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Impressions of Singapore
A unique mix of South East Asian hospitaly, cuisine and culture mixed with a healthy dose of Dubai's architecture and topped off by a little Disney pixie dust. That's how I see Singapore, that tiny island state on the Equator. Home to more than 5 million people, Singapore dazzles the visitor with its eclectic architecture, its excellent food, its cleanliness and its friendliness. A lot of money has been spent on making this a tourist mecca and it shows. Ultra modern skyscrapers and shopping malls stand shoulder to shoulder with colonial buildings and local markets. The intriguing cultural diversity combined with safety and cleanliness makes that Singapore will appeal to almost everyone instantly. So let's take a quick photo tour of a few of the many highlights of that fascinating island state on the Equator.
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Dominating the downtown bay area is the striking Marina Bay Sands. Developed by the Las Vegas Sands Corporation, it cost a staggering S$ 8 billion to build and was completed in 2010. Three sloping hotel towers (with 2,500 rooms in total) are connected by a rooftop "surf board" with a spectacular 150 m / 490 ft long infinity pool (hotel guests only), an observation platform and a trendy night club, all at 191 m / 626 ft above the ground. For less Vegas-esque surroundings, don't miss the Raffles Hotel. Built in the early 1800s, it is epitome of colonial grace and luxury. The hotel's Long Bar is busy day and night with people ordering the signature Singapore Sling cocktail. It's all very traditional, but oh so nice. And finally, may I recommend the Lantern Bar and Pool at the Fullerton Bay Hotel. Located on the bay across from the Marina Bay Sands, this is the place to go for that sunset cocktail.
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