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Swissotel “The Stamford” Singapore and Fairmont Singapore are both part of the Raffles City Complex. The closest Mass Rapid Transit (subway) station is City Hall Station (under the Raffles City Complex).
The closest airport to the Raffles City Complex is Singapore Changi International Airport (SIN).
Raffles City Complex is strategically located in the heart of the city's business, historical, cultural and shopping districts, just 20 minutes away from Singapore Changi International Airport.
The IETF 100 Meeting Venue, Raffles City Convention Center, is part of the Raffles City Complex.
The airport shuttle bus provides drop-offs to most downtown hotels. The bus departs every 15 minutes during peak hours and up to 30 minutes during non-peak hours. Tickets cost S$9 per adult and S$6 per child below 12 years of age.
Please approach the Ground Transport Desks at the Arrival halls for bookings or call the hotlines for more information:
Terminal 1 – Tel: +65 6543 1985
Terminal 2 – Tel: +65 6546 1646
Terminal 3 – Tel: +65 6241 3818 (main booking hotline)
For advance booking of airport shuttle service to hotels, please visit: https://www.wtstravel.com.sg/index.php/singapore-airport-transfer
The train station is accessible by foot from Terminal 2 or Terminal 3. Board the MRT (subway) at Changi Airport (CG2). Transfer to a west bound train at Tanah Merah Interchange station (terminus point “Tuas Link”), and alight at City Hall (NS25 / EW13).
Take public bus service 36/36A to the city. The first bus arrives at around 6.00am and the last leaves just before midnight. A single fare is estimated to cost around S$2.50 and the ride takes about an hour. Bus stops are located at the basement bus bays of Terminals 1, 2 and 3. Please prepare the exact fare as no change will be given. Alternatively, a stored-value EZ-Link card for multiple rides can be purchased from any Changi Recommends store or the Changi Airport train station.
SMRT Taxis airport limousine counters are located at Terminals 1, 2, 3 and the Budget Terminal.
Taxis are available at the taxi stands at the Arrival levels of each Terminal. A ride to the city takes about 30 minutes (depending on time of day and traffic conditions) and costs between S$20 and S$40. Fares are metered and there is an additional Airport surcharge for all trips originating from the Airport:
First hand report that a taxi from the airport to the IETF Meeting Venue was about S$23 at near midnight (local time), and the ride was about 15 minutes long.
For Wheelchair Users:
“London Taxis” offer wheelchair users point-to-point service in safety and comfort. The interior is designed for passenger to remain seated in his/her wheelchair throughout the journey.
Arrival Coordination - to ease taxi sharing from the airport.
Departure Coordination - to ease taxi sharing back to the airport.
The IESG is continuing the side meeting experiment in Singapore with some slight modifications based on the comments received from the experiment in Prague. For IETF 100, two rooms are available for first-come first-served signup online. The larger of the two (Hullet) will hold approximately 40 people and will be configured with a U-shaped table. The smaller room (Butterworth) will be configured as a boardroom and will hold approximately 12 people. Both rooms will have projectors.
Remote participation is available individually or from a Remote participation Hub.
The Code Lounge is in the IETF Lounge. Room: Moor/Morrison
The official languages of Singapore are English, Tamil, Malay, and Standard Mandarin.
Singapore has a Mass Rapid Transit (subway) system (MRT). There is a fare calculator for figuring out the cost of any single trip.
MINT Museum of Toys (26 Seah Street, Singapore 188382) - This museum boasts an outstanding collection of toys, with a particular emphasis on science fiction movies and literature and the American space program in the 1960s. (walking distance from the IETF 100 venue)
Singapore Art Museum (71 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189555) - The Singapore Art Museum focuses on international contemporary art practices, specialising in Singapore and Southeast Asia. (walking distance from IETF 100 venue)
Boat Quay - This historical riverside quay was once the busiest part of the old Port of Singapore. Today, its beautifully renovated shophouses have been converted to bars, pubs and restaurants. (walking distance from IETF 100 venue)
The Singapore dollar (sign: S$; code: SGD) is the official currency of Singapore. It is divided into 100 cents. It is normally abbreviated with the dollar sign $, or S$ to distinguish it from other dollar-denominated currencies. Coins are available in five, ten, twenty, fifty cents, and one dollar denominations. Bank notes are available in two, five, ten, fifty, one hundred, one thousand, and ten thousand denominations.
A note on 2G Service in Singapore:
All 2G networks in Singapore will close from 1 April 2017. You will not be able to call, SMS and use data if you are using a 2G phone. To continue using mobile services, you will need to change to a 3G or 4G phone.
Singapore is prone to mosquito borne diseases. The city is usually safe, but rural, forested and wet areas are a potential risk. Tropical strength (DEET) insect repellant may be recommended. Singapore is not a high malaria risk, but its not impossible given that travellers from S.E. Asia come into the country. http://www.nea.gov.sg/public-health/dengue/dengue-cases https://www.gov.sg/microsites/zika
There are wild otters living in the river close to the venue. http://blog.nus.edu.sg/sgotters/about/ and https://mothership.sg/2017/04/marina-otters-move-to-singapore-river-after-losing-their-original-home-to-rival-bishan-family/ (map of specific family river regions)
The orchid collection at the botanical gardens is worth a visit. https://www.sbg.org.sg/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&layout=item&id=34&Itemid=58
Singapore has a complex WWII history. Changi Prison: http://www.visitsingapore.com/en_au/see-do-singapore/history/history-museums/changi-museum/
The Raffles City Shopping Center, attached to the IETF 100 Meeting Venue hosts markets and specialty shops.
Raffles City Market Place - Cosmetics & Fragrances, Baby Products, Homeware and Appliances, Groceries, Health & Personal Care, Fresh Products
Umeya - Looking for something to munch on to curb those out-of-nowhere cravings? Heading down to Umeya to stock up on preserved fruits, dried squid and other addictive snacks to keep those cravings at bay!
Din Tai Fung https://goo.gl/maps/SYMpvnvzffK2 xiao long bau, michelin starred but almost-stree-food prices. Queueing inevitable. Also at https://goo.gl/maps/nJe5MLQHpCD2 and https://goo.gl/maps/e8C2d1ZhSzJ2 within short walking distance, and further afield.
The local speciality dish, if you aren't drawn to hawker street-food, is going to be chilli crab. This is the recommendation from regional frequent visitors to Singapore. http://www.thebestsingapore.com/eat-and-drink/best-chilli-crab-in-singapore/
East Coast Seafood https://goo.gl/maps/1WxT4r3Dd2F2
Hawker Street food: Tekka Center https://goo.gl/maps/3BhqEnT3CdG2 (Leif Johansson)
Vegetarian Indian food: Nalan: Go down into the MRT station, turn right before the turnstiles, go left as soon as you can, and then right and go down the ramp to the Capitol Theatre, into the mall under the theatre where the restaurant is. This is maybe five minutes from the venue, ten if you aren't a speed walker.
Thai Food with some veg dishes: Thai Express. This is down in the Raffles Marketplace food court. They have a couple of Tofu dishes, which are quite good, and quite spicy. Be aware that if you get takeout, everything comes in its own plastic container, so this is not a very environmentally friendly option. Better to eat in.
There are a bunch of Indian vegetarian restaurants in Little India such as Anand Bhavan (pure veg which means they don't make meat dishes as well). Near temples such as Sri Krishna Temple on Waterloo street, there are a bunch of options.. (e.g., in Fortune Centre) - Indian and Chinese veg. You may have to ask locally for specific options. (Subway also do veg subs if you don't have any options.) (Mukund Sivaraman)
You can get very tasty South Indian vegetarian food very close to the IETF venue. Head to Komala's in Peninsular Plaza, a 3 minute walk from City Hall MRT. Service during lunch hours is usually prompt. https://www.tripadvisor.com.sg/Restaurant_Review-g294265-d1464427-Reviews-Komala_s-Singapore.html https://goo.gl/maps/MVxRPbqveUs If you'd like to sample some unique Buddhist vegetarian food (prepared in chinese style), you should try a vegetarian restaurant called New Fut Kai (http://www.newfutkai.com.sg/) (Bill Silverajan)
You might also want to check out: http://www.hungrygowhere.com/ PS: “Hungry go where” is in what we call Singlish - shortened phrases for common questions. (Harish Pillay)
Raffles City Shopping Center has coffee and tea available:
Costa Coffee - Perfecting the art of roastery and brewery, Costa Coffee serves up a cuppa that packs a punch of the nutty aroma of our carefully curated blend. Head over and discover the perfect blend for you.
O' Coffee Club - O' Coffee Club is more than just a place where you can sit down to an aromatic blend of premium roasted coffee beans. Be it piping hot or ice-blended, taste the mellow bitterness perfectly balanced with a variety of spices infused in our concoctions. We also keep bellies happy with an impressive menu. Favorites like the OCC Club Sandwich and Chili Crab Linguine pleases even the most finicky eaters.
Starbucks - Starbucks Coffee Company is the premier roaster and retailer of the highest quality arabica coffee in the world. Through our unwavering commitment to excellence and our guiding principles, we bring the unique Starbucks Experience to life for every customer through every cup.
The 1872 Clipper Tea Co. - The 1872 Clipper Tea retails a variety of tea blends ranging from essential blends like Masala Chai and Early Grey to blends with floral notes and fruit infused tea. If you love all things refined and aromatic, then head down to The 1872 Clipper Tea Co.
The Coffee Academics - Love Sunday brunch but never ever make it early enough? Fret not for The Coffee Academics serves All-day Breakfast that would awaken your taste buds. Freshen up with a cuppa aromatic brew and save some stomach for dessert because we serve The Academics Pancake Tower, literally.