July 2012
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The Clarke Quay and The Orchard Road in Singapore.

Clarke Quay is a historical riverside quay in Singapore which is located within the Singapore River Planning Area.

Overview of Clarke Quay

• The quay is situated upstream from the mouth of the Singapore River and Boat Quay.
• Clarke Quay was named after Sir Andrew Clarke, who was the Singapore’s second Governor and Governor of the Straits Settlements from 1873 to 1875.
• He played a key role in positioning Singapore as the main port for the Malay states of Perak, Selangor and Sungei Ujong.
• Five blocks of restored warehouses house various restaurants and nightclubs.
• There are also moored Chinese junks (tongkangs) that have been refurbished into floating pubs and restaurants.
• The Cannery is one of the anchor tenants of the place.
• There are over 5 different concepts in one block.
• Anchor tenant, The Arena, will be home to Singapore’s First Permanent Illusion Show (starting August 2008) starring J C Sum and ‘Magic Babe’ Ning.
• The G-MAXreverse bungee, which is the first in Singapore, is located at the entrance which opened in November 2003.
• River cruises and river taxis on the Singapore River can be accessed from Clarke Quay.
• One of its most popular attractions is its exciting host of CQ’s signature events that happen once every quarter.
• Clark Quay has become known as a hub of Singaporean nightclubs.

Overview of Orchard Road

• Orchard Road is the main shopping street of Singapore.
• To the north of the Singapore River, to the west of the Central Business District, Orchard Road turns into Bras Basah Road as it heads east.
• Orchard Road is named after the nutmeg orchards that used to line it in the 1830s.
• Large trees still shade the road, providing a modicum of relief from the heat.
• Orchard Road is a 2.2 kilometre-long street that is the retail and entertainment hub of Singapore.
• The Orchard Planning Area is one of 55 urban planning areas as specified by the Urban Redevelopment Authority.
• It is part of the Central Region, and Singapore’s central business district, the Central Area.
• Orchard Road has an extensive network of underpasses that connect many of the malls.
• Weekends in the area are often packed with locals and visitors alike.
• The Christmas decorations along Orchard are mildly famous.
• The road is entirely over the top, with reindeers cavorting through palm trees and gingerbread houses topped with fake snow.

What to see?

Three of Singapore’s top museums are in Bras Basah, within striking distance from Dhoby Ghaut and Bras Basah MRT stations.
1. Battle Box, Fort Canning Park
• 10 AM-6 PM Tue-Sun
• The former HQ of the British army during World War 2 which is now turned into an air-conditioned museum.
• It is complete with animatronic figures retelling the events of the days before surrender.
• Nearest MRT station is Dhoby Ghaut, but it’s a steamy hike up the hill. $8.

2. Istana, (next to Dhoby Ghaut MRT)
• 8:30 AM-6 PM.
• It completed in 1869.
• This Malay-Indian hybrid building was once the Government House of the colony of Singapore.
• The 100-acre grounds occupy some of Singapore’s choicest real estate and incorporate several gardens and even a 9-hole golf course.
• The Istana is open to the public on only five days a year: Chinese New Year, Deepavali, Hari Raya Puasa, Labour Day and National Day. Non-Singaporeans $1.

Other Museums and Galleries
• National Museum of Singapore
• Singapore Art Museum
• 2902 Gallery
• epSITE

List of Shopping Centers on Orchard Road
• DFS Galleria
• ION Orchard
• Ngee Ann City
• Wisma Atria
• Plaza Singapura
• Lucky Plaza
• Mandarin Gallery
• Orchard Central
• Orchard Point
• Orchard Towers
• The Paragon
• Tang Plaza
• The Centerpoint
• The Heeren Shops
• Forum The Shopping Mall
• Shaw House and Centre
• Hilton Singapore

Best time to visit/climate

– Singapore is located a mere 1.5 degrees north of the Equator.
– Weather is usually sunny with no distinct seasons.
– Rain falls almost daily throughout the year.
– Most rainfall occurs during the northeast monsoon (November to January).
– Between May and October, forest fires in neighboring Sumatra can also cause dense haze.
The temperature averages around:
– 30°C (84°F) daytime, 24°C (76°F) at night in December and January.
– 32°C (90°F) daytime, 26°C (81°F) at night for the rest of the year.

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How to get to Orchard Road?

• The MRT stations of Orchard, Somerset, Dhoby Ghaut and City Hall on the North-South Line follow the alignment of Orchard Road.
• Change to the North-East Line at Dhoby Ghaut or the East-West Line at City Hall.
• Orchard Rd is walkable, at least allowing plenty of breaks in air-conditioned shopping centers.
• Take the air-conditioned underground walkway system that links Orchard MRT/Ion Orchard to Wisma Atria, Ngee Ann City and Lucky Plaza (east), to CK Tang/Marriott (north), and to Shaw House and Wheelock Place (west).

How to reach Singapore?

1. By Plane
• Singapore is one of Southeast Asia’s largest aviation hubs.
• The easiest way to enter Singapore is by air in addition to flag-carrier Singapore Airlines.
• Its regional subsidiary is SilkAir.
• Singapore is also home to low-cost carriers Tiger Airways, Jetstar Asia and Scoot.
• Changi airport: The country’s main airport and major regional hub status.
• Seletar Airport: Seletar Airport is Singapore’s first airport.

2. By Road
• Singapore is linked by two land crossings to Peninsular Malaysia.
• The Causeway is very popular.

3. By Bus
There are buses to/from Kuala Lumpur (KL) and many other destinations in Malaysia through the Woodlands Checkpoint and the Second Link at Tuas.
Major operators include:
– Aeroline
– First Coach
– NiCE
– Transnasional
– Transtar

4. By Train
• Singapore is the southern terminus of Malaysia’s Keretapi Tanah Melayu network.
• There are two day trains (the Ekspres Sinaran Pagi and Ekspres Rakyat) and a sleeper service (Ekspres Senandung Malam) daily from Kuala Lumpur.
• A day train (the Lambaian Timur departing Singapore at 4:45AM).
• Sleeper (Ekspres Timuran departing at 6PM) daily along the “Jungle Railway” between Singapore and Gua Musang.

5. By Boat
Getting to/away from the ferry terminals:
• HarbourFront FT: Located next to HarbourFront MRT station.
• Tanah Merah FT: Get off at Bedok MRT station and catch bus No. 35 to ferry terminal.
• Changi FT: No bus stop nearby, take a taxi from Changi Village or Tanah Merah MRT.
• Changi Point FT: Take bus No. 2, 29 or 59 to Changi Village Bus Terminal and walk to the ferry terminal.

6. Cruises
• Star Cruises offers multi-day cruises from Singapore to points throughout Southeast Asia, departing from HarbourFront FT.
• Common destinations include: Malacca, Klang (Kuala Lumpur), Penang, Langkawi, Redang and Tioman in Malaysia, as well as Phuket,Krabi, Ko Samui and Bangkok in Thailand.
• There are also several cruises every year to Borneo (Malaysia),Sihanoukville (Cambodia), Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) and even some 10 night long hauls to Hong Kong.

Some travel books from Amazon about Singapore

Lonely Planet Singapore Frommer’s Singapore Day by Day Malaysia and Singapore

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

Hotels at wikitravel.org
Hotels at hotels.online.com.sg
Hotels at expedia.co.in

Blogs / Sites about Singapore – Clark Quay and Orchard Road

Blogs at virtualtourist.com
Blogs at tripadvisor.com
Blogs at orchardroad.org
Blogs and reviews at clarkequay.com.sg

Images and photos of Singapore – Clark Quay and Orchard Road

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Images at images of orchardroad.org

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