Singapore has always been on my mind. Friends, relatives and colleagues would describe it not only as a financial and tech-savvy place but also as a clean and safe country, with a multi-ethnic culture and heritage, colourful and tasteful cuisines, hospitable people and loads to do and see. I was curious to find out if all of it was true and wanted to discover the island like a seasoned local. As part of our journey to Asia, Singapore was on our way and this is what we did in a few days.
The trip began with the typical tourist agenda. With the Singapore Travel Pass (rechargeable metro and bus card) in our pockets we went for at sunset to the rooftop of the iconic Marina Bay Sands Hotel (Bay Front tube station) with its world’s largest infinity pool. Although you cannot access the pool (unless you are a customer) you can enjoy a fantastic view point while having a drink (including in your entrance ticket). Then we went to the Supertree Grove at the public Gardens by the Bay for a very magnificent light and sound show at night (It seems to be on every hour). I have never seen anything like that before and I felt like being part of the movie Avatar surrounding by these colourful artificial trees standing at a height up to 50 meters. From there we took a short walk to the Merlion Park to enjoy another light and water show. We headed to a lively place with bars and live music in Clarque Quay and had a meal at the Jumbo Sea Food. This was already quiet an evening on out first day in Singapore !
On the next day, we wanted to experience something different and fun. So we head to Sentosa Island (Harbour Front tube station). What we thought will be a theme park with many attractions (Madame Tussauds, Universal Studios, Kidzania, etc) turned out to be a tropical escape. We spent the day exploring the surroundings, relaxing by the beach with a cocktail and swimming at the Continental Asia southernmost point at Palawan Beach. Of course we had a go at few attractions including the Skyline Luge near Siloso Beach. In the evening we venture to one of the “Hawker Centre” on Bugis Street. These are unique and lively places with delightful street foods where most locals go for social interaction. You will eat well for nothing and experience the true Singaporean cuisine. Be sure to be there before 9pm and try the BBQ Stingray and Satay or the Bak Kut The – pork soup.
Singapore is also great for wildlife adventure, so on the following day we hopped on a bus and got to HSBC Treetop Walk in 45min (3km). Depending on what you feel like doing, the park has many paths to offer. You will discover there, local wildlife, tropical forest and meet with trail runners. Lots of locals are also going. We decided to take the long one route from the Opposite Flame Tree Park bus station we walked back to Marymount tube station going across the Treetop Walk bridge and Jelutong Tower. This was a good ½ day trek. Then we head to the Botanical Garden for the afternoon. We end the day in Chinatown (Chinatown tube station) visiting the Buddha Tooth Temple and the Sri Mariamman Temple. If you have a taste for sweet, try the Ice Cream bread sandwich from a mobile ice-cream vendor.
On our last day before departing we spent the day in the Arab quarter and Little India to discover another side of the island’s culture. With their many local markets and restaurants you can try lots of exotic fruits (Durian, Rambutan), local cuisine (Laksa and fish head curry, Chicken parotta) and drinks (ginger milk tea at Mohan tea stall). We popped in Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho temple, one of the oldest Buddhist temple in Singapore on Waterloos Street to foretell our future using the Qian (divining sticks) and the divination slips. This was a great and interesting way to end our trip in Singapore before heading for new adventures in Asia.
Singapore or the Asian Melting pot.
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Singapore is not a “budget” destination when comes to food, drink and accommodations. We stayed in a backpacker. Best value for money we found was Coral Hostel in the Arab Quarter. If you know in advance you are travelling to Singapore, you surely can find good deals. However, attractions and sightseeing are inexpensive. Everything we visited was for free.
Did you know ? The Neon forest (The Singapore artificial trees) are used for generating electricity, collecting rain water and act as air venting. Preety cool
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