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Singapore in a week

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Singapore was on my bucket list, and since its a direct flight from Phuket, it's easy and cheap to get to. There aren't many things in Singapore that you can use the word 'cheap' with! Ouch, this was an expensive holiday.

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The main tourists todo things, are Gardens by the Bay, a free to enter garden with artificial supertrees, illuminated trees that perform a light show and 7:45 and 8:45pm.

You can pay to go up onto a walkway around the trees, but the show is best viewed from the ground. There is also two glass dome covered gardens you can pay to get into, Cloud Forest and Flower Dome. Since you're in Singapore, you may as well pay and see these once in your life. $28 SGD for the pair. The walkway around the Supertree's isn't worthwhile, and you have to queue up for a time-slot to go up.

The Singapore Flyer is a big wheel, that takes around 40 minutes to do a full loop. No food or drink is allowed on this, so its a view only, not a picnic opportunity. This gives a good view over the city, and is a must do.

Cable cars run up to Mount Faber and across to Sentosa island, these again are a must do. Mount Faber has an excellent bridge called "Henderson Waves" with views across the bay.

Sentosa Island is the tourist island, it has made made beaches, bungee, Warner Studios theme park, a waterpark, luge, aquarium,shops and restaurants. Warner Studios park is not very big and if you've been to many you can skip it, but Sentosa island is well worth the visit.

Use the monorail, or cable car to cross to the island.

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Clarke Quay is a line of restaurants and bars next to the river. It's very expensive, and best avoided. Little India is a small area where Indians live, and is full of cheap Indian restaurants. Woodlands, a vegetarian restaurant came recommended, and that was a very cheap and tasty meal. Chinatown is more touristy, full of tourist shops.

Marina Bay Sands, apart from being a very expensive hotel, is also a shopping mall filled with expensive shops. I didn't do much shopping there, but did have a meal and viewed the interactive light show and water falls.

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At Punggol Waterway, you begin to see why Singapore is so expensive. Tens of thousands of condos and apartments are here, but the roads, light-railway, parks and shopping malls are empty. It looks like they've been lending lots of cheap money to developers, and they've built a mass of properties selling only a few to cover the interest payments. I think these condos are empty, and Singapore is all puffed up.

What you can do at Punggol is rent a bike and cycle around the waterway and onto a smaller island, Comey island, between Singapore and Malaysia.

The Botanic Gardens are free, and a good thing to fill time with, if you've overspent.

Orchard Road is a long strip of shopping malls, all very expensive luxury brands.

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