As you all know, Singapore has been high on my travel list and I was beyond excited to go. You can read all about where we stayed here.
With a mix of Chinese, Malay, and Indian cultures, Singapore is full of diversity. The country itself may be quite small but there is so much to experience and see. Come travel with me through Singapore in this travel guide!
How to Get Around?
You can get to almost all tourist attractions via MRT (Mass Rapid Transportation) subway and railway lines. They run on time for the most part so you won’t run into delays. There is also the bus, Uber, and taxis to take you around.
What to see?
Singapore Botanical Gardens was on our list, however, we were debating whether we should go or not. Well we ended up going and I am beyond glad we went. The Singapore Botanical Gardens are absolutely gorgeous!
Founded in 1859, the Singapore Botanic Gardens showcases the best and most spectacular of tropical flora set in a stunning landscape. Fun fact: it is one of three gardens, and the only tropical garden, to be honored as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
If you are a flower and plant person, you must not miss these gardens. They are beautifully kept and a super easy metro journey from the city center or a quick hop on the bus. You can also take a quick taxi or Uber ride over. The entre is FREE but you do have to pay for the orchid garden section but as of February 2017 the price is just a mere $2-$4.
Tropical flora, mysterious trees, beautiful vines a just a hint of what you will see walking through the gardens.
Suitable for all ages, everyone will find something to delight their senses here.
Of course, we couldn’t pass up the China Town in Singapore.
Right near China Town is the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum. This Buddhist temple and museum is based on the Tang dynasty architectural style and built to house the tooth relic of the historical Buddha.
The temple is well maintained and not too crowded. Make sure you wear sleeves and full pants when you visit as they have a dress code.
Every floor and room is so beautifully decorated. All around there is serenity, charm, and spiritualness. This was the only temple on our trip where I thoroughly felt rejuvenated and peace.
Your visit of this marvelous temple will not be complete if you don’t visit the roof (fourth level). It may be accessed from any one of the four corner staircases. The roof top is filled with numerous Dendrobium Buddha Tooth orchid plants and at the end of the garden stands a tall ten thousand Buddhas Pagoda housing the large Vairocana Buddha Prayer.
The Vairocana Buddha Prayer Wheel is cylindrical in shape, a religious artifact commonly used by Chinese Buddhists. The rim is embossed with the estoeric Vairocana Mantra. A piece of scripture is placed inside. Every turn of the wheel represents a single recital of the scripture and amntra. The wheel is a convenient way to recite the Sutra.
Hawker Centers are the go to place to eat if you are looking for a quick and cheap bite to eat. We recommend Maxwell Road Hawker Centre.
Being a vegetarian, I, unfortunately, couldn’t stand the smell of all the meats so we just grabbed fresh coconut water and sugar cane juice.
The views from our hotel and right outside, in the bayfront subzone, are simply amazing, especially at night.
A nightly stroll on Helix Bridge is a must with all the gorgeous lights.
For shopping, you have Orchard Shopping Centre which is an entire street of just shopping, shopping, and more shopping. The street is roughly two kilometres and has 22 malls and six shopping centers.
Oddly enough, there was a Garretts inside one of the malls. For those that don’t know, Garrett’s is a Chicago Original and favorite popcorn. Upon more research, I found out Garrett’s has opened many locations abroad! Garrett’s, when are you opening in San Francisco!?
Hubby found the cutest cafe too and one I highly recommend.
Near Orchard Steet is Haji Lane. This tiny lane, hidden away in the heart of the Muslim quarter has everything from stunning artwork to fashionable, unique shops.
If you are on Haji Lane you must check out Selfie Coffee. Yes, you read that right, Selfie Coffee. Yes, this is a thing.
Take a photo of yourself or give the cashier a selfie you already have on your phone (they transfer it into their phone/software) and place your order. Roughly 10 minutes later you have your selfie printed on a cup of joe with whipped cream. If you are feeling hungry, the cafe even has pies and cakes.
Singapore and Marina Bay Sands go together like peanut butter and jelly. Marina Bay Sands is a hotel with a little bit of everything. They have a huge shopping mall, a museum, a casino, plethora of dining options, and then the lounge 57 stories high.
After doing some shopping and checking out the museum we went up to the lounge on the 57th floor. I have been to many rooftops and high story lounges but this view was just breath taking.
Right outside Marina Bay Sands mall, you can see a wonderful sighting of the Singapore flyer. The Singapore flyer is currently Asia’s largest giant observation wheel. Step into one of the 28 fully air-conditioned glass capsules and be transported on a 30 minute journey of stunning day and night scenes. If you are looking for an even grander adventure, book dinner or high tea on the Singapore Flyer!
If you keep walking you will get to Gardens by the Bay which houses the Cloud Forest and Flower Dome. We had the whole day to kill and were in no hurry so we purchased tickets to both. We were so glad we did because both took our breath away and we spent so much time in each.
This water fall in the Cloud Forest was a delight to our senses! You could feel the mist which was so refreshing.
If you love flowers then you will LOVE the flower dome. The floral arrangements are stunning and I sincerely appreciate the hard work and efforts to maintain this dome. I literally felt like I walked into a flower heaven here!
At night there is a spectacular light show that goes on in the Supertree Grove. They sync the light of the trees to the music and even played Indian music. Best part is that it’s free!
If you are not afraid of heights take a stroll on this skyway for just $8! Just looking at it made me woozy so I passed but enjoyed snapping a bunch of pictures.