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Getting to Singapore and exploring day 1


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The flight to Singapore from Brisbane is about eight and a half hours. As we had to be at the airport at about 9:30am we decided to stay in Brisbane overnight. The Airport Clayfield Hotel offers long term car parking for $5 per day so we stayed overnight and caught the shuttle to the airport on Monday morning.

The flight boarded and left on time, and actually arrived 10 minutes early. I've heard of the term "cattle class", and now I've experienced it. I'm sure there's less room on international flights than there is on domestic flights. Very claustrophobic - but I handled it ok, and so did Kevin.

Arriving at Singapore we followed the crowd and lined up to go through security, which all went smoothly. After collecting our bags we headed to the shuttle buses, but couldn't get one to our hotel so opted for a taxi instead (door to door). The first thing we noticed going outdoors was the heat and humidity - it was after 7pm but hot enough to start sweating as soon as we left the air conditioning.

Check-in at the Ascott Raffles Place was quick and easy. The room is perfect for our stay, fully equipped with everything we need. We even had a complimentary platter of fruit and bottles of cold water. After checking out the room we dumped our bags and went in search of food. We quickly found a food court (which turned out to be in Chinatown) but there was little that Kevin felt up to attempting, so we ended up going back to the hotel restaurant. It's been a long day - we'll be more adventurous tomorrow....
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The next morning we explored more of our surrounds, found breakfast, then tackled the MRT (rail system) to go to Gardens by the Bay. There are two big domes with climate controlled environments - the temperature is 23-25 degrees (much nicer than the hot/humid temperate outside). The first is the dome of flowers, then the dome of clouds. We must have walked for miles around those dome, but it is very worthwhile - such beautiful gardens. In the dome of flowers there are different types of gardens at varying levels, with the warm climate plants near the top of the dome and the cooler climate plants near the bottom. The Dome of clouds is like a mountain of forest with a waterfall providing mist and moisture. The cloud walk and treetop walk provide a spectacular show of orchids, pitcher plants, ferns and other moist tropical plants.
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Artwork scattered throughout the gardens were also tastefully done - we were especially impressed with the driftwood sculptures (see some of the pics).
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Some other observations from day 1: It's always extremely humid, always; there are miles of walkways (links) underground (which are air conditioned); the trains are driverless, plentiful and clean; Visa is not always accepted, but we found an ATM and the cash (which is Singapore Dollars) is clearly marked and easy to use; everything is expensive.

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Posted by snikpohks 03:18 Archived in Singapore Tagged gardens singapore hotel the airport by bay brisbane mrt clayfield Comments (0)

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