Singapore is home to the Singapore Sling, and its world-renowned national airline, Singapore Airlines. There are many places to go, but if you’re just passing through for the weekend, here’s a list of 5 must-see/do while you’re in Singapore: Long Bar, River Cruise, Chinatown, Pepper Crab, Sands Hotel Rooftop.
1. Get a Singapore Sling at the famous Long Bar
One cannot go to Singapore without going to the Long Bar of the iconic Raffles Hotel to get a Singapore Sling. There is usually a line out the door to wait for a seat, but it is worth the wait. This bar is the home of the original recipe and has a vibe of a Western saloon. There are peanuts on the tables for you to snack on and they encourage shell fights. The original costs 30.00 SGD (20.91 USD) per glass and all of them are made from scratch.
2. Visit the wet market in Chinatown
Chinatown has a great wet market where you can get fruits, vegetables, fresh fish, meat and even live toads. The vendors line up inside a sheltered building - Chinatown Complex - starting early in the morning to sell your their goods. You will find the locals hard at work chopping meat, bundling herbs, and filleting fish. Outside this building, you can find shops selling everything from cheap souvenirs to tailor made suits. And in true Chinatown decor, there are plenty of lanterns to look at and delicious food to savour.
3. Take a river cruise on a bumboat
At Clarke Quay, you can take a 40-minute ride on a bumboat. Bumboats are small boats that used to ferry supplies to boats offshore. These boats are now used as passenger ferries to give tours of the quay and bay. The round-trip ride takes you through Boat Quay, Clarke Quay and around Marina Bay along the Singapore River. The ride gives you a history of the jetty and its landmarks. This uniquely Singapore experience costs 25.00 SGD (17.42 USD) per adult.
4. Take in city views from the 57th floor at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel
Across the marina is a 57-story hotel with the shape of a boat sitting at the top. Non-hotel guests may take the elevator up to the 57th floor to take in the view and grab a drink at Sky on 57. The views are breathtaking. It would be best to go at night to see the night lights down below. There is also an infinity pool at the top, but it is restricted to guests of the hotel.
5. Finish your visit with mouth-watering pepper crab
Along with Singapore slings, Singapore is also known for pepper crab, which features crab cooked in spicy pepper sauce. There are a few restaurants to choose from. Check out Long Beach Restaurant (several branches available) if you get a chance. They do a 3-course meal starting with razor clams, a spicy fried shrimp intermittent and ending with the famous black pepper crab. All the dishes are decadent and a meal to remember.
Do it all in a weekend
Being the world’s only island that is its own city and state, Singapore are much to offer. All the things listed above can be reached by foot or taking the metro system, which is easy to navigate. No matter what you choose to do while you’re in the garden city, you are sure to get a taste of incredible food as well as a feel for Singapore’s culture and history.
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