Singapore: Travel With Me In Lion City
Let me take you around the Lion city (Singapore). Are you guys ready ?????
Singapore is South East Asia’s most prosperous city and smallest nation by land area. If I could only choose 4 words to describe Singapore, they would be: Spotless, Sophisticated, Efficient but Expensive. It’s hard to tell now that this tiny, booming country that is speckled with sky-high buildings and posh shopping malls, was once a colonial backwater.
The lack of natural resources here is compensated by a wealth of jaw-dropping man-made attractions best seen at night, reason why countless foreign tourists including many Filipinos, travel to Singapore. But beyond its gleaming and vibrant night scene, I guess the most interesting part of Singapore is its multicultural residents, pretty much like Malaysia. A leisurely stroll in the city is like being transported from one country to another. Here is my Singapore Travel Guide blog to help you prepare with your trip here soon.
Because of its compact size, Singapore is very easy to travel and generally safe. It is a top choice for first-time international travel, family trips, and those seeking to indulge in metropolitan luxuries. While costs are significantly higher than the rest of Southeast Asia, a lot of people continue to visit Singapore because of its unique and top-notch attractions that cater to almost every type of traveller.
Singapore is without any doubts the most developed, urbanized country in Asia, if not in the world!
i. Travelling to Singapore for the first time?
This detailed travel guide will make it easy for you to plan a trip, save money, and maximize your time.
ii. Best time to visit Singapore.
Singapore gets little weather variations the whole year round. Any month is generally good to schedule your visit. If you just want to go sightseeing, however, you need to be aware of popular holidays and events, which usually happens from January-February, June-July, September-October. It’s super peak season for hotels. Book your accommodations well in advance.
iii. Spend two days or more.
With a 2-day trip to Singapore, you can already see most of the major travel highlights. Though, I recommend spending three days or more, especially if you want to enjoy multiple theme parks/attractions and explore the different cultural districts. If you are spending a long layover at Changi Airport, don’t miss the free city tours for transit passengers.
iv. Accommodations (Checkout Booking.com to do booking a room )
Singapore is noticeably more expensive than neighbouring countries. Most mid-range hotels offer rooms for around SGD 100 to 200 per night. If you are staying in a luxury hotel or resort, room prices usually start at SGD 300 to 500 per night
A meal at hawker centres costs around SGD 3 to 15. Hawker stalls are Singapore’s version of side street stalls and low-cost eateries. Mains at casual restaurants start at SGD 10 to 15.
Admission fees may take up a huge chunk of your expenses if you plan on visiting many themed attractions, rides, and museums. Entry to theme parks & attractions is priced between SGD 20 to SGD 70.
How to get Singapore Dollars (SGD)?
To be safe, bring US Dollar bills if you already have them in hand. Money exchange stalls in Singapore, including those at the airport, accept a wide range of currencies and it’s not a problem if you bring other major currencies.
For convenience, carry enough cash to last the first night or two and then withdraw cash in SGD using your ATM card (bring a backup just in case). ATMs that allow international withdrawal are found all over Singapore. They accept ATM cards with a logo from major interbank networks (American Express, Discover, Visa, MasterCard, Cirrus, and the like). Don’t forget to activate your card for international withdrawal before leaving your home country.
How to get around Singapore?
Singapore has a convenient, extensive, and affordable Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) and bus network. From the airport, the MRT is the cheapest way to get to the city centre. Bus and train fares range from SGD 0.80 to 2.
Buy an EZ-Link Card sold at Changi Airport station & many ticket offices around Singapore. This prepaid card can be used to pay for train and bus rides. Enjoy discount fares if you use this card. The cost is SGD 12 per card. Includes SGD 7 stored value and SGD 5 non-refundable card cost. You can top-up at any 7-Eleven store. Only 1 person is allowed per card.
You can also buy the Singapore Tourist Pass, which offers unlimited rides on non-premium trains and buses. The price is SGD10 for the 1-day pass, SGD15 for the 2-day pass & SGD20 for the 3-day pass.
Useful travel apps
i. Google Maps — This travel app will make it a lot easier to navigate around Singapore on your own. The directions feature only works online. Available on iOS and Android.
ii. MyTransport.SG — Useful information on MRT, LRT & bus services in Singapore. Available on iOS and Android.
Places to visit
1. Merlion Park
Pretty hard to miss anyway because of its prominent location at the mouth of the Singapore River. Not only could you get a good photo with the Merlion statue, Singapore’s most iconic monument, but there are amazing views to be seen of the Singapore Skyline, Marina Bay Sands, The Esplanade: Theatres by the Bay, and the Singapore Flyer.
Wonder Full Light and Water Show
One other great free show that is a must do in Singapore – the Wander Full Light and Water Show.
The show is a choreography between singing fountains and projections on their splashes. There are bubbles everywhere and this holiday atmosphere goes on every day – don’t miss it while in Singapore!
Experience Singapore’s multi-cultural diversity by taking a walking and food tour of Chinatown. Visit a church, a mosque, Indian and Chinese temples all in one walk. Go on a food adventure and try dishes from Singapore’s different cultural influences at affordable hawker centres of Chinatown.
3. Marina Bay
Marvel at Singapore’s new urbanscape by taking a walk around Marina Bay. Visit Marina Bay Sands, the Helix Bridge, Singapore Flyer, and Esplanade: Theatres on the bay. Amazing overlooking views can be seen from the Skypark of Marina Bay Sands.
4. Singapore Flyer
As Singapore is all about heights, the world’s largest observation wheel cannot be left out when talking about the best places to visit in Singapore in 3 days. The wheel is 165 metres high and a ride lasts about 30 minutes, which will literally fly by.
5. Gardens by the Bay
Once you have seen them from above, you will naturally want to check out these beautiful gardens in person.
i. Supertree Grove
An ambitious project set to transform Singapore from a “Garden City” to a “City in a Garden.” The main attractions here are the 25 towering man-made Supertrees and two equally extraordinary biodomes.
ii. Cloud Forest
Ever wondered how concrete jungles might look like? I mean real jungles built on concrete!
The Singaporeans have created a whole new concept with planted walls, artificial waterfalls – somethings absolutely surreal!
You can learn about rare plants, take some great pictures, enjoy a magnificent view from to the Marina Bay Sands and just walk around this mysterious world built by man. It also features a 35-meter hill (on the picture above) covered in lush vegetation, it is also the world’s tallest indoor waterfall!
6. Sentosa Island
Giving off a different vibe from the business district in the city of Singapore, Sentosa Island is an entertainment and leisure destination to bring all kinds of fun to your travels.
Spend a fun day on rides and themed attractions or relax at the beaches of Sentosa. The island is home to Universal Studios Singapore and world largest SEA aquarium.
At the S.E.A. Aquarium™, you can observe more than 100,000 creatures like the leopard shark, goliath grouper and squadrons of manta rays.
7. Little India
A buzzing and ethnic district, Little India is a historic area that shows off the best of Singapore’s Indian community from its vibrant culture, Delicious food, and incredible shopping areas. Don’t forget to visit the Sri Veeramakaliamman Hindu temple.
Thinking about where to shop in Singapore?
1. Orchard Road in Singapore
The undisputed hub for shopping, Orchard Road is Singapore’s very own Fifth Avenue. With 22 malls and still counting, you can easily spend a week exploring the many malls along the tree-lined road.
From clothing and accessories to electronics, homeware and souvenirs, and fashion labels like Zara, Abercrombie & Fitch, Forever 21, Louis Vuitton, Armani, and others, shopaholics are in for a treat. If you get tired, there are many casual and fine dining restaurants as well as coffee chains and cafes to rest your tired feet and get you charged up.
2. Bugis Village in Singapore
Bugis Village is a good place to spend some time at and – shop! You get almost all goods for 10$. You can shop for apparels and other goods at these retail outlets.
This Singapore travel guide is sure to make your holiday in the Lion City an amazing one! Hope you liked my tips.
It is really an amazing place to visit, believe me, just do it!
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