Being more of a budget traveller, I’d avoided Singapore previously in my forays into Asia in favour of Thailand and Malaysia. In absolute terms, the hotel prices aren’t horrific, but still, a fair bit more than I would normally pay so the short stay at the Swissotel Stamford was a bit of a treat. Lovely rooftop swimming pool, and great views over the city.
One of the first things we did after dropping our bags was to hot foot it to Raffles, a 2 minute walk away. Utterly out of place with all the tall modern buildings around it, but, having said that, once strolling around the inside courtyards you could easily have been transported back to colonial times. We visited the long bar for the ubiquitous Singapore Sling (a.k.a ‘money for old rope’) and monkey nuts.
There, done it.
The food court in the big shopping mall was a fantastice experience though. Absolutely heaving, and with more food choices than you could ever realistically expect to sample. We filled our boots with some of the local specialities then went wandering off to the harbour for some additional street food chasers.
Yes, Singapore is pretty sterile, but a nice place to enjoy a couple of days nonetheless. If I ever got the opportunity to work here I probably wouldn’t turn it down.