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Spicy Singapore!

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''World-class infrastructure, super-duper rides, deliciously cheap eats and more on offer''

It’s a small world with something for everyone. From night safaris and adventureland to gambling and shopping, name it and the city has it to offer. As night falls, Singapore takes on another persona to offer a vibrant array of nightlife and entertainment choices.

MUST SEE : MERLION PARK:
Enjoy the impressive views of Marina Bay and make the most of this picture-taking opportunity with the Merlion, a mythological creature that is part lion and part fish and the most famous icon of Singapore. It is 8.6 metres high and weigh 70 tonnes and it represents Singapore’s humble origin as a fishing village. There are a total of 5 Merlions in Singapore. Two of them located here and the other three at Mount Faber, Sentosa and Tourism Court respectively.

MARINA BAY:
This sought after destination of Singapore will take you through lavish lifestyle of Singapore from eating to gambling. Marina Bay has emerged as the most fascinating and hot spot visit site for tourists of all nature throughout the world.Take a leisurely walk in the evening here to adore beautiful architecture, well planned, spacious and clean walkways with plenty of places to rest tired feet. One can also go to Marina Bay Sands walking from here. The gardens by the bay and flyer are not too far away. At nighttime there’s an amazing show of lasers, searchlights and music.

Esplanade Theatres in the Bay is another fascinating architecture consisting of a concert hall with 16,000 capacities and 2,000 theatre seats, where different types of dramas and arts are performed.

One can also go for international touring exhibitions from the most renowned collections in the world at the lotus-inspired ArtScience Museum.

Other attractions within the bay include ArtScience Museum, Customs House, Esplanade Park, Gardens by the Bay, Marina Barrage, Marina Bay Sands Skating Rink, National Gallery Singapore, The Arts House, The Helix, Youth Olympic Park etc.

MARINA BAY SANDS SKYPARK:
It’s a resort fronting Marina bay built in the shape of card decks. The view from the top edge pool of the Marina Bay hotel is jaw-dropping and gives a beautiful picture of Singapore city, the harbour and ships sailing in the ocean. If staying in the hotel, nothing like swimming up to and lounging at the edge of the infinity edge swimming pool. The bar at the top is expensive, but worth a visit for the view alone. Connected to the hotel towers are the Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands Casino and The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands.

SENTOSA ISLAND:
It’s a package in itself and fun ranges from Adventureland, Skyline Luge Sentosa, Tiger sky tower and Dolphin Island to Crane Dance, Marine Life Park, Universal Studios theme Park and Go green cycle and Island explorer. Besides its sandy pristine beaches are known across the world and are a must visit.

Jewel Cable Car Ride from Mount Faber to Sentosa Island gives a panoramic of the city’s landscape. At Underwater World one can see an amazing collection of sea animals. Images of Singapore brings tourists on a journey to experience its history, war racial politics with neighbours, colonial masters, and modern economic miracle.

Songs of the Sea is a stunning musical fountain performance every night at Sentosa’s beach that ends off any tourist’s day with a bang. Be sure to watch the pretty laser lights, the magnificent pyrotechnics and the bursts of water dancing along with lively music!

CLARKE QUAY:
Strictly recommended for party goers. It’s a riverside quay in Singapore and a colourful kaleidoscope of buildings housing antiques, restaurants, hip cafes, jazz clubs and more. Best place to get a feel of nightlife in Singapore. Dance through the night or listen to some good live music over a drink.

SINGAPORE FLYER:
Experience breathtaking, panoramic views on the world’s largest observation wheel. A giant Ferris wheel in Singapore and is also one of the largest observation wheel worldwide. The best time to for the ride is at dusk when the entire row of downtown skyscrapers is softly lit. When done, go for chilli crabs at Seafood Paradise. The flyer operates daily from 8.30 am to 10.30 pm.

SINGAPORE BOTANIC GARDENS:
Located within Singapore Botanic Gardens, this Orchid Garden boasts a sprawling display of 60,000 orchid plants. Within the garden are rocky cave like structures and trees with shapes never seen before. There’s a lot of walking so do carry liquids to kill thirst. There’s are however some eating joints and other basic amenities within the garden premises.

SINGAPORE ZOO:
Singapore Zoo is home to an extensive collection of exotic species from around the world. It is home to over 2,800 animals from over 300 species of mammals, birds and reptiles. All the animals are kept neatly and within tropical rainforest surroundings. It’s too big to cover in a few hours so take out one full day for this. Also, try and make it to zoo early and animals go inside their homes when temperatures begin to rise. If not in a mood to walk, opt for trams. Enjoy award-winning jungle breakfast with wildlife including orang-utans, python and more. Other attractions within the zoo include Animal Friends Show, Elephants at work and play and Rainforest fights back.

THIAN HOCK KENG TEMPLE:
This is one of Singapore’s oldest Buddhist-Taoist temples.

WATERFRONT PROMENADE:
A lazy stroll along the promenade is fascinating. With dawn shops and restaurants start getting lit and their reflection in water just give the place a marvellous and soothing look. A perfect hang-out place to relieve off entire day’s stress and heat. Some food joints may seem pricey. But just sit down in one of these restaurants for snacks and you may not want to go back.

Also visit the Civic District, the Padang, Cricket Club, historic Parliament House, Supreme Court and City Hall.

WHERE TO SHOP : SUNGEI ROAD THIEVES' MARKET:
If looking for torn and retro stuff this market is a must visit. Singapore’s oldest flea market stretches between Kelantan Road and Weld Road and offers a cheerily disorienting shopping experience to tourists and locals alike. There are almost 400 vendors in this market. Established since 1930s, the flea market sells almost everything that ranges from second hand clothing, shoes, audio/video tapes, books and old coins to cameras, phones and other electronic items.

LITTLE INDIA:
You will feel in India here. It is one of those places where you will find authentic Indian food but mostly South Indian. The shopping centre - MUSTAFA - is a must visit as it has everything under one roof and is open 24 hrs. A perfect place to shop if you are game to bargain. It may not seem as lavish and fancy as some of Singapore’s other shopping centres, but has a great range of items from clothes, perfumes, souvenirs and electronics to confectionaries, food and groceries. However, the food stalls near Mustafa are not very welcoming and hygienic and pure vegetarians may actually find the place stinky.

The place is also dominated by South Indian culture, jewelry stores, vegetable and fruit sellers and tons of small grocers selling Indian spices.Compared with other places of Singapore this may seem a bit backward.

CHINA TOWN:
It’s a mini China market and full of colours and crowd. The area between Pagoda Street and Smith Street has been tarted up considerably for tourists. Go here for great deal in clothes, electronic, perfumes and toys but do not expect quality. Beware when buying expensive items like perfumes as they may be fake versions of the brands. One can however indulge in buying gift items and souvenirs that come for cheap and take back home for your friends and relatives.

There are many Chinese food stalls located across the two and also food of Indonesian flavour and may or may not excite you but will surely cost you less. Chinatown is made up of pre-war shophouses, home to merchants who have been hawking the same wares for years – bales of fine silk, traditional handicrafts, and gold and jade jewellery. The shop Tea Chapter retails a wide variety of not only Chinese tea. Another famous shop Yue Hwa is an emporium of Chinese products selling products from traditional medicines, deer horns and dried bats, to porcelain and furniture on the sixth.

The main commercial strips of Chinatown are along Pagoda Street and Temple Street, which is a hangout place for young professionals. Chinatown’s primary attractions are Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, Chinatown Heritage Centre, Jamae Mosque, Sri Mariamman Temple, Pinnacle@Duxton Skybridge, Singapore City Gallery.

ORCHARD ROAD:
One can walk down one of Singapore’s iconic shopping districts, including popular shopping street Orchard Road. The road has shops lined up on both sides and offers nearly 800,000 sq m of retail, dining and entertainment options to please any taste or budget - from opulent brands to high street fashion, and exclusive restaurants to fast food joints. The mall ION Orchard has over 333 stores with high fashion brands and gourmet dining venues.

KAMPONG GLAM:
Rows of conserved shophouses painted in vibrant colours line the streets, and many of them are occupied by trendy design and IT firms, restaurants, caterers, art galleries, and craft and curios shops.

HAJI LANE:
Largely for vintage shopping, this tiny lane has a collection of narrow shop-houses set up by local designers and entrepreneurs selling fashionable wear and products.

DINING OPTIONS : A visit to Singapore offers you an opportunity to sample dishes from the different parts of China and satisfy appetite. You can enjoy the delicious dim sum, roasted meats, chilli crab and double-boiled soups brought by the Cantonese immigrants, the spicy dishes from Szechuan and the flavourful chicken rice with its roots from the Hainan province. Hainanese chicken rice, laksa and nasi lemak, being the favourite dishes amongst the locals.

Take a stroll around the diverse neighbourhoods and you’ll come across halal Malay food, South Indian vegetarian thali, North Indian naans and briyani, Cantonese dim sum, Hainanese chicken rice, Peking duck, Hokkien mee (fried noodles from the China’s Fujian Province) and popiah (spring rolls), available in food centres and restaurants across Singapore.

Some known restaurants in the city are:
Nakhon Kitchen
Jai Thai
Joe’s kitchen
Chinatown Food Street
Boon Tong Kee
Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice
Royal China
Taste Paradise Ion Orchard
Yan Ting Restaurant
Seafood Paradise
The Rice Table
Ulu Ulu Safari Restaurant
Carousel
Au Jardin

If you want to taste various cultural delicacies all in one place, you can head to open-air food centres such as Lau Pa Sat, Maxwell Road Food Centre and many more, while for more comfortable dining choices, there is a whole selection of cuisines to choose from – French, Italian, Japanese, Indian and more.

WHERE TO STAY : For budget hotels Little India, Bugis and Chinatown is recommended.
Clarke Quay is the best location for the first -timers with excellent selection of accommodation options, proximity to transport and FINEST rest/bar/club area right at your door step. Nightlife is lively here.
Orchard Road is central with lot of 4 and 5 star hotel options
Marina Bay would largely have luxury accommodations.

Other hotel options include:
Holiday Inn Atrium Singapore
Tresor Tavern Hotel
Village Hotel Katong
Inter Continental Singapore
Orchard Hotel Singapore
Checkers Inn
Hotel 81 Orchid

LOCAL TRANSPORT : The city has a great local transportation. The MRT trains have an extensive network and can take you to or near to any tourist place. The MRT maps are in English and easy to follow. You can also hire local cabs for movement, which may cost you extra bucks. Local buses can also be boarded to travel intercity.

BEST TIME TO VISIT : Singapore can be visited anytime as the city offers warm tropical climate year-round. The Great Singapore sale happens in May-July months. Singapore Grand Prix is held in September.


Source / Review By : Pramugdha Mamgain Nautiyal

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