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For a city and country famous for its financial and commercial hub, Singapore offers a great little stop off destination if you are travelling the popular Australia – Europe route.  Not only that, it is a good option if you are travelling around South East Asia with lots of cheap flights to and from the city.  For a small country in size, Singapore does offer a range of attractions.  Most of this is influenced by the rich history this former British Empire city holds.

In recent years, there has been a big push for development around the bay.  This development has created a world class region for tourists to explore, shop and enjoy!  If you are walking near the casino in the evening you will be able to catch the spectacular water and light show.  There are daily showings at 8pm, 9.30pm and 11pm (Friday and Saturday).  Make your way to the Marina Bay Sands Shoppes to achieve the best vantage point.  For the shoppers out there, this is one of many places you can give into those shopping demons.  Singapore is home to many designer stores.  See if you can count all the ‘Chanel’ shops on Orchard Road.

 

Sentosa Island is home to numerous hotels and spas, man-made beaches, golf courses and Universal Studios.  The theme park charge $74 for adults and $54 for children. Transformers, Jurassic World rapids, and Shrek feature throughout the grounds.

 

 

A peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of busy Singapore is a visit to their Botanic Gardens.  They have also been claimed as an UNESCO world heritage site.  The gardens are free to enter with guides available every Saturday.

 

 

Located in the Botanic Gardens, you will find the National Garden of Orchids. Entry for adults is $5 and the gates are open 8.30am until 7pm each day.

 

The Botanic Gardens are not the only gardens Singapore are now famous for. Since 2010, the ‘Gardens by the Bay’ have been an added attraction for this small country island.  The gardens have a modern design to them including 50 metres tall vertical gardens, a flower dome showcasing Spring time and Cloud Forrest, a tribute to mountainous regions.  The gardens are open from 5am until 2 am each day with the conservatories open from 9am until 9pm.

 

Another attraction located not too far from the city centre is the Singapore Zoo.  Like any zoo, you can find out information about unique animals through daily shows.  The entry fee is $32 although you can visit the zoo at night for $42SD.  It will give you a new perspective of which animals are nocturnal.  Connected with the same group is the Jurong Bird Park.  Walk through the ground as the birds fly around you.  The cost of entry is $28SD.  If you fancy visiting a few of the parks, you can purchase a multi pass at a cheaper price.

 

Home to the infamous infinity Pool, voted one of the best top 10 pools in the world, the Marina Bay Sands makes an almighty impression on the skyline of Singapore.  The Marina Bay Sands is a 5 star hotel which treats its guest’s entry to the pool.  Day passes are no longer allowed to the general public; however you can visit the Sky Park Observation deck for $23.  From high above, you can make out the F1 race track.  It is the only night race of the year and happens in mid-September.

 

 

The easiest way to travel around Singapore is on the MRT.  It is also the easiest way to and from the airport.  If you are looking for nice accommodation, head towards the downtown core or along Orchard Rd.  Sentosa Island is another option for accommodation.  There are cheaper places to stay outside the city centre such as Chinatown and Little India.  The streets are not kept as clean as the city centre.

 

 

A popular tradition which was invented in Singapore is trying a ‘Singapore Sling’ or two.  The original one can be found at the Raffles hotel.  It is here they sell hundreds of the cocktail each day between 11am to 12.30am.  When you walk into the Long bar, you will notice peanut shells will cover the floor.  Don’t worry, this is normal.  Free peanuts are given out while you are there and it is encouraged to throw the empty shells straight on the ground.  It feels a bit wrong at first but you will become accustomed to it.

 

 

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