Singapore – the Switzerland of Asia. The first impression I got was that somehow it´s doesn´t really feel like being in Asia as many Caucasians have found their homes here and everybody speaks very good English.
Upon my arrival I had a walk through Clarke Quay which is a very famous spot during the night as many Western and Asian restaurants and bars are located there. I stayed in the Studio M Hotel which is just a 20 min walk from the Marina Bay Sands (probably the most famous spot in the city, with the world-famous hotel and infinity pool).
In front of the Marina Bay Sands you can see the financial district. Especially during the night the view is impressive. A definite must-do while you are here is having a ride with the Singapore Flyer, the second biggest Ferris wheel in the world. You’ll get to enjoy a great view overlooking the MBS, Marina Bay, the Gardens by the Bay and the Formula One circuit.
Those who instead like to relax should visit Sentosa Island, where you’ll find Universal Studios, Vivo City and lots of smaller beaches to relax and enjoy the sun. Other important attractions are the Night Safari, a Cable Car ride in Sentosa, or joining one of the Hop-on, Hop-off buses that bring you around the city. Very interesting to visit and characteristic of Singapore’s depth of culture are Little India and Chinatown.
For shopaholics I suggest having a walk through the MBS, offering a huge choice of all major brands as well as restaurants. Those who haven´t had enough should take a taxi to Orchard Road. Here you’ll find more stores and huge malls like the ION.
For travellers that like luxurious hotels I recommend the Fullerton Bay Hotel, MBS, Fairmont or the Fullerton Hotel. A cheaper but great solution is the Studio M which I enjoyed a lot. On my last night I chose to stay in the MBS Hotel because it had always been a wish of mine to enjoy the view from the infinity pool, and indeed it was amazing.
Restaurants and Bars
Singapore also offers a vast choice of restaurants such as KuDeTa, which is also a club in the night next to the pool on top of the MBS. The Osteria Mozza in the Marina Bay Sands or the Me@Oue. An insider tip is the Japanese restaurant Tamashii Robataya, probably the best Japanese restaurant I have ever been to. A great place to be, especially in the evening for a drink, is the “Lantern” by the Fullerton Bay Hotel with DJ´s playing lounge music and a stunning atmosphere.
The city is small but has lots to do. Because there are no traffic jams and it’s very safe, it’s even nicer to visit.