A long weekend in Singapore

We flew out to Singapore to take advantage of the long weekend. As it is only a seven hour flight we got into our hotel in enough time to have a cheeky cocktail before we adjourned for the night.

We stayed at the Swissotel Stamford which was ideally situated next to the City Hall underground station.

The train tickets system works very well. You buy a physical ticket once and then you can top up this ticket 6 times before you have to get a new one. I like this idea and it would work well in other countries.

Singapore has changed a lot since I spent six months living there. For a start the network of underground CityLinks has been extended considerably to keep everyday workers out of the 89% humidity and 32 degree days. However despite your best efforts, it is likely that you will be caught outside at some point, so embrace the humidity.

Our trip to Singapore this weekend was punctuated by rooftop bars. The Stamford has the City Space bar on the 70th floor, which may not have the best views, but certainly has the best service and a vast array of cocktails. The manager knew our names after the first visit and she made sure to make us feel welcome every night after that.

The Lighthouse bar on the rooftop of the Fullerton hotel had a good view back onto the Marina for the light show courtesy of the Marina Bay Sand, and was ideally positioned for having a seafood dinner in the bay behind the Fullerton.

The Marina Bay Sands has its own rooftop bar called Ku De Ta, and although this had great views of the city, I feel that it took itself far too seriously for such a small and cramped space. This venue is not a patch on its Bangkok sister which deserves its reputation and my respect.

The Fullerton Bay Hotel, not to be confused with the above mentioned Fullerton, has a very nice waterfront bar called The Lantern. This has an after work feel to it and certainly would come alive in the evening as the sun went down.

When wandering around during the day, I found it interesting how we felt that we had stepped into a different country as we moved from Chinatown to Little India.

I even managed to spend some time on Orchard Road where I used to spend most of my evenings hopping from one hotel piano bar to another.

Raffles still has an open courtyard policy, however you are no longer able to go inside the hotel any more, however it has been nearly 20 years since I had tried.

Sentosa Island is still a big draw card for Singaporeans as the ‘CenterParcs’ of that region and in the past I have found it worthwhile to take the cable car across, purely for the experience.

Singapore is a great way to acclimatise to Asia, and is a good jumping off point into Malaysia, especially if you take the night train into Kuala Lumpur. However apart from the inner city living, there is not much else to explore.

Singapore is a great long weekend destination, however you will certainly pay for it with jetlag upon your return.

~ by jeditopcat on 14 June, 2014.

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