Sentosa Island and back to Chinatown
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Today we went to Sentosa Island. Sentosa Island is a small island right at the bottom of Singapore. You can get there via a bridge, boat, or cable car. The cable cars leave from the top of Mt. Faber on Singapore proper, which is best reached by cab. This cable car ride spans over 1.6 kilometers, was the first to be built in South East Asia and is still the first and only cableway that crosses a harbour.
**IMPORTANT NOTE** The Cable Cars have two exit points on Singapore proper - Mt. Faber, and the Harbor Front Tower Two Stop. The cabs don't hang around at the top of Mt. Faber - so when you are RETURNING to Singapore, after your visit to Sentosa Island, unless you want to run the risk of having to hike back down Mt. Faber in the heat and humidity after hiking all over the island, get off at the 1st stop - Harbor Front Tower Two.
The cable car ride really is worth doing - it gives you a view you won't get from any other vantage point, and the top of Mt. Faber is also lovely. Make a point of doing this. Once we reached Sentosa, there are a lot of options of what to do. We did a walk through the rain forest, called the "Dragon Walk". By the end we were dying from the heat and humidity, but it was wonderful, and we were really glad we had done it - but dress right, and take water with you! (we forgot our water). On Sentosa, they have the large scale version of Singapore's Merlion. It's a neat thing to see. Also, when you get back to the front of the island where the main building is, they sell some amazing fruit juices, and they are TO DIE FOR.
We went back to the hotel to cool off a little, then headed back out to Chinatown to eat at the hawkers stands and look around. It was a lovely night, and you can't go to Singapore and not eat some hawkers food, even if you are a fussy eater; I can be a little put off, but it was still a great experience to try it. What good is a new culture if you don't challenge yourself to try new things?