Monthly Archives: September 2013

3 Day Trip in Singapore

My Singapore Travel Guide

Singapore or, officially the Republic of Singapore, is a Southeast Asian island city-state off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, 137 kilometres north of the equator. Singapore is a microcosm of Asia, populated by Chinese, Malays, Indians, and a large group of workers and expatriates from all across the globe. Singapore – with more than 50% of its area covered by greenery and with over 50 major parks and 4 nature reserves – is an enchanting garden city.

singapore night view

view from the stampford 34th floor facing the marina.

As befits the country’s main airport, major regional hub status, Changi Airport and officially the ‘best airport in the world’. Keep in mind Singapore cabs do not take Visa, in the end I had to get the doorman at my hotel to pay for the cab and charge it to my room.

Quick 3 day break down of my trip to Singapore:

- Stayed at Swiss Otel at The Stampford, breakfast buffet is the way to go, and a McDonalds and subway line attached to this hotel, you can not go wrong. It is also the tallest hotel in Singapore and the second biggest hotel in Singapore. The service is great and there are bars and clubs in the hotel as well. The prices for in-room dining is a bit ridiculous however.

- Clark Quay, great for night life, a lot bars and clubs and sheesha bars, this place is generally packed and people love their drinks. You will see a bit of ‘brown bagging’ and a lot of people sitting by the river on the ledge at night with friends sipping and drinking things, while music plays in the background. The entire place is very brightly light up, and keeps you awake without any difficulty.

- Marina Bay hotel is a obvious landmark in Singapore that everyone must see. Luckily for a fraction of the price you can see the light show at night, have a view of the lake (and the city) and visit the casino at the hotel along with the mall (with most western brands) by staying at Swiss Otel on Stampford. Which is near Raffles Hotel as well, who would have thought Raffles hotel would be so small. It definitely gives one a colonial era vibe based on the architecture of the building it self. One must see Marina bay’s roof top patio (which looks like a boat), check the mall here (it has a river that flows through it with a boat and restaurant on it), and the casino (you must have your passport to enter).

- Hawker Centre, what a shock it was to discover a place in Singapore where an entire meal can come to $5, I went to the hawker centre in the middle of town and it was great. Apparently this hawker center has gotten relatively expensive compared to the other ones, no-matter! The prices were still better then my $42 chicken tikka sandwich which I consumed at Swissotel in my room. $5 meal will give you approximately 400kcal worth of food (this is the way I measure found, it needs to be done in a dollar to calorie ratio). Near the end of the night, the side streets have chairs and tables laid out and has a beer girl who walks and serves beer. My favourite place was Satay stand #7, I think that was the name where the women lured me in and told me it was the best Satay in Asia based on Air hostess who have eaten across the world and rated her stall the best in the world. Needless to say, it didn’t disappoint.

- Sentosa island apparently has many things to do, along with a entire theme park. Unfortunately, I did not have time to visit the park but I did get a chance to hit up the Casino on Sentosa Island. It was a good hotel, a lot of tables, some setup in a style that seemed a bit like a sweat shop, I hadn’t seen this in any casino in Vegas or Canada. I think Bingo halls is the closest way to describe how it looked. The casino is not smoke free, and could be better ventilated. A beer will set you back $12 (which seems like a standard price for beer in Singapore) + Tip/Tax, comes to around $18. I can proudly say that, that must have been the most expensive beer I have ever had.

- Other things I checked out: Sri Mariamman Temple, which had a prayer going on when I was there, it was pretty inspiring. The temple is 200 years old and had been going on since the early 1800′s. On this same road you will see a church (Buddha Tooth Relic Temple) and a mosque. Truly multicultural indeed. I luckily took it upon myself to go both the temples and ended up lighting a incense candle at the Buddhist temple and planting it in sand. Following these places of worship are lots of shops and restaurants.

- You should also take it upon yourself to explore Singapore’s downtown and get a picture by the infamous Merlion. The lion head represents Singapore’s original name — Singapura — meaning “lion city” or “kota singa”. The Merlion (Malay: Singa-Laut) is a mythical creature with the head of a lion and the body of a fish, used as a mascot and national personification of Singapore.

Closing thoughts, I have heard everyone should see the night safari, however I did not have time to do so. Everything mentioned above was done in 1 full day and half of the second day with my flight the day after. Overall Singapore is a very clean and safe place. I say safe because no less then 5 people including 3 cab drivers alerted me it is safe to wander around at any time of day. So go ahead, wander and let us know how it goes for you!

Route Planner Germany

Route Planner for Germany

Germany, officially the Federal Republic of Germany, is a federal parliamentary republic in western-central Europe. The country consists of 16 states and its capital and largest city is Berlin. Germany has a total of 318 Airports and 23 Heliports. It is located in Central Europe, bordering the Baltic Sea and the North Sea, between the Netherlands and Poland, south of Denmark.

Our route planner will guide you through 137,846 sq miles (357,021 km²) of Germany with ease. You can view things to do in Germany, or you can browse by cities. Use our Journey Planner to route through the top cities in Germany:

If we were to write a travel guide for you, it would start off with one visiting Northern Germany (Bremen, Hamburg, Lower Saxony) then Eastern Germany (Berlin, Saxony, Brandenburg), followed by Southern Germany (Bravaria) and finally Western Germany (North Rhine-Westphalia, Saarland). Feel free to use our Route Planner to really get a good itinerary made and a understanding of which way to travel and see the top recommendations.

Lodging in Germany (Berlin)

We also go out of our way to list the cheapest hotels in Germany for you to add to your Germany trip itinerary. For example, here are the top hotels in Berlin, Germany.

Neue Kantstrasse 1, Berlin

Rudolstaedter Strasse 42, Berlin

Enjoy Hotel Berlin City Messe is located in Berlin’s Wilmersdorf neighborhood, close to Schaubuehne, Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, and Berlin Zoo. Nearby points of interest also include Schloss Charlottenburg and Victory Column.

Rankestrasse 35, Berlin

Hotel Berolina an der Gedaechtniskirche is located in Berlin’s Wilmersdorf neighborhood, close to Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, Berlin Zoo, and Reichstag Building. Nearby points of interest also include Brandenburg Gate and Checkpoint Charlie Museum.

Glockenturmstrae 30, Berlin

Alecsa Hotel am Olympiastadion is located in Berlin’s Westend neighborhood, close to Waldbuhne, Olympic Stadium, and Messe Berlin. Nearby points of interest also include Berliner Funkturm and Grunewald Tower.

Boxhagener Str. 73, Berlin

A&O Berlin Friedrichshain is located in Berlin’s Friedrichshain neighborhood, close to Simon Dach Strasse, Alexanderplatz, and TV Tower. Nearby points of interest also include Nikolaikirche and DDR Museum.

Things to do in Germany

You do not need to manually browse these sections to build your trip, you can go straight to our Trip Planner and start there. Some of the top places we suggest you visit in Germany are:

Pergamon Museum

Architectural Buildings, Museums, History Museums

Museumsinsel, Am Kupfergraben, 10178 Berlin, Germany

Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor)

Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Monuments/ Statues

Unter den Linden | Pariser Platz, 10117 Berlin, Germany

The Holocaust Memorial Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

Monuments/ Statues, Educational Sites

Near the Brandenburg Gate | Information Center: Cora-Berliner-Straße 1, 10117 Berlin, Germany

Memorial of the Berlin Wall

Monuments/ Statues, Historic Sites

Bernauer Strasse 111/119, 13355 Berlin, Germany

Marienplatz

Landmarks/ Points of Interest

Bounded by Kaufingerstr. | Rosenstr., Weinstr., Munich, Bavaria, Germany

Cologne Cathedral (Dom)

Religious Sites, Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites

Domkloster 3, 50667 Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

English Garden

Parks, Gardens

Englischer Garten 3, 80538 Munich, Bavaria, Germany

Neuschwanstein Castle

Castles, Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites

Neuschwansteinstrasse 20, Hohenschwangau, Bavaria, Germany

You can also check to see if someone has an ‘open’ trip planned out to Germany where you can tag along with like minded vagabonders. The Trips section helps you discover other people that want to travel to Germany and are looking for travel partners or buddies.

Once you have made used our Route Planner for Germany, your itinerary will show up in the Itinerary section at which point it may be shared with your family and friends. You can share your itinerary in a view-only mode where your friends will be able see where your going. If you want input on your trip, you can add travel partners to your trip and have them modify your itinerary making our itinerary planner very collaborative.

Trip Itinerary Builder

Why Tripmark should be your travel itinerary builder of choice.

Everyone should be using an trip itinerary builder, and TripMark.com can help for FREE.

We have two very useful features, one that allows users to quickly add different options such as: Flights, Hotels, Attractions and another that builds a custom itinerary via a wizard using simple questions such as: Ease of Travel, Luxury Level, Location and Time Frame.

Travel Itinerary Template‘s can also be found quite easily in the “Trips” Section, here you can explore two things as well, one being the trips that other travellers before have planned out and wish to openly share with everyone to get their opinion. Second being travellers looking for travel buddies to come along can set a trip to ‘open’ allowing others who want to travel to the same destination without partners to have someone to travel with.

Tripmark is the best Travel itinerary app website online as it allows you to customize your trip in hundreds of ways, from having the ability to drag and drop markers on the trip itinerary maker to set custom markers to having a printable copy of your itinerary that one can take with them on the go, this itinerary can also be emailed to yourself or saved for offline viewing on your mobile.

Travel Itinerary templates are generally listed and labeled following the following naming pattern: <Type> <# of days> Trip in <City>, which would yield a itinerary like: “Luxury 3 Day Trip in Monte Carlo”. The budget of this trip is taken into consideration when the trip is being auto generated using our algorithm.

The reason a user would keep coming back to TripMark is because we allow users to get help from their friends in building out their itineraries. This means, you can collaboratively develop an itinerary with multiple people at the same time without needing to meet and spend hours on different machines trying to plan out a trip (although it’s not that bad!). Once your friends and you have finalized the itinerary online, you can come back and share the trip with your family and acquaintances to let them see where you went or to further give them an idea as to where you went and what the must-see places are.

Itinerary building in this sense is a process that comes before booking any hotel rooms, airplane tickets or car rentals. We help you figure out exactly what you can do and if where you thought you wanted to go is even worth while by listing all attractions available to you. If you want to just relax at a beach resort, we make that easy for you as well by aggregating reviews from around the web and letting you pick the perfect hotel. Think KAYAK for hotel reviews.

Go ahead and explore our trips section, we have recently allowed for “travel itinerary around the world” trips (RTW). Keep checking this travel itinerary blog for more information. Until then feel free to explore some already made templates being shared by our users:

Travel itinerary Australia
Travel itinerary Amsterdam
Travel itinerary Argentina