Welcome to the latest installment of my bog as I explore the cruise destination Singapore.
I’ve been fortunate enough to have visited Singapore on numerous occasions, each time different than the last. That’s because Singapore is forever redeveloping and modernizing. It’s no surprise that Singapore has been voted top travel destination for 2015.
Approx. 13 Hours flying time from the UK
Chewing gum is banned in Singapore so leave it at home when packing!
Great news, you can enjoy free wireless internet access in public places across Singapore
As a tourist you can claim a refund on the 7% Goods & Services Tax (GST) paid on purchases when you spend more than $100 at participating shops. Just look out for the ‘Tax Free’ logo
The fastest way to get around is by MRT (mass rapid transit) train system. Buses are just as convenient and economical
Hot and humid all year round, with temperatures reaching over 30oc. Be prepared for rain which can be torrential yet brief
Singapore consists of 3 areas : Touristic Zone
Each of these areas are separated by a 5km stretch of immaculate lawns (this can be seen from Mount Faber). Within these areas are ‘neighbourhoods’ and the places I recommend to visit:
Mount faber has so much to offer. Spectacular panoramic views, walking trails and parkland. Chic dining venues and best of all various cable car experiences. I took the cable car from here to Sentosa Island, taking in some lovely views and on a clear day you can see out to Malaysia.
Recommended: try Laska soup it’s devine (my favourite)
Jetlagged or need an energy boost, try the local Kopi coffee (very strong)
Head to Singapore Zoo for the night safari, take the 40 minute tram ride around 7 zones of the world and see the nocturnal animals in their habitats. You can also opt for a walking tour and various shows.
It’s such an amazing experience for all ages.
Orchard Road is a must. A shoppers paradise to cater for all tastes.
Singapore’s iconic Marina Bay is home to some of the cities impressive architecture. Amazing skyline views when you look out over the bay. The recently renovated waterfront promenade is on the bank of Marina Bay, walking for approx. 15 minutes brings you to Gardens by the Bay. It’s one huge park with supertrees. Cloud forest is a manmade dome simulating a tropical rainforest and features a 115 foot waterfall. The waterfront at Marina Bay every evening has a laser show, complete with music and projected images. Best of all its free!
After reading this you may be in the mood to sample a ‘Singapore Sling’ cocktail, this famous cocktail was first served at the Raffles Hotel in 1915.
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