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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Travel : From Singapore to London & Paris June 2009

Alright, this site is actually dedicated to travel writing but for the past few months American Idol and Britain Got Talent simply just got me distracted too much that I have to review those two shows. Another reason is because this will ensure that there are always new things to read on this blog. But now is back to old business and I have been looking forward to this holiday for a rather long time (well 6 months to be exact).

 

As such this article will focus on the preparation towards those trips free and easy way.

 

Therefore, the very first thing you have to do is to buy a map of London so you will know exactly where your hotels will be located.

Next is to look out for great hotel prices in London. As the pounds get stronger and stronger vs the US Dollar, it will therefore get more expensive for anyone to travel to London. So look out for great hotel deals. A great website to look out for cheap and reliable hotels (it contains Tripadvisor reviews embed within the site) is ZUJI and it has great discounts. Do look out for apartments at attractive prices too because if you are going as a family and prefer to have a kitchen to cook stuff then apartments will suit you more than hotels ever will.

 

A small room with a single bed can set you for SGD200 per night or roughly 80 pounds per night. That’s how expensive the property is in London!

 

Fortunately for me, there was a Hilton January Sale which offer 50% off for their room rates. Without that sale, I doubt I will fork out the money to stay at the Hilton. Do look out for my reviews on staying at the different Hiltons in London in my upcoming articles.

 

Next up is definitely the plane ticket. For a good and competitive price again I recommend Zuji. As a matter of fact I got a good British Airways plane ticket that cost me slightly more than SGD$1400.(Links to Zuji can be found on the right hand side of this site)

 

Of course if you prefer to wait till the last minute, you may or may not be lucky. However as it turns out, in May 2009 Singapore Airlines slashed their ticket price to London to SGD$1200.

 

Once you have your hotels and airline booked, the next choice is to either go free and easy or to take a tour. (Its cheaper to hire a tour from London by yourself than having an agent in Singapore to do it for you) I went the free and easy way.

 

 

You may purchase the London Pass at http://www.londonpass.com and the best thing is the fact that they will actually deliver all the way to anywhere in the world for approximately 5 pounds so you can use the Travelcard immediately from the airport(Heathrow) tube all the way to the city centre.

 

Again, make sure to buy a Londonpass that comes with a Travelcard – its cheaper than trying to buy both separately. I purchased a 3 days Londopass with a 7 days Travelcard for approx less than 100 pounds. As such if you are calculative just visit those attractions that will total up to more than 100 pounds in 3 days and you basically have the 7 days Travelcard for free. And from the prices of those attractions its pretty easy to get your money worth.

 

And there you have it – Book Hotels, book airtickets and buy Londonpass with Travelcard – and basically you are ready to visit London.

 

Of course if you prefer to visit Paris along the way (I do I do) since its just a 2 hour train ride then you may wish to purchase the train ticket 3 months in advance via http://www.raileurope.com.sg

It will cost you approximately Euro54 for a one way trip.

Its a travel agent that sells the ticket officially to Singaporeans. For non-Singaporean you may simply wish to type in http://www.raileurope.co.uk  have the tickets deliver to your place of residing.

 

 

Since I wasn’t planning to spend a lot of time in Paris, I did not purchase any pass over there but if you are interested you can purchase online via http://www.parispass.com It works exactly like the Londonpass.

 

However I did purchase a double-decker bus city shuttle called Les Cars Rouge. You can purchase a ticket (valid for 2 consecutive days) at http://www.carsrouges.com for just Euro24. You can then take the shuttle unlimited number of times from the 9 different popular stops available around Paris City Centre. Just print the voucher and exchange it for a real ticket when you first board the bus.

 

All right, now you are all geared up to visit London and Paris so let’s go. NEXT

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