Over the years Singapore has transformed itself into one of the most dynamic and innovative tourist destinations.
From the time you land at, and then experience Changi Airport you are seemingly embraced in a Disney like experience.
Singapore however is much, much more than Disneyland.
The best way to get into Singapore City from the airport is on the MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) system. If you are staying downtown or perhaps on Sentosa Island then this is definitely the way to travel.
The MRT is spotlessly clean, has air conditioning like most places in Singapore and within an hour you will be in the heart of the Singapore CBD.
When it comes hotels you are spoilt for choice in Singapore. No matter what your budget is, Singapore can cater for you.
From luxurious five star options to budget boutique solutions, Singapore has it all.
We were fortunate to stay with friends during our stay.
Singapore is the place to come if you want to shop, try amazing food, spend a few days in transit, or perhaps to watch the Formula One Grand Prix.
Sentosa Island is a great place to visit, and you can get there a variety of ways. From the mainland you can take the cable car from the Harbourside Mall and experience a really cool round trip via Mt Faber.
Once on Sentosa Island there is plenty to do. From chilling out on the man made beaches, or taking in all of the entertainment at Universal Studios.
There is a free bus service on the island so make use of this as it will save you from getting drenched in your own sweat.
The beaches are safe for swimming on the island.
Every chance we can we get out on the water. Mark had a great time hanging out with some of the locals from a kayak club.
You can hire kayaks in Singapore and have some fun times on the Marina Bay waterway. Seeing Singapore from the water is a different and unique experience.
Singapore is famous for its food and we found many great places to eat. From the infamous Hawker Centres to the old shop houses you really can't go wrong.
We loved the Old Airport Road Food Centre. If you take the MRT to the Mountbatten Station and then walk about two minutes along Old Airport Road you will find all kinds of amazing dishes.
Walking around Singapore you can find many hidden gems. We loved Ann Siang Hill where there are plenty of cool restaurants and cafes. If you are after nightlife then check out nearby Club Street for Clubs and Pubs.
If shopping is your thing, then start at the top of Orchard Road and make your way all the way down to Marina Esplanade. In between there are shopping mall after shopping mall.
We liked going to Chinatown and to places a little further out of town, like the Mustafa Shopping Centre in Little India which is a once in a lifetime experience. To say this shopping centre has 'everything' is an under statement.
Singapore will surprise you every time you visit. It is a place that is constantly re inventing itself and that's why we love to travel there.
No matter what your taste Singapore has a flavour to suit you. So next time you are flying past the equator make sure to set aside some quality time to check out the incredible Republic of Singapore.
Must DO's while in Singapore.
* Grab a Singapore Sling at the famous Raffles Hotel.
* Visit Sentosa Island (Universal Studios) and tour the islands activities.
* Mt Faber Cable Car - The best way to get to Sentosa Island
* Try the Chilli Crab at East Coast Park ( Jumbo Seafood is great)
* Shopping Experience visit Mustafas in Little India, you will be blown away.
* Visit the roof top bar at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel.
* Catch the sunrise from the East Coast Park, then join in a session of Tai Chi
* Walk the length of Orchard Road and embrace the incredible shopping experience.
* Visit Clarke Quay and Boat Quay for a wide variety of eating options.
* If Nightlife is your thing head toward Club Street and check out the local scene.
* Old Airport Road Hawker Centre is where you can experience the real local food at budget prices.
* The Botanic Gardens and Chinese Gardens are a great relaxing place to visit.