Before you get here, it might be worth watching one of Viewport’s favourite movies on DVD, set in a very different Singapore to the one you’ll see today, based on a Paul Theroux story from the early 70s and filmed on location (sort of illegally – the producers had submitted a quite different script ) at the end of the decade.
Get your camera out and take a trip among some of our favourite buildings in Singapore. Typically we’ve gone a bit seventies in our choices but this was an exciting time in the post independent Singapore’s architecture scene with local architects creating new developments, as well as big names such as I M Pei, Kenzo Tange and Paul Rudolph adding to the rapidly growing city.
Take yourself beyond the shopping malls on Orchard Road and once you have visited the Gardens By the Bay and taken a stroll around the more sedate Botanical Gardens and another walk through Singapore’s seedy side at Geylang, here are our top tips:
Clearly this is a big reason to visit Singapore. Obviously you can cruise (and nearly the whole time in air conditioned comfort) along Orchard Road and marvel at the luxury of the Ion Orchard Shopping Centre and pick up a few expensive bits and bobs with posh labels. Or you can follow our suggestions.
Easily among the most hotly debated topics of conversation is food. Where do you get the best Hainanese chicken rice or prawn mee (prawn noodles) or char kway teow (stir-fried ricecake strips) in town? So let us (and our friends) help you.
You are hardly going to need us to recommend Raffles or the Fullerton Bay Hotel. Or for that matter the well established design hotels such as the New Majestic or Wanderlust. But we do have a few suggestions: