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Singapore - My Must See Destination

by Charlotte McCulloch

 Since the early 1900’s Singapore has been a favourite stop over destination for rich travellers heading from Europe on long haul trips to Australia and New Zealand.

Regarded by some as a safe and somewhat boring place to visit this fantastic city can often be overlooked as a holiday destination in its own right.

As a child growing up in Singapore I got to experience its unique charm for longer than the millions who just use this as a thoroughfare to their next destination, and with an upcoming visit as an adult on the horizon for me here are some of my reasons why Singapore is a must see destination for longer than a few hours in-between flights.

Marina Bay Sands

The newest feature of the Singaporean skyline, the Marina Bay Sands complex is arguably the cities most dramatic landmark, three 55-storey towers comprising of over 2,500 rooms and suites, topped with a seemingly gravity defying 1 hectare sky terrace on the roof.

 

Marina Bay Sands

The Marina Bay Sands resort is a tourist attraction in its own right, visitors can enjoy the casino offering 600 gaming tables and 1500 slot machines. Remember to take your passport with you, locals are charged $100 to enter but visitors can enter for free if they have ID with them.

As well as the casino, Marina Bay Sands is home to a shopping mall offering all the designer names you can think of, world class restaurants, theatres showing performances such as The Lion King. It even has an indoor canal system with gondola rides just like its sister hotel The Venetian in Las Vegas.

The highlight of the Marina Bay Sands has to be the Sky Park, home to the world’s longest elevated infinity pool, views from here are spectacular. If you are lucky enough to be staying in the hotel itself (which I will be when I visit later in the year!) you have full access to the swimming pool, if you are visiting you can enter the sky park and the rooftop bar areas and restaurants for a charge, well worth the experience and the best view of Singapore’s famous skyline.

Raffles Hotel

Raffles hotel is one of the most famous hotels in the world. Opened in 1899 it is named after Singapore’s founder Sir Stamford Raffles.

Raffles Hotel

Although it may seem strange to have not one but two hotels in my list of what to visit in Singapore, Raffles hotel is an iconic piece of this country’s history that is well worth a visit.

Long Bar at Raffles HotelThe famous Long Bar is the birth place of the Singapore Sling and you can sit and enjoy one in the plush surroundings safe in the knowledge you are drinking where the best have with previous guests including, Rudyard Kipling, Noel Coward, Michael Jackson and more recently Beyonce Knowles.

The hotel also has its own museum where you can immerse yourself in the great history of this hotel including the story that the last wild tiger in Singapore was shot here when it strolled into the Long Bar back in 1902. If you want a room here, it will not come cheap. However the staff is more than attentive if you decide to. It is even reported that back in 1993 when the late Michael Jackson was staying at the hotel, 6 orang-utans from Singapore Zoo were brought to the King of Pop’s room at his request!

Sentosa

Sentosa, a small resort island just off the coast of Singapore has something for everyone and is a holiday destination in its own right. The total area of the whole island is just 5km and it is situated just ¼ of a mile from Singapore’s mainland, reached by either causeway or cable car.

As a child growing up in Singapore I have many happy memories of days spent in Sentosa but since then the resort has undergone massive development. You can find 5 star hotels, a family favourite when I was younger was the Shangri La's Rasa Sentosa Resort which has recently undergone an $80 million refurbishment to ensure its 5-star quality.

 

Rasa Sentosa Resort

Other attractions include an underwater world and dolphin lagoon, where you can swim with the dolphins, stunning beaches, world class golf courses and even a Universal Studios. If visiting Singapore with children this is the ideal place to bring them for days of fun. There is something for the adults too. Sentosa is home to the city’s second casino and once a year the beach plays host to the Zouk beach party.

Zouk is one of the most legendary nightclubs in Singapore and each year its famous beach party attracts over 25,000 clubbers to the beach to enjoy the house music played by world class DJs.

These 3 attractions hardly scratch the surface of the fantastic things Singapore has on offer however they are a good place to start. Give Singapore the time it deserves and don’t just stop there for a couple of days on your way to somewhere else, you will need a lot longer to enjoy all this unique city has to offer – I can’t wait for my next visit!


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