48 HOURS IN SINGAPORE
You can fly from Larnaca to Singapore daily via Doha or Dubai. Excellent connections are in place for a short, easy escape and it is also a great destination for a pre or post cruise stay option. Singapore also provides for an ideal stopover en-route to Australia.
Our flight to Singapore from Larnaca, Cyprus, was a breeze. We settled into our hotel in China Town, The Scarlet. It is a colonial-style property, transformed into a boutique hotel just steps from the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple – a must see. We ventured into the rather warm evening air to see what China Town had to offer and were very impressed.
The following day it was the full tourist get up! We started the day navigating the MRT (Mass Rapid Transport), Singapore’s Metro System and once again were blown away with the organisation and cleanliness of it all.
We visited Suntec City and took a Duck Tour of Singapore. This started as a bus tour and then headed to the waters of Marina Bay where we ploughed into the river to become an amphibious vehicle with a splash. The tour allowed us to get close to the Singapore Flyer (Asia’s answer to the London Eye), the Science Museum shaped like a lotus flower, the Merlion Sculpture (half lion half mermaid) at Fullerton Bay with a view of the most significant piece of superb architecture you will ever come across – The Marina Bay Sands Hotel.
The following day, after a visit to the new and very modern Marina Harbour Cruise Centre, we drove through the main Business District and had lunch in the National Gallery at the National Kitchen by Violet Oon. Wow, what a treat! The motto of this 5* dining experience is, ‘We pride ourselves on showcasing Singapore’s culinary treasures and heritage from Chinese, Indian and Malay cuisines. Our dishes represent Singapore’s history as the crossroads of the world through the varied ingredients and flavours employed’. It tasted just as good as it sounds.
A quick change for the evening as we then visited Sentosa Island, a resort off Singapore’s southern coast, connected to the city by road, cable car, pedestrian boardwalk and monorail. We enjoyed a few more Singapore Slings with views stretching out as far as Indonesia. Following that, it was a 30-minute ride on the cable car! We had an absolutely stunning evening and were very sad to leave Singapore.
Visiting Singapore for 48 hours was a wonderful experience before the next leg of our journey… we highly recommend it.