Sentosa-typically Singapore

Trip Start Sep 12, 2008
Trip End Oct 21, 2008

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Thursday, October 2, 2008

We decided to go to Sentosa island (south of Singapore) as apparently 'it's what the tourists do'! There are many ways to get to the island, but we went by cable car, takes about 20 mins (although you can arrange to have a candle-lit meal on one, obviously inducing indigestion!) and you 'fly' over the harbor where all the big cruise liners come in. The view towards Singapore is far nicer than the other way, we came back in day light but I'm sure at night t\it looks amazing with all the skyscrapers lit up. The northern point of Sentosa is being developed into a theme park (even though that is basically the point of the island anyway) and is currently a mass of cranes and other plant.

I can't really comment on the attractions as we didn't really do any of them (so expensive and geared towards kids), but there is an underwater park which is meant to be good. The only thing we did was the luge. Think sleigh/toboggan meets go-kart. You only go about 2km but still quite fun. I got stuck behind some kid who couldn't manage a straight line, but actually quite glad in the end as I saw a massive black snake on the track (which was being chased but a warden with a spade). Tim (being Tim) had gone past at 100mph and completely missed it!

We went to a couple of beaches there but they weren't fantastic. The sand was imported from Dubai I think (quite nice) and there are some man made islands and coconut plantations making it quite pretty...but once you look past this you see Singapore's second biggest industry, shipping. No joke there must have been 200+ cargo ships all lined up near oil refineries waiting to get into the harbor...didn;t fancy swimming in that sea!

We went to the most southerly point on mainland Asia, nothing fancy, just a tree-house lodge!

Sorry if my review of Sentosa gives it a bad impression, but it really isn't that fantastic. Okay it is good for young children but thats about it! The only thing it is missing (in Singapore standards) is a shopping mall, but it was nice to go the whole day without coming across one (this from a girl who has a hard time leaving shops).

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