Incentives for your escape from the wheel.
If you ask people about Singapore what replies do you get? Most comments are about good food, shopping, high-end hotels and the length of a maximum 3 day stay – unless you are an expat. The city is definitely worth a (short) visit. Or use it as a hub to move on to Indonesia or…? The population – mainly with Chinese roots – is incredibly helpful and interested in hearing about your country of origin as well as about your travel itinerary. Below you find EH’s picks for this Asian finance and food mekka.
Arriving at Changi airport the best way to get downtown (40mins ride) is the metro or bus no. 36. YMCA International House has a bus stop right outside their entrance (metro station: Dhoby Ghaut) and this hotel is definitely a good pick for small budgets. Twin bed rooms are about S$200 – they are clean, the staff is friendly and for the lazy days you have a nice roof top pool with a great view on the skyline. Do not confuse this hotel with the Metropolitan YMCA which is located quite remote. It is more expensive and if you are not cautious during your www-booking you end up in a room without window (yes! that still exists!!) and – due to a lack of air circulation – some fungus on the walls. It was clean though and they had a massive pool in their backyard.
You are not allowed to leave the city without paying Singapore Zoo a visit. About one hour away from Orchard road you will find one of the world’s best zoos – S$22 entrance fee. Unless you have experienced the animals in wild life you will definitely enjoy strolling through the area. The zoo was organised in a way that animals roam freely in open and naturalistic habitats. They have a public feeding of their white tigers and lions every day so make sure you are informed about their timetable!
Being surrounded by water you might crave for a day on the beach. There are some beaches up north and down south on Sentosa island – an Asian Disneyland. Not quite our taste… if there hadn’t been this artificial wave at the Wavehouse. “30,000 gallons per minute of water flows as fast as 20mph (32 km/h) over a composite vinyl surface to generate this thin, fast-moving sheet of water”. As a beginner they do not recommend to start in the FlowBarrel – the real thing – due to the danger of injury. You first might need to get familiar with the FlowRider. The difference between the two can be found here. Look out for special deals e.g. 2 hours for the price of 1 (usually S$40/hour). Tired of all the factitious style take the metro (station Aljunied) to Geylang. Plenty of restaurants, vibrant atmosphere (not just because of the number of brothels…) and a lot of “Karaoke Bars”.
Feeling the need for house music and disco head down to Zouk, a cool club centrally located. International DJs and great atmosphere due to the decent size. The event schedule can be found on their homepage. Marikos is a nice bar to start the night.
A Singapore Sling at the Raffles Hotel for US25 or a visit in the casino of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel could be a possibilty to get rid of your excessive dollars. The Raffles Hotel is located on 1 Beach road or if you are worried about getting lost click on the map. To get to the Marina Bay Sands Hotel you need to take the Circle line (yellow) and exit at Bayfront.
Three days are over… Congratulations! You can stop now counting Louis Vuitton flagship stores…
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