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Singapore

The Raffles Hotel When Sir Stamford Raffles claimed Singapore for the British East India company in 1819, it was nothing but a swampy, thickly jungled island populated by a handful of fishermen and sea gypsies.

Today it is a vibrant, modern city-state of 2.8 Million people - one of Asia's economic "dragons" and the regional centre for trade, transport, banking, tourism and communication.

Singapore 's success is due mainly to its ideal location on the busy sea routes between East and West. For centuries before Raffle's arrival the island had witnessed the passage of Chinese junk, Buginese (prabus),Arab (dhows) and Indian vessel of every shape and size
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Arab Street

 

SingaporeArabs were among the first to arrive in Singapore to trade, bringing with them the Islamic religion and converting many indigenous Malay to their belief. Today the old section of the city around Arab Street provides an intriguing glimpse into the Muslim way of life. The Sultan Mosque dominates the area, a fantastic building with its impressive gold dome and vast prayer hall.
Chinatown
Here amidst narrow streets of picturesque shophouses and restaurants brimming with life, the temple idol carvers, herbalists, calligraphers, traders and trishaw drivers pursue a way of life that has changed little for generations. Incense stream from the old temples, the elderly spread their wares out on the pavement for sale and sea cucumbers, regarded as a delicacy, dry in the sun. Much of Chinatown has recently been renovated, but the old traditions endure.

 

Bukit Timah Nature Reserve

 

Bukit Timah Nature ReserveSingapore is one of only two cities in the world to have a significant area of primary rainforest within its boundaries — the other being Rio de Janeiro. This 81-hectare reserve, only 12 kilometre from the city centre, contains more species of plants than the entire North American continent. At the head of the reserve lies Singapore's highest point — Bukit Timah Hill at 162.5 metres above sea level. Well marked paths lead through the jungle. Along the way, walkers can enjoy exotic birds, butterflies, inquisitive monkeys. squirrels, flying lemurs and other wildlife.

 

Little India


Little India, centred around Serangoon Road , embodies the vibrant and colourful culture of the Indian community in Singapore. Women in graceful saris and turbaned Sikhs go about their daily business in the Zhujiao Centre, where a bewildering selection of food is on sale. Small shops abound, selling bolts of glittering silks, temple garlands, gold jewellery and spices that are ground in front of you. The Hindu religion plays an important part in the life of Little India

Mandarin Orchard Singapore

 

Located on Orchard Road, Singapore's famous shopping district, this hotel is 0.5 km from Ngee Ann City, 1.5 km from Istana and Cathay, and 2 km from the Singapore National Museum.

 

Mandarin Orchard Singapore, formerly Meritus Mandarin Singapore, features amenities for business and leisure including conference and banquet facilities, wedding services, several dining options, and an outdoor swimming pool.

 

Furama City Centre

 

Located in Chinatown at the fringe of Singapore's Central Business District, Furama City Centre is just 0.4 km (0.3 mi) from the riverfront Clarke Quay. Orchard Road is 1.8 km (1.1 mi) away.

 

An outdoor pool includes a waterfall and a sundeck. The Tiffany Café & Restaurant serves international buffet and a la carte selections from a halal kitchen. Room service is available 24 hours a day.

 

 

Traders Hotel Singapore, by Shangri-la

 

Located 25 km from Changi International Airport in the fashionable area of Orchard Spring, this elegant high rise is a 5-minute walk to the upscale shopping and entertainment district on Orchard Road.

 

The hotel offers on-site dining options, a concierge, business center, and fitness facility. Recreation and relaxation choices include freeform and children's pools, a sauna, and spa tub.

 

 

 

2-Day Singapore Sightseeing

 

Enjoy unlimited all-day access to Singapore's top 5 bus and river tours that includes hop-on/hop-off privileges on city tour buses as well as the HiPPO River cruise and Bumble Bee water taxi services.

 Take 2 entire days to fully experience Singapore's multi-modal land and water touring system with a Singapore Sightseeing Pass, partaking of the top 5 city bus and river tours, complete with live on-board commentary. See the city with unlimited hop-on/hop-off access to the City Sightseeing and The Original Tour buses, linking you to major sites, attractions, and hotels and doubling as a transportation system, with a bus arriving every 20 minutes. Your hop-on/hop-off privileges also extend to the HiPPO River cruise and the Bumble Bee water taxi service, taking you for daylight or nighttime journeys along the waterway. You can even experience the Little India Walking Tour and the Chinatown Walking Tour as part of the sightseeing package, which also offers tours and visits of the integrated resorts in Singapore on the Sentosa and 2IRs Rhino Feeder.

Inclusions :

  • 2-day touring Singapore Sightseeing Pass
  • Unlimited hop-on/hop-off rides on multi-modal land and water touring system
  • Little India Walking Tour
  • Chinatown Walking Tour
  • Sentosa and 2IRs Rhino Feeder
  • Tour commentaries are available in English, French, German, Chinese, and Japanese


Hours of operation:
Tours depart hourly 10 AM–6 PM
Please note that tours do not operate on Chinese/Lunar New Year Day 1.

Locations:

  • Suntec City Galleria, Level 1
  • DUCK and HiPPO tours: Orchard (at the juntion of Carhill Road, next to the Singapore Tourism Board Visitors Centre)
  • Singapore Flyer #01-06

    Note:
    Participation is complimentary for children under the age of 3. This offer is not valid toward special themed tours such as the "Fireworks" tours. Gratuity is not included and is at your discretion.

 

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