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Cable-car to Sentosa.

12-13 hour flight to get there + GMT +8hrs

 

Flights to Australia (21-24hr) flight all touch down here to refuel. It’s an ideal stopover location.

 

Singapore$

 

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 Singapore


You don’t require any specific vaccinations

 

Average trip to Singapore 3.7 days


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.

Cable-car to Sentosa.

In 1819, Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles of the British East India Company landed in Singapore. He signed an agreement with a local Malay ruler that enabled the East India Company to establish a trading post. He declared Singapore a free port with no tax on trade. Each community would be self governing.

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%

Although Singapore was virtually unaffected in WWI in WWII there was a turning point in Singapore’s history


Governed as a British colony until 1959.

 

Singapore became a republic in August 1965. Singapore Island and the other 58 smaller islands make up the tiny country.

 

25 miles long and 14miles wide, it’s on tip of Malay Peninsula.  It’s 85 miles north of the equator.


Singapore (Singa Pura)  means Lion City after a Sumatran prince encountered one of the lions there.


Singapore has the second-largest port, after Rotterdam.


When to go:- Being so close to the equator Singapore is always hot and humid. The rainy season is between November and January, but short sharp downpours and tropical thunder storms can happen anytime. Average temperature is 31C (88F) dropping to 24C (75F) at night

 

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

 

Best sightseeing:

 

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 Singapore and Keppel harbour from 200ft, choose the glass-bottomed box. You can also enjoy afternoon tea or a romantic meal in one of the cars.

Sri Mariamman Temple.
Once there visit Underwater World or take a fast and furious 3D simulator ride at Cinemania or bask in the sunshine on one of the islands beaches.

Colonial Core and Fort Canning

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 National Orchid Garden which has some 20,000 plants on display.

 

Temples and mosques: Check out the cities fascinating religious buildings. Don’t miss the imposing Sultan Mosque, the Chines Thian Hock KengTemple (the Temple of Heavenly Happiness) and the Hindu Sri Mariamman Temple in Chinatown.

 

Pulau Ubin:  For a taste of what Singapore was like before the builders moved in, take a boat ride from Changi Point to the ecologically-rich island of Pulau Ubin. There you can go hiking or mountain-biking in the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve.  The biodiversity in this reserve is astounding, with more species of trees in its 400 acres thani9n the whole of North America. Or visit the monitor lizards, long-tailed macaques (monkeys) and white collared kingfishers that roam the mangrove swamps at the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve.

  

Raffles City complex  Equinox Restaurant  Have tea here at one of the highest restaurants in the world and with spectacular view over Singapore. Situated between the 70th and 72nd floor, it has floor-to-ceiling windows giving a 360 degree panorama of the city as well as glimpses of neighbouring Indonesia and Malaysia.

 

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

 

Arab Street or Little India  More exotic bazaars here.

Srinivasa Perumal Temple (Serangon Road) Jan- Feb visit 6.30am to see the Tamil harvest thanksgiving service.,

 

China Town  Here you can buy jewellery, silk or lacquer ware.

 

Sunset City Mall - This is Singapore’s largest shopping centre and houses the largest fountain in the world  The Fountain of Wealth.

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Cable-car to Sentosa.
After much debate, we decided that we would visit Clarke Quay this morning, Sentosa in the afternoon and the evening in Chinatown.
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.
Sentosa cable-car.
A 45-minute ride on a low-slung bumboat enables you to appreciate this transformation. Admire beautifully restored warehouses that now house chic quayside dining and entertainment spots and the contrasting skyscrapers of the Financial District. Then marvel at magnificent colonial buildings and five grand old bridges before circling around the Merlion statue, Singapore's tourism icon. The tour embarks from Parliament House Landing Steps (near Raffles' Landing Site).
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.
Sentosa cable-car.
Lastly, you can decide whether to take a normal car, or one with a glass bottom. We chose a glass bottomed car...just great!!!
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.

Sentosa cable-car.

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.

Sentosa cable-car.
Including the short interval at Jardine Steps, however, it will take 12 minutes on a continuous ride from Mount Faber 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!! 

Day or night, views from the tower are both scenic and breathtaking as it gently revolves to a height of 131 metres above sea level. Spot Indonesia and Malaysia in the horizon, as you scan the skies for birds and planes streaking across the brilliant blue sky. Suitable for all ages, this seven-minute ride gives you certainly, one of  the best view of Singapore.

Next we headed for the 'Images of Singapore Exhibition'. This was on our list of 'must sees', and we were not disappointed.
Sentosa cable-car.
While Sentosa island is a lot about recreation and modern entertainment, its also about describing and showcasing Singapore's history and culture.
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.
Sentosa cable-car.
The exhibit barely touches on Singapore in World War 2 as most of this material has been moved to Fort Siloso for better context so this is an attraction for those who are not interested in the war and militaria. The focus is very much the people and their lives.

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.
Sentosa cable-car.
We opened the meal with a round of vegetable spring rolls. the rolls were presented in a bowl that had a delicate flower as centerpiece. it was carved from a tomato! how creative! fried until they turned a golden brown, the rolls were served warm and crisp. it was the perfect start to what was to be a very colorful and tasty meal. Followed by Pearl Harbour Oyster Conjee, Mango Chicken Rice, Chilli Crab Sauce Spaghetti and some chicken curry with rice. Fabulous!!  The restaurant certainly goes to great lengths in providing diners with a richly cultural and nostalgic dining experience. in keeping with the theme of singapore in the 1930s, you hear chinese oldies playing in the background rather than the usual jazz and classical music. Highly recommended.

TO-MORROW IT'S   OFF TO PHI PHI!!!!!


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Carlsberg Sky Tower.
Carlsberg Sky Tower.
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Sri Mariamman Temple.
Sri Mariamman Temple.
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Carlsberg Sky Tower.
Carlsberg Sky Tower.
Carlsberg Sky Tower.
Carlsberg Sky Tower.