Despite having one whole week in Singapore, I was pretty cruisy for the first 5 of the days. With only 2 days left in my trip, I decided to pack in as many sights as possible.
Firstly, I have to recommend the Visit A City app. I have used this app so many times in different cities, including Paris, Copenhagen and Los Angeles. So I used it in Singapore too. It is the best and most of what I do when I travel is inspired by the intineraries suggested in the app.
Secondly, you must get an MRT card or just be prepared to use the metro system. It is incredibly efficient, clean, timely, affordable and useful. I was so reliant on it and it took me everywhere.
- Gardens by the Bay:
- Flower Dome
- Cloud Forest
- Marina Bay Sands:
- Evening light show
Gardens by the Bay and Marina Bay Sands will make up your whole day if you take the time to explore. I explained in a previous post that I already covered half of Gardens by the Bay on a weeknight. When I went back, I bought tickets to the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest, the two big domes in the Gardens. These two domes took up half a day because they are so fascinating. Yes, the aesthetics are pretty but it’s also very educational, raising awareness on various plant and animal species, climate change and global warming.
Marina Bay Sands is fancy AF! There are a lot of high-end shops, way out of my price range but nice to look at. Lots of eateries, including a massive food court. I ate lunch at Ippudo, which is a Japanese restuarant. There is one in Melbourne, AU too, in the QV building. It’s one of my favourite places to eat, I love the food there. I always get the salmon sushi rolls, or the grilled eel on rice.
But of course, everyone wants to go up to the observatory deck. Typically, I went at sunset. It was packed! But worth it. The sunset was absolutely beautiful from up there, as well as the views of the city and Gardens by the Bay. If you stay in the Marina Bay Sands hotel, you can use the infinity pool on the rooftop.
At night, there is a light show display coming from Marina Bay Sands, that you can watch from the opposite side, across the water.
- Fort Canning Park
- Architecture hopping
- Marina Bay/Merlion/Esplanade
- Arab St
- Little India
- Boat Quay
On my final full day in Singapore, I did a crazy amount of walking. It started with exploring Fort Canning Park, reading its history and snapping photos. This was followed by a bit of architecture hopping, admiring some of the older buildings, such as Parliament, St Andrew’s Cathedral, National Gallery. Fullerton Hotel and National Museum. If at Fullerton Hotel this will lead you to the Esplanade area, where you can see the famous Merlion statue. A big walk aroung the Esplanade will also take you to Helix Bridge.
After a quick lunch at Millenia Walk, I caught the train to Arab St and Little India. If you stay in Downtown Singapore, you will never really know how diverse Singapore is. Venturing out a bit further will expose so many other sides of Singaporean culture. Being in Arab St almost left like I was in a different country. The smell of the food in the air was amazing, and there are a line of shops selling lamps, rugs and fabrics. Arab St is also home to the Sultan Mosque (Masjid Sultan). Similary, another train ride away and you will find Little India!
Side note – it was pissing down rain as I was leaving Little India and heading back to my hotel. I was ankle deep in rain water and kept slipping over in my thongs/flip-flops (they’re called thongs in Australia!). Luckily, I had an umbrella!
I ended day 2 with dinner at Boat Quay, which is a pretty popular tourist spot. This is where I had a whole chilli crab to myself – and it was deeee-lish! It’s also really nice to wander around this area at night, where you can watch the Marina Bay Sands light show, get a drink or dessert or explore the nightlife/party scene.
I’m cheating here a bit but there are two notable sights that I visited on separate days that I wanted to mention here. They could be alternatives to the places listed above, or an extension of your itinerary,
- Tree Top Walk
- Clark Quay
I didn’t make it to Sentosa Island on this trip but would be keen to check it out if I ever make it back to Singapore again.