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Singapore Swing

Ku De TaIf you and your new spouse have a taste for the exotic, make sure to include Asia on your gay honeymoon consideration list. While Thailand traditionally earns accolades for openness to gay and lesbian travelers, other countries in the region are opening up and shouldn’t be overlooked. Singapore is a perfect place to recover from jet lag—and your recent nuptials—before heading to other nearby destinations. My fiancé and I recently returned from our own excursion to the

island nation—a bustling multi-ethnic city-state filled delicious food, stunning architecture, and horticultural delights. Here are my tastey tips for your gay honeymoon getaway to Singapore.

SingaporeTastey Travel. Looking for a less expensive way to fly in-style to Asia after your gay wedding? If frequent flier miles can’t get you that premium upgrade, consider the 2-for-1 business class offer using a Platinum American Express Card. Not all airlines participate in the program, and you might have to make a connection somewhere, but trust me, getting to sleep in a flat bed seat for part of the 18+ hour journey is worth it. Our flight on Japan Air Lines had a stopover in Tokyo, but brought the cost down to around $3000 round-trip each. Plus, you can’t beat the wonderful service on an Asian airline no matter what class of service you’re flying.

Tastey Stay. The Fullerton Bay Hotel is a sparkling modern oasis in the city’s recently developed Marina Bay waterfront. The hotel offers every luxury you could imagine—a personal butler for those booking a suite—and spectacular views of the harbor from your room and rooftop pool. Even better, the hotel is just steps from some of Singapore’s most photographed landmarks, including the Merlion fountain. For a more boutique experience, consider The Scarlet, located in Chinatown, one of Singapore’s few remaining architecturally authentic areas.

Tastey Drink. You pretty much have to sip on a Singapore Sling at the famous Raffles Hotel’s Long Bar — you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back into the 1920s colonial era. Then catapult yourself into the future by heading to the Marina Bay Sands complex. From every spot on the waterfront, you can’t help but be amazed by the stunning hotel, casino and shopping center—it looks like a futuristic set from Blade Runner. At the very top is one of Asia’s grooviest indoor-outdoor clubs Ku Dé Ta (get it—coup d’état?). Maybe even better than the view, the resident DJ Shigeki is a gay favorite regularly playing venues in Sydney for gay Mardi Gras as well as Atlantis Cruises.

Singapore SkylineTastey Eats. Singapore is foodie paradise because there are influences from all over the world in one relatively small locale—and the prices can be easy on the wallet-purse. First stop should be one of the world famous Hawker Centres—think upscale collection of food stalls-trucks. Wander around, pick out your favorite delicacy—from Malay to Chinese—all cooked to order. The well-regarded local Makansutra guide to Singapore food (worth grabbing before your trip) has picked out their favorite food vendors and created a center in the Marina Bay area called Makansutra Gluttons Bay. For an authentic taste of Bombay, head to Singapore’s bustling Little

India’s Race Course Road—our pick was well-reviewed Muthu’s Curry. You can’t leave Singapore without having chili crab—given the mess you’ll make of the dish, best to eat at a restaurant. Try local favorite Long Beach with locations around town, or at the marina Palm Beach.

Tastey Tips. The 12+ hour time difference from the U.S. and the long haul flight will definitely give you jet lag. Stay up during the day with a vigorous walk through the Singapore Botanic Garden including the beautiful National Orchid Garden. Can’t sleep? Neither can the nocturnal animals at Singapore’s Night Safari. Head out for a unique up-close-and-personal visit with lions, tigers, and more.

 

Jon Paul Buchmeyer is the author of the award-winning humorous memoir Alphabet City: My So-Called Sitcom Life and writes frequently for Condé Nast Traveler and Bon Appétit magazines. In addition, he is the author of his own popular blogs: ABCityblog.com and Poptimistic.com.