The Weekly Getaway: Singapore sling
Often treated as a traveler's gateway to South East Asia and nothing more, Singapore may get overlooked... if you don't know your stuff.
Few cities in Southeast Asia can boast Singapore's fascinating ethnic brew. Whether you're looking to stroll around the alleys of a fully-fledged Chinatown, discover the best Indian food establishment or simply delve into that old colonial feel of the unique Raffles Hotel, Singapore has it all. And more.
Singapore is clean, luxurious and one of the easiest cities to navigate around. Here's the Top 5 things you shouldn't miss out on.
1. Botanical Gardens
The Singapore Botanical Gardens is the only botanic garden in the world that stays open from 5am to midnight and that doesn't charge any entrance fee apart from the National Orchid Garden.
Enter through the main boardwalk on Upper Palm Valley Road and wander through the swaths of virgin rainforest. Then take in the National Orchid Garden's many-colored collection of 1,000 orchid species and 2,000 hybrids. When you're done, drop into the food court near Tanglin Gate for a traditional local breakfast of soft-boiled eggs, coffee and toast slathered with coconut jam.
2. The White Rabbit
Created in what formerly was known as garrison church on Dempsey Hill, The White Rabbit gave life to what was home to the British Army back in the 50's.
Ever since its opening in 2008, it has been swamped with food enthusiasts and other wannabe's that crave for its famous signature dishes.
Tip: Try the Slightly Spiced Prawn Bisque, Chicken a la King and The White Rabbit Black Forest Cake.
3. Sunday Champagne Brunch at The Raffles Hotel
Take a moment to leave behind the fast-paced and ultra modern life at the shopping centres and indulge in what appears to be a dive in Singapore's colonial past. Food is at the heart of Singapore's nation, and every traveler that respects the value of a journey should pay homage to Singapore's infamous Sunday brunch at The Raffles Hotel.
The price may be high but the experience is just superb!
Impeccable service, 5-star ambience and great food will complement the free-flow champagne served alongside some big oysters flown directly from Scotland the very same morning.
4. Orchard Road
So it may be a bit packed, touristy and overplayed. So what? Orchard Road remains one of the best attractions in town even if you're not a shop addict.
Singapore's elite and well-heeled tourists are lured here by the shopping centres, nightspots, restaurants, and bars. Home to most of the world's leading brands, it's a shopper's paradise. If you're hungry, opt for the lower levels of the shopping malls to find yourself in a foodie's haven with a vast range of choices of high end street-food.
5. Infinity Pool at Marina Bay Sands Hotel
If you want to get away from all the noise and find yourself elevated 57 floors above the ground, try the Infinity Pool at Marina Bay Sands Hotel located at the waterfront of the city. A little caveat? You have to first get a room at the hotel.
Established in 2011, the Marina Bay Sands Hotel is truly an experience into the world's leading architecture and luxury life. Stretching an impressive 150-meters across Sky Park, the stunning outdoor pool designed by renowned architect Moshe Safdie is the world's largest at this height and offers the best city-skyline view of a 5-star hotel.