Firstly Singapore was very warm, and the heat and humidity took its toll on both of us. At the end of each day we were thoroughly exhausted from sightseeing around the town in averagely 30C+ days. We stayed in an area just south of the Singapore River, slightly north of Chinatown, and 5 minutes walk to Clarke Quay. The city is pretty flat so walking isn't the biggest problem, but the transport system is pretty good, so we used that a fair bit.
Singapore isn't as old as I thought it was, at least not in its recent history. Modern Singapore can be dated back tot he 1800's, when Sir Stamford Raffles landed on the island and negotiated a treaty which made Singapore part of the British Empire. There is a colonial feel as you wander the streets of central Singapore, and Raffles name isn't usually far away.
|Raffles Hotel at the heart of Singapore Colonial District|
|Ceiling art at the Sri Mariamman Temple|
|At the doors to the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple|
|Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya Temple|
|Sultan Masjid Mosque at the end Bussorah Street|
|Buddha Tooth Relic Temple|
Singapore has a very modern feel to the Marina area. We arrived the day after the Grand Prix was held and they were clearing up the city centre course. By the end of the week, you'd hardly have known a Grand Prix had been held there. The city is very clean, and even though the humidity was high, I thought the air quality was pretty good. We spent a little time in the Marina area, and watched the free evening concert and light show in the Gardens By The Bay.
|The massive Marina Park Sands Hotel dominates the Marina|
|The Helix Bridge|
|Science Museum in front of the business district|
The Gardens were magnificent, and I intend to write a further post about them. It was a great short break in the tropical warmth after a wet and cold Victorian winter, and I'd certainly recommend Singapore as a place to visit.
|View from Marina Bay Hotel Skydeck across Gardens By The Bay to the Straits|
|Singapore Flyer from Gardens By The Bay|
|Supertrees at Gardens By The Bay|