1. Singapore Sling – Famous Drink
“Ehhhk, tastes like sugar water with strawberry syrup…” Well yeah, my friend pretty much made the point. One of Singapore’s most iconic attractions, the world famous Singapore Sling isn’t really as good as one might assume.
Especially if served at the even more “iconic” Raffles Hotel (where it is said to have been originated) you can expect a more or less “pre-made” mixture of ingredients that do reassemble the original mixture as much as the Prata tastes like Pancake.
• Go and visit one of Singapore’s great Rooftop bars and have a locally brewed Tiger Beer or for the non-alcoholics, take a refreshing Barli with ice!
2. Merlion – Singapore’s Icon
Raww! Boom… And then there was lightning and the Merlion not anymore. Not long ago Singapore’s emblem, the Merlion was struck by lightning and partly retired. What are the chances? Hence, I think it was a sign.
Who can actually still find joy in watching a concrete mixture of Fish and Lion spit water in the smelly Marina Bay while ten construction sites around you pollute the air with dust.
• Go and see real animals in Singapore’s outstanding Zoo instead! (Singapore Zoo Information)
3. Sentosa – Island
Once the island was called “Pulau Blakang Mati” which practically means “Death From Behind“.
Then the Singapore Tourism Board stepped in and quickly gave it today’s much more charming name.
Well, maybe the original name wasn’t so far fetched. Don’t expect too much from a completely artificial island, with dirty water and Disneyland character instead of laid back chillout zone.
The island is overcrowded with construction sides and on weekends overcrowded with people..
• Catch a 2$ ride to Puala Ubin instead, rent a bicycle over there, and have a great day in the “real” nature! (The 5 Most Beautiful Nature Walks In Singapore)
4. China Town – History
Massage? Beer? Tiger? Food One For One? Camera? Souvenir? Yes, China Town might be appealing for people who’s first step ever into the Asian continent is Singapore and they want to see the “real” side.
Well, its not anyway, much more like another place to concentrate the mass of tourists into the smallest space possible and then press the money out of them until they are dry.
People..this is not China! Please only go to China Town for the couple of good bars located around Club Street.
• Visit the Singapore National or Art Museum instead and get an idea of what Singapore is about and then visit China Town when you are … in China. (10 Really Unique Things To Do In Singapore)
5. Sim Lim – Cheap Electronics
My first quite simple advice would be, “Do not visit Sim Lim”..
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‘)); ?> Then, since I know you will probably ignore number one, the second advice is “Know what you want and its rough price, be aware that most shops WILL try to scam you and that products can easily be fake, second hand or not working at all, don’t pay with Credit Card, don’t get lured into buying anything but your initial intention, don’t trust what the unprofessional shop sellers tell you, ask for net prices including taxes etc…and actually… Do Not Visit Sim Lim“… enough said.
• If you really want to go on a shopping spree for electronics visit Funan just nearby. Prices might be slightly higher, but shops are much more transparent and service much higher. (The Top 7 Items To Buy In Singapore)