Marie-Helene and I revisited Singapore in November 2019, before and after travelling through to Bali. For me, Singapore is almost like a 2nd home, another place in the region I have visited well over 100 times. For MH it was a return visit after two enjoyable nights last year.
We stayed at The Warehouse, a highly individual boutique hotel, located at Robertson Quay riverside. Similar area to the well-known Clarke and Boat Quay, but slightly quieter and maybe more upscale.
During our time we also visited The Fullerton Hotel and the “new“ Raffles which has recently reopened after a mega-expensive enhancement.
We took the time to walk around (Singapore is so good to explore on foot), and spent time on Waterloo Road. Here you will find an Indian temple, a Mosque, a Catholic church and a Synagogue (the oldest in SE Asia) all within a few yards of each other. There are also several Chinese calligraphy studios housed in colourful traditional shophouses.
We took a tour by boat along the Singapore River (it’s not actually a river, just a stretch of water which separates two residential areas), a good relaxing way to get an idea of the city, particularly the old China Town district.
I have not been back to Sentosa for at least 7 years. It has developed so much and the influence of Vegas and Disney is obvious. So many new hotels and attractions, some of which were lost on me, but I can see the appeal for families. Plus the beaches are really good. We arrived by road, just 25 minutes’ drive from the airport. Then we took the shuttle one night to the nearby Vivo shopping mall, apparently the largest in Singapore, which is saying something.
The next day we took the cable car across to Mt Faber and back, allowing some scenic views overlooking Sentosa and the Singapore dock area.
During our time we came across several interesting new sightseeing tours which Chic will be suggesting to our clients. The first is the chance to discover Singapore in a motorcycle sidecar with an experienced guide. Vespa tours are popular in several Asian cities, like Saigon and Siem Reap, but this is a little different.
The other tour was the Michelin Street food discovery. In 2016 two of Singapore’s street food stalls were recognised by the prestigious Michelin food guide. This gives you the chance to savour some of the best authentic street food in the region. A wonderfully unique experience.
MH added “I first visited Singapore about 20 years ago and it was a good introduction to the area. But it was hardly exciting. I have now been 3 times in the two years and really enjoy it. It has so much more zest, innovation and energy. Well worth spending a few days during a tour around the area.
I particularly like the riverside, the old quarters, the easily accessible history the incredible buildings, both old and new, Marina Square – and of course the organisation. It really is a precision society which works so well.“
As you can see, we both love Singapore and all that is has to offer. A truly exciting city that is very easy to explore. We would be more than happy to share our experiences and recommendations with you.