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singapore.jpgSingapore is indeed a unique country. It is made up of not just one island but a main island with 63 surrounding islets. The main island has a total land area of 682 square km. However, its compact size belies its economic growth. It is the busiest port in the world with over 600 shipping lines sending super tankers, container ships and passenger liners to share the busy waters with coastal fishing vessels and wooden lighters. Singapore's strategic location, excellent facilities, fascinating cultural contrasts and tourist attractions contribute to its success as a leading destination for both business and pleasure. There are exciting attractions at daytime and exquisite events at night that will keep you sleepless throughout your tour.


The Merlion

The Merlion was first designed as an emblem for the Singapore Tourist Promotion Board (STPB) in 1964 – the lion ead with a fish body resting on a crest of waves quickly became Singapore’s icon to the rest of the world.

Exciting Rides and Attractions in Singapore

Carlsberg Sky Tower

Feel Like Getting High? Catch panoramic views across Singapore, Sentosa and the Southern Islands from Singapore’s highest viewing platform. Day or night, views from the tower promise to be both scenic and breathtaking as it gently revolves to a height of 131 metres above sea level. Spot Indonesia and Malaysia in the horizon, as you scan the skies for birds and planes streaking across the brilliant blue sky.

DHL Balloon

Climb on board Singapore’s first helium balloon ride – a novel way to take in the wondrous sounds and beautiful cityscape of Singapore. The DHL Balloon – the world’s largest tethered helium balloon designed in France. It can take up to 29 passengers and drifts upwards to a height of 150m (40 storeys) to unfold a breath-taking 360 degree panoramic view of the city. For 7 – 10 minutes, you’ll be floating on a balcony with nothing under your feet except a bird’s eye view of the lion city. Do it if you’re not afraid of heights and don’t forget to bring your cameras!

Cineblast

Prepare for the ride of your life! Feel the exhilaration of flying to the top of the highest mountains, the stomach-churning thrill of rushing into the deepest valleys, and the gripping excitement of being tossed about in whitewater rapids. That’s what you can expect at CineBlast, Asia’s first and only experiential cinema ride and Singapore’s only virtual rollercoaster ride. With a high-definition wide-screen projection and state-of-the-art 6-axis motion system, you’ll be transported into parallel worlds of fun and mind-blowing experiences.

G-Max Reversed Bungy

Singapore’s first ever bungy! Be launched skywards at 200km per hour to a dazzling height of 60 meters! Experience G forces similar to those experienced by astronauts in a rocket launch, all in the safety of the latest G-MAX technology.

Sentosa Luge & Skyride

The first ever Luge in Southeast Asia. Part go-cart, part-toboggan, pure excitement – the luge is a fun-filled gravity ride that’s safe for all ages.

Singapore Flyer

Singapore Flyer offers you breathtaking, 360° panoramic views of Singapore and beyond (opening in early 2008). Located at Marina Bay, it sits astride a three-storey Retail Terminal with an exciting array of retail and F&B choices. A central atrium opens out to a lush tropical rainforest, while an open-air theatre hosts live performances.

Boat Quay

Shop, eat and be entertained by the riverside! Featuring five blocks of restored warehouses, Clarke Quay offers a quirky alternative to mainstream attractions, with second-hand and antique shops, flea markets and restaurants with an amazing array of F&B options.

If you want to visit Singapore, prepare P20,000.00 to P30,000.00 (pocket money included) for a roundtrip ticket and hotel accomodation. May i suggest that you make Kuala Lumpur as your “sidetrip”. The bus fare from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur is S$ 35.00 or P1,050.00.

Excerpted from Visit Singapore.

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