Full of sur­prises

Ex­plore the se­crets of Sin­ga­pore in 48 hours

Whitsunday Times - - TRAVEL -

Fea­tur­ing as a stopover or port city on many itin­er­ar­ies, you could eas­ily be for­given for pass­ing your time in Sin­ga­pore in the com­fort of your lux­u­ri­ous five star ho­tel or in a chic shop­ping cen­tre.

But you would miss out on so much. Get out and ex­plore the se­crets of Sin­ga­pore.

Day one morn­ing

A trip to Sin­ga­pore would not be com­plete with­out tast­ing Sin­ga­pore Chilli Crab.

Our pick for the best is at Jumbo Seafood River­side at Clarke Quay. You can choose the level of spici­ness and it is best ac­com­pa­nied with fried rice.

Day one af­ter­noon

Af­ter a morn­ing spent weav­ing your way through the so­phis­ti­cated city, a trip to the Gar­dens by the Bay. From the space age look­ing su­per trees with a spec­tac­u­lar aerial walk, to the flower dome and cloud for­est, you would be mis­taken miss­ing out on one of the world’s most fu­tur­is­tic look­ing gar­dens.

Day one evening

Fin­ish your first day with a well-de­served treat, din­ner at Miche­lin starred Restau­rant An­dre. The in­ti­mate 30-seater restau­rant of­fers a philo­soph­i­cal menu based on an Oc­taphi­los­o­phy, a theme of eight dishes and each course is paired with bio­dy­namic French ar­ti­sanal wines.

Day two morn­ing

It is time to hit the shops but not the typ­i­cal malls. Lit­tle In­dia is where cul­tures com­bine to cre­ate a vi­brant dis­trict that of­fers ev­ery­thing from tem­ples to tailor­ing. Catch the easy Sin­ga­pore sub­way to the Lit­tle In­dia stop and find ev­ery­thing from a large se­lec­tion of gold jew­ellery and unique tex­tiles at Tekka Mar­ket.

Day t wo af­ter­noon

For spec­tac­u­lar city views and a taste of lush green­ery the South­ern Ridges Walk is a must. The five kilo­me­tre walk­ing trail weaves through three parks; Kent Ridge Park, Telok Blan­gah Hill Park and Mount Faber Park. Hen­der­son Waves, the high­est pedes­trian bridge in Sin­ga­pore, con­nects two of the parks and of­fers some of the best van­tage points of the city.

Day two evening

No trip would be com­plete with­out try­ing a Sin­ga­pore Sling, the unof­fi­cial na­tional bev­er­age of Sin­ga­pore.

Cre­ated in the Long Bar of the iconic Raf­fles Ho­tel, but there are sev­eral bars to test out mod­ern twists on this clas­sic cock­tail.

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