Singapore has now been ticked off my bucket list, but will certainly be revisited. en route to Malaysia or Europe. Read on to see what we achieved in 3 days.Firstly the Sheraton Towers hotel on Scotts Road is highly recommended. Location to Orchard Road for shopping was superb as well as the metro and the Newton Circus food market. It was luxurious with free wifi and amazing staff. Unfortunately we didn’t have time to use the pool or gym. We paid for a late checkout till 7pm which was a bonus.
Singapore is very clean and safe and and we nailed 25km walking daily according to my trusty Fitbit! Make sure you have cool clothing, good footwear and carry an umbrella at all times. We heard that taxis were easy but sometimes you had to wait for ages so as time was of the essence, we used the metro. It was so cheap and easy to use. This saved a lot of time. Make sure you have cash on you at all times. You will also be amazed at all the tempting shopping there is underground BTW.
Day 1 we visited the Mosque at Kampong Glam early in the morning. Nothing much opens anywhere until 11am so being earlybirds we used this as travel time to explore, before shopping. Little India was nearby so after strolling through a few streets we bought some hardy-looking Chinese lanterns, which we hope will survive Wellington’s wind. Nearby we also found a good shopping mall. We took the Metro to Tiang Bahru and walked 10 minutes to the famous food centre for lunch. No English spoken here but it was fun to point, choose and devour delicious Asian cuisine. Cheap as chips and so delicious.
We then hit Orchard Rd which goes for miles and the summer sales were awesome. That night we had our Night Safari Zoo tour which I booked online in advance. Although a bit tired, this was one of our highlights. It was a little chaotic with bus and coach transfers but totally worth it. We got up fairly close and personal with the gorgeous lions, tigers and monkeys etc. We didn’t choose the buffet dineer included and chose to eat at the park. The food was surprisingly great for a tourist spot. We then collapsed, exhausted and slept like babies.
Day 2 we went to the Marina Bay pier to check out where the cruises depart from (for our next trip!). Next the metro to the stunning Gardens by the Bay. This is a must and next time we’ll go at 745pm for the light show. It’s very near to Marina Bay Sands hotel and mall. We sneaked up to the top of the hotel to catch a glimpse and photo of the infinity pool, as you aren’t able to access if you’re not staying there. The view from the top is spectacular.
In the fantastic adjacent Mall, after a wee spot of shopping, we ate at the highly rated Din Tai Fung restaurant. This is a chain and you can google for other locations. Be warned you may have to wait 15 minutes or so for a table but you will be rewarded. Our dumplings and pork noodle dish with greens was sensational. It was a little more expensive than the norm but divine. It’s fun also being able to watch the dumplings being made by about 8 staff right in front of your eyes. Thanks to my friend Pat for that recommendation.
We later just had to splash out on a Singapore Sling at Raffles. Expensive $39 cocktail but fab as a one-off. You get given monkey peanuts and the shells are thrown on the floor, which is all part of the experience. The Punka fans on the ceiling are cool and the bar had a nice vibe. The hotel is beautiful and has lots of stunning wee areas and a beautiful gift shop.
We then visited the famous Merlion lion and then ate Mexican for dinner at Clarke Quay. This is party central and where the expats go. It’s definitely pretty at night all lit up with stunning architecture and a great area to visit. You can do a river cruise from here also.
Day 3 we walked along Robertson Quay which was a lovely expat area. Not much to see but nice cafes and restaurants but pleasant. Chinatown was our lunch stop and we ate at the famoust Hawker centre. You have three large aisles of food to choose from. We didn’t have time to queue for the famous Tian Tian Hainese rice but ours from another stall was just as tasty. It then poured with rain and we got to walk by the lovely Ann Siang Rd. Next time we’ll do the army barracks on Dempsey Rd. We then squeezed in a little more of Orchard Rd and unfortunately it was time to leave.
So peeps 3 days was nice for a taster but you do need a lot of time here. Plan well to get the most out of your stay, otherwise you may only end up shopping!. Next visit we will definitely do the Botanic gardens and the National Art Gallery. Sentosa Island (with theme parks is not really our thing but children love it) and we hope to fit in a ferry day trip to a small island for a little bit more culture. Miss you already Singapore.