The Wangz Hotel with rooftop bar
Wangz Hotel bar located right at the top in the open area shown
|Peeking through the trees, the ship-like prow of the Marina Bay Sands. There is a 150m pool and a viewing deck up there, plus full sized palm trees.|
|A very traditional British remnant at Boat Quay||The entrance to Raffles Hotel|
Nick’s panorama of the Singapore waterfront looking to Boat Quay. Once this would have been filled with small working boats but since they dammed the river to provide additional reservoirs of fresh water, the boats no longer have access. Now it is just a few tourist boats.
There are a number of separate ethnic areas in Singapore, each with its own architecture, food centres, markets and temples, so we set out to explore a few as well as see some of the reminders of British heritage and some of the extraordinary architecture of modern Singapore.
First, Little India, then Chinatown
We spent some time taking a river cruise to see the architecture and followed that with a walk through Clarke Quay and a visit to the Asian Civilisations Museum. We also visited the Gardens by the Bay for the amazing space they have created, including artificial trees they are filling with bromeliads, and in which there is a light show each night. This in turn is connected to that weirdest of hotels, the Marina Bay Sands, a place that can’t possibly exist, but does.
|Clarke Quay|| |
|The ornate stairway in the Fullerton Hotel ||Commemorative statue on the waterfront|
|Old Police buildings converted to a new purpose|| |
A Garuda at the museum
Tentacles in the window,
a whirlpool on the roof
leading to a waterfall below around which you may be taken in a boat. Of course!