Subject: Re: Singapore
Hi Megan,

> 1. What is the weather like at that time of year?

Singapore's weather is pretty consistent. It's either hot & sunny or hot & rainy. The temperature ranges between 26C and 34C. It's very humid though.

> 2. I would only have 2 or 3 full days in Singapore. What are the must see sights that you would recommend for that short a stay.

I 'll recommend the Zoological gardens and/or the night safari,(you can probably combine this in one day, as they are rather close to each other & provided you'r not to tired at the end of the day) Little India and Chinatown. I would visit China Town in the evenings for dinner & stroll, as the atmosphere is different vs the daytime. If you come in Jan, China town is alive with Lunar New Year festivities.

> 3. I am a 24 year old female and I would be travelling by myself. How safe is the city? Are there any areas that should be avoided?

The city is generally safe. Of course, you should also take the usual precautions when you'r travelling alone, eg, just stay with the crowds & mind your purse. I do not recommend going to Little India on a Sunday, as it can get a little rawdy.

> 4. What is the best way to get round the city? Are most of the major sights accesible on foot, or would I have to use the buses or taxis - and if so how much do they cost?

I recommend the MRT (train) service as well as buses. If I remember correctly, the maximum train fare is about S$2/ trip and bus fare is about S$1.20/trip. Taxis are readily available. You can flag for one along the road or wait for one at taxi stands.

> 5. Any recommendations for good (but reasonably priced) accommodation?

The last time my sister-in-law visited, she stayed at the Hotel Bencoolan. She liked her stay there - clean rooms & reasonably good service. The hotel is central, a little off Orchard Road.

> 6. And finally shopping! Any ideas on places to go for a good bargain?

The main shopping area is Orchard Road, where you can find almost everything. If you're looking for a one stop shop, try Ngee Ann City. There is also good shopping in Chinatown & Little India; but some bargaining is required.

I hope the above helps. Let me know if I can help further.

Irene Wong Singapore