Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - DES­TI­NA­TIONS -

Fin­ish off your her­itage walk with some of Sin­ga­pore’s strik­ing con­tem­po­rary ar­chi­tec­ture: the Nor­man Fos­ter­de­signed Supreme Court, the Es­planade Theatres or the flower-shaped ArtS­cience Mu­seum, reached via the quirky Helix Bridge, shaped like DNA’s dou­ble-helix. The back­drop for all this is the Ma­rina Bay Sands Ho­tel, one of the world’s most pho­tographed ho­tels. De­signed to re­sem­ble three decks of cards, it’s joined to­gether at the 57th floor by a stun­ning Sky­Park with the world’s high­est in­fin­ity pool, a lounge and bar. Any­one can visit the Sky­Park Ob­ser­va­tion Deck for stun­ning 360-de­gree views of the har­bour and sky­line, but the pool is open only to ho­tel guests. Rooms are pricey — more than $250 a night even in low sea­son (sum­mer-early fall). Sin­ga­pore is ex­tremely clean. You’re not al­lowed to bring gum into the coun­try, and the U.S. State De­part­ment’s travel ad­vi­sory warns about phys­i­cal pun­ish­ment for vandalism. (I un­think­ingly popped a soda open on the sub­way, then quickly hid it in re­sponse to other pas­sen­gers’ dis­parag­ing stares.) But eth­nic and tra­di­tional neigh­bour­hoods are a lit­tle less ster­ile and more col­or­ful than down­town streets. Chi­na­town is dot­ted with tem­ples and build­ings at­test­ing to the rich her­itage of Malay-born Chi­nese who im­mi­grated


Raf­fles Ho­tel’s iconic Sikh door­man stands at the ready.

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