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Fantastic Singapore is a perfect city for tourists to enjoy!

The infinity pool on the roof of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel is the hottest ticket in town but only hotel guests can swim here; we had the same view from the adjacent bar without spending $500  per night

The infinity pool on the roof of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel is the hottest ticket in town but only hotel guests can swim here; we had the same view from the adjacent bar without spending $500+ per night

Singaporeans enjoy one of the world's longest life expectancies and one of the lowest infant mortality rates; it rates highly in key social indicators: education, healthcare, quality of life, personal safety and housing (home-ownership rate is 90%)

Singaporeans enjoy one of the world's longest life expectancies and one of the lowest infant mortality rates; it rates highly in key social indicators: education, healthcare, quality of life, personal safety and housing (home-ownership rate is 90%)

Singapore has the most picturesque harbor of any big city in the world; the centerpiece is the Marina Bay Sands hotel with 3 55 story towers topped by a cantilevered SkyPark

Singapore has the most picturesque harbor of any big city in the world; the centerpiece is the Marina Bay Sands hotel with 3 55 story towers topped by a cantilevered SkyPark

We bought the Singapore Tourist Pass which gave us unlimited rides on the public buses and subway; they were clean, efficient and very easy to use (it's expensive to have a car so there's much less traffic than you would expect)

We bought the Singapore Tourist Pass which gave us unlimited rides on the public buses and subway; they were clean, efficient and very easy to use (it's expensive to have a car so there's much less traffic than you would expect)

The Singapore Botanic Gardens is the first and only tropical botanic garden on UNESCO's World Heritage List and the only Singapore site to make the prestigious list

The Singapore Botanic Gardens is the first and only tropical botanic garden on UNESCO's World Heritage List and the only Singapore site to make the prestigious list

The VIP Orchid Collection features many orchids named for famous visitors to Singapore; this species is called Lady Diana and we also saw orchids named for the Obamas, Nelson Mandela, Angela Merkel and the Pences

The VIP Orchid Collection features many orchids named for famous visitors to Singapore; this species is called Lady Diana and we also saw orchids named for the Obamas, Nelson Mandela, Angela Merkel and the Pences

Singapore has about 6 million residents and is the second most densely populated country in the world (after Monaco); the country is only 280 sq mi and lies 85 miles north of the Equator

Singapore has about 6 million residents and is the second most densely populated country in the world (after Monaco); the country is only 280 sq mi and lies 85 miles north of the Equator

This area is home to myriad cultures and is the only Chinatown in the world to boast a Buddhist temple, a mosque and a Hindu temple along a single street

This area is home to myriad cultures and is the only Chinatown in the world to boast a Buddhist temple, a mosque and a Hindu temple along a single street

More than 10,000 small Buddhas line the walls of Buddha's Tooth Relic Temple and Museum; I was initially denied entry because my temperature was a little too high (coronavirus checks were frequent!)

More than 10,000 small Buddhas line the walls of Buddha's Tooth Relic Temple and Museum; I was initially denied entry because my temperature was a little too high (coronavirus checks were frequent!)

In 19th century Singapore, Chinese festivals were often marked by elaborate street processions; the area wasn't very crowded when we walked around

In 19th century Singapore, Chinese festivals were often marked by elaborate street processions; the area wasn't very crowded when we walked around

View of Gardens by the Bay from the top of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel next door; incredible sights for any tourist and definite must sees

View of Gardens by the Bay from the top of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel next door; incredible sights for any tourist and definite must sees

People of the River is an interesting sculpture on the Singapore River at the Cavenagh Bridge (the only suspension bridge and the city's oldest, dating from 1869)

People of the River is an interesting sculpture on the Singapore River at the Cavenagh Bridge (the only suspension bridge and the city's oldest, dating from 1869)

Singapore has been ranked as the most expensive city in which to live since 2013; hotel costs were extremely high but other expenses for tourists didn't seem too bad

Singapore has been ranked as the most expensive city in which to live since 2013; hotel costs were extremely high but other expenses for tourists didn't seem too bad

The Singapore Flyer was closed during our visit (saved us each $33); it used to be the world's largest observation wheel until one in Las Vegas beat it

The Singapore Flyer was closed during our visit (saved us each $33); it used to be the world's largest observation wheel until one in Las Vegas beat it

The Singapore Botanic Garden is free but you do have to pay $4 US to visit the Orchid Garden; considering how expensive everything in Singapore is this was one of the few bargains

The Singapore Botanic Garden is free but you do have to pay $4 US to visit the Orchid Garden; considering how expensive everything in Singapore is this was one of the few bargains

Henderson Waves connects Mount Faber Park to Telok Blangah Hill Park; standing 36 m above Henderson Road, it is the highest pedestrian bridge in Singapore

Henderson Waves connects Mount Faber Park to Telok Blangah Hill Park; standing 36 m above Henderson Road, it is the highest pedestrian bridge in Singapore

Alexandra Arch is an 80 m long bridge on the Southern Ridges walk; the walk is comprised of a 10 km chain of parks and green open spaces

Alexandra Arch is an 80 m long bridge on the Southern Ridges walk; the walk is comprised of a 10 km chain of parks and green open spaces

Thian Hock Keng is the oldest Hokkien temple in Singapore, founded in 1842; the subway took much longer than an Uber to get to our hotel from the airport and the price difference was minimal

Thian Hock Keng is the oldest Hokkien temple in Singapore, founded in 1842; the subway took much longer than an Uber to get to our hotel from the airport and the price difference was minimal

Sultan Mosque, built in 1928, is Singapore's largest mosque and the most famous landmark in the Kampong Glam neighborhood; non-Singaporeans now account for more than half the nation's population

Sultan Mosque, built in 1928, is Singapore's largest mosque and the most famous landmark in the Kampong Glam neighborhood; non-Singaporeans now account for more than half the nation's population

Sri Mariamman Temple is the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore, founded in 1827; once a year, Hindus line up to run across red hot coals to prove the strength of their faith

Sri Mariamman Temple is the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore, founded in 1827; once a year, Hindus line up to run across red hot coals to prove the strength of their faith

Buddha's Tooth Relic Museum and Temple is cherished by the local Chinese who make up a majority of the population in Singapore; the tooth is located on the 4th floor but, due to the coronavirus, visitors were restricted to the ground floor

Buddha's Tooth Relic Museum and Temple is cherished by the local Chinese who make up a majority of the population in Singapore; the tooth is located on the 4th floor but, due to the coronavirus, visitors were restricted to the ground floor

The new Parliament House opened in 1999 at one of the premier locations in the country where the Singapore River flows into Marina Bay; the weather is extremely hot and humid requiring multiple showers each day

The new Parliament House opened in 1999 at one of the premier locations in the country where the Singapore River flows into Marina Bay; the weather is extremely hot and humid requiring multiple showers each day

Singapore has 5.7 million people living in an area 3 1/2 times the size of Washington, DC; I expected a country that looked more like Manhattan but there were nice neighborhoods with no tall buildings

Singapore has 5.7 million people living in an area 3 1/2 times the size of Washington, DC; I expected a country that looked more like Manhattan but there were nice neighborhoods with no tall buildings

The Raffles Hotel started in 1887 and recently re-opened after an extensive remodel; it is now opened by a Qatari company but is famous as the birthplace, in 1915, of the Singapore Sling cocktail

The Raffles Hotel started in 1887 and recently re-opened after an extensive remodel; it is now opened by a Qatari company but is famous as the birthplace, in 1915, of the Singapore Sling cocktail

Clarke Quay has become a restaurant and nightclub hub along the Singapore River; during the colonial era, barges would transport goods upstream to warehouses here

Clarke Quay has become a restaurant and nightclub hub along the Singapore River; during the colonial era, barges would transport goods upstream to warehouses here

Fountain of Wealth; foreigners from Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka do most of the manual labor jobs; the city was very peaceful with no sirens and lots of green space

Fountain of Wealth; foreigners from Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka do most of the manual labor jobs; the city was very peaceful with no sirens and lots of green space

Haji Lane was an artsy, bohemian area of Singapore that I'm sure would be packed in the evenings; the nation's population breakdown is 74% Cinese, 13% Mlaysian, 9% Idian and 4% oher

Haji Lane was an artsy, bohemian area of Singapore that I'm sure would be packed in the evenings; the nation's population breakdown is 74% Chinese, 13% Malaysian, 9% Indian and 4% other

Esplanade - Theaters on the Bay opened in 2002 and offers local and international performances as well as free outdoor performances; it also home to the Singapore Symphony Orchestra

Esplanade - Theaters on the Bay opened in 2002 and offers local and international performances as well as free outdoor performances; it also home to the Singapore Symphony Orchestra

In 2015, Lonely Planet and The New York Times listed Singapore as their top and 6th best world destination to visit respectively; I'd definitely put the city very high on my list too!

In 2015, Lonely Planet and The New York Times listed Singapore as their top and 6th best world destination to visit respectively; I'd definitely put the city very high on my list too!

Singapore attracted 18.5 million international tourists in 2018, more than 3 times Singapore's total population; Singapore is the 5th most visited city in the world and 2nd in the Asia-Pacific region

Singapore attracted 18.5 million international tourists in 2018, more than 3 times Singapore's total population; Singapore is the 5th most visited city in the world and 2nd in the Asia-Pacific region

In the foreground is the ArtScience Museum designed by the same architect as the Marina Bay Sands Hotel; it hosts a wide range of travelling exhibitions but we skipped it

In the foreground is the ArtScience Museum designed by the same architect as the Marina Bay Sands Hotel; it hosts a wide range of travelling exhibitions but we skipped it

The port of Singapore is one of the busiest in Asia with hundred of ships waiting to unload their cargo; the stable government has encouraged businesses to use Singapore as their Asian base

The port of Singapore is one of the busiest in Asia with hundred of ships waiting to unload their cargo; the stable government has encouraged businesses to use Singapore as their Asian base

We had arrived in Singapore this morning at 6am and couldn't get into our hotel room until 3pm so we walked all over this hot and humid city trying to keep our bodies on a normal schedule

We had arrived in Singapore this morning at 6am and couldn't get into our hotel room until 3pm so we walked all over this hot and humid city trying to keep our bodies on a normal schedule

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