Singapore is still one of my favorite countries in Asia. I have not seen the whole Asia yet. I have been to around ten and I still keep coming back to Singapore
“The story of Singapore is rich with twists, turns and triumphs” as stated in Singapore’s travel website: http://www.yoursingapore.com/ . Truly, this independent and progressive country is rich in history and culture.
This is some sort of a “throwback” post from just a few months ago about my visit to the Lion City.
We have stayed at two Swissotel Hotels. Thank you to my cousin as she was able to book our hotels with discounts! Wee!😀 We stayed at Swissotel Merchant Court located near Clarke Quay and Singapore River. I love the quaint, vintage architecture of the hotel! When we arrived, some of the portions of the building were being constructed. But, we were informed ahead of time. The attendants and receptionists were so helpful and courteous. We were accommodated at a Premiere Room (corner room) with a balcony overlooking the pool and Clarke Quay. Happily, we were given one of the newly renovated rooms. The view is just perfect for a vacation vibe. The bathroom is very spacious, clean, and has elegant interiors.
Our stay at Swissotel Merchant Court comes with breakfast. There are variety of choices for breakfast – Asian, Continental etc. We all love the food! Glad that our cousin booked us at hotels near the city.
Our cousin Em and her fiancé Jeremy are one of the best tour guides in SG! They bring us to unique and not so ‘touristey’ places. During this vacation, they brought us to Sentosa Cove’s Quayside Isle which is a place for gastronomic adventure with a wide array of coffee shops and restaurants. We decided to have lunch at Kith.
We also went to the Night Safari. Our first time. It is a bit far from the city though. But, we loved the tour which takes around two (2) hours. Ticket is at around 59 sgd.
How can we skip Universal Studios Singapore?! There are new rides. But, I came back for the Transformers ride! We tried getting the express pass access ffor additional 50 sgd for all the rides; ticket total is 126 sgd) this time which is our first time. So, we have saved a lot of time by having a special queue! Imagine riding the Transformer ride for five times! I think it was worth it. Tip: go to USS on a weekday if you have a choice as there is usually lesser people on weekdays.
For the latter part of our vacation, we stayed at Swissotel Stamford. This hotel is strategically located at the heart of the city with easy access to City Hall station MRT. It is also one of the tallest buildings in Singapore. It is also right beside Raffles City Mall. Tip: Try Sushi Tei (found in this mall) – food is yum! I can say that the hotel is perfect for both business and pleasure because of the location. Our room gives a nice view of the Singapore flyer and the city.
There’s a lot more to do in Singapore depending on the type of vacation and purpose ofcan have sidetrips to nearby towns, cities, and countries too. We did go to nearby Johor Bahru during this trip. But, will save that for a different post 🙂
Have you gone to Singapore or planning to do so? What is in your itinerary? Share it below.