At the time of writing this, it’s been an absolute age since I was actually in Singapore. I’ve realised that I haven’t written my post about my time there, so this is that post. First of all I need to say that it exceeded my expectations. It is easily in my top 3 cities that I’ve visited and I’d love to return for a longer. I say this because I was only there for 3 days as a stopover before heading onwards to Borneo to celebrate my cousin getting married.
The city is stunning and ridiculously clean. It oozes class and is wonderful to just chill out in. The only downside is the price, meals out, drinks and shopping are all extortionate. If you’re interested in high fashion (which I certainly am not) then this is the city for you.
If you’re planning on stopping over for 3 nights then these are my top places to visit.
Visit the Gardens by the Bay
Gardens by the Bay is a 101 hectare garden located in the hear of the city. I’m not even into my gardening or flowers in the slightest but it’s just so beautiful and tranquil. You can spend hours just walking around the many gardens it hides away. It has 3 main attractions; 2 huge domes (The Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest), and then the Supertree Grove which puts on a spectacular light show every night, which is well worth a watch (probably the highlight of my trip).
For around $22 you can pay to go up to the bar and restaurant at the top of one of the the ‘SuperTrees’. The restaurant provides a 360 degrees view of Singapore and the Gardens and the bar is probably the best bar I’ve ever been in (the drinks are quite pricy but the first one is included in entry price) The views definitely make up for the price.
Top Tip: Avoid the Flower Dome and head straight for the Cloud Forest. This will save you money and you get the best of both worlds in the Cloud Forest. The views alone from the top of there make this the better dome to visit.
Visit the Botanical Gardens
For someone who isn’t interested in flowers, gardens or anything remotely similar, you’re probably wondering why I spent a good proportion of my time at gardens. To answer this simply, these are beautiful and picturesque. More like a common garden space with lakes, ponds and secluded areas to just stroll around these gardens make a perfect escape from the city for half a day. A short ride on the MHT from any of Singapore’s’ stations will transport you outside of the cities boundary. The only downside to this is the humidity so you couldn’t walk around the whole thing quickly or in one day, but there are shaded areas and you can just take a seat on the grass and chill out.
Top Tip: take a bottle of water so you can stay hydrated whilst walking around. You’d be surprised how quickly it can tire you out in the heat.
Visit Sentosa Island
Sentosa Island can provide a mini vacation or just a simple day trip out for the family. It houses Universal Studios Singapore, the SEA aquarium, a waterpark and many hotels, restaurants and beaches for you to relax on. I decided to use it as a chance to visit the SEA Aquarium (South East Asia Aquarium) which I’d heard was amazing. If you don’t mind the sea of selfie sticks then it is exactly that, amazing. I’d never seen some of the fish that they house before and was in awe when I saw my first ever Manta Ray. The scale of the main tank is ridiculous, you’ll see if you go…
Top Tip: take the cable car over to the island to see a great birds eye view of it’s attractions. You could also take the train or hop in a taxi.
Watch the SuperTree Light Show
As I mentioned above, the SuperTrees at the Gardens by the Bay are a must see. This show is one for the senses, as it incorporates both light and sound. Get there around 10 minutes before the show and grab yourself a good spot to view it from and you just back, relax and take it all in. It takes place twice daily: 7:45pm and 8:45pm.
Top Tip: view this show twice, once from ground level and then again from the top of one the super trees. Believe me, you won’t be disappointed when you have a gin and tonic in your hand whilst watching this spectacle.
Of course this isn’t all Singapore has to offer, but are my top things to see. You can check out my other posts on this wonderful city by clicking HERE
Are you planning a trip to Singapore sometime soon? What are you most excited about seeing? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!