Monday, November 12, 2007

Singapore: Travel purist’s dream getaway

For a country with a land area of 700 square kilometers, the smallest in Southeast Asia, Singapore is remarkably overwhelming. It is not rare to hear Singapore described as the melting point of cultures in Asia. It is. And the best of these worlds are conveniently packed within the small land area of Singapore, creating a travel purist’s dream getaway where practically everything is within reach.

Singapore, in the old days, was a trading post between Europe and Asia. It remains thus and has since created a shopping Mecca along Orchard Road, Little India, and at posh Singapore establishments like Paragon, Palais, Reneissance and Forum. Being an island state ensures Singapore of a regular rush of great buys from the Who’s Who in the world of fashion, electronics, among other things.

Center of Singapore is the famed Beach Road, a coastal highway that typifies much of the developments in Singapore. From the airport to the harbors, the highly urbanized Beach Road is the first major thoroughfare that greets Singapore visitors. Because of its location, Beach Road hosts one of the oft-frequented business hotels in Singapore: the Parkview Hotel Singapore. Also at Beach Road are the jump-off points to the stately transportation system of Singapore that makes the island smaller.

The Singapore transportation system is composed of a fleet of taxis, buses, cable cars, and the highly efficient MRT. From the hotel in Singapore of the Parkview, shopping malls and nightlife hubs are within walking distance, while centers of tourism and culture—such as the Goddess of Mercy Temple, National Museum, Bugis Street, National Art Museum—are in the neighborhood.

Sunset view in Parkview Hotel neighborhood in Beach Road, Singapore
Sunset at the Singapore coastline

The Singapore skyline teems with posh business centers and hotels in Singapore City like the Parkview Hotel in Singapore Beach Road
Singapore Skyline

Singapore nightlife in the vicinity of the Parkview Hotel along Beach Road, Singapore
Nightlife at the Beach Road locale in Singapore

Towering over the Singapore Beach Road, the Singapore hotel of the Parkview Singapore likewise provides easy access to the world-renowned entertainment island of the Sentosa. The Sentosa Island in Singapore is accessible through ferries on the Beach Road port, cable car via the Harbour Front, or the Sentosa Express monorail.

The Sentosa Island of Singapore holds a quaint mix of the old and the new. The Sentosa coastline in Singapore is combined with the technology-driven attractions of the Singapore sky tower, theme parks, zoos, and golf courses, integrating modernity and tropical island experience to stunning effect.

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