Singapore is an ethnically diverse city and areas like Chinatown, Arab Street and Little India highlight this variety. So does the food: from typical modern sky-rise food like McDonald's, to traditional Indian chapattis or Chinese dishes, Singaporean cuisine is as delicious as it is varied.
Eating & Drinking @ Clarke Quay
|Waraku Restaurant||Japanese||The Central, 6 Eu Tong Sen Street|
|Tampopo||Japanese||Liang Court, 177 River Valley Road #B1-50|
|Wine Garage||European||Riverside Point, 30 Merchant Road #01-07|
|Café Iguana||Mexican||Riverside Point, 30 Merchant Road #01-03|
|The Pump Room||Fusion||The Foundry, 3B River Valley Road 301-09/10|
|Ellenborough Market Café||International||Swissotel Merchant Court Singapore, 20 Merchant Road|
|Peony Jade Restaurant||Chinese||Merchants' Court, 3A River Valley Road #02-02|
|Shisha - Lounge Bar||Indian||Merchants' Court, 3A River Valley Road|
|Bayang||Indonesian||Merchants' Court, 3A River Valley Road #01-05|
|Brewerkz||American||Riverside, 30 Merchant Road #01-05/06|
If you want to escape the city, this is the right place to go. Sentosa is an island theme park that features a multitude of activities from rides, laser shows, and beach activities. It is one of the most visited parks in Singapore. While it all sounds rather like Singapore's version of Disneyland, there are also some beaches where you can relax.
Transit: MRT HarbourFront , via shuttle bus or cause way or cable car.
Orchard Road is where you have to go if you like shopping. Orchard Road turns into Bras Basah Road as it heads east and this is probably the better part if you don't like shopping at all, with some fine museums and colonial architecture. Museums include the national museum of Singapore, Battle Fox, and the Singapore Art Museum.
Transit: MRT Orchard, Somerset or Dhoby Ghaut.
Singapore Zoo and Night Safari
Occupying an area of 28 hectares within a forest, the Singapore Zoo is home to over 300 species of animal. It displays animals in "open" exhibits where visitors are separated by moats or in some cases, glasses-enclosures. It also houses one of the world's largest captive colonies of orang-utans. The Night Safari, located adjacent to the Singapore Zoo, is the world's first wildlife park built for visits at night to enable visitors to watch nocturnal animals in their natural habitat. There are some 1000 animals of more than 100 species within the 40-hectare secondary forest.
Transit: 3 bus services (138, 926, 927) stop outside bus stop B01 of Mandai Lake Road.
Marina Bay Sands
The Marina Bay Sands is the second Integrated Resort to open in Singapore. It is developed by Las Vegas Sands, one of the world's biggest and foremost gaming companies. The Marina Bay Sands aims to be a unique icon, a landmark that symbolizes Singapore and distinguishes itself from other cities.
The one hectare SkyPark sitting atop the three 55-storey hotel towers 200m above the city is longer than the Eiffel Tower laid down and is the length of four and a half A380 jumbo jets!
Transit: Alight at Promenade MRT station and walk 10 mins to Bayfront Avenue.
The Merlion is the national symbol of Singapore and the original statue spouts water into Marina Bay from the Merlion Park. Two other replicas can be found in Mount Faber and in Sentosa.
Mount Faber is Singapore's highest peak and provides a 360-degree view of the island state.
Raffles Hotel is famous for the Singapore Sling cocktail.
China Town is the location of the original Chinese settlement on Singapore and the centre of traditional Chinese culture with several temples.
Little India is the location of the original Indian settlement and is home to a large percentage of the Indian population. There are several nice temples and some great food to be found in this area.
The Singapore Botanic Gardens are a welcome escape from the buzz of the city and are lovely to stroll around. They are open from 5:00am to 12 midnight daily and admission is free.
If you need an invitation letter for visa application to Singapore, please send your request to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
- Name (same as in passport)
- Passport Number
- Country of Issue
- Country of Embarkation (i.e., from where you are coming to Singapore).