Singapore is one of those comfortable places where I’d happily return even once a year on my way to somewhere else, just to walk along the gorgeous quay, revisit my favourite neighbourhoods and stuff my face with the great food. It’s also the closest I can get to a tropical vacation without the excessive noise, pollution and disorders of less developed countries like Thailand and Vietnam – no offense, but strolling through the streets of Hanoi is not exactly a pleasure.
Before landing in Australia, my last stop on the journey which would end in me arriving in Melbourne tired and confused, was 7 days in Singapore. There I stayed at Hotel 1929 and had some great moments exploring China town and the greener part of Singapore such as the Orchid Gardens. But recently I was going through my collection of photos from that trip, and I realised that I hadn’t written or published anything about my very favourite part of Singapore – Its quays and bay area.
I visited this area both by day and by night. During the day, I took a cruise with an extremely cheesy commentary which showed me around the quays and told me about the history of the different areas. Despite the fact that I wanted to know who the recorded voice of the woman speaking the commentary belonged to so I could slap her, it was thoroughly enjoyable as it was much easier to explore the area on a boat as opposed to on foot given the intense heat. The cruise finished in front of the impressive Marina Sands resort, which is a stunner at any hour.
In the evening, the heat would ease and I tackled the beautiful promenades at either side of the river. The skyscrapers were all lit up, sparkling and imposing, and locals and tourists alike turned the otherwise quiet streets into places full of chatting and laughter. Hoards of people clustered around the famous merlion statue, which is made to change colour every so often with clever light effects. And the star of the scene was still, and always would be, the Marina Sands Resort, lit up like some kind of Startrek space ship ready to take off.
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-Text and Photography by Denise Pulis @www.theartofslowtravel.com