Singapore Swings

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Prepare to be surprised by his multi-ethnic, multi-cultural city-state's colorful patchwork of sights, smells and people, and by the huge variety and diversity of things to do and see here.

Curious enough about this spotless island nation to spend two days? You may be pleasantly surprised!

Singapore Swings is a "free style" two night introduction to this glistening crossroads. In addition to hotel and airport transportation you get one of our private gay tour guides for a day. Unlike most of our other packages, there is no set itinerary to follow since the program is entirely up to you. However, we guarantee that we will keep you busy, no matter how many days you decide to stay. You can stay longer, of course, and we can add extra sightseeing days.

If time is short and you only want a quick taste, below are some suggestions for the perfect day seeing Singapore You cannot do everything, so pick what sounds most interesting to you and your guide will design the day just for you. To get your bearings, we suggest that you begin with a visit to URA - Singapore City Gallery to see a huge model of the Island Nation.

Essential on your "To Do" List

Singapore's iconic Merlion. the "fountain of wealth," is the world's largest fountain, according to Guinness. It's located in Suntec City, one of Singapore's largest shopping alls.

Chinatown. You will find colorful temples, outdoor shopping and restaurants galore. On weekends this is usually a great place to meet locals.

Hindu Tableau

Little India is a like a quick trip to Calcutta. Shop for a new sari, nosh on some samosas, and buy uniquely-Indian souvenirs for friends back home. (Everyone should have their own statue of Ganesh, and some of those little jewels to decorate foreheads.)

Kampong Glam,  Singapore's Muslim colony,  is only a few minutes away from India. Kampong Glam (not the kind of "glam" we are used to) has one of the most splendid mosques in Asia along with the kinds of restaurants and shops you would expect. The touristy things around the mosque are fun, but daily life just a block a way is far more authentic fascinating.

The Singapore Flyer is far from an amusement park ride. Reaching heights of 165 meters, the largest of all the world's Ferris wheels (the prefer to call it a "giant observatory wheel") gives such spectacular views of the city that we include it as part of your program. If you choose to add an optional nightlife experience you may want to defer your journey on the Flyer until after dark, when the city's dazzling lights rival Hong Kong's.

Not included but highly recommended...

Several attractions require admission fees or nominal extra costs. Not everyone will want to do them so we have not included the cost in this program.

Ducktours.  It's a bus! It's a boat! It's the Original Splashing DUCK! DuckTours uniquely combines a city and harbor tour on an authentic Vietnam war eara amphibious craft, offering you 60 minutes of touring adventure on both land and sea. Your trip will take you to the iconic Merlion and through the Civic District of Singapore.

HippoBus Heritage Tour. The Hippo is a topless bus offering a 360 degree panoramic view. Its unique features enable the sights and sounds to be felt by passengers on board. You can use the bus instead of taxis to reach Singapore's three major ethnic quarters: Little India, Kampong Glam and Chinatown. You can hop on and off the bus as much as you like.

name these trees If you enjoy horticulture, Singapore Botanical Garden should be near the top of your list.  Singapore has one of the most important botanical gardens in the world, with a stupendous collection of exotic plants (including a very important orchid collection) as well as birds and other wildlife. It is easy to spend an entire day here. Equally enticing for garden-lovers is the spectacular and futuristic Gardens by the Bay, which is adjacent to Marina Bay Sands.

Gay Nightlife. Any gay Singapore tour should include a taste if the local nightlife. There are plenty of bars, discos and saunas. Weekends are best. If you do not want to explore on your own, you can have a private nightlife guide to explore what the locals do to enjoy themselves.

If you love the excitement of Asia's regional cuisines as much as we do, your guide can take you to one of Singapore's "hawker centers" where you can enjoy regional food the same way the locals do. The city has ten unique food centers where countless stalls are cooking dishes representative of the expansive spectrum of Singapore's many cultures for the common man (and woman) at unbelievably low prices. No white tablecloths here!

Sip on a refreshing Singapore Sling at the historic Raffles Hotel. We can remember the days before air conditioning when backpackers could afford to stay there. But nowadays it's one of the world's most distinguished hotels.

If this is not enough ask your guide to suggest even more. You will have a difficult time packing even half of these suggestions into a full day. We hope you will take time to smell the orchids and add an extra night to experience even more of of Singapore's many unexpected pleasures.


Purple Dragon pioneered LGBTQ travel to Singapore, but everyone is welcome on our tours!

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