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Stopping Over in Singapore

Oct-5-2012 By Lindsey

Many of our clients fly on Emirates Airlines out of Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston, New York, or Washington D.C. to Dubai and then on to the Maldives. Stopping in Dubai can be a great way to combine a city and beach experience, but it is not the only way to combine a city and beach trip.

Singapore Skyline

An alternative idea, especially for those on the West coast is to fly on Singapore Airlines via Singapore to the Maldives. From the West Coast of the US, the Maldives is a 12 hour time zone difference. You canโ€™t get much further away than that! So it stands to reason that as Emirates flyโ€™s over Europe to Dubai and then to the Maldives, it shouldnโ€™t be that much different time wise in flying the other way, over the Pacific Ocean to Singapore and then on to the Maldives.

Using Los Angeles as an example, the flight time between Los Angeles via Singapore to the Maldives and the flight time between Los Angeles via Dubai to the Maldives are pretty close. It is about 1 hour to 1 and a half hours longer to fly via Singapore. Flying either way to the Maldives (via Dubai or Singapore) it takes about 20 to 21 hours or so of total flight time. At that stage, it is a pretty small difference in flight time.

Singapore Airlines

I checked a few random dates for flight prices next year and Singapore Airlines came out a bit less expensive than flying on Emirates Airlines. That isnโ€™t always the case, but as of the moment I checked it is less expensive to fly via Singapore than it is via Dubai. Knowing that flying via Singapore is slightly longer but also a bit less expensive, it can be worth considering Singapore as a stopover destination.

Having just returned from a week in Singapore I thought I would discuss some of the various hotels, restaurants, activities, areas and things to do.

Clark Quay

One of the wealthier countries in the World, Singapore is blessed with a number of great hotels. The most famous hotel is the Raffles Hotel Singapore where the famous Singapore Sling cocktail was first concocted. With hotel brands such as Four Seasons, Ritz Carlton, Mandarin Oriental, St. Regis, and locally known luxury hotels such as the Fullerton hotels, there are a number of great options and some pretty attractive rates as well.

Raffles Hotel Singapore

Singapore is a very easy place to get around. Taxis and the MRT (subway) are reliable, clean, and reasonably priced, making it very easy to get from one part of the city to another.

The restaurant and nightlife scene in Singapore is a lot of fun. There are numerous great spots in Singapore and areas such as Clark Quay and Boat Quay are fun areas to walk around, explore, pick a restaurant and enjoy the scenery by the river. There are hundreds of restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in the Clark Quay and Boat Quay areas! Club Street and Chijmes are two other areas with a variety of nice restaurants and bars.

Boat Quay

Famous for shopping, Singaporeโ€™s Orchard Road is the retail and entertainment hub of Singapore. The 1.3 mile long stretch of Orchard Road is one of the most visited areas in Singapore and the street is lined with shopping center after shopping center. There is a seemingly endless amount of shops in the area and it is easy to lose a day exploring the shops along Orchard Road. For a little bit of culture, a visit to the markets in Chinatown can also be a really fun experience.

Orchard Road

As a stopover on the way to the Maldives, Singapore offers the city and nightlife that the Maldives canโ€™t offer and as such it makes for a really nice combination.

Here are some of our favorite spots in Singapore:

Hotels
Raffles Hotel Singapore โ€“ Iconic hotel in Singapore.
The Fullerton Hotel Singapore โ€“ Easy walk to Boat Quay and Clark Quay.

Restaurants
Esquina โ€“ Located in Chinatown โ€“ One of the best tapas bars anywhere. Excellent food. No reservations are accepted. Only a couple doors down from The Cufflink Club.
Tippling Club โ€“ Creative tasty food!
Iggyโ€™s โ€“ One of the top rated restaurants in Singapore, it made the list of the best 50 restaurants in the World.
Drinks
The Cufflink Club โ€“ Some of the best and most creative cocktails in all of Singapore. Only a few doors down from Esquina restaurant).
Lantern Bar โ€“ Rooftop bar at Fullerton Bay Hotel with panoramic views of the Marina Bay Waterfront. Some of the most scenic views!
Skybar – At Marina Bay Sands Hotel โ€“ Views out over Singapore.

Attractions
Singapore Flyer โ€“ Tallest Ferris wheel in the World with great views.
Orchard Road โ€“ Shopping and entertainment hub of Singapore.
National Orchid Garden โ€“ Over 1,000 species of orchids and over 2,000 hybrids.
Singapore Zoo โ€“ Night safari tours make for an interesting experience.

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