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10 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018956
Using a deck of cards as a template for a casino-hotel might seem surprising, but Moshe Safdie’s design for Marina Bay Sands, the world’s most expensive building, is undeniably a show-stopper. Containing a retail space, convention center, hotel...
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39 Artillery Ave, Singapore 099958
This island connected to Singapore’s main island by a causeway bridge, and only 15 minutes by taxi from the business district, is where locals come to play. For what was once little more than a former fishing village, it certainly packs in plenty...
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80 Mandai Lake Rd, Singapore 729826
We could rattle off statistics like how 2,800 animals and more than 300 species of mammals, birds, and reptiles live at the Singapore Zoo, and 1.6 million people visit it each year, but simply put this impressive attraction in the island’s north...
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41 Cambridge Rd, Singapore 210041
Farrer Park is a neighborhood in transition at the northern end of Little India. Trendy cafes have popped up across from a famous bak kut teh (pork rib soup) shop, and older housing estates are now sharing space with newer condominium...
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Singapore
Singapore's Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system is new, modern, clean and efficient, much like Singapore itself. Buy an EasyLink Card in any MRT station and you're on your way. Check www.smrt.com.sg for maps, service updates and more.
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1 Raffles Place, Singapore 048616
For that elusive wow factor, head straight for Singapore's highest rooftop bar, 1 Altitude, on the 63rd floor of 1 Raffles Place. The views from this expansive space are amazing in every direction. It’s a great spot for a sunset cocktail or, once...
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8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269
Universal Studios in Singapore is a small park compared to its North American siblings but there are still a number of impressive 3-D and 4-D rides that feature the latest in amusement park technology. Come on a weekday morning, if you can, to...
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51 Imbiah Walk, Sentosa, Singapore 099538
ZoukOut is an annual beach rave hosted by Singapore dance club Zouk in December on Sentosa. Zouk has some clout when it comes to the EDM scene and they tend to pull in some big names. In typical Singapore fashion, the event is very well organised...
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Singapore
In a land with no seasons, colorful festivals with fireworks, parades, and special treats mark the passage of time. Chinese New Year, the country’s biggest holiday, means lion dances, drums, and elaborate meals. On this weekend, family and friends...
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Owen Rd & Cambridge Rd, Singapore
Kopi is the Malay/Hokkien term for coffee, an obsession imparted to Singaporeans by the British, but it doesn't taste like any coffee you know. The beans are roasted in sugar and butter, giving them a shiny appearance before they are ground and...
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Singapore
In most of Singapore, street art is still considered vandalism. But the city has started to sanction some street art projects that are adding a lively new dimension to the urban landscape. At the pedestrian Helix Bridge, which opened in 2010 and...
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10 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018956
If money is no object, staying near the Marina in Singapore is a great choice. On one side you have the bizarrely mesmerizing Marina Bay Sands development, which includes a hotel, casino (note that the Chinese take their gambling very seriously),...
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2 Dickson Rd, Singapore 209494
Another of attorney-turned-hotelier Loh Lik Peng’s boutique properties (along with the New Majestic), Wanderlust is perhaps the quirkiest hotel in Singapore, taking guests on a fanciful journey that befits its name. The building opened in...
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15 Hoe Chiang Road, 01-01, Singapore 089316
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Clearly not designed by, or for, shrinking violets, Klapsons is as bold in its decor and colors as in its ambition to stand out among the buttoned-down business district hotels. The hotel’s moniker might sound...
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1 Beach Rd, Singapore 189673
The hotel is scheduled to close completely for renovations beginning in December 2017. It is currently set to reopen in mid-2018. A hotel whose name is instantly recognizable, the Raffles Singapore is pure colonial confection, a landmark...
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35 Robinson Rd, Singapore 068876
The newest outpost of the French hotel company SO brand (the other two are in Bangkok and Mauritius), the SO Sofitel Singapore opened at the end of May 2014, adding a bit of glam and poking a bit of fun at this staid part of the city. Set in the...
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289 Beach Rd, Singapore 199552
This funky dorm-style capsule hotel in Kampong Glam provides a low-cost alternative for flashpackers who like stylish amenities but don’t need a lot of space. The list of swag that comes with your sleeping pod includes free wifi, free breakfast,...
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31–37 Bukit Pasoh Road, Singapore 089845
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Set in a row of shophouses—traditional double-use structures with a storefront on the street level, the owner’s residence on the floors above—the New Majestic Hotel is a small gem in Chinatown filled with...
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39 Ann Siang Rd, Singapore 069716
Those looking for a budget accommodation with a touch of luxury in Singapore need look no further than Matchbox The Concept Hostel. The pod-style beds have a welcoming glow and provide a sense of privacy that many other hostels often lack. And...
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I'm not really a spa person and I don't love massages but I have become addicted to foot reflexology at Mr Lim's in People's Park Complex. It can be more painful at times than relaxing and it feels more like physical therapy than pampering but...