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Singapore travel tips. City of superlatives, modern quarters around Marina Bay next to colonial heritage, Little India, China Town
A city of superlatives, in every respect. Singapore feels tropical, the climate is warm and humid, sometimes humid and you can count inside until the next downpour, which can be heavy.
Somehow this climate fits this city, a mix of Manhattan, high tech, ethnic quarters, traditional colonial world and jungle plants. The city suits the mix well. The bold, modernist architecture effortlessly connects the new with the old districts, without the disruptive change in style. Whoever planned and implemented this didn't have to make a mess, he could mess. Even so, the city doesn't seem ostentatious or intimidating. You feel comfortable spontaneously.
It is noticeable that the feverish hectic pace that we expected, as we were able to experience in India, is missing
The traffic works smoothly, nobody has to jostle, squeeze in between, honk in exasperation or play the wrong way. Everything runs smoothly, almost peacefully. The city planners even seem to have thought about the fact that pedestrians can stroll without panic.
It is astonishing that only a few people can be seen on the streets; it only gets fuller on weekends, at certain viewpoints, popular markets or in restaurants that are currently in are. You can feel safe, it doesn't smell bad anywhere or is excessively loud, nobody is harassed, nobody is harassed. The people look well-groomed, well-dressed, without strictly regulated dress codes. Men are allowed on the streets in shorts and women in minis or hot pants and nobody seems to be bothered by it. The color of the hair, the skin, and the eyes also seem to be of little importance here; one tolerates one another. It works without uniformed men having to be posted at every corner. The rumor of the supposedly strict state of Singapore has not been confirmed for us.
Under such conditions, it is a lot of fun to immerse yourself in the city
One thing you have to know: the prices are at the same level as in Paris or London and almost everything you do is a little more expensive than in the rest of the region. Still, we haven't regretted most of the expenses, often we won't be here, so what the heck.
Our budget allowed us a two-day stay, which we designed as follows:
Exploring the city, practical Hop-on hop-off bus. The combined ticket for the red and yellow lines was enough for us, it covers the city center and the most important districts. The day ticket is valid for 24 hours; can therefore still be used the following day. We hopped off in the Arab and Chinese quarters. We also recommend Little India, the area around City Hall and the Singapore River, and Suntec Hub, from where Marina Bay and the Merlion Monument are easily accessible. If you can afford it and have enough time and money with you, you should definitely get off in the super shopping district around Orchard Road; the yellow line goes through there.
Drive to the Suntec Hub, from there on foot to Marina Bay. The bay offers a great circuit of about 3.5 km, but it can and should be extended by excursions to the Gardens by the Bay. Singapore offers us pure botany there. Garden architecture in ultra-modern and generously designed facilities for free. Here, too, there are affordable specialties, such as the tour for those with a head for heights over the treetops or a visit to the greenhouses, to the rainforest or exotic flowers. Everything is possible, nothing is neccesary.
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