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“My days in Singapore”

City Sightseeing Singapore
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City Sightseeing Singapore Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Ranked #33 of 151 Tours in Singapore
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Reviewed 5 August 2014

It was my first trip to Singapore, after a 3 hr flight from Colombo, we were sort of fatigued and jetlagged but impatient to explore the city I had heard so much about,
A city-state, is a mix of sights, sounds, tastes, cultures and of course attractions, so much to experience so much to discover, highly urbanised and modern, mainly Buddhist, affluent-considered one of the world’s most prosperous, its night-life is equally interesting,
Pouring over a map of the city at my hotel, my guide asked me whether I would like to see the city sights, I said ‘yes’! without hesitation,
A quick trip in the train brought us to our destination,
First we took a stroll on the Esplanade Drive, from here we could clearly see Marina Bay Sands-one of the top landmarks of the country, reached its top-Sands SkyPark by elevator, what a spectacular view of the city skyline, as if the entire city is beneath my feet and didn’t I feel on top of the world!
Singapore’s evening skyline is simply fabulous, its beautifully lit new skyscrapers-Marina Bay Sands, the Financial Centre, Esplanade, Millenia Tower etc and the number of hotels glow the city.
Merlion in Merlion Park is an icon of Singapore, it’s dwarfed by the triple towers of Marina Bay Sands, the Helix Bridge and the skyscrapers in the Marina Bay boulevard, that has changed the skyline, these portray what Singapore is today. Merlion stands as a symbol of the country and is a landmark point of its history.
‘You cannot miss the gigantic colourful ‘trees in the sky’-the Supertrees in Gardens by the Bay and the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest’,
My guide referred to them as ‘trees’ because they are tree shaped giant steel structures that come to life when lit,
In Singapore Fengshui principles dictate, using the surroundings to create ideal conditions mainly for harmony, many are designed with strong Fengshui elements.
We went on a river cruise along the Singapore river, passed many attractions-Parliament House, Fullerton hotel, St Andrew’s cathedral, the Harbour etc, we could see many restaurants and hotels with it’s avant- garde architecture. Enjoyed the authentic bumboat ride very much.
The next beauty is the Singapore Flyer, experienced this moving attraction, witnessed the amazing views of the city and far beyond.
Then we strolled to trendy Orchard Road the ultimate shopping haven for the locals and tourists, the chic shops are specially for the smart, young, glamorous and the sophisticated, shopping is rather expensive,
During Christmas time lights will make you dreamy and merry and drive you crazy, the place simply comes alive only after darkness falls when shops are colourfully lit up,
A popular event in the Singapore calendar is ‘fireworks’ at the end of the year, a much looked forward to event, not missed by anyone.
Mostly the Indian community and Tamils live in Little India. Mustafa is it’s largest shopping complex, you name it, you got it in this store and also one could experience Tricycle rides, a common sight here.
In the bustling China Town which we visited, people gather on the road to enjoy alfresco dinning, tables and chairs set up on the road itself for diners to enjoy open air dinning,
Pushcart stalls selling barbeque seafood, local desserts and the festive speciality ‘Bakkwa’-barbequed pork slices,
Shops are full of good things and I was able to buy Jade jewellery at a very reasonable price.
Two significant events took place while I was here- ‘Christmas’ and ‘Chinese New Year’-this year too(2014) it was celebrated calling it the ‘Year of the Horse’ with lanterns, cities washed in red….
Next day my guide and I embarked on a fascinating journey of wildlife at Night Safari, with the setting of darkness and full of mystery surrounding we experienced close encounters with various animals from different parts of the world.
One thing for sure, you’ll never miss an eatery in this country, Singapore is full of them.
Train rides in Sentosa are high fun, apart from the usual beach activities I found that there is much more to do to make the best of what it has to offer you, I indulged myself enthusiastically in various activities. The sunny tropical islet of Sentosa is such a paradise for school children and others too.
Singapore underground trains are quick, once on board there is no turbulence, whisk you to and fro
Thanks to my experienced and able guide I had the first hand experience in exploring the Singapore city.

2  Thank Sharmalie
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Reviewed 17 July 2014

We used this when we were in town. But one hit, if there is a cloud in the sky then find a seat inside. A lot of people came down the stairs soaked when the sky opened up. There are a few different routes you can take and they only take around 45 to one hour to go around. I would recommend doing this on you first day to workout where everything is. One problem is that their bus stops don't have any markings on them so if you try to get one at a stop you didn't get off of then you have no way to know where the bus will stop. This is a problem the government needs to fix not the company im told.

Thank Traveller_JohnR
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Reviewed 16 July 2014

SINGAPORE
Singapore is a gateway destination to the East and West for tourists. A very modern bustling city that hardly sleeps with all sorts of activities available throughout the day and most of the night. An orderly, clean and efficient city. Littering is an offence and litterbugs are fined on the spot, the same for spitting and spitting out chewing gum on the streets, offenders are fined S$500. A ban on the import of chewing gum into Singapore is strictly enforced which means chewing gum cannot be brought into Singapore by land, sea or air. Since 2004 therapeutic gum is allowed but has to be prescribed by a doctor. Smoking is not allowed in work places, public places like food courts, government buildings and shopping centres and public spaces. Smokers found flouting the rules are fined. Queues are orderly in all places and no one jumps the queue with security guards on duty to keep the order.
Daily temperatures range between 27 deg C to 34 deg C, the weather is always hot and humid on dry or rainy days. Come prepared with light summer clothes, preferably cotton, walking shoes, sandals, hats (if preferred) and umbrellas. Have a bottle of water at hand to re-hydrate when sight-seeing.
Transport: Efficient bus services run on most roads in Singapore, taxis are easily available at affordable prices and there is a continuous stream of taxis at shopping malls and hotels. One has to wait for a longer period when the change-over of shifts take place. Taxis can be booked in advance for a fee and no waiting time is required. The Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) trains are a very efficient, fast and affordable way to travel to most parts of Singapore.
For nature lovers, the Singapore Zoo, Jurong Bird Park and Singapore Botanic Gardens are recommended. The Singapore Zoo has over 2000 animals, is very well maintained, clean and the tram ride around the zoo makes it easy for visitors who do not wish to walk in the heat to hop on and hop off after viewing each enclosure. The popular attraction there is to have breakfast with an orang utan.
The Jurong Bird Park is a very well-known bird sanctuary housing some of the largest free-flying aviaries in the world. There are more than 50,000 birds in this park. A place for the young and old to enjoy a day with the birds. Special features are the colourful Lory feeding experience, bird-shows and having lunch with the parrots. Special functions such as birthdays for children or themed corporate functions can be booked to be held there, check their website for prices. Many cafes and restaurants are located within the grounds of the park.
Singapore Botanic Gardens: beautifully sculpted gardens laced with vibrant colours of tropical trees and flowers. The Orchid Garden is a must visit destination. The Orchidarium is the place to visit for orchid enthusiasts. The VIP Orchid Garden has many varieties of hybrid orchids cultivated specially and named after famous people like Queen Elizabeth, Princess Diana, Prince William and Princess Catherine, Michelle Obama, Nelson Mandela, Sir Elton John and many other celebrities. The orchids are a wonderful sight of beauty and colours.
Singapore is a shopper’s paradise with many shopping malls and centres located in the main shopping area of Orchard Road and in the many other suburbs. Do a search for what you are looking for to buy or simply window shop and be surprised at the variety of items available with lots of choices at competitive prices. When sales are on, bargains can be found.
Where to stay: hotel accommodation is available for the super luxurious, mid -range to the back-packers depending on what you are prepared to pay. Package deals are available online. For tourists who want to experience the luxury of the hotel but not stay there, a visit to have a meal in that hotel is nice. For example, Raffles Hotel, an icon and famous hotel that was opened in 1887 with an initial 10 rooms is so well known today, that famous people like Queen Elizabeth, Elizabeth Taylor, Charlie Chaplin, Bill Clinton, Kofi Annan, Sting, Michael Bolton, Prince William and Princess Catherine have stayed there. Visit the Raffles Hotel to immerse in the old world charm and savour the feeling of being able to experience the essence of the luxury that only the rich and famous have enjoyed. Revel in the ambience and historical romanticism that you are in the same place where famous writers and personalities have been before. Have a European Buffet at the Bar and Billiard Room which was established in 1896 and has two original billiard tables from the turn of the century and enjoy a round or two of billiards. There is an interesting story of this famous billiard room that in 1902 a tiger was found hiding under the billiard table and it was shot. There were reports that the tiger had escaped from a travelling circus or it had come in from the jungle surroundings when Singapore was still undeveloped. It was a known fact that tigers roamed the jungles and came looking for food in the rubber plantations and other estates. According to a historical account, in the 1850’s many people were eaten by tigers and the government allowed the shooting of tigers with rewards of $50 to $250 for every tiger shot.
At the Long Bar, enjoy the famous Singapore Sling created by Ngiam Tong Boon. The cocktail drink tastes refreshing with the fruity pineapple and lime juice mixed with a concoction of gin and liqueurs giving a punch of “oomph” in the drink which is garnished with a slice of fresh pineapple and cherry. Be entertained by a band performing a selection of popular and contemporary songs at night. This bar was patronised over the years by a host of famous writers including Ernest Hemmingway and Somerset Maugham. Or enjoy an International buffet lunch or dinner at the Tiffin Room which includes Northern Indian specialities. High Tea is very popular at the Tiffin Room and book in advance to avoid disappointment.
In contrast to this old world charm, visit the Marina Sands Hotel where from the SkyPark Observation Deck on the 57th storey of the hotel, one can see the 360 degree panoramic view of Singapore’s skyline. An ultra - modern hotel complex housing many up market brand name shops. There are many restaurants ranging from eclectic mix of gourmet restaurants and bistros to fine dining with Michelin starred celebrities like Marco Batali, Tetsuya Wakuda, Daniel Boulud and Wolfgang Puck. There is also a hawker and local food centre at the basement level. For a flutter, there is a casino with free entry for foreigners on production of passports as locals are charged an entrance fee.
Go on a heritage trail to see Singapore’s history, architecture and culture. Visit the Joo Chiat and Katong districts for the Peranakan heritage and see the fusion of Chinese and Malay cultures with Dutch, Portuguese, British, Thai and Indian influences. Relive the grandeur and opulence of the Peranakan lifestyle, explore the ornate baroque architectural styles of shop houses and savour the aromatic and spicy blend of spices that make up Nyonya dishes. See the displays of Nyonya-ware, costumes, beadwork, jewellery and furniture housed in the Peranakan Museum at 39 Armenian Street.
A variety of fusion food consisting of the blending of Asian and European dishes are available in many of the small cafes in the main shopping areas and along Orchard Road. Hawker food can be found in most food courts and many places around Singapore. Visit “Little India” for a taste of delicious curries, naan bread, chapattis, dosa, and pick up a few souvenirs from the many shops there.
There are so many things to do and see in Singapore, it is advisable to plan ahead.

15  Thank KweePhaik L
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Reviewed 3 July 2014 via mobile

Worst hop-hop bus in history, we were in our honeymoon, and our last stop was Singapore, we decided to take this bus under the suggestion of our concierge hotel (St. Regis). First of all it says that the first stop in front out hotel will be at 10:05, the bus (brown line) appeared until 10:25, when we took the red line, this was chaotic, the driver was driving irresponsible, and when we were at the sun center, the driver told everyone to get down that a bus in a "few" minutes will arrive, to continue the route, that "few" minutes turn into 50 minutes!!! No one could give us information at the time, and when we want to get down in the marina bay convention center, the driver don't stop! Only like a "semi" stop, we actually scream to him to stop, and he just said "sorry didn't hear you", we went down in the ritz carlton stop and walk to the marina bay shops, of course we came back to the hotel by taxi! Terrible experience, if you are planning a hop-hop bus experience in this city try another company!

1  Thank Arantxa V
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Reviewed 16 June 2014

There are lots of hop on hop off bus choices and we suggest picking another one. For starters this one appeared to be significantly more expensive. Secondly the bus doesn't stop except by request, however there isn't a bell to ring and if you stand up to unsafely stumble to the front of the moving bus as soon as the stop is called, you'll be too late. Our bus driver was indifferent suggesting we need to move faster...and we were only a few rows away. Forget about riding up top and trying to make a stop. Even at the major meeting points like the Singapore Flyer, the bus doesn't actually stop, so unless you're successful at making eye contact with the driver, you won't be picked up. We were told it would pull into a spot but this was not the case. Lastly, we seemed to wait longer than any other hop on hop off bus. The yellow one in particular seems quite frequent with 2-3 buses coming in the 50 minutes we waited for 1. If you are going to use this company despite all these things, be certain where you plan to get on. The map isn't super clear and there is lots of construction right now so trying to find a true stop takes some time. We couldn't get any direction from a cab driver or the coffee shop at the circle, so it's not as simple as just asking someone.

1  Thank RTWin2014
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