MY WIFE AND I ARE PLANNING A THREE-DAY STOPOVER IN SINGAPORE. APART FROM HIGH TEA AT RAFFLES, WE HAVE NO PLANS. WE'RE BOTH 70, FIT AND HAPPY TO WALK AROUND. ANY SUGGESTIONS? J. CATTERMOLE, HEATHMONT
Stretched across 101 hectares of reclaimed land, Gardens by the Bay is Singapore's futuristic horticultural world, with vertical gardens stretching 16 storeys into the sky and a cloud forest with the world's largest indoor waterfall. In the same location, perched dramatically on top of the Marina Bay Sands, SkyBar offers the ultimate evening view of Singapore. This is also a prime spot for viewing the light and water show that takes place nightly at 8pm and 9:30pm, and on Fridays and Saturdays at 11pm. Don't miss the swimming pool, perched across Marina Bay Sands' three towers. The city's hawker food centres are a world of gastronomic pleasures. Service is minimal, airconditioning non existent, tables are shared and don't look too closely at the cloth that wipes the tables between diners, but the food punches well above its price tag. Tiong Bahru Market Hawker Centre sits in the middle of an inner-city heritage zone renowned for the traditional breakfast dish of chwee kueh, steamed rice cake topped with preserved radish and served with chilli sauce.
Singapore sweats all year round. Any outdoor activities should be planned for the relative cool of early morning or evening. Reserve the middle of the day for flopping around the pool - or shopping if you must. And Singapore has elevated the airconditioned mall to an art form.
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