When I was planning my six months Asia adventure I didn´t consider visiting Singapore. I thought that there is nothing to see. What a MISTAKE!
I was in Kuala Lumpur with my friend Alex who was planning on going there because he used to live there when he was a child. Then I thought Ok maybe I should give it a try because it is close and I will have a company. So we jumped on a 7 hour train journey (ticket was only 8 USD!) and headed to Singapore.
Where to stay
Not only is Singapore one of the most expensive cities in Asia but in 2014 was named the world´s most expensive city to live in. So forget the low-cost hostels you can find everywhere in Thailand, Cambodia or Vietnam. I was lucky and my friend recommended me a hostel which was really great. It is called The Mitraa Hostel and is located on the Race Course Road about 5 min walk from the Farrer Park metro station and not far from Little India. The four bedded dorm is for 30 SGD (23 USD) per night incl. breakfast.
09:00 – 12:00 Chinatown
- Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum – visit this beautiful temple at S Bridge Road. It is dedicated to the Maitreya Buddha, which means ‘The Compassionate One’, and also called ‘The Future Buddha’ and features many facets of Buddhist arts and culture of Singapore. This was one of the most beautiful temples I have ever been to. You can admire loads of shining Buddha statues and the music playing inside was so relaxing. I just didn´t want to leave.
- Shopping at the street market – it is open daily from 10am – 10pm. There are more than 200 market stalls where you can buy street opera masks, dragon candels, traditional clothing and much more.
- Lunch at the Food Street (Smith St) – place where you can find many cheap food stalls. Try this lovely dumpling soup with shrimps for about 5 SGD (3.80 USD).
13:00 – 18:00 Gardens By The Bay
- Walk along the Singapore river – stop for a cocktail in one of the bar. In the afternoon some of them have Happy Hour so go ahead and try Singapore Sling. It´s amazing!
- Gardens by the Bay – these are one of the Top 10 Indoor Gardens of the World, the nation’s most beautiful masterpiece and I can’ t more than agree. You can visit Flower Dome or Cloud Forest which feature rare and unique plants from all over the world. There are daily light shows at 7:45 PM and 8:45PM which you can observe either from down or from the skywalk.
- Little India – one of the most vibrant district of this city. Loads of churches and mosques are waiting for you to explore. What I enjoyed the most was the food which is incredible.
18:00 – 22:00 Marina Bay (Sands)
- Marina Bay – when it gets dark take a walk around Marina Bay and stop by the Singapore Merlion – the big lion which represents the national icon. The body symbolises Singapore’s humble beginnings as a fishing village when it was called Temasek, meaning ‘sea town’ in Old Javanese. Its head represents Singapore’s original name, Singapura, or ‘lion city’ in Malay. If you will be lucky you will see the light (laser) show above the bay.
- Drink at 57th floor of Marina Bay Sands – this is a must – walk into Marina Bay Sand hotel, take a lift into 57th floor and have a drink in the sky bar. The view is absolutely stunning and you will have a chance to admire that famous infinity pool.
What was your favourite place in Singapore? Please share in the comments below.