Singapore is one of those clean, cultured and cosmopolitan places that we enjoy visiting often. There is so much to see and experience in this diverse island nation that we make it a point to stay in a different part of Singapore each time we visit.
This time, we stayed at the Four Points by Sheraton, Singapore Riverview. The location was amazing – right on the river, next to multitudes of cafes, bars, restaurants, shops and most importantly a beautiful running track along both sides of the river. Clarke Quay, Raffles Place, Fort Canning Park, Marina Bay, the Downtown core and most museums were just a short walk from the hotel.
Singapore is definitely a walking city thanks to the meticulous attention that city planners have devoted to making it as green as possible with numerous walking paths, parks and green buildings (mandatory since 2008). Singapore’s first woman to lead the urban development agency of the nation plans to make it the Greenest in the World.
During one of our walks from the hotel, we encountered a giant lizard that we later identified as a Water Monitor. Water Monitors are the second largest lizards in the world, second only to the Komodo Dragon. This guy’s body was 4-5 feet long and the tail added another 3-4 feet. A local walking by, amused with our fixation on the commonly seen animal said that these lizards are a familiar site along the rivers and parks of Singapore.
One of our favorite restaurants in the Riverview neighborhood was nomVnom Bistro located in Clarke Quay. A casual place with 100% of the menu being vegan and delicious – a must after so much walking!
We look forward to returning to Singapore to check out another district soon.