Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Slinging in Singapore

As already mentioned we stopped in Singapore for two nights on our way home from our Malaysian adventure. Our hotel of choice was The Royal Plaza on Scotts. Singapore is expensive for accommodation and this 5* hotel was no exception.

The location of the hotel is great, being right by Orchard MRT station and the breakfast is good. The rooms are a good size for a city center hotel and very clean. The staff are friendly and helpful. Overall, I would say this is a good if not pricey place to stay.

Singapore is a great city and the list of things to do are absolutely endless. We obviously only had three limited days and were also visiting friends at the same time. For our first day we decided to get acquainted with the city and chose to wander through the shopping district and famous Orchard Road. We then went onto explore Little India and China Town as well as heading towards Marina Bay to see the impressive hotel and modern gardens.

In the evening we dined in Arab Street, which was brilliant fun before partying the night away Ku De Ta on the top floor of the Marina Bay Sands Sky Park. You do queue to get in, you do pay a door charge and please remember smart dress (no shorts, sports wear or trainers allowed)

For our second day we decided to have a fun back to our childhood experience by going to Universal Studios on Sentosa Island. Sentosa is a completely man made island and reminded me of Disneyland. It has a Universal Stuidos and Water Park among man made beaches, bars, restaurants, beach clubs and a whole host of other activities.  

In the evening we explored Clarke Quay, which is brimming with bars and restaurants catering to a young crowd. Lots of flashing lights along the river and a really fun party atmosphere. 

Finally, on our last day in Singapore we spent the day like a local with our friends before finishing our trip with a famous Singapore Sling at the Long Bar in Raffles, Singapore. This bar isn't quite how you would imagine, it's colonial, wooden and old school with a long bar and big fans. You wait to be seated and once you have ordered your drink are handed peanuts in shells, which you are encouraged to throw all around the bar to create a crunch underfoot when you walk! It was a bizarre experience but I am very pleased to have ticked this off the life list.

Singapore is great fun for a few days, there is so much to see and do and you can find inexpensive food, drink and taxi options plus the metro is excellent. Shopping is in abundance and the party atmosphere is most definitely alive. If in the area I would thoroughly recommend a weekend in this unique, clean and crazy city.