At the end of our 15-night "Spices, Teas & Rubber Trees" Voyage this past November, I rediscovered one of my favorite cities: Singapore.
Singapore, located in Southeast Asia, is a city-state and one of the smallest countries in the world. Geographically it seems to be part of Malaysia, and for two years was officially part of the country of Malaysia. But its predominant influence and most recent occupier is Britain, from whom Singapore gained independence in 1965. TSingapore is predominantly Chinese by population, and besides Malayans and Indians there is a sizeable Western population lured by the global commerce, transportation and financial service industries. All of this combines to make Singapore an incredible melting pot, not to mention a fascinating dining destination.
My husband and I spent 3 days in Singapore and never had a meal that didn’t exceed our expectations. Everyone says to try the Chili Crab while in Singapore but I say try the Black Pepper Crab. It is one of those dishes we will never forget it was so good. I would fly across the Pacific Ocean just for that!
Singapore is probably the cleanest city I have ever seen and it may be the most prosperous. Ninety percent of the residents own their own homes we are told. We had an eclectic mix of accommodations while in Singapore: one night on the Azamara Quest docked at Harbourfront Center (with the famous Singapore aerial gondolas flying over the pool deck en-route to Sentosa Island); one night at The Scarlett Hotel on the edge of Chinatown; and one night at the Village Hotel Katong, halfway to the airport (due to a very early flight.)
Singapore is said to be one of the most visited cities in the world. One of the main attractions, besides the famous Raffles Hotel, is the shopping. The most famous shopping boulevard, Orchard Road, is 1.3 miles long and has nearly 5,000 retail stores. And this is by no means the only shopping area in town. Downtown and throughout various neighborhoods are spectacular malls, arcades and street stalls. You could spend weeks here and never find all the shopping ‘opportunities.’ We did little shopping although I did find a few gifts to bring home to friends and family.
My one regret is that we took a half-day city tour on our last day in Singapore. The tour was led by an excellent local travel guide who introduced us to so many neighborhoods, including the Singapore Botanical Garden. My regret is I discovered only at the last minute so many more places I’d love to explore.
I will definitely be going back to Singapore! Azamara has many upcoming itineraries that include Singapore. View them here.
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