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[*] posted on 2-9-2024 at 07:24 AM
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How many of you world travelers have had a drink at the bar of this hotel and two others that make the famous BIG THREE in Asia?



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[*] posted on 2-9-2024 at 07:40 AM


The raffles hotel. I've had drinks there on dozens of occasions. The first was 1971 whilst on r&r from Vietnam. Later during many Singapore layovers. The birthplace of the Singapore Sling.

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[*] posted on 2-9-2024 at 08:01 AM


My wife her sister and I stayed there for a week in the late 80s. When checking out we had a good laugh at the bill. The Singapore Slings really added up:o!
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[*] posted on 2-9-2024 at 09:05 AM


I was there in 1968, when my ship had a break from the gun line in Viet Nam. The Singapore Slings were deadly.



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[*] posted on 2-9-2024 at 09:41 AM


Not sure about the other two of the three
But yes, been at the Raffles bar

How many have had high tea at the Peninsula Hotel in Kowloon?
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[*] posted on 2-9-2024 at 12:12 PM


My total Asian experience is limited to South Korea, from Seoul north to the DMZ, and an R&R to Tokyo and surrounding areas. That was in 1969, so I have no idea what it is like now.

I couldn't afford Tokyo then, probably would not be able to now.




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[*] posted on 2-9-2024 at 12:20 PM


Never had high tea,but had breakfast there many times.i recall it was really cheap for a first class meal. the company I worked for used the Sheraton around the corner on Nathan blvd.

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[*] posted on 2-10-2024 at 06:00 AM


Quote: Originally posted by thebajarunner  
Not sure about the other two of the three
But yes, been at the Raffles bar

How many have had high tea at the Peninsula Hotel in Kowloon?



Not tea there but got very drunk at the bar. Kowloon was off limits to Navy in 1959. Took me 30+ years later to get there.

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[*] posted on 2-10-2024 at 07:14 AM


Wow, I have never been but would love to go!




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[*] posted on 2-10-2024 at 08:52 AM


My watering hole in hong kong was the american club. Never a dull moment!!!
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[*] posted on 2-10-2024 at 09:29 AM


Looks like the type of old colonial place tourists visit because they saw it in an old b&w movie, or rick steves mentioned it as a must-see for pensioners on vacation.

I bet they charge a lot for drinks, and regular Local folk dont drink there because prices are for tourist.




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[*] posted on 2-10-2024 at 12:56 PM


I got really sloshed in the Tiger Bar at the hotel. What a tourist I was drinking Singapore Slings and paid the price with a huge hangover the next day. They say it’s named the Tiger Bar because they had to shoot tiger there that snuck in. The Raffles also has a great history when the Japanese during WWII took it over and the employees buried all the silver to they wouldn’t be used by the troops.
I stayed there around 1993 before the fancy remodel and the price was around $125 and I heard that it is 5 to 10 x that now. Each room had the names on the door of the famous people who stayed on that room.
The place reeked of history and was a real highlight to the trip.

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[*] posted on 2-10-2024 at 07:06 PM


In 1971 the raffles was a run down single story building on the edge of the jungle As i remember. It got the Disneyland makeover in the 80s...as i recall ...it was a long while back.

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[*] posted on 5-24-2024 at 04:37 PM


We are flying to Singapore today. 17 hours flying time.

Will post a pic from Raffles.







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[*] posted on 5-24-2024 at 05:19 PM


See if they still have the names of the “famous” people that stayed in your room posted on the door to your suite. Dare I ask what the price is now days for a room and a signature c-cktail at the Tiger bar?




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[*] posted on 5-24-2024 at 05:32 PM


Quote: Originally posted by Howard  
See if they still have the names of the “famous” people that stayed in your room posted on the door to your suite. Dare I ask what the price is now days for a room and a signature c-cktail at the Tiger bar?


We aren't staying there Howard. It looked like it was $1,000 or more per night the last time I looked. :O:O:O




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