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Singapore

The Lion City’s Symphony of Skyscrapers, Gardens, and Culinary Marvels

Singapore, often referred to as the “Garden City,” is a testament to the art of city planning. From the iconic Marina Bay Sands, where the city’s skyline reaches for the heavens, to the mesmerizing Gardens by the Bay, where futuristic supertrees stand in stark contrast to the lush Flower Dome and Cloud Forest, Singapore unfolds as a modern metropolis with a commitment to sustainability and green living.

As we navigate the historic streets of Chinatown, Little India, and Kampong Glam, Singapore reveals its multicultural tapestry. Temples, mosques, and churches coexist harmoniously, showcasing the diversity that defines the city’s rich heritage. Explore the vibrant street markets, where the aroma of sizzling satay and the allure of traditional crafts create an atmosphere that transcends time.

Top highlights

Gardens by the Bay
Chinatown
Marina Bay Sands
Singapore Cable Car
Little India
Buddha Tooth Relic Temple
Thian Hock Keng Temple
Merlion

Where, What and How?

Accommodation – Hotels in Singapore often offer amenities such as swimming pools, fitness centers, and on-site dining options. They are located in various parts of the city, including the popular Orchard Road shopping district, Marina Bay area, and near Changi Airport.

Food – Singapore is a gastronomic paradise, renowned for its diverse culinary scene that reflects the multicultural fabric of the city-state. Hawker centers are home to stalls serving iconic dishes such as Hainanese chicken rice, laksa, char kway teow, and chili crab.

Transportation – The MRT system is Singapore’s extensive network of rapid transit trains, covering most major areas of the island.For a unique perspective of the city, travelers can take a ride on the Singapore Cable Car.

  • My face after thirty six hours without sleep.

My itinerary

Morning: After a thirteen hour flight, we arrived at Changi Airport with quite some jetlag. The airport itself was one of our places of interest, being the Shiseido Forest and Jewel waterfall the main attractions.
We took the train to the center and we stopped in Chinatown. There we visited the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and I was impressed with the overloaded decoration of the interior. Later we walked down Pagoda Street where the houses still show the Colonial Architecture. Then, we moved to the oldest temple in Singapore, the Thian Hock Keng Temple.
We left behind the temple and we continued our journey until our next stop, the iconic Merlion. The statue was nothing impressive but from that point we had great views of the Marina Bay Sands and the financial quarter.
Afternoon: We crossed the Singapore river and after walking some minutes we arrived at our hotel MET A Space Pod at Arab Street. I chose this hotel because we were going to stay only one night in Singapore and I had never been in a capsule hotel before, so where but in modern Singapore City?
After a quick shower in the hotel we went to explore the rest of the city, this time a bit lighter (our backpacks were the whole time with us in the morning). We quickly checked the Sultan Mosque and then we took the metro to Bayfront. There, we visited the gardens and went up to the SkyPark Observation Deck at Marina Bay Sands. The views from there were amazing, it was possible to see the whole country. After relaxing for a while at the heights and drinking a couple of cocktails, we went to eat something at a sushi place in the center. On the way to the restaurant we walked around the ArtScience Museum and we crossed the Helix Bridge.
Evening: We came back to the hotel for a second shower, because I was still adapting to the new weather conditions. It was February and we left The Netherlands the day before with minus four degrees, just to fall in the humid thirty three degrees of Singapore. Anyway, after refreshing myself a bit we went to spend our last energies at Haji Ln. There was such a good atmosphere that I regretted not staying longer in this city. We drank some beers and talked with other travelers, expats and natives. Finally, we went totally dead to our Space Capsule and we rested for some hours. The day after we took the flight to our real adventure, Cambodia.

Money Saving Tips

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Marina Bay You can enjoy the views from the observation deck without staying in the hotel. But if you really want to have the full experience and be able to swim in the most iconic infinite pool in the world, better to stay at least one night at Marina Bay Sands.
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Public Transportation Purchase an EZ-Link card or a Singapore Tourist Pass for unlimited rides on public transportation at discounted rates.
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Free Gardens One of the main attractions in Singapore are the famous Gardens by the Bay. Enjoy the outdoor gardens for free, also during night!
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Accommodation Opt for budget-friendly accommodations such as hostels, guesthouses, or budget hotels, especially in areas like Little India or Geylang.

 

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