Facilities 125 guest rooms In-room Wi-Fi available* Colour television Individually controlled air-conditioning Hair dryer Coded key card entry Ensuite bathroom with heater Phone with IDD facility (subject to call charges) Complimentary drinks Tea/Coffee making facility VCD player (at selected rooms only)Hotel Facilities & Services Broadband internet station* Safe deposit boxes Fax and laundry services* 24-hr CCTV cameras to public areas Iron & ironing board available upon request Complimentary car park Airport transfer arrangement * Guided sightseeing tours ** *Available upon request and the usual fee applies.** Available upon request. Services provided by the local tour agencies. 10. Transportation in Singapore 11. Traveling in Singapore is both easy and economical. There is an efficient public transportation network, which offers taxis, buses, and the modern Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) rail system. With its excellent public transport system, Singapore is, without a doubt, the easiest city in Asia to get around.Singpapore's modern Changi International Airport is vast, efficient, and organized. There are banking and money-changing facilities, a post office, which is open 24 hours a day, credit card phones, free phones for local calls, Internet facilities, free hotel reservation counters, luggage facilities, restaurants, day rooms, fitness centers, saunas, business centers, and over 100 shops. The airport even provides free films, bars with entertainment, hairdressers, medical facilities, a swimming pool, and even a mini Science Discovery Museum. In other words, Changi International Airport has almost everything a visitor would require.There are two terminals: Terminal 1 and the newer Terminal 2. The Changi Skytrain, which is a monorail, shuttles between both terminals. Located on the extreme eastern end of the island, the airport is about 20km from the city center. To add on to the airport's efficiency, "airbuses" are provided to make traveling to and from the airport much easier. The airbus will take the weary traveler straight into town without any hassles and at a reasonable rate too.Singapore has over 15,000 air-conditioned taxis, which provide comfortable, hassle-free traveling at reasonable costs. Visitors can flag them down anytime. To further ease visitors, well marked taxi stands are available outside most major shopping centers and hotels. An extra charge will be added during peak hours, as well as for advanced booking. 12. Clean, punctual, and air-conditioned, Singapore's MRT subway system is a hallmark of efficiency. It is the easiest, fastest, and most comfortable way of getting around Singapore within minutes. Do note that there are fines for littering, smoking, eating and drinking in MRT stations and on board the trains. The MRT operates from 6 a.m. to midnight at frequencies of 3 to 8 minutes.Singapore's bus network is extremely frequent and comprehensive. Visitors rarely have to wait more than a few minutes and a bus will get them anywhere. If you are planning to travel a lot by public transport, it is best to purchase a copy of the TransitLink Guide, which has a list of all bus and MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) services. You can also buy the TransitLink Card, a stored value card that can be used on both the MRT and bus. Most buses operate between 6 a.m. to midnight.Visitors should have a valid driving license from their country of residence or an International Driving License in order to drive in Singapore. During peak hours, all vehicles passing through Electronic Road Pricing Scheme (ERP) roads should have an In- Vehicle Unit (IU) installed in the vehicle. A CashCard (stored value card) is used to pay the tolls. The toll is deducted each time the vehicle passes through ERP gantries. IUs can be rented at S$5 a day (minimum two days) with a deposit of S$120. Sales outlets are located near the Woodlands Checkpoint - at BP, Caltex, Mobil petrol stations, and two at Woodlands center.Public Transportation( http://www.singaporeexpats.com/guides-for-expats/singapore- travel-guide.htm#Taxi)1. Taxi 2. MRT 3. BusTaxi 13. Taxis are also widely available and the rates for all the taxi companies ranges, but not far apart. Bookings can be made via the phone, and normally takes about 5-10 minutes' to arrive. Additional charges are capped to taxi bookings but some taxi operators are currently having promotions where bookings after 12 midnights are free. Taxis are plentiful and it is easy to get one except during peak hours and rainy days. Rates are reasonable and standard among all the five taxi companies in Singapore. With the introduction of the world-first satellite tracking and booking system, service has improved too. The satellite system uses interactive media for booking a taxi. All taxis display their taxi's registration number inside the taxi above the doors. If you left something in the taxi, you can call the taxi company first as the driver will usually hand it to them. A surcharge may also be imposed by taxis for picking up passengers from certain places like Changi International Airport and Singapore Expo Centre. In Singapore, taxi cab fares must be charged by the taxi meter and are based on a flag down rate and the distance travelled. The flag down rate ranges from S$2.80 to S$5.00 (depending on the type of taxi).Taxis here will stop at taxi stands where orderly queues are formed and anywhere else that is safe and does not violate traffic rules. Hailing a cab can sometimes be frustrating as someone may just walk a few steps ahead of you and stop the same taxi. You may also come across taxis that do not stop even though they are empty. This may be because the drivers are on 14. call or are changing shift. A closer look will reveal that these taxis usually have a red destination label on their dashboard or windscreen which means they are changing shift and will only accept passengers traveling in that general direction. Taxi Booking Numbers Taxi (City Cab) - (65) 6552 2222 Taxi (Comfort Cablink) - (65) 6552 1111 Taxi (TIBS) - (65) 6481 1211 15. MRT - Mass Rapid Transit 16. MRT is a electrical subway system in Singapore. MRT routes are expanding in this small country, moving around in Singapore using MRT isn't difficult after all, if you are able to find a suitable place to reside. The MRT now consists of four lines traveling north-south, east-west, northeast and a line running from Jurong to Chua Chu Kang. The MRT service is fast, modern and air-conditioned. It operates at regular intervals of three to eight minutes from as early as 5.30 am to 12.30 am daily. Traveling on the MRT is relatively cheap with fares ranging from $0.70 to $2.20 on each line. You can buy stored value passes, called TransitLink fare card, for multiple trips or single value card each time you travel. The TransitLink fare card can also be used on buses operated by Singapore Bus Services (SBS) and Trans Island Bus Services (TIBS). Tickets are sold at all stations and costs are clearly displayed above the ticket machines. Eating, drinking and smoking are not allowed in the trains or on the platforms.BusBuses are also a common mode of transportation here in Singapore, all buses now are air-conditioned and some even have mobile televisions installed, making rides a pleasant one. Bus services are regular and inexpensive and most of the buses are air-conditioned. There are many types of buses, from mini-buses to double- deck to super-long buses that can take 110 passengers. Bus- Plus - a special "customised" public transport mode are small 17. capacity luxurious buses which usually ply from housing estates to the Central Business District (CBD). There are also feeder bus services which provide loop services from bus terminals to housing estates. The services are regular and cheap with a flat fare irrespective of distance traveled. A special "customised" public transport mode called Bus- Plus supplies luxurious but small capacity air-conditioned buses from housing estates to the CBD. Bus fares var...