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Hello All As promised this is my veiw of singapore as a stop over. We spent 6 days in Singapore and still there was plenty that we did not see. But this place is well worth a visit. In my opinion it's better than Hong Kong. If your young and want exciment then Bangkok is the place to stop over. But this place is clean very safe and does not need to be exspensive. Hotel was good I think about 70 pounds per night (Swiss Hotel Merchant 4*) but there are cheaper. Resturants are cheaper than the Uk in general but if you go to China town, little India or any of the shopping mails or markets you can eat a meal for about 2 pounds. Beer was about 3 pounds for a little less than a pint again could get cheaper in China town ect. Transport was fantastic and cheap puts London to shame. the Tube network was immaculate. Taxi's were on a meter and again very cheap never once felt as if we were ripped off. If the wife likes shopping don't go Sigapore go staight to Aus. I have never seen so many good shopping mails there seems to a blue water or lakeside on every corner. Photographic gear is cheaper and so are Sunglasses and I suppose lots more but I tried to keep Andrea away from the shops. What I did not like about Singapore was very little. 2 things 1 was they nearly always put a service charge on resturant or bar bills (10%) I like to reward good service and felt abliged to tip again but very rarely did but felt a little embaressed. And number 2 If you ever join a Q for anything do not leave a gap between you and the next person as some little Singaporian will be in the there before you and the Q will get bigger and you'll still be at the back. We flew with British airways and was not over impressed I understand that Singapore airways is about the best. Plus they only gave us 23kg baggage allowance. from Singapore to Darwin we flew with Jetstar (Quantas Budget) they were very good could not fault them. We booked with trailfinders well worth a try as they were alot cheaper than most and very helpful. just over 1600 pounds including flights accomadation and transfers. To fly to Perth was even cheaper. One way travel insurance for 17 days was 64 pounds for the 2 Adults with direct travel 0845 605 2500 We have already claimed for canelled flights and accomadtion and they paid out pritty quick. not all the money but most. Darwin is bloody hot but very Green. We are in the proccess of buying a car then we will travel down to Brisbane. So that is my input for now hope it helps bloody well hope so its taken me long enough to write. All the best John
Hi, just wondered if anyone had any info on which is the better airline? If we go with Emirates we can fly from Birmingham which is half an hour away but will cost £300 more than going from Heathrow with Singapore Airlines. We can't decide whether to make the kids travel all the way to Heathrow to save the extra money? Any info would be appreciated. Sarah
Hi all free internet access here in Singapore, just thought we'd say HELLO!!! Only ten mins though so will post when we get settled. Congratulations to anyone who got their visa whilst we were away and good luck to those still waiting!!