Singapore a quick visit – Part 2 - Orlando / Florida Guide
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Getting into town is again fast and efficient. The MRT or Mass Rapid Transport system includes buses and trains and is easy to understand. The trains run from Changi airport into the centre via Tanah Merah station with single fares costing around $2. If you’re planning further journeys, consider buying a SMRT pass, which offers unlimited travel on most public transport with a one day Tourist pass costing around $10. Alternatively, if you’re new to Singapore and want to make your arrival easier, you may want to upgrade your first night’s accommodation to a hotel that offers an airport shuttle. If you add on taxi costs its not that unreasonable.
There are other ways to arrive in the city. If you’re travelling overland you’ll likely arrive over the causeway from the Malaysian border town of Johor Bahru. This is home to much of Singapore’s army of domestic workers and labourers. On the Singapore side of the Straits of Johor, Woodlands train station and the bus terminal at Golden Mile Complex are both also well served by the MRT.
The population of the city is now nearly 6 million and they speak a mixture of English, Malay, Mandarin and Tamil. The time is eight hours ahead of the UK and visas are not required by UK nationals. If you want to see the whole city then there is only one place to go; The SkyPark observation deck at Marina Bay Sands. It offers astounding views from 57 storeys up but try to combine this with some downtime as the entry tickets cost $20.
There are no health issues but take good mossie repellent. A good guidebook is recommended such as Eyewitness Travel Guide to Singapore or Fodor’s Singapore’s 25 Best.
The Official Singapore Tourism site, yoursingapore.com, runs a tourism app. It’s continuously updated and gives info on sites, hotels, events and dining. The climate in Singapore is hot and humid with an average day time temperature of 31°C, which goes down to 24°C at night. The monsoon season is November to February but rain is sporadic, not continuous, so a visit can be made year round.
If you are here for a short stopover then first head to Clarke Quay which is the ideal place to get acquainted with the old trading centre of this historic city. Take a stroll around the beautifully restored waterfront with its chic shops and the cafés of Boat Quay or enjoy the view from a traditional trishaw.
Then use a Hop-on hop-off River Explorer Boat Tour as these offer the most relaxing way to get from the heart of old Singapore to its newest icon at Marina Bay Sands. Here, head up to the observation platform for a bird’s eye view before walking across the footbridge to Gardens By The Bay.
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