Aug 7, 2014

Why Singapore is a Fantastic Stop Over Destination to Europe for Aussie Travellers

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If on your way to Europe, why not break your trip up with a short stop over in Singapore.  Not only will you help soften the effects of jet lag but you will discover one of the most fascinating cities of the world.  You will not be disappointed.

Changi International Airport

The best airport in Asia – maybe even the world.  It has ultra-efficient immigration, you collect your luggage minutes after your plane arrives, and the taxi queue is usually less than five minutes. Plus, the Duty Free shopping is excellent.  Changi International Airport gets your holiday off to a great start.

The Food

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Singapore reigns supreme for southeast asian cuisines. Not only is there a variety of restaurants, but Singapore restaurants remain truer to the taste of the dishes home country – that is, Indian food is not adapted to Singapore – it remains traditionally Indian . Singapore just might have the widest selection of Asian food anywhere! From the local Chinese favourite, Hainanese chicken rice, to Malay dishes such as nasi lemak, Korean BBQ and there are too many dim sum’s to mention.  You can enjoy a mouthwatering bargain with the locals at Maxwell Road or Lau Pa Sat.

Safe Streets

It’s hard to dispute that Singapore is one of the safest cities in the world. Tourists can walk around after dark and feel secure from pick pockets, gangs, muggings etc.

Public Transportation

An excellent train system supplemented by busses that service the entire city.  Plus the entire transportation network is cheap!

Shopping

You can buy almost anything in Singapore, from designer clothes to fake copies.  Many say the best things to buy in Singapore are electronic goods, which usually come ready to use in any country of the world.

 S.E.A Aquarium – The world’s largest aquarium

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Step into the world’s largest aquarium and be blown away by the facility and the sea life. With more than 800 species of marine animals, the aquarium is home to manta rays, enormous goliath groupers, plus come face-to-face with over 200 sharks and an underwater reef teeming with tropical fish.

Singapore Zoo

Over 1.6 million people visit Singapore Zoo every year and love it. Best known for having one of the most beautiful wildlife park settings in the world, where animals roam freely in open and naturalistic habitats. The Zoo’s 26-hectare wildlife park is nestled within the lush Mandai rainforest that stretches into the picturesque Upper Seletar Reservoir. More than 2,800 animals representing over 300 species of mammals, birds and reptiles inhabit the zoo

There are special viewing features such as elevated platforms to view the giraffe exhibit, underwater galleries to see the otters, pygmy hippos and crocodiles, as well as glass observatories to see animals such cheetahs and lions. You can travel via trams or walk freely. You will experience some of the most distinctive global wildlife habitats of the world – such as the savannah grasslands of Wild Africa where lions, zebras and rhinoceroses roam.

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You can also enjoy the ‘Jungle Breakfast with Wildlife’ programme in the company of a family of free-ranging orang utans. Singapore Zoo also has the amazing ‘Elephants at Work and Play Show’ which is possibly their most popular attraction.

Bintan & Nikoi Islands – tropical paradise

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Just an hour by ferry from Singapore, lies the beautiful Bintan islands. The white sand beaches are endless and quiet. Ruins from the old Malay kingdom offers visitors a bit of history. Friendly people and good food are bountiful. Bintan boasts tropical clear beaches and water that are ideal for swimming and snorkelling.

There are a range of hotels to choose from: for every budget and experience. Including Club Med, the romantic Banyan Tree resorts, or the family-friendly Bintan Lagoon Resort. However the food and drinks on the island are a touch expensive.

You can enjoy a seafood lunch or dinner on stilt-houses over the ocean.  Or if you want to let your hair down, then the weekend beach parties are great fun.  For the more adventurous, mangrove visits, trips to nearby Tanjung Pinang, and trips to Dolphin Island’s are recommended.

If you want a more remote experience then the white sand and palm trees of Nikoi Island are perfect. There are two storey, open-plan timber cottages on the beach – which are an amazing experience.  And barefoot dining with sand floors in a thatched open room is something you will long remember.  The prices are very reasonable on Nikoi – with fresh and filling local produce including seafood offered for lunch and evening meals.

Singapore Botanic Gardens

The 150-year old Singapore Botanic Gardens is a star attraction. The Gardens posses an array of botanical and horticultural attractions and they sprawl all over many hectares, encompassing three ‘lakes’ and a variety of gardens.

They are open from 5 a.m. to midnight. You should wander through the rainforest (the main boardwalk through it is entered from Upper Palm Valley Road) and then take in the famous National Orchid Garden’s flowering splendor. It has over 1,000 orchid species and 2,000 hybrids. However, the National Orchid Garden—the park’s crown jewel—only welcomes visitors from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and charges $5 SGD for admission. Students and seniors receive reduced $1 SGD tickets.

Check out Chinatown

Chinatown is nestled close to the bustling business hub. Interestingly, the Chinese community has grown to encompass 65% of the population in Singapore.

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Chinatown is now made up of exotic pre-war shop houses, home to merchants who hawk bales of silk, traditional handicrafts, and gold and jade jewellery. The best time to visit Chinatown is during Chinese New Year, when the Chinatown Food Market bustles with traditional lion dances and opera performances. The markets abound with a multitude of stalls selling paper lanterns, Chinese calligraphy, opera masks, contemporary fashion and festive food.

Gardens by the Bay

Singapore’s 101-hectare Gardens by the Bay are home to an exotic array of flora and fauna. The main attraction continues to be the stunning Super-trees, a group of dazzling, 50m structures choreographed to lights and music.

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Travel Insurance for Singapore

Even in sophisticated Singapore, the unexpected can happen and that usually means – big bill!  Travel Insurance Plus offers quality travel insurance for less than you might expect.  You can purchase one weeks cover from $67 which will include unlimited medical and emergency assistance, lost luggage, travel delay, flight cancelations plus much more.

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