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Orchids and graffiti – An overview of Singapore's best sights (dpa German Press Agency)

by August 24, 2015 General

Frankfurt (dpa) – Many people visit Singapore solely as a stopover on
their way to elsewhere in Asia. But there are plenty of sights in
Singapore that reward a longer stay in the city-state for travellers.

– The Marina Bay Sands hotel, for example, offers a swimming pool
with a view over the whole city of Singapore. The highest hotel pool
in the world is there solely for hotel guests.

Anyone else can enjoy the view from the observation deck for 23
Singapore dollars (about 15 euros). A tip to get around the costs:
the same view is free of charge from the Ce La Vi bar, also atop the

– Directly next to the hotel is Gardens by the Bay. The botanical
park reminds one of a science-fiction theme park with its
50-metre-tall so-called Supertrees. These are steel frameworks for
ferns and climbing plants formed like giant trees. They even light up
at night.

The greenhouse, Cloud Forest, promises the highest indoor water fall.
Entrance to the park is free but you must pay to visit the

– The Raffles hotels is an often visited destination from the British
colonial period. The hotel, which is named after Singapore’s founder,
Thomas Stamford Raffles, is known throughout the world especially for
the cocktail Singapore sling.

Gin, cherry brandy and Benedictine are the drink’s main ingredients.

– A short walk from the Raffles is Haji Lane, where there is another
kind of art – far from Singapore’s extravagant Supertrees. The alleys
of the Muslim district Kampong Glam are the meeting place for another
Singapore scene, where house walls are colourfully painted and
graffiti creates a lively atmosphere.

Haji Lane is seeing more and more small fashion shops, art galleries
and cafes pop up, offering an alternative to the luxurious Orchard
Road shopping street.

– The classic botanical gardens are located not far from Orchard Road
and offer an escape from the hustle and bustle of Singapore. There
are no artificial trees there, but instead tropical plants as well as
the world’s largest collection of orchids.

Visitors will have to pay 5 Singapore dollars (about 3.30 euros) but
are rewarded with a place to truly relax.

– Back in the city jungle, a visit to Singapore’s Indian district
Little India is worthwhile. Among Hindu temples, mosques and
churches, visitors can bargain for jewellery and fine fabrics. Little
India also offers a street market and many restaurants. Another
location to go out to eat is Chinatown.