Singapore is a small city state that has a super-efficient public transportation system. Going from your hotel to a popular tourist spot won’t be a problem. However, there are certain areas that are recommended depending on your budget and preference.
My most preferred area to stay in is Chinatown because of the availability of affordable hotel choices. It is also within walking distance from Marina Bay and the Central Business District. Another plus is the presence of hawker food stalls that offer a wide variety of affordable food choices. After a heavy lunch, I try to burn off the calories by walking around, exploring the temples and street markets.
A short distance from Chinatown is Marina Bay, where most of the iconic Singapore landmarks are located. It has a beautiful view and is accessible to many shops and restaurants. Popular tourist attractions in the area include Marina Bay Sands, Gardens by the Bay, ArtScience Museum, Esplanade, Singapore Flyer, and Merlion Park. Staying here could be pricey so be prepared to spend a good amount for your room.
If you are on a tight budget, then you should stay at one of the hostels at Little India. My backpacker friends always stay here whenever they visit. The neighborhood shows a different aspect of the city and gives travelers a taste of India in Singapore. Don’t miss the bargains at the shops and make sure to get a taste of authentic Indian cuisine.
Sentosa is recommended for families on vacation. Universal Studios, S.E.A. Aquarium, Adventure Cove Waterpark, Trick Eye Museum, and Skyline Luge are all located here so there is no lack of fun and family-friendly activities to choose from. Accommodation at the island is a bit on the higher end. Beach lovers will love the beachfront, resort-type hotels here.
If you love to shop and you have the money to spend, then Orchard Road is the choice for you. This 2-kilometre shopper’s paradise is lined with malls, luxury brand shops and 5-star hotels. Ngee Ann City, Paragon, and ION Orchard are just some of the top shopping malls located along Orchard Road. You can take a breather from shopping by visiting the Istana Heritage Gallery at Istana Park or the Singapore Botanic Gardens located beyond the western end of Orchard Road.