Published: March 1, 2010 at 1:55 PMVery cool. So many places to see, so little... well, you know.
I've got a friend on exchange in Singapore. She loves it thus far. I told her to give me a full report on Universal when it opens.
Published: March 1, 2010 at 3:12 PMSure, why not?
I think Asia is gearing up to try to take on Europe as a trip destination.
However, I think that it is alot more enticing for Americans who live near the West coast vs many, like me, who live closer to the East Coast. It would be a long flight!
Still your trip report for Universal Singapore looks very good!
One thing I noticed: The big park goers really seem to be in North America and Asia. Sorry to all your Europeans out there, but it just seems to be a strange pattern to me! Most of the big parks are in these continents!
Published: March 1, 2010 at 3:13 PMSingapore looks and sounds great. With the new Universal Studios park opening it has become a must visit destination for me. Some day....
Published: March 1, 2010 at 3:32 PMGreat report!! Having been to Singapore many times, I can report that the Night Safari is in fact absolutely fantastic and a must do! As for flights from the US, if you are after something more economical, Air China generally has return fares around $850 (incl. taxes) and Singapore Airlines also has direct flights from Los Angeles to Singapore (without the stop in Tokyo). However, as mentioned before, try flying from San Francisco and you'll get the New Economy Class, like nothing else you've seen! When I go to Singapore, I always have a few suits tailor-made. Very, very cheap and good quality (if you know where to look). For food, you have to try the Chilli Crab (world famous) and a Singapore Sling cocktail. Also try one of the discount hotel sites (like wotif.com) where I've had rooms at 5-star hotels for only $40 per night (sometimes!). I'll be back there in a couple of weeks! Can't wait!
Published: March 1, 2010 at 3:39 PMThanks, Daniel.
My trip just happened to occur during Chinese New Year, but that does pump up the prices. Daniel's post shows that better deals can be made at other times of the year, and, as always, by shopping around.
The point about the west coast is a good one. But if you do live out here, why not take advantage? No need to get jealous about east coast access to Europe and the Caribbean when Asia and Hawaii are so accessible from this side of the US.
Published: March 1, 2010 at 4:31 PMit seems feasible to me that the Far East could be seen as a tourist destination for Americans, even if it is a trip that is seen as a 'once in a lifetime' one.
There seems to be a trend of tourists going East to some of the developing tourist resorts. Europeans are going to Middle Eastern destinations such as Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Bahrain in huge numbers and US travelers seem to be seeing the Far East as a good destination for a vacation.
Published: March 1, 2010 at 5:09 PM$1,350 * 5 + theme park tickets + Night Safari tickets (looks awesome!) + Singapore Zoo tickets + lodging + transportation + food = OODLES of $$. Even if the whole family eats Kashi bars for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, I still think this trip won't happen until I am too old and too grandfatherly to enjoy it!
But, thanks for the breakdown anyway, Robert. I am glad you had such a swell time without us! ;p
Published: March 1, 2010 at 8:58 PMJust so you know James, the pricetag to go to Disneyland Paris would be more expensive. If you thought WDW was expensive, then DLP is outrageously expensive.
So my point is that it is extremely expensive to pretty much go anywhere outside of the US for us now!
Published: March 2, 2010 at 3:48 AMAlas, I figured as much... Tokyo DisneySea, here I DON'T come! *sigh*
Published: March 3, 2010 at 9:01 AMRobert, I agree! I've been living and working off and on in Asia for the past 11 years. It's always a disappointment getting on a US carrier after flying the Asian carriers--courtesy, cleanliness, value for the fare are the norm.
US Airlines are stuck in a cycle of despair and the passengers are held hostage.
Published: March 5, 2010 at 12:30 PMI agree w/ Daniel - Night Safari is the real deal. And while it might be Asia lite experience-wise, it will not dissapoint. Truly an enjoyable city.
Published: March 5, 2010 at 5:54 PMOur land is the greatest for parks and have yet to make them all. When you have a family of 5 the cost can add up quick. One trip to Singapore a total four days, can equal up to a 2 week trip here. We travel in a 2006 Fleetwood Excursion/more parks less time. Two days for travel time can put alot of jet lag on you. Been to a few Austailian theme parks in 1993 and took 34 hours r/t not to mention airport lay overs. Good thing I had 17 days to play but even the parks there made me miss home parks even more.