Love is in the air and V-day is just around the corner. Looking for a short getaway for some exclusive ‘him & her’ time? Here are the main highlights of this fascinating cosmopolitan city.
This iconic Marina Bay Sands hotel is a breathtaking sight in itself. Its observation deck boasts of the best vantage point in the city, offering stunning views of the cityscape and the green expanse of Gardens by the Bay. A nightly sound and light show offers great photo ops.
Asia’s largest observation wheel, the Singapore Flyer is also located in Marina Bay and offers a panoramic view of the city during a 30-minute ride. A variety of packages are available if you want to splurge on a memorable dining experience for two.
GARDENS BY THE BAY
Keep a couple of hours aside to visit these awe-inspiring themed botanical gardens. Walking around the gardens outside is free but you need tickets to access the domed conservatories – one replicates the Mediterranean flora and the other features a tropical forest, complete with a waterfall. Outside, two of the tall imposing Supertrees are connected by a walkway for which separate tickets are needed. The Supertrees light up at night for an entertaining sound and light show.
There’s no dearth of fun and adventure at Sentosa Island which features theme parks, water parks, museums, an aquarium, luge cart rides and cable car rides to Mount Faber. The most popular attraction here is the Universal Studios amusement park. The duelling roller coaster Battlestar Galactica is not for the faint-hearted but there are less intense and kid-friendly rides as well. Sentosa also has a beachfront lined with bars for a quick dip and a drink. Try the Singapore Sling while you’re at it. Get a 2-day pass to get the most out of the island’s attractions.
Shopaholics will love this street lined with huge malls carrying everything from street fashion to luxury brands. ION Orchard, 313@Somerset, Orchard Central and Takashimaya are just some of the big names in shopping on Orchard Road. Visitors also have their pick of trendy restaurants including the iconic Taiwanese food chain Din Tai Fung and seafood specialist Dancing Crab. The bars on Emerald Hill come alive at night. Grab a cold one from the huge variety of beer and spirits at Ice-Cold Beer.
This riverside quay is lined with bars and restaurants for a fun-filled evening of bar-hopping. You have your pick of cuisines here- from Asian to Italian to tapas bars to seafood- intensive restaurants offering the delectable but pricey Singaporean specialty, chilli crab. A river cruise also takes you past Clarke Quay and the Marina Bay among other popular sights by the river.
For a heady dose of culture, head to one of the hawker centres in Chinatown or Bugis Street. These bustling night markets offer a dizzying array of souvenirs, clothing, fabric, incense and antiques at a bargain. The street food options in Chinatown will tickle your taste buds with Singaporean specialities such as the laksa. If you’re feeling adventurous, sample a bite of durian, known as the King of Fruits in many Asian countries. You’ll either love it or hate it!
BEST TIME TO VISIT: February to April
BEST TRANSPORT OPTION: The MRT is regular, well connected and cheap
TOP TIP: Book tickets online in advance to avail discounts
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