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Introducing Singapore

Singapore is one of the most orderly cities in the world. The destination is described as a playground for the rich as the small-city state features certain sheen of wealth. Here you will get to know the perfect blend of ethnic and urban development throughout Singapore's illustrious history. Travelers from across the world flock to this destination to experience its high-end shopping malls, luxury hotels, fine dining, and amazing lifestyle and nightlife experiences. The main theme of Singapore Tourism centers around its historical touch that now represents the impact of transforming from a fish village to an urban enchanting city.
 
Singapore history dates back to the 18th century which suggests that a noteworthy trading settlement existed in Singapore in the 14th century. The last 2 centuries have birthed a legacy rich in heritage and revolution, reflecting the significant role Britain and various other countries had towards Singapore’s growth. For around 200 years, Singapore’s mutual relations with Britain remain really strong with the two countries committing to share best practice in problems including sustainable business and innovation, tradition and youth development. 
 
Singapore is situated in the southern corner of the Malay Peninsula divided from the mainland. The island is mostly flat with low hills. Along with the mainland, the geography of the Republic of Singapore features more than 60 really small islands and islets. Languages of Singapore are as diverse as its people and culture. For a fact, Singapore does not have an official language. People living here speak Singlish which is a unique English based slang. The multicultural destination accepts 4 languages: Malay, Mandarin, Tamil and English and due to good bilingual education policy a lot of locals can speak 2 or more languages. 
 
Travel industry in India is rapidly growing. Outbound tourism and the competition between destinations to attract travelers is really strong. Apparently Singapore tops the list of Indian visitors. And why not? Singapore tourism has so much to offer to all kinds of travelers. Singapore tour packages present various family-friendly attractions, things to do and explore. The destination flaunts brilliant transportation services that make getting around quite efficient and convenient for tourists. Apart from shopping and dining Singapore is full of natural attractions and cultural heritage sites from botanic gardens, nature parks to temples and museums.
 
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Must Know Facts

Best Time to Visit

Singapore tourism is a significant industry and a major contributor to Singapore’s economy. Singapore attracts millions of international tourists. The city-state is environment friendly and manages natural and heritage preservation programs. Singapore also boasts one of the world’s lowest crime rates. Singapore’s transportation exhaustively covers most public venues in Singapore which makes commuting for tourists efficient. This includes the well-known Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system.

Best time to visit Singapore month by month
Start your year with a good start with many festivities in Singapore that takes place at the beginning of the year from ethnic celebrations to music festivals. Choose your Singapore tour package and experience exciting Singaporean festivals assuring a memorable holiday. Overall the best season to visit Singapore is between February and April. However, Singapore is mostly a year round destination. February to April falls in the dry season and experience less chances of rainfall in comparison to other months.

January
January is considered as the coolest month in Singapore but there is no requirement to pack woolens as the temperature rarely drops below 24 degrees Celsius. Sometimes it does rain during this period only not if the Northeast monsoon makes an early exit which rarely happens.

Events in January
• St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival:
It is a popular music festival organized for one day. It serves up famous indie acts from across the world at Gardens by the Bay. Performances like folk show and electronica are scheduled.
    
• Art Stage Singapore:
Art Stage Singapore is an art show organized for three days at Marina Bay Sands exhibiting some really exciting and talented contemporary artists from across Asia and the world. 

• Singapore Fringe Festival:
Singapore Fringe Festival is a festival of theater, music, dance and visual arts along with some mixed media created and performed by Singaporeans as well as international artists.

February
In February the average temperature goes up till 31 degrees Celsius, while the rain decreases bringing the Northeast monsoon to an end. This is when the Chinese New Year holiday takes place and many local markets and shops are shut for a week minimum. Although major shopping malls and tourist areas are kept open. Attraction related to entertainment are extremely busy in the phase.

Event in February
• Chinese New Year:
Chinese New Year is all about Dragon dances, parades and wishes. The city is full of Chinatown lights, especially the River Hongbao at Marina Bay. It features markets, local food stalls, performances and fireworks.

• Thaipusam:
Thaipusam is a dramatic festival when Hindus head from Sri SrinivasaPerumal Temple on Serangoon Rd to Sri Thendayuthapani Temple on Tank Rd carrying Kavadis which are actually heavy metal frames arranged with peacock feathers, fruits and flowers.

• Chingay:
Chingay festival is organized for 2 nights during the first weekend of Chinese New Year. This festival delivers the biggest street parade. It is a lively multicultural festival featuring lion dancers, floats and performers. You can buy a ticket to experience the festival in the viewing galleries, or you can be a part of the crowd at the roadside.

March
March is one of the sunniest months of Singapore. This is when the city-state has transformed from the Northeast monsoon season and the climate becomes less windy. March is one of the best months to visit Singapore.

Events in March
• Boutique Fairs
Boutiques Fairs are held in March as well as in November each year. This is when Singapore’s innovative side is on display showcasing everything from handmade jewelry, fashion and shoes to cosmetics, stationery and homeware.

• World Gourmet Summit:
World Gourmet Summit is a masterclass summit organized for 4 weeks loaded with mouth-watering dishes, workshops, lavish dinners and more. It is organized in the month of March and April.

Singapore is hot during the month of April. It is slightly windy and thunderstorms are quite common. The average high temperature is around 31 degrees Celsius. 

Events in April
• Affordable art fair:
It is a 3 day expo where more than 40 international and local galleries exhibit art priced between S$100 and S$15000. The event is also organized in the month of November.

• Singapore International Jazz Festival:
It is a three day festival showcasing Jazz talent from around the world. Some of the acts performed in the past are Jamie Cullum, India Arie and Natalie Cole.

May
May is the month leading to Summer season which brings smoke and haze that’s created from the clearing fires that burn in Sumatra.
 
Events in May
• Vesak Day:
Vesak day is celebrated to commemorate  Buddha’s birthday, knowledge and death with numerous events, including the release of caged birds to symbolize freedom. The main center of activities are the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Kong Meng San PhorKark See Monastery.

• Singapore International Festival of Arts:
Singapore International Festival of Arts is a world class offering of drama, film, dance, literary and visual art created by Gaurav Kripalani who was former artistic director at the Singapore Repertory Theater.

June
June is the beginning of the Southwest monsoon season. This is when you will get to experience showers and thunderstorms quite often somewhere around midday and pre-dawn. During this month Singapore may also experience some smoke haze. Apart from the rain hours June can be one of the hottest months on the calendar.

Events in June
• Great Singapore Sale: 
The Great Singapore Sale is loaded with retailers from around the island cut rates to make space for new lots. You can bargain efficiently if you manage sneaking around in the crowd. So try and go early!

• Dragon Boat Festival:
 This festival is celebrated to immortalize the death of a Chinese Scholar who drowned himself in protest opposing government corruption, and so boat races are organized at Bedok Reservoir.

• Hari Raya Puasa:
Hari Raya Puasa is also known as Hari Raya Aidilfirti. It celebrates the end of the Ramadan fasting month.

July
Weather in July will be hot, but slightly drier than other months on the calendar. Unexpected rains are common, and once the rain stops it will be hot and humid.

• Singapore Food Festival
Singapore Food Festival is a two-week festival of all eatable things along with Singaporean food. Events happening across the city include tastings, special dinners and food themed tours.

August
August is quite similar to July when it is hot and humid but slightly dry in comparison to other months. Flash thunderstorms are common and smoke and haze will be a problem.

• Singapore National Day:
Singapore National Day is widely known for military parades, civilian march, air-force fly-bys and firecrackers. Tickets are to be purchased in advance however you can witness aerial acts from Marina Bay Sands.

• Hungry Ghost Festival:
Hungry Ghost Festival is for the day when the souls of the dead are set free to walk the earth for entertainment and feast. The Chinese serve offerings of food on the street and light fires. During this festival Chinese Operas and other events are organized. Sometimes it does start in September.

• Beerfest Asia:
This festival is Asia’s biggest Beerfest pouring more than 600 types of drinks from both international brands and craft microbreweries. This festival includes DJ’s and live music

• Singapore Night Festival:
Singapore Night Festival is all about stunning light projections, interactive installations, performance art, cabaret, comedy and more. The festival is celebrated for over 2 weekends.

September
September is the end of the southwest rainy season. It will be hot and humid with less rain and some mist. In this month Formula One night race takes place so the hotel prices do increase especially in the colonial district when the event takes place.

• Formula One Grand Prix:
The F1 night race takes place around Marina Bay. Events taken place apart from the race include international music acts. You must book you stay months in advance.

• Mid-Autumn Festival:
Mid-Autumn Festival is popularly known as the Lantern Festival. Chinatown is decorated with lanterns and locals gobble on moon cakes. This event is celebrated on the full moon of the eighth lunar month.

• Navarathiri
This festival is dedicated to the wives of Siva, Brahma and Vishnu. It is a Hindu festival of 9 nights featuring traditional Indian dancing. The main activity centers are Sri Thendayuthapani Temple, Sri Mariamman Temple and Sri SrinivasaPerumal Temple.

October
October is when cool breeze helps reduce the summer heat even though the temperature remains 31 degrees Celsius. Storms do take place with sudden downpour which don’t really last long.

Event in October

• Diwali:
Diwali is an Indian festival. It is also known as the “Festival of Lights”. It is celebrated for Lord Ram’s victory over the demon King Ravana. Little India is sparkling with lights for a month, converting in a big street party on the evening of the holiday.

• Thimithi:
Thimithi festival is a Hindu festival where Hindus devotees walk on burning coals to prove their faith at the Sri Mariamman Temple. 

November
November is very similar to the month of October weather-wise. November faces per-Northeast Monsoon season. This is when afternoon and evening showers are possible which is usually sudden and heavy lasting for some time only.

• Singapore International Festival:
The Singapore International Festival is celebrated for 11 days and art house movies from across the world participate. In addition master classes and fringe events are organized as well.

December
The month of December is the start of the Northeast Monsoon season. In this month, the weather is the coolest. Though the temperature is a couple of degrees lower than usual. It does not rain in December.

Events in December
• ZoukOut 
ZoukOut is Singapore’s largest outdoor dance party. It is organized for 2 nights on Siloso Beach at Sentosa. Here you will get to witness A-list international DJ’s. 

• Christmas:
Commercial aspects of Christmas are embraced in Singapore with a stunning display along Orchard Road beginning in late November. Christmas fair is organized at Garden by the Bay throughout December.

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History & Culture

Singapore is rich in history with twists and achievements. In this section you will get to know how far Singapore has come through the city’s colorful history. Singapore has grown as one of the world’s most successful and prosperous countries. It is known as a financial center and has made major strides in urban planning. Singapore tourism serves as a model for developing countries.

Interesting facts about Singapore
• There are only three city-states surviving in the world and Singapore is one of them. The other two are Monaco and the Vatican City. 
• Sang NilaUtama, a sovereign from Palembang, saw an animal he thought was a lion and named the island "Singapura" which signifies "Lion City" in Sanskrit. Nonetheless, there have never been lions outside of custody in Singapore.
• Apart from the mainland of Singapore, it includes 63 additional islands out of which most are uninhabited. 
• Singapore’s national anthem is on the rear of their $1,000 note in micro-text.
• The red color in Singapore’s flag represents universal brotherhood and equality of man, white symbolizes purity and virtue. The crescent moon symbolizes a young nation on the rise and the 5 stars signify the ideals of democracy, peace, progress, justice and equality. 
• The four official languages of Singapore are English, Mandarin, Tamil and Malay. 
• Singapore is the only nation in the modern world to accept independence against its own will. The late prime minister wished to merge and unite. Although, due to extreme political issues, the Malaysian parliament unitedly voted to expel Singapore compelling the little red dot to be recognized as an independent and sovereign state.  
• Singapore has updated its time zone 6 times since 1905. 
• Under Japanese occupation, Singapore was named Syonan-to, which means the Light of the South. 
• Singapore’s trading system is incredible. Everything from sand to fresh water is imported. The destination’s entire economy is based on shipping. 
• Hindu King from Sumatra, Parmeshwara was the one who found the Sultanate of Malacca who later converted to Islam.

Singapore has been one of Asia's head destinations even before the pre-pioneer period. Its location upon the Strait of Malacca makes it an essential port, which prompted its colonization by the British in the nineteenth century. From that point forward, Singapore has encountered real development and advanced into one of the world's leading financial centers.

In the year 1819, Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles arrived and settled in the southern part of Singapore for the British East Indian Company. By 1824, the whole island fell under British standard, and by 1826, Singapore turned out to be a piece of the British India Strait Settlements. In excess of 80,000 individuals lived inside the locale by 1870, as the elastic manor pulled in a large number of Chinese, Indian and Malay laborers. A statue of Sir Stamford Raffles is situated in downtown Riverside.

Culture
Despite the fact that Singapore is a little nation, it is one of the world's most multicultural places. After the freedom from the British, the greater part of the populace was Chinese, Malay and Indian workers. From this equalization, present day Singapore has struck a social scene of acknowledgment and resilience among religions and social conventions. Dialect, occasions and cooking are all pieces of Singapore's mixture. All of it has its roots in Singapore history as a trading hub. The diversity of the culture in Singapore is also reflected in multiple languages spoken here which includes English, Mandarian, Malay and Tamil.

Despite the fact that it took a very long while to change Singapore into an industrialized nation and expat hotspot that it is today, the foreign effect on culture in Singapore remained. Today it is assumed that just over half of the workforce in Singapore is foreign. Singapore’s culture is largely described by peace, social and religious harmony. It is known as the fine city which not only refers to its cleanliness of the quality of life people live here but it also states safety and order of the state. If you don’t wish to pay a heavy fine or even visit jail, you should avoid the below
• Chewing gum
• Spitting or Littering
• Jay Walking
• Creating nuisance at a bar
• Smoking indoors
• Drinking and driving
• Being drunk in public
• Consuming drugs 
 
The religious culture in Singapore is just as different as the population. Singapore is home multiple religions which includes Buddhism, Taoism, Islam, Hinduism and Christianity. Some people here accept more than one faith too. Although discrimination is still an issue in Singapore. 
 
Education in Singapore has become instrumental for citizens to have a future. Singaporeans tend to learn very highly, with parents sending kids to elementary training classes very early on to make sure their kids make it to the best possible schools for further studies. Education environment in Singapore is very competitive for the world’s most expensive city. 
 
You will get to see how clean the city is in a small space with an extremely humid environment. As warned, littering carries fine, so food packets or napkins are thrown in proper dustbins but there is also a strong sense of etiquettes by Singaporeans to keep the streets clean.
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Geography

Singapore's key area at the southern tip of the Malaysian cape has guaranteed its significance, which is more noteworthy than its size may appear to legitimize. Singapore comprises of the island of Singapore and somewhere in the range of 63 islets inside its regional waters. The most important island is around 26 mi/42 km from west to east and 14 mi/23 km from north to south. It's a for the most part surging nation with low slopes (the most elevated, 540-ft/166-m Bukit Timah Hill, is toward the northwest of the city).
Like a large portion of Southeast Asia, Singapore is commonly hot and sticky. It's warm and moist all year, with the temperature never reducing under 20°C (68°F), even during the evening, and as a rule moving to 30°C (86°F) during the day. 
For those who enjoy sun and the beach, Singapore is an ideal place for beach lovers, as you get the hot sun throughout the year with our Singapore tour packages from Ahmedabad. 

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The concept of a night safari may sound intimidating at first, but it’s actually a lot of fun as you can witness the wild animals up-close at night. The safari location is right next to the Singapore Zoo, and it’s worth the trip. The park is open from 7:30 pm to midnight, and the whole experience is eerie and interesting. You will get to wander the footpaths and bridges of the jungle at night and get to witness over 120 nocturnal species like tigers, fishing cats, and alligators.&nbsp;<div><br></div><div>There are electric trams that run along the perimeter, and they stop along several spots so that you can see the animals. It’s recommended that you take the guided tour so that you receive an excellent visit to the park. You have to remember that, flash photography is not allowed during the night safari as it may spook the animals.&nbsp;</div>
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One of the fun activities in Singapore is interacting and witnessing various animals at the Singapore Zoo. Hailed as the world’s best zoo, it is spread across 28 lush hectares upon a peninsula in the Upper Seletar Reservoir. The zoo is designed beautifully, and it includes a variety of wildlife that roam in huge enclosures that resemble their natural habitat. You have to visit the Great Rift Valley that also has a gorgeous waterfall, for the Nubian ibexes, baboons, and mongooses. When you’re in the forest biodome, you will be able to climb the forest canopy to witness the two-toed sloths, lemurs, and flying foxes. You will also get a good look at the orangutans during the 11 am and 3:30 pm feeding sessions.&nbsp;
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This street is well known for independent designers, and it’s lined with historic shops. Haji Lane is the narrowest street in Singapore, and it houses quirky shops and boutiques that show off the talents of trendy-independent designers, local and international. You can visit popular vintage stores like Time after Time, which is a cute little vintage store for clothes and accessories. If you are searching for a good tailor, then visit shop no. 73 because it has amazing pieces from talented local designers from Korea and Hong Kong.
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If you want to indulge in the best Singaporean street food, then you have to visit the Hawker Center. It’s a vast food court that has a variety of food stalls, from simple snacks to a full meal. The whole experience is vibrant and delicious.
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Another fascinating addition on your things to do in Singapore list is enjoying a good night out at Clarke Quay. The whole district comes alive in the evening as tourists and locals flock to pubs and clubs to have a drink and unwind. There are many places that will cater to your music and beer taste. You just need to find the one that suits your style the most.
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East Coast Park takes the trophy for being Singapore's biggest park; it covers about two square kilometers shoreline outskirt of East Coast Park is on wheels because of the dedicated cycle and skating path.Spread across 185 hectares of recovered land, the excellent park is highly adored spot among local people who run here to windsurf, swim, kayak, excursion, skateboard and eats. On weekends you will see people using all kinds of transportation to get around the park, from bicycles and scooters to rollerblades and even quadricycles carrying entire families. There are several bicycle rental shops along the park, usually located near car park or eateries. East Coast Park also offers barbeque pit rentals, which you can book in advance through the National Parks website.
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Mac Ritchie is beautiful and refreshing but also difficult to navigate. It is nestled in between the reservoir and there are many routes to the tree tops. And for nature lovers travelling to Singapore, there is no better place to visit than Mac Ritchie Reservoir. It is definitely not an activity for those who are scared of heights, as the bridge towers 25 meters above the forest floor.&nbsp;
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Beach lovers is a huge community- they get high on beach outings for azure water and swishing trees rejuvenate them; sandy beaches, and beach parties and sports enthrall them. And trust us, if you are a beach lover, the best beaches in Singapore will lure you throughout the year. Especially, during November to early March, the weather is amazing for swimming, water sports, and beach games. Now you can stroll along the water, with the cranes of the port in the distance. Some beaches like Siloso Beach, Palawan Beach, and Tanjong Beach are the best beaches of Sentosa Island that makes it so appealing for travelers.&nbsp;
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Packages & Recommendations

Tour Name
Trip Type
Month/Validity
Included Cities
Price Per Adult
Trip Type
Free & Easy – SIC Tour
Main Flight Included
Month/Validity
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  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
Included Cities
Bintan Island (2N), Singapore (4N)
... Bintan Island (2N), Singapore (4N)
Price Per Adult
$ 720
Onwards
Trip Type
Free & Easy – SIC Tour
Flight Not Included
Month/Validity
  • Mar
Included Cities
Krabi (3N), Singapore (4N)
... Krabi (3N), Singapore (4N)
Price Per Adult
$ 810
Onwards
Trip Type
Free & Easy – SIC Tour
Flight Not Included
Month/Validity
  • Mar
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  • Sep
  • Oct
Included Cities
Phuket (3N), Singapore (4N)
... Phuket (3N), Singapore (4N)
Price Per Adult
$ 620
Onwards
Trip Type
Free & Easy – SIC Tour
Flight Not Included
Month/Validity
  • Mar
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  • Aug
  • Sep
Included Cities
Singapore (3N), Denarau (4N)
... Singapore (3N), Denarau (4N)
Price Per Adult
$ 1,020
Onwards
Trip Type
Free & Easy – SIC Tour
Flight Not Included
Month/Validity
  • Mar
Included Cities
Langkawi (3N), Singapore (3N)
... Langkawi (3N), Singapore (3N)
Price Per Adult
$ 720
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Happy Travellers

Thanks to Team Flamingo for making my trip joyful
Thanks to Team Flamingo for making my trip joyful

Thanks to Team Flamingo for making my trip joyful

This is regard to feed back about my Singapore tour on Dec-2018.
First of all Thanks to Team Flamingo for making my trip joyful.
Hotel: Hotel was very nice and comfortable room arrangement as i got twin room which is more spacious then 2 BHK. Location is very near to little India and all Indian food items available within one KM range. I recommend this Hotel apartment for Family of Four and above.
Transportation: Pick up and drop timing maintained through out Tour. All drivers were cooperative and polite. 
Local agent: Local agent is responsive and all vouchers and tickets were perfect. 
Cruise: Cruise was fantastic, food was good and other area was impressive except there is to much rush at restaurant and mesh up for siting. Check in and boarding process is to long due to 3500 passengers. It took 5 hours to board my room and that was hectic time. I recommend minimum 3 nights cruise.
SENTOSA is joyful area and I have 20 admission per person which is more then enough as we can enjoy all type off rides. Enjoyed 3D/4D shows, Madam tusade museum, SEA, wings of time, sky tower, beach area, mono rail, two cable car. 
Bicycle Tour: Fully enjoyed bicycle tour with guide and i am recommending this tour as on bi cycle covered most at marina bay area and it is fantastic to roam on bi cycle at this area. There was little bit confusion over location of starting point as driver dont know location and he has dropped 3 KM away but I have managed with support of Maitri. Thanks to Maitri...
City Tour: City tour with flyer enjoyed with experienced guide. Need more then 4 hours for city tour with flyer. Evening enjoyed flower dome, cloud forest and MBS park. 
Jurong bird park was good but very short time for bird lovers. Night safari not enjoyed as nothing to see in dark nights and very limited animals available in this area and also too late. I am not recommending this tour. I thing Zoo is better then this as in day light we can see all animals clearly.
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Ahmedabad   Travelled in   December
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Enjoyed Whole Trip To Singapore and Malaysia
Enjoyed Whole Trip To Singapore and Malaysia

Enjoyed Whole Trip To Singapore and Malaysia

Hope you all having a great week!!
This is our 2nd trip with Flamingo.
Let me tell you, our group leader was Mr D J.
Company got right person.
Mr D J was taking care of everyone. He make sure that everyone should counted When we stepped out for to see places. You guys can count on him any time any day. He put a lots of effort and Mr D J make sure everyone having good time together.
We all enjoyed whole trip to Singapore and Malaysia.
But let me tell you, 
when you have whole group of NRI people then please have light lunch like sandwiches like Subway or something like that.
Everyone can’t eat Indian food in lunch. Because we everyone don’t eat heavy lunch.
In evening it’s ok but not in lunch. Have some days Chinese Veg food, or something different.Pasta ,pizza and so forth..
People get tired of Indian food specially whole group of NRI
“Please let me know if you have any follow-up questions or need clarification about an issue.”
And in last, I do some times presentation.
If you do need more help from me, please let me know and would be glad to share with you.
If you could improve one thing about how I provided feedback, what would it be?" and “Was the feedback clear and useful?”
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Ahmedabad   Travelled in   January
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Singapore Malaysia Tour-21st Dec to 31st Dec
Singapore Malaysia Tour-21st Dec to 31st Dec

Singapore Malaysia Tour-21st Dec to 31st Dec

I thank you for arranging the subject trip on time even though it was finalized in last two weeks of the travel day. Special thanks to Jayarajbhai, Amitbhai and Vidhimam. I gathered my experience of the trip which is narrated below along with recommendations. Few photographs are attached of the trip as requested.

Overall trip was exiting with adventures and filled with unforgettable sightseeing.

Trip: Singapore and Malaysia Tour (21st Dec to 31st Dec 2019)

Overall Summary:  We (Family-Four members) enjoyed 6 days stay in Singapore and 5 days in Malaysia including travelling days. We booked our itinerary through Flamingo Transworld in Ahmedabad, India. The trip was with amazing rides, full of enjoyment, wonderful sightseeing, delicious Asian vegetarian food and lot of unforgettable activities and memories.  We stayed in hotel apartment (2 bed rooms) in both countries and were very convenient. In Singapore;  Sentosa, Universal studio, Singapore Zoo were amazing. In Malaysia, Twin & KL tower, Sunway lagoon and Genting highland cable car were exiting experience. Flamingo staff were very supportive. I get timely support whenever required even at very early morning in India (4-5 am)-Special thanks to Amitbhai. Pretrip briefing by Flamingo was very useful.

Visa and Flights:  We took evisa. We get Malaysia visa in two days and Singapore in 3 days even during Dec holidays pick time. The only hurdle is to attach photo in online application for Malaysia visa during which one may need to do many trials as I did before website accept the photo according to their norms. We booked Oman Air from Qatar to Singapore via Muscat and Malaysia as transits. There is enough time for transit in Muscat but only an hour in Malaysia. In Malaysia Airport the terminals are far of arrival and departure through transit. We reached through aero train to departure terminal. At the embarkation from Flight in Malaysia; Oman air staff was available at the outlet of air bridge  or you can say standing for guiding to reach to gate of other terminal to catch flight in a short time of an hour. We could catch Malaysia to Singapore flight without any delay but could not get enough time to get refreshed however, our check-in baggage could not reach to Singapore with our flight from Malaysia. What we heard from the Singapore airport authorities is that it is frequently happening but not to worry as you would have your baggage available within same day via next couple of flights as there are many flights between ML to Singapore. They were correct, my luggage reached in next flight and airport authority has delivered in night to my Hotel without any damage to baggage. I could wait 2-3 hours at Changi airport to get my baggage but prefer to checkin to hotel to get some rest. Singapore airport authority deliver baggage in night time only (8 pm to 11 pm) if you need them early  you can go to airport to collect.

From Singapore to Malaysia we traveled through Airasia flight-very convenient flight. But at Malaysia airport it took about 3 hours to clear Immigration (due to several flights arrived same time and renovation work at airport). The airport authority has not managed efficiently the immigration, the crowd and queues-very inconvenient. From Singapore to Doha via Muscat was very convenient experience in flight.

Overall there is not much hurdle for immigration accepts the long waiting time in Malaysia where the queue was very long and no refreshment. In case of small kids, it would be exhausting. Singapore is easy for immigration even departure time, we preferred e-gate without standing in queue-very easy.

Sightseeing in Singapore:

1)    On reaching hotel in Singapore, I purchased Simcard (12 SGD and valid for 7 days)which is must to communicate with travel agents, home and to start Whatsup, facebook etc…it gives certain GB 4G/5G connection  and enough talk time including somewhat 100 minutes international call. This SIMCARD is must and first to purchase in Singapore as well in Malaysia.

2)    Marina Bay Bicycle tour (2-3 hours in evening) was very informative during which we get overall view of the city. The guide was very humble and we did 15 km cycling with family. As the climate was supporting, the cycling was not exhausting but enriching experience. I recommend this cycling over the experiential city tour with guide during which the guide took us or can say has shown us through almost same sights as the city/country is very small.

3)    Santosa (timing 10:00 to 18:00), It is best experience in Singapore where we enjoyed Cable car (Oneway), Luge and Skyline, all 5 shows of 4D, Wings of time Laser show in the night (not to miss this), Sea Aquarium (near Univeral studio), Typhoon theater and veg Asian food near the Wings of time area (only one restaurant) , Madame tusaads Museum. We could not complete Santosa in a day and nor had time to go again. I recommend to go at least 11/2 - 2 days as this is the best place to visit in Singapore and Malysia.

4)    Universal Studio (timings 09:00to 18:00): best place for rides, On entering the studio, we took first both the rollercoaster (not Egypt one) one red colour and a hanging one white one – this is best experience-  don’t miss them. In early morning we found very short queues – take this opportunity and you can ride more than one time if you wish- We did total three times., Take locker inside available for 45 minutes for free, push in boats-a good ride, Galacticca roller coaster is another good one but not compared to above both roller coasters, Jurrasic park screen, push in boats and the old vantage car ride. The queue was very long after 11:00 hours even with express pass. All the rides could not be completed in a day. If wish to cover entire universal studio, need at least 11/2 to 2 days.

5)    Singapore zoo(09:00 to 18:00): Little far from city, Best natural zoo where you don’t feel like you are visiting zoo but you feel like you are walking through jungle and meeting many animals.  This is the only zoo so far I visited found without any pungent smell and covered with so many trees and kept in clean condition. A fantastic place to visit. Especially, in winter time (less humidity) one enjoys walking through the jungle.

6)    Garden by the bay (Flower dome and Cloud forest) and Marina bay hotel: Garden by the bay is very good indoor plants and flowers where we enjoyed taking photographs with flowers and plants. In Marina bay hotel we were allowed to visit limited area of the 56 open floor deck where the other part is only for the hotel guests which is real skypark-a nice place for photography.

7)    River cruise (45 minutes), a nice tour but night bicycle tour was comparatively good for those who can ride bicycle for 15 km.

Hotel Apartment Experience in Singapore: Fraser Robertson walk hotel apartment (11 unity street), Location was nice, hotel apartment was very convenient with all amenities like dish washer, washing machine and washing  power,  two TVs (one in living room and master bed room), iron and all other needs. However, the room service was very stingy in giving tea bags and sugar etc….After I complained after 3 days, the last two days it was slightly improved. The reception staff was very humble and treating customer amiably.

Transport in Singapore: All the transports to sightseeing were on private base; a largest tour operator Nam Ho in Singapore-All drivers were nice and explained properly how to reach to inside each sightseeing after dropping point as well clear guidance or pick up point. They use van of their own company normally but sometimes they send private vehicles of their partners but all vehicles were very convenient. This tour operator is very disciplined one and they expect from customer also same- They were never late by even 1 minute and expect from customer also the same (they do not wait for more than 5 minutes of the defined time).

I also tried other transportation like (metro, and private taxi) for my night time dinner. I used to go to Mustafa every day for my veg food (very delicious food in Saravana bhavan, ananda bhavan, Komoli, kailash prabhat etc….)

Last day in Singapore: from hotel to Airport drop, Nam Ho has blocked my call to their hotline number so I found little difficulty in finding driver for airport drop facility as she was waiting in another waiting area of the hotel. Nam Ho has neither conveyed my mobile (Singapore number) to driver nor her number to me. This area is required to be improved. Fortunately, I had 2-3 earlier drivers’ number who helped me on time. Special thanks to Rajesh driver who managed my transport even it was not his call of duty to arrange my airport transport

Airport to Hotel in Malaysia:  Although there was delay in immigration as explained above, Luxury tour (private booked tour travel for Malaysia as Nam Ho in Singapore) has managed my transport to hotel as all their other customer also delayed in coming out of airport although few flights were on time. First we bought Simcard as did Singapore valid for 30 days with 3G/4G 500 Mb data and enogh free talk time.

Sightseeing in Malaysia:

1)    Sunway Lagoon(09:00 to 18:00): Nice place for water rides and few other rides but the place was not as hygiene as Singapore. Scream park was exiting ride. Overall good experience. Driver came on time in morning as well he picked up us at right time in evening even though it was raining.

2)    City tour half day (09:00 t0 14:00): Drive reached late  by 45 minutes in morning due to which  there was a long queue built up at KL tower so it took about 2 hours to visit the deck. Twin tower was very organized and not much waiting time as the tickets shows visit timing which was respected by the tower management. Both the KL and Twintower are recommended for visit as it gives very thrilling view of the city and one can get 360 city view. However, KL tower we visited only observation deck.

3)    We went to Putrayjaya in afternoon- A very beautiful boat ride compared to Singapore, this ride is better.

4)    Genting Highland:  Best Cable car experience-it is much better than the Singapore Sentosa cable car-Although it was one way, I recommend return trip- very nominal price to buy a return ticket from Genting Highland. There were few rides in which my kids enjoyed- we didn’t went to visit Casino as that was not of our choice to visit. However, outside climate was very beautiful, we walked under cloud and enjoyed a lot- Best Asian veg food at Spice Garden-recommend to dine.

On route to Genting we visited Batu cave – A hindu holy place which I recommend not to miss. The given time of 45 minutes was less (we recommend 1 to 11/2 hour) as the place is nice you definitely feel to sit for a while in cave in a very calm and holy environment.

Drive on this tour also reached 30 minutes late due to the mistake of Luxury tour management-The driver was very good person in nature (Shivam actual name Namhoshivam). Flamingo transworld supported to time and return time was delayed by 30 minutes as start was late. Special thanks to Amit who has responded on time in early about 4:00 morning.

5)    Airport drop: Luxury tour has arranged on time vehicle with gentle nature driver

The city tour was not exiting as the driver did not take much interest to show the city- For me it was waste of time and money.

Food:  Delicious food available at Indian street (Asian veg- Saravana bhavan, Sangeeta etc…) it tooks only 15 MR from hotel to restaurant in taxi.

Hotel Apartment in Malaysia: Ascott hotel is very nice at prime location in city- no issue with room service. A very exiting swimming pool at 22nd floor with sauna bath, gym etc…All rooms were very big and TVs in all the rooms. The hotel is close to twin tower where there is a nice shopping mall as well biggest mall Pavilion is also very close to hotel – a bridge to walk for about 10 minutes to reach so avoid traffic.

Advice/Caution: Be careful in Malaysia to cross the road even Zebra crossing with green light to pedestrian as some vehicle driver do not pay respect to traffic light -they drove through red light as experienced, I observed a near miss to one of the family in Malaysia. Singapore even with green light to vehicle they pay respect to pedestrian.
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Ahmedabad   Travelled in   December
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31st Jan Southeast Asia Tour
31st Jan Southeast Asia Tour

31st Jan Southeast Asia Tour

31st January Southeast Asia tour was our first experience with Flamingo.  You exceeded our expectations from professionalism to accommodations, food, transportations and of course  carefully  chosen sightseeing places from modern Singapore to acient Thailand.

Jayraj is an outstanding and very knowledgeable tour guide. His passion to explore the world is impressive.  His proffesional attitude towards all of us was remarkable. 

Also thanks to all working behind the scene who made this trip memorable.
Sales team and accounting team including your agent Sangitaben in US were very cooperative.

For family oriented people like our group, some recommendations from local tour guide for nightlife shows could have been avoided and less shopping time can allow more places to cover.

We will not hesitate to refer Flamingo to our families and friends for their vacation experience.
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Ahmedabad   Travelled in   January
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Highlights of South Asia journey
Highlights of South Asia journey

Highlights of South Asia journey

Under stress of Corona virus I started my journey to South Asia but by grace of god all went well. As soon as I landed ai Singapore air port I forget about all and enjoying my time

1.     Itinerary of trip was design very well .All most covered all sightseeing.

2.    Hotels in overall so good and bed was comfortable that after long day I got
        comfortable  sleep. Very good morning breakfast sp.enjoy South Indian.

3.     About food , I do-not have  word to say . Very nice Indian food . Baverchi and some local food was good like papaya salad at center marina at Pattaya,food at Kanchanaburi  resort  was  good too.

4.    About sightseeing 

I like to know History and Culture of different country.I like Thai culture,saw

        Somewhere connection of Hindu culture,saw different form of Rama ,Vishnu

        Hanuman. Enjoy all sightseeing.

Highlights of my tour is

1.      Luge and skyride .Gentng highlands, beautiful place.

2.     At BukitMelawait peak got opportunity to feed Silverleaf Monkey.

3.      Railway market ,floating market .beautiful experience, how hard people work for their living .

4.       Doi Inthan National Park. Beautiful at higher elevations,loved Angkha trail Unfortunately did not saw some flowers.

5.       Last enjoy Elephant Jungle Sanctuary place . In my whole life ever got chance to so close to elephant . Searching for food  and feeding them .people are nice and putting lots of love taking care.

6.       Doing painting on umbrella.

Above all you never get chance to do it in very fast life. Thanks for opportunities.

Last I never forget to acknowledge flamingo team who are working hard for making

trip so enjoyable  and successful .

Working behind hotels reservations making my stay comfortable.

Working behind national flight reservations making travel so comfortable.

Working behind restaurants reservations and local food arrangement .

Working behind airport pick up Amitbhai good job . Thanks.

I really appreciate  your time and hard work behind the scene making everything so

Comfortable and enjoyable.😊.

Thanks to JAYRAJ for taking care, giving us surprises, posting next day schedule,

Thinking of us on valentine day and making special for all . Thanks 🙏 again ,and

Saying good bye to you all ,hoping to see you sometime and somewhere down the road .
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Ahmedabad   Travelled in   January
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