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Guns & Butter: Singapore Travel Guide

Singapore Travel Guide is part of the Reunion Tour Trip Report.

TPOL’s Guns & Butter Travel Guide is the best way to see as much as you can in as little time as possible. Here’s how it works: A trip is composed of two factors: Labor And Lazy. The opportunity cost (what is given up) for relaxing and being Lazy is gained by being adventurous in the form of Labor and vice versa. The guide includes inefficient activities i.e., tourist traps that should be avoided and aspirational activities that are worth doing but may be impossible to see given the constraints of time and resources.

What’s there to do in Singapore? If you asked me this when I went there for the first time in 2010, I would tell you nothing (see Touring the Culinary Scene of Asia).

All grown up, I would tell you there’s more to do than nothing, but that doing nothing is not that bad.

Getting There

Of course, the best way to arrive in Singapore is on Singapore Airlines.

This is what makes SQ #1


Chicken rice! Have chicken rice while you are in Singapore on the street.

a man cooking food on a grill

a plate of meat and vegetables on a table with glasses and a pitcher of beer

a plate of food on a table

It is imperative that you head to Newton’s Circus for the hawker stalls. Besides this iconic dish, Singapore is home to some of the best street food in the world.

a sign with text and images on it

Oyster omelets are the best


If you’re on a budget, buying wine and sitting on a bench in Clark Quay is the economical option. Tiger beer may be cheap at the store, but it will still run up a big tab even at Hooter’s.

a receipt with coins and a few coins on it

Still have a copy of the Hooters receipt

Everyone says to go to the Raffles hotel to have a Singapore Sling, where it was invented. I had one at the club lounge at the Marriott Tang for free.

a glass with a drink and a cherry on it


If you want to party, go to Marina Bay Sands (see Singapore Nightlife Guide: Hip Hip Hop-a You Don’t Stop).


Looking to even less, go to Sentosa Beach to get away from the city. I also recommend walking through the botanical gardens.

a palm trees and a body of water


Marriott Tang

Denied entry to Vietnam (see Vietnam E-Visa Not Processed: Another TPOL Duck Up?), and intent on not spending money, I used a cert to stay at the recognizable Marriott Tang (see Marriott Tang Plaza Singapore: Who Needs Hanoi?). It was a great hotel for relaxing and regrouping.

a tall building with a red roof

Marina Bay Sands

This is the aspirational choice for where to stay.

a pool with palm trees and buildings at night

The Rules

Singapore is a country of rules. I wouldn’t advise having your bachelor party here. However, everything and anything you want can still be found (see “You can get anything you want here.”).

a street sign in front of a skyscraper


Singapore is a functioning island with excellent infrastructure. As a backpacker looking for value, I used to think that was boring. As a resident of Puerto Rico, I wish my island was ten percent as ‘boring.’


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