What do you think of when you think “Singapore”?
Chances are, if you have been to Singapore recently, you’ll also think of the glitzy development of Marina Bay Sands. With over 2500 hotel rooms, the world’s largest atrium casino, its own ice skating rink, seven celebrity chef restaurants, a massive shopping complex and a 150m long infinity swimming pool set on top a spectacular overhanging platform, Marina Bay Sands is an iconic structure and a tourist destination in itself.
As a stopover, Singapore is an easy destination for travellers to break their journey for a couple of nights enroute to other corners of the globe. There is plenty here to keep families, solo travellers and couples busy for several days. Children enjoy trips to Singapore Zoo, the Night Safari, Universal Studios, Jurong Bird Park and the Singapore Flyer. For adults, try a visit the Changi Museum, Old Ford Motor Factory and the Malay Heritage Centre. There are also great public parks and spaces like Fort Canning, the Botanical Gardens and Merlion Park. For the seasoned shopper this place is paradise – shopping malls line Orchard Road, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands is wall-to-wall high end fashion, Little India is loud and colourful and packed with spices, food stalls, saris, jewellery and art work and Citylink Mall is a 3km long underground shopping mall linking from City Hall to Suntec City and Marina Square. There are also some fantastic hawker stalls and bargains to be found through Chinatown.
There are also plenty of great places that you access directly from Singapore, including the Indonesian island of Bintan, the UNESCO World Heritage site and charming city of Melaka in Malaysia as well as nearby Sentosa Island. Any of these combine well with a Singapore city stopover for an extended holiday in the region.
So after a day filled with “shop-til-you-drop”, rooftop swims at Marina Bay Sands and your fill of sightseeing, make your way to the colonial icon of Raffles Hotel on Beach Road. Find yourself a bar-stool or a comfy cane chair at the Long Bar and order one of these…
A Singapore Sling.
Eat your weight in peanuts (and don’t forget to thrown your empty shells on the floor!) and relax beneath the slow paddle fans as you sip on what is surely one of the most famous cocktails in the world. It might be one of the most expensive ones too, so enjoy it!
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x Sonia x