Singapore: Do It

Singapore is a little nugget of fun.  Their national sports are shopping and eating–I can get behind that.  It’s a great stopping off point in the region (well, mostly because Changi Airport is a gateway for everywhere).

Singapore was my first ever Asian country that I visited, and despite all the rules, remains a clean, orderly, tidy island.    Most of the trips I’ve taken here have either been for work, or a quick stop-through on the way to or from somewhere else.  That doesn’t mean I haven’t been able to cram in some fun and great food!

 

Eat it

Jumbo’s:  legendary chili crab (order a lot of those steamed buns), I like the East Coast Park location for the sea view

328 Katong Laksa:  tiny and amazing laksa spot

Any hawker centre:  because Singapore has amazing food

 

See it

Singapore Flyer:  very touristy, but gives a nice view of Singapore (I only went because it was “work sponsored”)  Maybe skip it and head to the nearby gardens

MacRitchie Park:  a good place for a sweaty hike, has a lake, some cool overlooks (Tree Top Walk), and great green space

Raffles Hotel:  legendary hotel, apparently the Singapore Slings aren’t that tasty and overpriced, but the hotel is beautiful

Marina Bay Sands Rooftop:  the place to go to really check out the view, great spot to catch a sunset

 

Shop it

ION Orchard Road:  It might be the only time I’ve ever gotten legitimately lost in a shopping mall.  Singaporean’s sport is shopping, and their malls are extensive and underground to keep you in air-conditioned comfort.  A meander down Orchard Road isa must.

 

Sleep it

Shangri La Hotel:  A bit off the beaten path, but near Orchard Road, this beautiful hotel has a great pool and gardens, as well as one of the best buffets in town.

Crown Plaza Changi Airport:  An easy place to stay for an early or late connection at Changi.  Very convenient, and you can take the MRT into town.

 

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Jumbo\'s: 1.305104, 103.930632
328 Katong Laksa: 1.305149, 103.903239
Singapore Flyer: 1.289530, 103.863248
MacRitchie Park: 1.362262, 103.811917
Raffles Hotel: 1.294569, 103.854012
Marina Bay Sands Rooftop: 1.283552, 103.860711
ION Orchard Road: 1.304771, 103.831573
Shangri La Hotel: 1.310805, 103.826798
Crowne Plaza Changi Airport: 1.358695, 103.987985

 

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