3 DAYS IN SINGAPORE
My three day travel guide covers everything from what I got up to, highlights of the city and things to do and see. Singapore was the last stop on my travels in September. For those of you who have read my previous travel diaries and guides you will know that my first stop was Dubai, I then went on to Bali for the majority of my trip and from there I went on to Singapore for 3 nights. I have been working on this travel guide on and off for the last few months because I wanted to include as much as possible. Have a read and if you have any questions feel free to leave me a comment below or message me.
HOW DID I GET THERE?
From Bali we caught an Air Asia flight to Singapore. The average flight time from Bali (Denpasar) to Singapore Changi is 2h 29min so we were there in no time. The flight over was very cheap but the earlier you book the better. This was my first time flying with Air Asia and overall the experience was good (I am quite fussy when it comes to airlines so that’s saying a lot).
We stayed in the Park Royal hotel which is situated in Little India. The location is great as it is quite central and just across the road from the City Square Mall and the Mustafa Centre. It’s only about an 8 minute drive from China Town too. Our room was simple but spacious and the staff were friendly and accommodating.
If you’re only in Singapore for a few days and your time is limited then a taxi is the way to go in my opinion. Note: there are a few different types of taxis and their prices vary so just keep an eye out and be sure to check fares before you hop in. Alternatively, you could book a hop-on hop-off bus tour. With its 37 stops you’ll cover a lot of the city in a short space of time. Tickets here.
THINGS TO DO
GARDENS BY THE BAY
Gardens by the Bay was definitely one of the highlights of our trip. From the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest to Supertree Grove, there is plenty to keep you busy for hours. My favourite was definitely Supertree Grove because I had never seen anything like it. We went before it got dark and we stayed around for the light show after sunset. Just before the show we made a trip to the top of one of the Supertrees. There is a rooftop bar with an incredible view that should not be missed.
Open daily: 5.00am – 2.00am | Tickets here.
Image credit – Singapore Oriental
While Sydney, New York and London have some seriously amazing skylines, Singapore has to be one of my favourites so far. It’s not short of beautiful skylines, skyscrapers and tropical trees. The best way to make the most of it is by sipping cocktails from one of its rooftops. Make sure you visit the famous Marina Bay Sands hotel (this looks like a boat in the sky – you can’t miss it). Go up to the 57th floor and enjoy a cocktail from the hotel’s sky park bar and restaurant Ce la vi.
Marina Bay is located in the center of Singapore and it is surrounded by the Downtown Core, Marina East, Marina South and Straits View. From the sky park and museum to the Merlion statue and the Singapore Flyer you will be spoilt for choice. Click here for a list of the top 10 attractions at the Marina.
No visit to Singapore is complete without a visit to this iconic all-suite luxury Singapore hotel. It has welcomed writers, celebrities and members of royalty, such as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. We stopped off here for a quick visit on our last day. The well-known Singapore Sling (a gin-based cocktail) was developed here by a bartender in 1915. Definitely worth popping in for a cocktail…or two!
Chinatown is in the Outram district in the Central Area of Singapore and it is jam-packed with market stalls, shops, street food and restaurants – lots of Chinese cultural elements and bright lights. Another place that is worth a visit!
Are you a big kid/adrenaline junkie? You should definitely stop off here for some craziness. Universal Studios Singapore is in the Resorts World Sentosa on Sentosa Island.
You can ride the Movies on roller coasters and other movie-themed attractions. There are loads of rides, shows, and attractions based on blockbuster films, including Puss In Boots’ Giant Journey, Battlestar Galactica: HUMAN vs. CYCLON, TRANSFORMERS The Ride: The Ultimate 3D Battle, Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure™, Sesame Street Spaghetti Space Chase …the list goes on.
If shopping is on the cards then you’re in the right place. Once again you will be spoilt for choice. Whether you are on a hunt for markets, high street stores or boutiques you will have plenty of choice. Click here for a list of the top 10 shopping spots in Singapore. Here are a few good places I came across:
- Orchard Road
- City Square Mall
- China Town Street Market
- Little India (Serangoon Road)
- Bugis Street Market
- Raffles City Shopping Centre
Firstly, Singapore isn’t cheap, and a night out for two can easily amount to €40-€60. However, if you do some research beforehand you will easily find some nice places. For drinks, I would definitely recommend a Singapore Sling and for food, any rice/noodle dish and Kaya toast is a must. Kaya toast is a well-known snack in Singapore and Malaysia. It is prepared with kaya, a topping of sugar, coconut milk and eggs, pandan, and sometimes margarine or butter.
I didn’t get to try as many local dishes as planned but I will definitely be back again so I’ll be sure to add more to my list next time.
There you have it – my latest travel diary! Singapore really is such a beautiful and picturesque city. From the breathtaking views and luxurious rooftop bars to endless to street markets, giant flowers and lovely people. On top of that it is one of the safest and cleanest cities in the world. What’s stopping you? Ps. If you are looking for a few more suggestions of things to do and see in this beautiful city check out my friend Kassi’s recent Singapore Travel Guide.
I have a few exciting trips planned in the next few weeks/months so if you’re looking for more travel inspiration keep an eye out. If there is anything in particular you’d like me to blog about next let me know. You can catch me on Snapchat: duffyloikes, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter! 🙂
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Until next time…
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