The understanding I get from people is that Singapore is one of the best places to stop over, if not a place to stay a few days. That's when I jump in and explain with excitment why you should spend at least a week in Singapore. Much to the surprise of people I talk to, there is quite a bit to see and do in Singapore. So without further ado here are Ten things to do in Singapore (that should convince you to stay longer than a few days).
Make your way through Gardens by the Bay
This is probably one of the most well known gardens in Singapore. For a good reason, its beautiful. One of the first things you'll notice upon arrival is the Supertree Grove, there are twelve of them spread over the garden covered by roughly 162,000 tiny plants and stands between 25-50 meters tall. If you're not afraid of heights, I would recommend walking along the OCBC skyway, entry is $8 and you're met with beautiful views of Singapore. While you're at the Gardens, you can also enter the Cloud forest, where you'll walk by the largest indoor waterfall. Followed by the Flower Dome, with the entrance being right across from the Cloud forest, where you'll find different displays of flowers and plants from different locations with different themes.
Getting There: MRT, which is their train system (and my goodness it is efficient!). The closest station is accessible by the Yellow Line or Downtown Line stopping at BayFront MRT station.
Walk the McRitchie trail through to the TreeTop Walk
Starting at McRitchie, this trail spans 5km to the TreeTop Walk and roughly 5 km around back to McRitchie (a heads up - you can't go back the way you came). With Singapore being a humid location, I would recommend taking a couple bottles of water, as you wont find a water fountain, until about 4km in. As you're walking along the trail, you'll pass by quite a few Monkeys. I've been told that you should never smile at them, because by showing your teeth it comes off as threatening (you're welcome). They'll be jumping through the trees above you and passing you on the trail, don't freak out (I may have), just pass them calmly and it will all be okay. When you get to the TreeTop Walk, you'll be walking across a narrow bridge with views of the treetops (hence the name) 250 meters off the ground, and continue on to return back to McRitchie Resevoir. If you take a leisurely walk around the loop, it will take about half a day (with stops along the way for photos of course).
Getting There: The best form of transport to the starting point of the trail at McRitchie Reservoir is by taxi.
Visit Little India
Enjoy the colour and vibrancy this place has on offer. If you were to visit Little India at a certain time of the year, I would recommend it being during Deepavali. Deepavali occurs annually in October or November. It's a time that Hindus celebrate goodness overcoming evil and light overcoming darkness. At night the streets come alive, with lights and markets are held offering henna, jewellery & clothing. When you start feeling a bit hungry I would stop by a restaurant and order a Cheese prata which is a fried flatbread and tastes amazing.
Getting There: The best way to get here is via the MRT and stopping at the Little India station, you can also catch a taxi or bus.
Enjoy the food
So as you start reading my blog posts you'll start getting the general idea that I love food. I believe that when you're travelling to a new place you should immerse yourself and enjoy the local cuisine. You'll find local food walking through Little India (prata), Chinatown & the various Hawker Centres (also known as food courts). The food isn't expensive at Hawker centres and there is a variety to choose from. When going for dinner I would recommend trying Chilli Mud Crab and having it change your world for the better. There is nothing like having Singaporean Chilli Mud Crab with a side of fried buns. So do yourself a favour and try it, and look as happy as I do below.
Rent a bike and ride around Sentosa Island
When getting across to Sentosa Island I would recommend catching the Sentosa Express from VivoCity (which is a great destination for shopping). You can also walk across from VivoCity. When catching the Sentosa Express, stay on until you reach Beach Station. There, a one minute walk away you will find a bike shop which allows you to rent for a couple of hours. It's a beautiful way to enjoy the island riding passed the beaches and restaurants.
Relax at Tanjong Beach Club
So you've probably been running around trying to enjoy as much of Singapore as you can, but now its time for a bit of rest and relaxation. Tanjong offer daybeds by the beach and have people come around and take your food and/or drink order. Just behind the daybeds is a pool, so you have the choice of where to swim. During the week it's a lot quieter and it's easier to get a daybed. Due to the transformation on weekends, it's a lot busier and daybeds need to be reserved. However, it's the perfect time to let your hair down and dance the day/night away by the water. This is definitely the place to #treatyourself.
Getting There: From Vivo City catch the Sentosa Express across to Beach Station. From there catch a tram, ride a bike or walk to Tanjong Beach Club
Walk along Haji Lane
Finding cute and quirky shops, cafe's and fashion boutiques. While walking along the lane you'll find vibrant street art, and you'll come across my favourite little cafe - Shop Wonderland! I love the interior of this place, and it's the perfect place to sit down and have a coffee by the window, watching the world go by. Along the lane they also have a few Mexican restaurants with seating available inside as well as outside. It's a good location to enjoy dinner, dancing on the down low (because you are in a restaurant) to the Spanish music in the background.
Getting There: Short walk from the Bugis MRT station.
Visit the beautiful temples
There are a quite a few temples located around Singapore. The two I have come across and been in awe of are:
- Sri Veermakaliamman Temple
- Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum
Sri Veermakaliamman Temple is one of the oldest Hindu temples in Singapore and is located in Little India. When you come across it, you'll be taken by the colour, statues and details of the temple. It is truly a work of art. Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum is located in Chinatown, a close walk from the Chinatown MRT station. Before you enter you will need to be dressed appropriately and covered, scarfs will be available as you enter. Upon entering you will lose yourself in the vibrancy of the temple, this also leads to the museum which takes you on the journey of Buddhism and the life of Buddha.
Ice Skating at Marina Bay Sands
Yes ladies and gentleman when you thought Singapore couldn't get any cooler, it did. In the middle of the food court at the Marina Bay Sands Shopping Center you will find a huge ice rink with a synthetic surface, making the experience a lot more authentic. They have a room that will allow you to store your belongings while you ice skate. This activity will obviously take a lot out of you, but luckily enough right outside the exit is a food court. Winning!
Getting There: Like Gardens by the Bay the closest station is accessible by the Yellow Line or Downtown Line, stopping at BayFront MRT station.
Be mesmerised by the Chinese Gardens
Just look at the photos and they should be enough to convince you to roam around. This place is amazing because it lets you escape the hustle of the city and enjoy the peace and beauty this garden holds. Upon entering, you will be faced with the tough decision of going left or right. Seeing the Pagoda to my right made my decision easy. You are allowed to climb the stairs to the top of the Pagoda. There you will exit onto the balcony and enjoy the gardens from different vantage points. These gardens are immaculate. There is also a Bonsai Garden that you will come across, featuring a collection of Bonsai at different sizes and shapes.
Getting There: The MRT station at Chinese Gardens, along the East west line, takes you right to the path which leads you straight to the entrance.
J E S S I C A x