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Going on a cruise (not on our boat) from Dubai to Singapore in November/early December. Any things not to miss in Dubai and Singapore? We have three days in each. Have hotels in both cities close to downtown.

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In Dubai,  I would definitely hit the fish market and the bazaar.  The malls (believe it or not) are also something to "see".  Jaw-dropping in the austentaciousness. 

Is that even a word?  It should be, in Dubai.  The downtown architecture is quite creative and interesting.  And, if you hate heights, by all means go up in the Burj Khalifa.

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2 minutes ago, bplipschitz said:

In Dubai,  I would definitely hit the fish market and the bazaar.  The malls (believe it or not) are also something to "see".  Jaw-dropping in the austentaciousness. 

Is that even a word?  It should be, in Dubai.  The downtown architecture is quite creative and interesting.  And, if you hate heights, by all means go up in the Burj Khalifa.

no but ostentatiousness is!

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5 hours ago, Shootist Jeff said:

Well first of all..... are you sure you're going to be able to get to Dubai???  I've heard all the cruise lines are foregoing Dubai due to the heightened tensions between Iran, the Gulfies and the US.  And due to the insurance issue, no one is bothering to come through the Straight of Whore-Muz.  So you might want to verify that with your travel agent or cruise line.  This is 2nd hand info, so don't take it as Gospel.  But it is still worth checking......

The next question if you do make it here is:  How long do you have on the ground and what sorts of things to you want/enjoy doing?  

No indication from the cruise line (Regent) that there is any problem.

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Just got back from Singapore.  A bit like a theme park compared to the 1970s there.  Great food just about anywhere.  Red Star has traditional dim sum on carts.  Superduck at Paragon.  We didn’t find Sentosa interesting but YMMV.  The orchid exhibit at the botanical gardens is excellent if you are into foliage.  

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Banana Leaf Apolo. The Raffles Long Bar is down to a tourist trap not even in the original location, and the Singapore Sling sickly sweet

In Dubai, desert safari tour with dinner and dances

 

 

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Was in Singapore the first five days of September – was very hot and muggy.  November starts the rainy season when the temps are in the low 90s during the day and low 80s during the night.  People dress up in Singapore – you can easily spot the western tourists wearing shorts.  Ladies are very fashion astute. 

Raffles Long Bar harkens back to colonial Britain, but they are rather sweet and expensive, $20.  And in no particular order:

Do the Singapore Riverwalk, grab lunch there and then do the river boat ride.

Visit the Asian Civilisation Museum and see the artifacts from an 830 AD shipwreck from the Java Sea.

Hit the Republic of Singapore Yacht Club, visit their trophy room and buy some swag.

Get a drink at sunset at the top of the Fullerton Hotel and watch the laser light show from the Marina Bay Sands Hotel.

Get a drink at sunset at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel and watch the light show at the Botanical Gardens

Go the Changi Airport and window shop at the "Jewel," a $1.3 billion mall with the world’s tallest indoor waterfall at 130’ and rain forest.

Eat with the locals on the second basement level of terminals 4 and 2 at the airport – cash only.

Buy some swag at the Singapore Cricket Club.

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You'd have to pay me a big pile of hard cash to go to either of those places in any case, and double that on a cruise ship.

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I hear some Cruise Ships are stopping on the East Cost in Fujeirah, and busing folks to Dubai.

I'd second a 'dune bashing' session, with dinner and dancing. Best way to get out into the sand. There are loads of operators.

If you are an early riser, mid-week at the Camel Racing at Al Marmoum, from 7:30 am is awesome.

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I'll second the 'Big Bus' Hop-On, Hop-Off.  A great way to get about.

Big Bus Tours

Get up the Burj Khalifa.

Go to the level 126 viewing gallery. There is a higher one, but no external access, and the view doesn't really change!

Book online - don't show up, as it is busy, and much more expensive as a walk-in. 

Sunset is stunning, but very crowded, and more expensive.

Once again, if you are an early riser, sunrise is amazing. No crowds, and a coffee and croissant thrown in!

Book Here....

When you are at Dubai Mall / Burj Khalifa, grab a meal, and watch the fountains and Burj Khalifa light show. Stunning.

Get a 1st Floor restaurant (UK-speak for upstairs..) in Souk al Bahar, if you want a beer / wine with your meal... Recommend Abd al Wahab - Lebanese restaurant.

 

Head to Dubai Creek, and take an Ara tour (traditional wooden river ferry)

It costs USD 0.3 to cross the Creek.

Alternatively, hire one for USD 15, and take a private 30 minute tour up and down the Creek,  ending up on the 'other side' and walk through the Spice souk and Gold Souk.

A walk a long the docks, where only traditional trading dhows are allowed is fascinating. Refrigerators, washing machines, mattresses, cars, sacks of lemons all getting loaded/  unloaded for Iran / Oman / Pakistan etc etc

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Singapore is that weird collision of western and eastern civilization. If you want to live and feel like in any western capital, you can. Go to Orchard Road, and it is New York 5th Avenue, or Paris Champs Elysées... but betterer!!!

If you go off the big touristy attractions, get to a local hawker center, and you can eat local, with the locals, for 5 bucks.

If you are into history, culture, etc, the Peranakan Museum is interesting. The Peranakan culture is a mix of traditional chinese and malay cultures, and the result of chinese traders coming to this part of the world and marrying locally and settling there. 

As said above, if you are into plants, the Botanical Garden is exceptional, and you will see plants native of Asia that you have not seen anywhere else (cannonball trees...). The orchid garden is a must-see. In the souvenir shop, you can buy golden jewelry made from actual orchid flowers...

There are 4 official languages in Singapore and all major religions are represented. If you have never been to Asia before, visit some Hindu temple or some Mosque. Many ethnicities live together... "guided" by an "iron-fist-in-a-velvet-glove" government...

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On 10/30/2019 at 7:23 AM, bplipschitz said:

I should head straight to the dementia thread in GA.  Speling yoused two bee my fortay. . .

 

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