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What to fly, where to stay, best spots to watch?
This will be my first Grand Prix and first visit to Singapore. I'm bringing my fiancé.
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Singapore Airlines is very good...

To watch the GP, probably Fullerton?

I grew up in Singapore pretty much but haven't been there as much as I would have liked for the last decade when it has changed quite a bit in the city area so perhaps one of the other members who do live here would have better suggestions.

When you are there do drop by the Mclaren dealership (it's fairly close to the main town area) and check out the Mclaren F1 on display there...and enjoy the food!
 

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I ll also be in Singapore during the Grand Prix so i ll follow this topic in order to find the best place to watch the race, thanks!!
 

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Singapore airlines would be your best bet. Hotels will cost more during race week. Marina Bay Sands Hotel is an option if you don't mind dealing with lots of people as they have 2650 rooms. On the 55th floor, it has an infinity pool with a view to die for and lots of fantastic restaurants and a casino. Fullerton Bay Hotel would be a bit more exclusive and expensive. It's located across the bay from Marina Bay Sands. You will be able to see or hear the race from both hotels. The Shangrila Hotel is a couple of hundred metres off Orchard Road, the main shopping belt. As for best viewing locations, I would not recommend Grandstand/Paddock Club as i you only see the straight and not much to see besides that. I would recommend turn 1 or Connaught. I have only seen the race from Paddock club but base on the location of turn 1 and Connaught, it think it should be a good place to watch the race. We have lots of concerts and parties during race week. Rihanna and Justin Bieber will be some of the singers in town. You can google and get more info, i could not attach the map of the race circuit as the file is too big. I am sure you will enjoy your stay in Singapore. If you require more info, i will be happy to help.
 

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Thanks guys, that helps immensely. I read Bob Geldof may come too. I'd better get on this. Hoping to fly from LA. Now, how to write off the trip...
 

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Thanks guys, that helps immensely. I read Bob Geldof may come too. I'd better get on this. Hoping to fly from LA. Now, how to write off the trip...
I've been to a few GPs but this kills everything. It's absurdly good and put on very very well, is Singapore at it's finest.

I'd agree in terms of spots that the Swissotel Stamford is probably the best although you do get a fantastic panoramic view from Marina Bay Sands - well worth having a drink at Ku De Ta at some point as you see the entire track lit. The Fullerton Hotel, Ritz Carlton, Mandarin Oriental and Pan Pacific will all offer some kind of views also. My office is right in the middle of the track and the noise coming off the concrete barriers is just bananas even 34 floors up.

In terms of where to watch the race from, I always go to Paddock Club which is the best and worst place to be but is a good compromise for taking the wife on the Sunday. Plus having spent the $$ on the tickets, she's happy for me to go all 3 days for the maximum time! It's obviously pricey though.

A very good alternative is the Sky Suites opposite the pits as you can watch from the roof and get the full experience or nip downstairs for a bit of aircon, I'll warn you it gets incredibly hot and humid so be ready.........

After that I'm not too sure but I know a lot of the guys enjoy turn 1. Overtaking is a bit of a moot point here and at least you get the pit action still.

There's quite a good few options for extra curricular also but much of the more 'exclusive' stuff will probably require you to book. Ku De Ta on top of the casino offers great views of the track as mentioned and the silly money afterwards gets spent at the Amber Lounge. Guys like Mortons open for lunch during the F1 weekend. Forlino I know offers a good view for lunch across the bridge too. This stuff does get pretty booked up though.

Getting around is actually remarkably simple as several of those hotels are actually within the track perimeter, they use the underground carparks to link up to the hotels and the MRT (subway) connects into the inside of the track also. You can be back in your hotel room in ten minutes.

The guys are right, you should definitely contact McLaren here before you come and see what they come up with. The past 2 years there has been a function on the Thurs or Fri night for McLaren owners with Ron Dennis etc in attendance.

Anything else you need or if I can help, let me know.

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Got it dialed. Japan Air Lines, swissotel Stamford, 4 days. Emailed McLaren PR about events. Got the walk around tickets, zones 1-4. Super excited! Obviously.

I'm passing it off as an early honeymoon too lol will face some later penalty I'm sure
 

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Got it dialed. Japan Air Lines, swissotel Stamford, 4 days. Emailed McLaren <acronym title="Google Page Ranking">PR</acronym> about events. Got the walk around tickets, zones 1-4. Super excited! Obviously.

I'm passing it off as an early honeymoon too lol will face some later penalty I'm sure
Have fun Ergo,Shoes are the answer,but that might cost you several pairs :D
 

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Hope you have a great time! My wife and I actually did go there and attended the race as part of our honeymoon. :) We sat at turn 1 and had a great time. I was actually a little disappointed in the walk around visibility as they had so many fences and other viewpoints blocked off. Be prepared for some heat and humidity, even during the evening when the race is held.

Is there a replacement for FanVision now that they are out? If so, I'd recommend getting it. Enhances the experience and you can listen to the live commentary from BBC, etc.

And if you're food adventurous, Singapore is one of the best and diverse places to eat IMO. The Hawker centers are worth a try. They also have the cleanest Chinatown I've ever seen. My wife is Chinese so we are guaranteed to end up there at least once where ever we visit. ;) We found a Dim Sum place there was better than the many places we've been in Hong Kong.
 

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That's tough news about the walking around visibility. I just didn't want to be stuck in one spot at turn x all day. Maybe hotel visibility will be acceptable on a roof or from a bar. And cooler/quieter.

Greatly anticipating Dim Sum
It's been a while.
 

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That's tough news about the walking around visibility. I just didn't want to be stuck in one spot at turn x all day. Maybe hotel visibility will be acceptable on a roof or from a bar. And cooler/quieter.

Greatly anticipating Dim Sum
It's been a while.
If i am not wrong, if you buy a seat on say turn 1, it also allows you to walk about. I don't think you can see much as the barriers are high and fenced up. Suggest you buy a ticket with a seat.
 

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Here is a blog you can use to research places to eat. We picked up his book while there but wish we had done so before to read up on things a bit more. http://ieatishootipost.sg

Yes, Turn 1 seats get you zone 1-4 walk around access as well. Don't get me wrong, there are still places with good visibility. Just not as many as I thought.

My wife and I try to go to a couple of F1 races a year. Aside from the race here in our home town (Austin), Singapore has been her favorite. Mine is still Spa, which is where I'm taking her this year. :)
 

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That's tough news about the walking around visibility. I just didn't want to be stuck in one spot at turn x all day. Maybe hotel visibility will be acceptable on a roof or from a bar. And cooler/quieter.

Greatly anticipating Dim Sum
It's been a while.
We did the walkabout two years ago, and couldn't see a thing because of the crowds and very high crash barriers. Even in stands it was hard to get a really good view. We ended up sitting on the grass, watching it on the big screen in the middle- that actually wasn't too bad 'cos we could hear the luvverly noises yet see all the action.

+1 on the food in Singapore, don't bother with the posh stuff, there are sensational cheap restaurants everywhere, especially in Little India. Don't forget to visit Mustafas, the most amazing store on the planet!
 

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Anyone else see the race? A unique experience and my first Grand Prix! Thanks again for the help and advice.

Food was hit and miss. Shopping, nice for the fiance. Ended up flying JAL premium economy. No complaints. Saw some Bob Geldof songs, but took little interest in The Killers or Rhiana. Or Beebs. Geldy past his prime perhaps but a legend in my mind.

The Singapore dealer emailed that the P1 is no longer on site so I didn't bother visiting. The big boss had a dinner Friday and McLaren was kind enough to offer me seats but sadly I couldn't make that either.

I stayed at the Swisshotel Stamford, which worked out beautifully. Several turns are visible from the balconies. Downshifts were surreal, like thunderclaps. 18,5k rpms on those tower walls is quite a cacophony. All is relative, but it's hard to imagine watching a "lesser" spec of racing now. Viewing experience otherwise similar to texas mongrel's: walkaround tickets are lame. It was hot, humid, and crowded.

If I still have the F1 bug next year I may try the simpler Austin or Montreal trip as I live in central USA.

Pardon jetlag typos
 
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