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Asia without leaving Singapore
- Singapore Zoo is World's First Night Safari
Asia without leaving Singapore by Jojo Robles
Asia is a nice place to seek
a change of scenery, different in one country, not the same in the next.
Asia has everything for everyone, from its refreshing vacation spot to
its captivating culture and cities far removed from the usual. What makes
it an even better place is that you can experience Asia by being in only
one country: Singapore.
|One of Asia's celebrated
playgrounds, the tiny tropical country of Singapore offers a wide range
of itinerary ideas. Visitors will find it convenient that the imported
sand of thecelebrated Siloso Beach in Singapore is just minutes away from
the shopping centers, cultural hubs, and modern theme parks across Singapore.
Added charms in Singapore
can be found at the Chinese, Malay, Indian, and European districts that
stand cheek-by-jowl to one another in downtown Singapore. From food to
arts and crafts and entertainment, the melting pot of culture in Singapore
takes visitors across Asia without leaving Singapore.
What to do
Get a high-rolling start
on your Singapore vacation with the newly opened Singapore Flyer on Raffles
Avenue. With its 165-meter top, the Singapore Flyer outsized the London
Eye Ferris wheel and provides a 360-degree panoramic view of Singapore.
|From the Singapore Flyer,
one can see most of Singapore. Singapore's playground, the Siloso Beach,
lies on the southern coast while the city's sky scrapers are up north.
Each carriage is air-conditioned and UV-protected, really the nicest Singapore
attraction that should be on anyone's itinerary.
Below the Singapore Flyer
is the street track for the Formula One Singapore Grand Prix, which is
scheduled for flag-off on September. Already, though, there are shops in
and around Raffles Avenue that will draw your attention.
After getting off from such
great height, a good follow-up would be to get a fix for your shopping
Singapore visitors can take
a walk or hop on a taxi to Suntec City, Mustafa Center, Little India, Chinatown,
or to Orchard Road.
Don't overindulge, though,
because there remain the Siloso Beach and Mount Faber on a Singapore itinerary.
Located 500 meters off the southern coast of Singapore, Sentosa Island
can be reached through road, monorail, or cable car.
A good time to visit the
island would be in the late afternoon, when life really starts in Sentosa.
Must-sees in this vacation island include the travelator at the Underwater
World, the Butterfly Park, and the Insect World.
Where to stay
Hotels are scarce and prime
in Singapore all through the year, so that there is a good chance of getting
a great value hotel if you book well in advance. Prime hotels in Singapore
include those on Raffles Avenue and around Marina Bay, where midsize and
big hotels stand next to one another.
Medium-size hotels in Singapore
like the Claremont
Hotel are located at the busy city center of Singapore. The Claremont
Hotel in Singapore is located in front of the 24-hour shopping haven of
Mustafa Center, 20 minutes from the Changi Airport, and is pretty much
a walk away from many city attractions in Singapore.
|The Marina Bay area, on
the other hand, offers easy access to a bucket-and-spade holiday in Sentosa
Ville Hotel, a small boutique hotel in Singapore, offers convenient
hotel accommodation south of Singapore. The Singapore hotel of Harbour
Ville is right at the Harbour Front district, where cable cars offer a
great way to reach the Sentosa Island.
In the middle of the Old
World charm of the Singapore City Hall district is the Park View Hotel
in Singapore's Beach Road. Located 15 minutes from the airport, the Singapore
Hotel of Park View offers guest convenience. Among other places of interest
near their hotel in Singapore are the riverside plazas of Clark Quay, the
Raffles City, and Little India.
About the Author: Jojo
Robles is head of the editorial department of Tour
Philippines, a web publication specializing on Philippine travel, resorts,
holiday destinations, hotels, and island adventures.
- Singapore Zoo is World's First Night Safari by Pinky Mcbanon
The Singapore Zoo is locally
known as the Mandai Zoo. It occupies a total area of 40 hectares. The zoo
was first opened in 23rd of June in 1973 by the local government. There
are a total of 315 species in the zoo including some of the country's endangered
species. The Singapore zoo draws millions of visitors each year.
|The zoo is very attractive
during the night while the evening glow illuminates the zoo scenery. Today,
the Singapore zoo is more of like an open zoo with its very spacious features
that makes everyone feel like being in a jungle with all the animals. Its
total area has also grown from 28 hectares, is now became 40 hectares of
land. Though not all the area is being used as a zoo, the remaining lands
of the property became a forested land.
Among the famous attractions
in Singapore zoo are the Orangutans that are being fed by the visitors.
There is a daily "breakfast with the Orangutan" program which let the visitors
have a chance to intermingle with the orangutans in the zoo. The said animals
are quite friendly so everyone especially the children will always enjoy
mingling with them.
Another attraction here
is the available rides that can be tried by the zoo visitors. There are
pony rides, horse carriages, and other animal rides which everyone will
definitely enjoy. These rides will truly fascinate everyone both children
and adults. One can always try them with the help of the friendly zoo staff.
If you haven't tried any animal rides yet, Singapore zoo will truly be
a delightful place for you.
|There is also a program
in the zoo called the "friends of the zoo" program which people can sign
up to and have a yearly pass in the zoo and have several privileges such
as: free and limitless entry to the zoo for a whole year round; free tram
rides; free wildlife magazines; and a ten percent discount in some retail
outlets. This program is very much appreciated by the Singapore zoo lovers
who love to visit the place many times a year.
This is truly a place for
everyone to have fun. The beauty of the zoo will captivate every nature
lover and animal lovers. One will definitely adore the attractive and friendly
animals particularly when visitors are interacting with them. A trip to
the Singapore will surely make everyone be back for more and be hooked
with the beauty of the amazing nature of the zoo.
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RECOMMENDED HOTELS, ASIA
browsing Singapore hotels
Ideally located at the crossroads
of the largest underground shopping mall, this property is right in the
heart of the city’s financial and entertainment districts. Approximately
20 minutes away from Changi International Airport, Carlton Hotel is brilliantly
located. The Premium Wing features luxurious new rooms that incorporate
modern designs, sleek furnishings and lush amenities for a comfortable
stay. After a day of work or exploring, enjoy the outdoor swimming pool
which features a two-tiered sundeck, cabanas and a cascading waterfall,
or delight your palate in a host of stylish restaurants. It’s convenient
location, dedicated staff and first-rate facilities make Carlton Hotel
a favorite among travelers.
The Fairmont Singapore hotel
is ideally situated at the crossroads of Singapore's business, cultural,
entertainment and shopping districts. It offers 769 luxurious guestrooms
and suites, a collection of 16 distinctive restaurants and bars and 70,000
square feet of prime meeting space - all supported by our Singapore hotel's
award-winning service teams. In addition, guests of Fairmont Singapore
have access to the Willow Stream Spa, one of the largest spa facilities
in Asia, offering the best in spa and fitness services. One of the world’s
Top 20 Best Overseas Business Hotels voted by the readers of Condé
Nast Traveller magazine (the only Singapore-based hotel that made the list).
Ville Hotel Singapore
Harbour Ville Hotel in Singapore
welcomes business and leisure travelers with its budget-friendly accommodation
rates. The hotel, located along Kampong Bahru Road, makes an ideal retreat
after a long day of exploring the city-state. It is situated close to popular
landmarks and attractions like the world-famous Sentosa, Mount Faber, the
newly completed Southern Ridges, Chinatown, and the bustling business center,
Raffles City. For guests on transit to Malaysia or going on cruises, the
railway station and harbour is a mere 3 minutes drive away. Harbour Ville
Hotel makes available cozy accommodations to guests the whole year round.
The family-run hotel makes sure that every guest gets his money’s worth
with adequate facilities and personalized guest service.
A friendly and cosy sanctuary
deep in the traditional heart of Singapore, the 83-room Moon Hotel Singapore
is trendy comfort without fuss. Where contemporary chic meets thoughtful,
compact design, the Moon puts business travellers within a 10-minute orbit
to all major commercial and government buildings in Singapore’s central
business district. And with the Bugis MRT Station just a mere eight-minute
stroll away, guests can take-off to any part of the cosmopolitan city state
by rail. For an unforgettable night - or day - out on the town, a brief
ride will usher you to the nearby, glittering, gaming tables of Marina
Bay Sands, to fabulous shopping on Singapore’s world-famous Orchard Road,
to art and cultural performances at the Esplanade, or for a leisurely spin
on the impressive Singapore Flyer.
This haven in the heart
of Marina Bay helps you unwind with modern amenities like a gorgeous pool,
tennis courts and more. Set in the midst of Marina Bay and close to the
Central Business District, you can enjoy the best of both the business
and leisure world. The Lion City, renowned for its fabulous shopping has
over 500 shops and restaurants. Keyaki - Top restaurant tucked away in
an idyllic rooftop Japanese garden. A lazy Sunday by the pool is never
complete without some healthy salads and gourment wood-fired pizzas. Rang
Mahal - for traditional Indian cuisine with a twist, treat yourself to
an elegant feast fit for a Maharaja. Zambuca - Savour a blend of
contemporary and classic Italian fare, perfect for cosy dinner parties
and people watching.
Plaza On Scotts - A Summit Hotel Singapore
One of the most popular
five stars hotels in Singapore. Strategically located at the heart of Singapore,
Royal Plaza on Scotts Singapore Hotel, one of the few 100% smoke-free hotels
in Singapore, is known for its prime location with just 3 kilometres from
meeting venues of Suntec City, Raffles City and Shenton Way. The Singapore
Expo is approximately 20 minutes’ drive away. Make full use of the free
internet in all 511 rooms using your laptop or mobile to be connected to
the world of business and social network. Refresh yourselves in the midst
of work with a selection of free mini-bar beverages. The hotel’s 10 state-of-the-art
meeting rooms including Balmoral Hall and Ardmore Suite will meet your
Merchant Court Singapore
A luxury hotel ideally located
close to entertainment and dining hotspots such as Clarke Quay, Boat Quay
and Chinatown. The close proximity of the MRT to the hotel makes Orchard
Road, Raffles City, all major tourist attractions and the financial hub
at Raffles Place, within easy reach. The 476 guest rooms and suites serve
the demand of all travellers and offer a choice of accommodation options.
The Business Executive floors offer luxurious rooms and suites with upgraded
amenities, including an Executive Club Lounge. Facilities include a choice
of two restaurants, a bar, Amrita Spa & Wellness, a free-form swimming
pool, 24-hour gym, a column-free ballroom and 4 function rooms.
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