Trip to Singapore – Part 2
…. continued from Part 1.
Officially opened in March 2009, the Singapore Flyer is currently the world’s tallest Ferris wheel. Described as an observation wheel with a diameter of 150 meters (492 feet), it reaches 42 stories high, with a total height of 165 meters (541 feet).
Each of the 28 air-conditioned capsules is capable of holding 28 passengers, and a complete rotation of the wheel takes approximately 30 minutes. It cost 30 SGD (US$20) per person (you get a discount with your Singapore Airlines boarding pass).
A popular tourist attraction, it offered broad views of the city center and beyond – lots of construction in the area as you can see.
Located on the southeast tip of the Marina Centre, the Singapore Sling is built over a three-story terminal building which houses shops, bars and restaurants.
One of the stores in the Singapore Sling complex offered Doctor Fish therapy, so we gave it a try.
Doctor Fish are fish which only consume the affected and dead areas of the skin, leaving the healthy skin to grow. The first Doctor Fish spa actually opened in Japan and can now be found around the world.
At this spa, it cost 48 SGD (US$35) for 30 minutes and a 10 minute neck massage.
One of the most well known landmarks in Singapore, the Merlion statue measures 8.6 meters high and weighs 70 tons, and was built by the late Singapore craftsman, Mr. Lim Nang Seng.
The Merlion has a lion head and a fish body resting on a crest of waves. The lion head symbolizes the legend of the discovery of Singapura, which in Sanskrit means Lion (Singa) City (Pura).
Nearby the Merlion is the Fullerton Hotel , a five-star boutique hotel with 400 rooms and suites.
Raffles Hotel is a colonial-style hotel in Singapore, dating from 1887, and named after Singapore’s founder Sir Stamford Raffles.
The Singapore Sling was invented by bartender Ngiam Tong Boon between 1910 and 1915 at the Long Bar in Raffles Hotel.
It cost about 25 SGD (US$18) for this special cocktail, you get free peanuts and can throw the shells on the floor as tradition.
One of the most popular tourists attractions in Singapore is the Night Safari, the world’s first nocturnal zoo constructed at a cost of US$40 million.
It was officially opened on May 1994 and occupies 40 hectares (0.4 km²) of secondary rainforest adjacent to the Singapore Zoo and Upper Seletar Reservoir.
The Night Safari currently houses a total of 1,040 animals of 120 species, of which 29% are threatened species. The zoo is managed by Wildlife Reserves Singapore, and about 1.1 million visitors visit the safari per year.
To be continued …