The city of Sentosa is an ideal shopping destination in Singapore due to its souvenirs depicting the flora and fauna of the region. Almost all the sightseeing attractions contain dedicated shops selling their specific souvenirs.
The major shopping hubs in Sentosa are Imbiah Lookout, Beaches, Resorts World, Sentosa Boardwalk and Siloso Point. FestiveWalk at the Resorts World is a popular mall in Sentosa.
Shops at the Imbiah Lookout are popular for their beautiful butterfly specimens, spices, garments, books and miniature replicas of actual cable car cabins. The most popular souvenir in Sentosa is the Merlion replica. Souvenir shops can be found at Butterfly Park & Insect Kingdom, Images of Singapore and Jewel Cable Car Station, among others.
At the beaches, one can shop for surfing related merchandise, photos and photo frames. At the Resorts World, one can find shops of international luxury brands, speciality stores, home furnishings and chocolatiers.
Sentosa Boardwalk contains Frangipani-themed boutiques that offer handcrafted fashion accessories, summer dresses, hand-painted bags and home ware inspired by the local tropical Frangipani or Plumeria flora.
Siloso Point is ideal for purchasing military collectibles and gifts, ranging from sea animal backpacks, exclusively designed T-shirts, soft toys to marine life guide. There are no duty free shops in Sentosa.
The only duty free shopping zone in Singapore is located at the Changi International Airport in the Singapore mainland. Bargaining is not popular in Sentosa. Being a luxury island, the prices of goods are generally fixed and higher compared to other destinations in Singapore.
GST (Goods And Services Tax) is a sales tax that is added to the purchase price of goods and services in Sentosa. The current rate of GST in Sentosa is 7%. A GST refund of 5% can be claimed back. To be able to reclaim a refund, one must shop for at least 4,573.93 INR. Moreover, the scheme is valid only if one purchases goods from retailers participating in the Tourist Refund Scheme.
At the Sentosa Islands, I plan to catch the following (other than Universal Studios, of course) based on general public feedback.
- Sentosa CineBlast + Desperados - 2-IN-1
- Megazip (Not too adventurous so avoiding Climbmax, Parajump, Northface)
- Luge & Skyride
- Underwater World and Dolphin Lagoon
- Songs of the Sea
- Animal & Bird Encounters at Palawan Amphitheatre
- Segway Fun Ride (on secure circuit)
- Southernmost point of Continental Asia
For anyone who has covered Sentosa Islands as comprehensively as possible, could you please guide me on a few queries…
1) I have short-listed the following to save time and money. But am I missing anything really worthwhile from the above mentioned rides/shows/attractions?
2) Would I be able to cover all this within one day? Will it he a rush-n-run experience?
3) Do I need to go for advance booking for any of these rides? I plan to visit in Apr-May 2012… is that peak period?
4) What kind of transport is available within Sentosa to go from one attraction point to other? Are they really far-away from each other? Are there any shuttle services and how much would it cost? I don’t have personal transport…
5) What are the best economical pure veg food options within Sentosa?
6) Finally, how much would I compromise on the fun if I take along my 2-yr son, since I guess kids are not allowed on most rides?
Would really appreciate genuine feedback. Thanks in advance.
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