Singapore, such a ‘fine’ city. Everything about Singapore tells me it belongs in northern Asia rather than SE Asia. It’s very organised and clean much like Japan and Korea, its also far more expensive than its Malaysian and Singapore Indonesian neighbors.
I have been twice the first time before I met Aida and then on this occasion with Aida and my parents who where over visiting us from the UK. Aida received her visa easy enough but on our arrival (via bus fro KL) she was taken in an office and asked random questions as though she was a threat to the national security.
Anyone thinking about spending more than 3 or 4 days in Singapore…think again. There isn’t really that much to do and in two days you could probably squeeze everything in. Singapore Zoo is with a visit on an evening if thats your thing but with the tour I took we spent far too long picking people up before the trip so had little time in the zoo.
All the main attractions are in one area and its very easy to walk around, well apart from the heat. Be careful about your behaviour, any littering, spitting (very popular with some Chinese) and even eating and drinking on the train results in a fine. The accommodation is expensive in the city so on both occasions we stayed in Little India about 10 mins out of the city centre and easily accessible by the very reliable train service.
The esplanade is where you will see the beautiful eyeliner of the city centre and getting a boat is advisable. The Singapore Flyer is located here and is very similar to the London Eye. None of us went on it although my mum did later say that she would have liked to. Next to the Flyer are the Botanical Gardens which are pretty impressive with lots of ongoing developments going on year by year. The Merlion is an obvious spot for a photo but expect a battle to get a picture with nobody else on.
The most impressive sight is the Marina Sands hotel which looks like it has a boat on the top of it. Neither time did I go to the top which I wish we’d have done so definitely put on your to-do list. There are often many shows on in the hotel but expect to pay top $ to watch anything.
All of this can be achieved easily in one day. The next day should be spent at Sentosa Island. Catching a bus there is easy enough and then cross the bridge from the mainland to the Island and enjoy what is on offer. The island has its own beaches but most people go for the theme park or water park. Check out the Sentosa website for all the various attractions as we never got to see all in one day. For those who play golf then there are even two golf courses there!
Not my favourite place in the world but if in SE Asia then certainly worth a visit.
Chris – 6/10 Aida – 7/10