Some general Singapore info.
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12-13 hour flight to get there + GMT +8hrs
Official languages:- Chinese, Malay, Tamil and English
Population about 4.5 million people
Streets are clean astonishing greenery everywhere
British visitors do not need a visa to get to
You don’t require any specific vaccinations
Average trip to
Most exotic and diverse food in the world
Get round fast with the Tourist network
Singaporeans favourite past-times are shopping and eating
Raffles was a brilliant administrator, adventurer, botanist and wildlife expert.
In 1819, Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles of the British East India Company landed in
In1963 the government launched a national tree-planting campaign.
Between 1977 and 1987 the river underwent a huge clean-up and nowadays the bumboat once shuttles bearing cargo , now only carry tourists.
Population see themselves first as Singaporeans and secondly as Chinese, Malays, Indians or Eurasians. 75% are Chinese, 13.7% are Malay and Indians are 8.7%
Governed as a British colony until 1959.
25 miles long and 14miles wide, it’s on tip of
When to go:- Being so close to the equator
English is spoken everywhere
Drinking water is safe to drink.
Resorts World is being built a six-hotel and casino complex with Universal Studios Singapore as the highlight due to be completed in2010
The Night Safari: The Night Safari can be found next to the zoo to the north of the island. At dusk take a tram ride through the tropical forest to watch the behaviour of 1200 nocturnal animals.
Sentosa: Sentosa started life as a fishing village and was called Balakang Mati ( Backof the dead) as it was used as a burial site. The British used it as a military base until 1967. Sentosa has 2 hotels. The island can be reached by cable car, ferry, bus or taxi. Lying just south of the main island, Sentosa is best reached by cable car. If you like fantastic views of
Colonial Core and
Raffles Hotel: This is one of the most famous hotels in the world, and still exudes the old-world atmosphere of the British colonial era. It was completed in 1887 and was an outpost for writers, politicians, entertainers and artist and Knock back a Singapore Sling at the Raffles Long Bar, where it was invented. The bar still has ceiling fans, a carpet of peanut shells and a lively atmosphere. Extended in 1991 it now has 18 restaurants and bars. Raffles Grill you would need to wear a jacket but food is superb. Tiffin Room is more casual and dishes up a North Indian buffet.
Botanic Gardens: The jungle and exotic plants of the Botanic Gardens offer a tranquil alternative to the city, as well as housing the
Pulau Ubin: For a taste of what
Boat Quay Choose from Thai, Vietnamese, Korean, Indonesian, Malaysian, Japanese, Indian and Chinese restaurants. Go up river to Clarke Quay for floating pubs and restaurants on refurbished Chinese junks.
Orchard Road Heaven for shopaholics
Sunset City Mall - This is
We took a cab from our hotel and asked to be dropped off at Clarke Quay. We were aware that this little area really comes to life at night but we were sure their would be enough to keep us occupied early in the day.
First thing to catch our eye was a little kiosk offering 'bumboat rides' up and down the river, so we purchased tickets for a 45minute trip and waited for the boat.
The Singapore River has seen 150 years of commercial activity and has been at the heart of the growth of an obscure fishing village to a great seaport and metropolis.
A very enjoyable experience.
After lunch we took a taxi to Mount Faber for the cable car station. Several different types of tickets are available depending on whether you wish to simply descend to Harbour Front, or continue on to Sentosa Island. You then have the choice of a variety of combination tickets for Sentosa depending on the number of attractions there you are likely to want to visit.
This little trip is a must during any visit to Singapore. Fabulous views and quite exciting. Pay a little extra for a glass bottomed car......so long as you have a head for heights!!!
The bi-cable, detachable-grip gondola lift system has three stations, namely The Jewel Box Station at Mount Faber, the HarbourFront Station at Harbourfront and the Sentosa Station at Sentosa. Two supporting towers are located between each pair of stations. This distance between The Jewel Box Station and the first tower is about 300 metres, from the first tower to the Harbourfront Station is 400 metres, from the Harbourfront Station to the second tower at 500 metres, and from the second tower to the Sentosa Station is 450 metres long.
The height of the track rope is as follows:
- The Jewel Box Station (formerly Mount Faber Station): 93 m above mean sea level
- Tower 1: 80 m above mean sea level
- Harbourfront Station: 69 m above mean sea level
- Tower 2: 88 m above mean sea level
- Sentosa Station: 47 m above mean sea level
The system currently consists of 81 cabins, suspended at least 60 metres above the sea, and about 61 m between each cabin (or one cabin per 15 to 21 seconds). Each cabin can carry a maximum of 6 adult passengers, while the whole system can support 1400 passengers per hour either way. Travelling at a speed of 4 metres per second, it takes about 4 minutes to get from Mount Faber to Jardine Steps, and another 5.5 minutes to continue on to Sentosa.
In addition, there are 27 red-coloured aircraft warning balls mounted on a telephone rope just above the cableway.
On arrival at Sentosa Station, we found the Carlsberg Sky Tower. You can't miss it!!
Next we headed for the 'Images of Singapore Exhibition'. This was on our list of 'must sees', and we were not disappointed.
Images of Singapore starts with an audio visual presentation to introduce aspects of Singapore and its people. The show room is mocked up to look like an old style warehouse, and the waiting room is a mock office decorated in the 4 styles. It is worth spending some time just looking at the waiting area, and since the time between groups entering the video theatre is about 10minutes thats about the right amount of time.
From there you move to the main showcase area which starts its history of Singapore at the arrival of the British and Raffles. From there, it moves through the history and development of SIngapore and the culture of people who were present or moved to the area.
The video presentation section does break up the flow of visitors into the exhibit in a useful fashion. You can go through at your own pace, staying away from other groups if you wish.
Next we headed for Chinatown, looking for Sri Mariamman Temple. This is the oldest Hindu place of worship still in use on the island. It's famous for the annual Thimithi festival, during which devotees walk on hot coals. A very ornate and colourful building. We spent a couple of hours just wandering around soaking-up the atmosphere and finished off having dinner at The Singapore Heritage Restaurant.
TO-MORROW IT'S OFF TO PHI PHI!!!!!