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Top 5 Places to Visit in Singapore

Asia Singapore
Posted: December 25, 2011

I went to Singapore as a stop over on the way to Perth, Australia.  I only really had two full days here, but found plenty to do.  I have written a post with the top 5 places to visit in Singapore.

Weekend in Singapore - Raffles Hotel -

Hop on Hop off Bus

These buses are everywhere. We were staying at Traders Hotel and the bus stopped just outside our hotel. We took the FunVee City Tour and it cost just $20 SGD each.  The bus ran from 9:00am and the last bus was at 5:00pm.

Weekend in Singapore - City Tour Bus -

Singapore Flyer

This is a big wheel by the marina.  This was one of the stops on the tour bus and as we were part of the tour, we got a discount. It was $22 (SGD) each instead of $27.  We didn’t have to wait in line for more than 5 minutes.  The view from the flyer is spectacular, similar size pods to the one in the London Eye.  But you get taken through the background and history of the flyover before you step on the wheel.

Weekend in Singapore - Singapore Flyer -

Shopping along Orchard Road

Singapore is well known for its shopping and it certainly didn’t disappoint. One new shopping centre we went into had 8 floors, 4 basement floors were normal high street stores.  The 4 top floors including the ground floor were all designer and luxury shops like Dior, Miu Miu, D&G.  As I didn’t have my black American express card, I didn’t purchase an overpriced handbag from these shops. I did however, venture to the basement where I got some converse shoes at just under £30  which was cheaper than in the UK.  But overall, Singapore and London prices in terms of clothing and accessories and Apple products seem to be the same.

Weekend in Singapore -Orchard Road -

Marina Bay Sands

We passed by the Marina Bay Sands hotelon the bus and unfortunately did not have time to go in here.  This a must for me next time.  It opened in June last year at a cost of £4billion.  One of the major attractions (besides the casino) is the 150m long infinity pool at 650ft up.  It is the largest outdoor pool in the world at that height.  Here is a link to some of the photos of the infinity pool.

Weekend in Singapore - Marina Bay Sands -

Botanical Gardens

These are located at the far end of Orchard Road and well worth a visit.  They are half the size of Kew Gardens, but unlike Kew, it is free entry. The gardens in its present site was founded in 1859 by the Agri-Horticultural Society. It was planned as a leisure garden and ornamental park and then in 1874, the management and maintenance of the site was handed over to the government.

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