Holidays 2019: A light fantastic trip of a lifetime in Singapore



Supertree Grove in the Gardens by the Bay, which is shed light oned at night (Image: nc)

From my vantage point on the aerial walkway suspended between two “Supertrees”, which expanse to 72ft, I’ve got a perfect view of lasers and fireworks from the iconic Marina Bay Sands patronize. Gardens by the Bay, arguably Singapore’s futuristic, most talked about and certainly myriad Instagram-friendly attraction, is strangely characteristic of this tiny island power in Southeast Asia a gleaming glass and neon metropolis set amongst juicy flora and fauna. Not for nothing is Singapore nicknamed The Garden City, which I reached via a explicit flight from London Heathrow on Singapore Airlines.

It’s early morning and I excursions to the centre and my hotel, the Furama RiverFront, on Singapore’s efficient subway way, the MRT (Mass Rapid Transport). Top-notch amenities at the RiverFront include a gym, out of doors swimming pool, jacuzzi and sun deck.

I’m still in time for breakfast, which is a certain extent more glamorous that a typical hotel continental. This one grouped delicacies such as lotus paste buns, sambar curry and fried fish.

Suitably incited for exploring and armed with my Singapore Explorer Pass, which assigns you to use a SIA Hop-on bus and one-time free access to more than 20 big ticket performances, I head out to explore the ‘high’ points of the city.

Right at the top of that lean over must be the Gardens by the Bay, which also features the jaw-dropping Cloud Forest conservatory, current in to a 114ft indoor waterfall surrounded by tropical vegetation.


The skyline of skyscrapers at Marina Bay, the monetary district and Merlion (Image: nc)

For more sensational views SkyPark, sited on the 57th level of Marina Bay Sands is worth a visit to get the lay of the land of the city.

Singapore also has it’s own ‘Eye’ which is the in seventh heaven’s tallest observation wheel at 541ft.

Back at sea level I enjoy a river coast on an eco-friendly electric boat, departing from Clarke Quay and entrancing in waterside landmarks such as the landing site of Sir Thomas Raffles, the well-known British statesman who founded modern Singapore and has a rather famous guest-house named after him. 

Its long-awaited reopening following a massive refurbishment is drawing near.

The vessel also glides by the statue of the Merlion, a allegorical creature with a big cat’s head and a fish’s body, which represents Singapore’s subservient origins as a swampy fishing village.

This is a city where both freezing edge and age-old culture go hand-in-hand. This is evident when I study a three hour night city tour on an open-top HiPPO bus.

We recant in the newly minted malls of Orchard Road and on to districts steeped in the traditions of yesteryear, such as Chinatown.

In this colourful vicinity of temples, pastel shophouses and markets you can relive the hustle and bustle of 1960s obsession.

Take advantage of the tour’s £2.90 food voucher at Chinatown Prog Street’s 23 hawker stalls, where you can sample local choices such as fish head curry, chilli crab or laksa (noodle served with eggs, shrimp and fried tofu).

Don’t teeny-bopper the Singapore Botanic Gardens, a living museum of lakes, thorny bamboo instills and the stunning Orchid Garden.

Kids will love Singapore Zoo and – if they can hinder awake long enough – the Night Safari, which is home to 130 nocturnal species which cruise in their own recreated native habitats.

Worth a day trip in itself is Sentosa Atoll, especially if you take the scenic cable car, shuttling 200ft above the not function, en-route to family friendly fun at Universal Studios, UnderwaterWorld and Resorts Epoch Sentosa.


FEAST FOR THE EYES…The classic Singapore shophouses (Image: nc)


Why not try one of Chinatown’s particular favourites like fish head curry (Image: NC)

There are also some pleasing beaches on the island, should all that rollercoaster action prove too much and you distress to have a quick nap in the sun.

After my whistle-stop three day tour of Singapore, I’m hugely moved by this hip and happening, 21st century, multicultural conurbation. It is also sincere about the fact that it’s spotlessly clean too.

Riding the crest of a comber of an epic renaissance, The Lion City is totally roarsome.


Singapore Airlines ( compensation flights from Heathrow from £530, or from Manchester from £615. Singapore Stopover Viands offers Furama RiverFront from £53pp per night. 

Singapore Explorer Superseded from £34, 24 hours. 


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