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Singapore

Home of the Singapore Sling

Singapore is famous for its immaculately clean streets and contemporary high structures. The streets are always clean due to strict legislation regarding vandalism, littering, public urination and spitting on public roads. Selling gum is prohibited and the first time penalty for selling gum can be up to USD100,000 or up to 2 years in prison. Spitting in a public place can lead to a fine of up to USD1,000.

The flights from Auckland to Singapore take over 10 hours and 35 minutes approximately. Contact your local Global Travel Network Agent to find the best possible airfares and suggestions to design your ideal holiday.

Shopping in Singapore is amazing, a shopaholic’s dream with malls everywhere. Visitors love to explore the iconic shopping district of Orchard Road, or barter for affordable fashion at Bugis Street or Jurong East which has 4 different malls to visit. Haji Lane is considered Singapore’s original indie neighbourhood with gorgeous, colourful murals, trendy boutiques, bars, restaurants and cafes buzzing at all hours. Singapore has mega Island sales which occur all over the city from June to August.

Some important places to visit include:

Chinatown – originally home to Chinese immigrants, now it is a sought after destination to visit for tourists, presenting delicious cuisine, stunning temples and fantastic shopping. It is a bustling venue, mixed with a combination of old and new markets.

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, a sacred four story temple situated in the heart of Chinatown and features a museum on the third floor, it hosts ceremonies each day and visitors are permitted to observe and participate in these. As it is a religious temple, visitors are expected to respect the strict dress code therefore, no shorts or short skirts and no shirts that are off the shoulders.

Sri Mariamman Temple, this colourful temple was the first Hindu Temple in Singapore. It is devoted to the goddess Mariamman, its origins date back to the 19th Century when construction began.

The Chinatown Complex, is filled with different food vendors selling a vast range of different dishes, locals enjoy eating here as there are lots of signature dishes and multiple menu options available at an affordable cost.

Chinatown Heritage Centre, a museum that conveys the story, history and culture of the Chinese people settling in Singapore.

Gardens by the Bay, is one of Singapore’s top attractions featuring domes and super trees.

Raffles Hotel, the most famous hotel in Singapore is a reflection of the city’s colonial history. This magnificent luxury hotel titled after Sir Stamford Raffles is home to the Singapore Sling, a gin based cocktail with a fruity taste invented before 1915 by a Hainanese bartender Ngiam Tong Boon, employed at the Long bar in Raffles Hotel.

Marina Bay Sands, the resort with a hotel, casino, theatres, night clubs and retail mall as well as the spectacular Art Science Museum constructed with 10 “fingers” attached to a unique round base in the middle. The skylights in the end of the “fingers” allow light to beam in and illuminate the curved walls.

Singapore Zoo is an award winning, open concept wildlife park set in a rain forest environment. Wildlife live in a spacious and landscaped natural environment, allowed to wander freely. It offers night safaris and river safaris and has a reputation worldwide for its breeding programmes and conservation initiatives.

Sentosa, is a resort island situated off Singapore’s southern coast, attached to the city by road, pedestrian boardwalk, monorail and by cable car. At the top of the 37 metre tall Merlion there are magnificent 360 degree panoramic views. Sentosa Island is home to theme parks featuring both Resorts World Sentosa and Universal Studios Singapore.

 

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