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5 things not to miss in Singapore!

Singapore screams indulgence, excess and a damn good time. There’s so much to do in this spectacular city that you may find your budget runs out long before your energy does.

A real melting pot of Asian influence from all corners of the continent which, among other things, means a huge and wildly varied array of foods to choose from! When you’re not stuffing yourself silly, get out and explore everything you can – even something as simple as a ride on the subway can provide you with a photo opportunity.

FIVE AMAZING THINGS TO DO IN SINGAPORE

MARINA BAY SANDS

You can’t help but imagine the conversation when the architect presented the plans for Marina Bay Sands. “You want to build a boat where?!” But build it they did and the complex – which contains theatres, restaurants, a shopping mall, a massive casino, and a hotel – now dominates the bay skyline.

It’s most distinctive feature is undoubtedly the Sky Park – a massive boat shaped structure that stretches across 3 towers which even has an infinity pool looking out over the city. The pool itself is reserved for guests but (for a fee) you can take the lift to the top and gaze out over the metropolis below.

SENTOSA ISLAND

An island with three man made beaches, an adventure park and massive aquarium accessed from the mainland by cable car? What more entertainment could you want? How about a Universal Studios? No worries, it’s got one. Seriously.

CHINA TOWN

Compared to the high rises and modern architecture of most of Singapore, China Town can feel a little underwhelming. But here you can catch a glimpse of how Singapore once was in the winding, lantern strewn streets, the tiny dim sum restaurants, the covered markets and the fascinating Chinatown Heritage Centre.

The latter is something very special with hands on exhibits and an entire floor that has been reconstructed to look exactly like the cubicles of early Chinese immigrants to Singapore.

RAFFLES HOTEL

Named after Stamford Raffles – a man who wouldn’t look out of place in an adaptation of Pride and Prejudice – this hotel not only a fantastic historical monument but the birthplace of the Singapore Sling.Sitting under the beautiful waiving fans of the Long Bar, a single cocktail will set you back a whopping £13! If that’s a bit rich for your travelling budget you can console yourself with throwing the shells of your free peanuts all over the floor (actively encouraged) or re-enacting the scene when an escaped circus tiger was found under the billiard table (probably not encouraged).

NIGHT ZOO

Singapore’s night zoo is a fantastic attraction for animal lovers and the mildly curious alike. Open from 7pm until midnight the zoo specialises in animals that are more active once the sun goes down.

Image courtesy of Pavan on Flickr.

You can view the lions and tigers and bears (oh my) from the comfort of a “safari” truck with live commentary from the zoo keepers, or wander around the maze of pathways that snake through the zoo and sometimes even into the enclosures!


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