Arrived in Singapore early morning. The first thing that hits you is the humidity. Within minutes outside your clothes are sticking to you. It was a nice relief though after the very long winter in the UK.
Went straight to check-in to Carlton Hotel. I made the mistake of telling the taxi driver that it was our first trip to Singapore. He then tried to rip us off thinking we wouldn't understand the tarrifs or the currency. I was jet-lagged but not that jet-lagged!
We were early to the hotel (check-in is 2pm) but they allowed us to check-in a few hours early and gave us drink vouchers while we were waiting for the room to be ready.
Was delighted to find that our room had a beatiful view overlooking the Raffles Hotel and looking towards the CBD.
Went to bed for a few hours before venturing out for a late lunch. We went to the first place we came across which was the food court in the Raffles Plaza Shopping Centre. If you want a large choice of really cheap chinese food this is the place to go!
We then took the MRT (tube/subway) to Orchard St. We could have easily walked it but we knew we would have to suffer the moanings of our 4 year old daughter! We walked out into Orchard St amazed to find a TopShop and TopMan. Soon we discovered that pretty much every UK brand is available in Singapore. The shopping malls are incredibly clean and have a much greater variety of shops than in the UK.
We later took a taxi down to Boat Quay where we ate at a seafood restaurant and took a ride on a bumboat down the Singapore River.