Sunday, May 28, 2017
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Singapore attractions

 

The tiny island nation Singapore is a dramatic fusion of colonial and modern times. The city has best-practice transportation and communication systems, flashy hotels and glitzy shopping malls. Tree-lined avenues, landscaped urban areas, small parks and roadside tropical greenery are commonplace. Despite the island’s impressive development in the last 50 years, seen in the cityscape of tower blocks, freeways and glitzy shopping centers, pockets of old Singapore remain.
 
Immerse yourself in the exhibition galleries of world-class museums, stroll the colorful streets and back lanes of Chinatown in search of a bargain, take a walk down Orchard Road for a mind-blowing retail experience, sip gin in the Long Bar of the renowned Raffles Hotel, or experience the hustle and bustle of dynamic Little India. Head west for the world’s best bird park, a fascinating night zoo, the splendid Singapore Botanic Gardens which contains an amazing collection of colorful orchids, a patch of the island’s original tropical rainforest, and hedonistic Sentosa, fast becoming the recreational hub of this dynamic island nation.

A Short Stay in Singapore

DAY 1

 

Morning

Have an early breakfast and head for the Singapore Botanic Gardens (52) for a walk amongst the extensive plant collection. Only a few minutes bus ride from Orchard Road, this tropical botanical treasure-trove is at its best in the cool of the morning.
 

Mid-morning

Take a bus or taxi back into the city and stroll along Orchard Road (32). The morning is less crowded than the afternoon and you can always come back when you’ve know your way around this mega shopopolis.
 

Lunch

Make your way to Chinatown (26) for lunch after a shower and freshen up in your hotel. There are many authentic hawker centers here for a quintessential Singapore lunch with the locals. You could order chicken rice or a laksa and expect to pay just a few dollars.
 

Afternoon

Explore Chinatown’s back streets where there are many antique and gift shops – be sure to visit the Singapore handicraft Centre (42). Walk down Telok Ayer Street and be sure to check out the marvelous Thian Hock Heng Temple. Then wander down South Bridge Road to view Singapore’s oldest Hindu Temple – Sri Mariamman Temple.
 

Mid-afternoon

Take a bus or taxi to the Asian Civilisations Museum (24) and learn about Asian cultures from the excellent displays in this perfectly restored old colonial-period building.
 

Dinner

At Boat Quay you’ll find a wide range of excellent outdoor dining options by the river.
 

Evening

Head to the Esplanade Theatres (28) for an evening performance – tickets are available from the box office. It’s best to book in advance for popular shows. Wandering around the precinct award, having a snack and enjoying views of the city at night make this a fabulous evening destination.
 

DAY 2

 

Morning

Visit Raffles Hotel (34) at the start of the day, a quieter and more reflective time to wander around one of the world’s finest hotels, when you can enjoy a coffee instead of an overpriced Singapore Sling. Check out some of the public spaces including the famed Long Bar and vist the small museum on the second floor. Then head for the nearby Singapore Art Museum, housed in a beautifully restored 19th-centry school building, which has a fine collection of South-east Asian art.
 

Mid-morning

Then take a bus to Serangoon Road to have a look in the interesting shops that line the narrow footpaths of Little India. Shop for fabrics, clothes, jewelry and the like or just enjoy the aromatic odors from the spice shops.
 

Lunch

Serangoon Road has plenty of Indian dining options, but a really economical and tasty lunch can be had a Komala Vilas (48).
 

Afternoon

There’s something for everyone at VivoCity (43) in the new HarbourFront redevelopment that adjoins Sentosa, so take the MRT from Little India to Harbourfront.
 

Mid-afternoon

Catch the MRT from Harbourfront to Clarke Quay via Chinatown. Explore the shops and stalls around Clarke Quay and perhaps take a boat ride on the Singapore River.
 

Dinner

The riverside setting of Clarke Quay and Riverside Point (39, 42), with the city lights and makes a perfect evening meal destination. Expatriates congregate here after a hard day at the office for drinks and to dine. There are any number of fine dining options along the river.
 

Evening

There are some good nightspots here, but try Lox (44) if you like soul, R&B and hip hop.
 

Carlsberg Sky Tower

Catch panoramic views across Singapore, Sentosa and the Southern Islands from Singapore’s highest viewing platform. Day or night, views from the tower promise to be both scenic and breathtaking as it gently revolves to a height of 131 metres above sea level. Spot Indonesia and Malaysia in the horizon, as you scan the skies for birds and planes streaking across the brilliant blue sky.

Suitable for all ages, this seven-minute ride gives you probably the best view of Singapore. Located adjacent to the Cable Car Station on Sentosa, the Carlsberg Sky Tower gives you a bird's eye view of the Singapore Skyline, Sentosa, the Southern Islands and even Malaysia and Indonesia.

Admission fees:
    •     S$10 per Adult
    •     S$6 per Child (under 12 years of age)

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