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Singapore Overview

If Singapore isn’t already on your bucket list of places to visit, it certainly should be! Within a few days of our short stay, we were amazed by everything this…

If Singapore isn’t already on your bucket list of places to visit, it certainly should be! Within a few days of our short stay, we were amazed by everything this unique and vibrant city has to offer.

Firstly, the city is definitely one of the cleanest we have visited! To see the streets so pristine and well maintained was incredible, but don’t forget that the strict laws to ensure this cleanliness is met – such as heavy fines for littering and a chewing gum ban – applies to tourists too!

We were humbled to experience such friendly and helpful locals. From opening doors for you to letting you skip ahead of them in queues, we were made to feel welcome immediately and couldn’t have felt safer whilst exploring this overwhelming city.

There is always something to do! Singapore entertains with its huge array of tourist attractions spread evenly across the island. From strolling around the magnificent Gardens by the Bay, to splashing your cash in high end shops on Orchard Road, there really is something for everyone at any time of the day! 

However, this luxury does come at a price… as the city is voted one of the most expensive places to live, expect to fork out for things such as guided city tours, fine dining and alcoholic beverages. Although, the food doesn’t always have to be expensive if you seek out one of the many Hawker Centres littered around Singapore. The cosy market stalls offer cuisines from all over the world!

 

Changi Airport

If you are flying from the UK be prepared for a 13 hour flight, but once you arrive at Changi Airport this lengthy journey will be made worthwhile. We arrived at 6am which meant no queueing, our backpacks were already waiting for us and we were through passport control quicker than any other airport we’ve ever witnessed.

Transport – No matter where you are staying in Singapore, the MRT underground train system has got you covered and we opted for this method of transport to reach our hotel. There is a free shuttle bus from arrivals to T2 and from there you can hop straight on the MRT. The tickets are very cheap and make sure to keep it handy until the end of your journey as you will need to scan it to exit the station. It was simple to use, quick and cheap – we were impressed!

 

Tanjong Pagar

Our hotel was located in the Tanjong Pagar district of Singapore – a peaceful and historic corner of the city, yet it still had everything we needed and more! The main attractions we aimed to visit, such as Gardens by the Bay and Marina Bay Sands were only a couple of short stops on the MRT and other attractions like China Town were within walking distance.

Amara Hotel – We stayed in Amara Hotel located on Tanjong Pagar Road during our stay in Singapore. This main road had all the amenities we needed, from supermarkets to shopping centres and local bakeries. Although the road was fairly busy at times, we had no problems getting across and no noise could be heard from within the hotel.

Everything was exceptionally clean in Amara Hotel and there was even direct access through the lobby to 100 AM – a shopping centre around the corner housing a wide range of local restaurants, cafes and shops to browse around.

Tanjong Pagar MRT station was a two minute walk away – a huge bonus for us as we used this system every day to get where we needed to be.

The rooftop pool located on the sixth floor of the hotel topped off our exceptional stay. It was clean, free towels were provided and there was even a lovely addition of fish swimming around the path as you walked to the pool.

We would recommend this hotel to anybody wanting to stay in the centre of Singapore’s many attractions. It’s a happy medium for people looking to explore everywhere, yet not get caught up in the hustle and bustle of working life in the city. As a mid-range hotel, you are able to enjoy some luxury as well as keep some money in your pocket to spend exploring the city.

Shoutout to the main doorman of the hotel (we didn’t catch his name) who went out of his way to welcome you and open the doors for everybody who entered or left. He flagged taxis down for anybody in need and always had a smile on his face. The cherry on top of a wonderful hotel.

Tips

» Use the MRT to get everywhere if you can – so cheap and easy to use.

» Weather is hot and humid – even if it looks like the sun isn’t out, wear suncream! We learned the hard way that the cloudy weather fools you!

» Alcohol is expensive.

» Catch a breath-taking sunset over the city! View our Lavo Restaurant and Sunset post to see how we made the most of the incredible golden hour views.

» If you are a backpacker, don’t overpack like us! The supermarkets in Singapore have everything you need – from Tesco products to Nivea suncream!

» Visit market stalls or Hawker Centres to experience cheap and authentic cuisine cooked by the locals.

» Don’t be afraid to speak to locals, we found everyone really friendly and helpful during our visit.

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Sentosa Island

No matter how long you plan to stay in Singapore, be sure to fit in a day trip to the famous Sentosa Island. Its wide range of activities ranging from…

No matter how long you plan to stay in Singapore, be sure to fit in a day trip to the famous Sentosa Island. Its wide range of activities ranging from waterparks to ziplines and bungee jumps provide a great day out for all the family!

The island is located off the southern coast of the city and can be accessed easily by road, cable car or monorail. Hop on the MRT to HarbourFront station and walk through VivoCity, following signs towards the monorail. Tickets are just $4 each with a number of stops at various parts of the island. Alternatively, opt for a cable car and witness the spectacular views that Sentosa has to offer – if you’re feeling brave enough!

We headed straight for Beach Station in search of Palawan Beach, ready for some relaxation after a few days exploring the city. White sand, palm trees and clear blue water – what more could you want? Being the most visited beach on the island, it surprisingly wasn’t overcrowded. The sea was unbelievably calm and warm enough to walk straight into. There is also a rope suspension bridge linking to the southernmost point of continental Asia, where you can witness panoramic views of the sea and beyond. 

As we only had a couple of hours to spend on the island, we didn’t manage to see as many attractions as we had planned. For a fun-filled day out, be sure to arrive early and make the most of your day! Some of the most recommended attractions are; Universal Studios, S.E.A Aquarium, Adventure Cove Waterpark, Tiger Sky Tower and KidZania – something for all the family to enjoy!

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Lavo Restaurant – Dining at 656 ft

Just a few days into our travelling adventure marked our third anniversary and we wanted to celebrate in style whilst in Singapore. Marina Bay Sands hotel seemed like the perfect…

Just a few days into our travelling adventure marked our third anniversary and we wanted to celebrate in style whilst in Singapore. Marina Bay Sands hotel seemed like the perfect destination for it all to begin.

Situated amongst Singapore’s spectacular skyline, the LAVO restaurant can be found on the 57th floor of the hotel, with breathtaking 180 degree views over both the city and impressive coastline. We arrived fairly early in the evening and opted for a outdoor table which had an amazing view towards Sentosa Island and Marina South Pier. Having been blown away by the building at ground level, looking down on the city from the above really gives you a sense of its enormity – not one for those who are afraid of heights! After being seated, we were brought our drinks along with complimentary olives, bread and chilli oil. 

The restaurant offers a range of Italian-American inspired dishes, ranging from pizzas and salads to grilled steaks and seafood. There is also a selection of mouth-watering appetisers to enjoy with a few drinks whilst soaking up the views. We opted for the Italian duo of rigatoni melanzana (roasted aubergine and mozzarella pasta) and the carne pizza, which was topped with Italian cured meats and a hint of spice. Both dishes were well presented and extremely tasty.

The price range was mid to high, which is understandable for its impressive location and surroundings. We would certainly recommend visiting LAVO restaurant for a special occasion, especially if you are lucky enough to catch a magical sunset like we did!

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Gardens by the Bay

One of the most famous and extremely popular attractions in Singapore is Gardens by the Bay. Located directly opposite the Marina Bay Sands hotel, catch the MRT to Bayfront and…

One of the most famous and extremely popular attractions in Singapore is Gardens by the Bay. Located directly opposite the Marina Bay Sands hotel, catch the MRT to Bayfront and you will be a two minute walk away from the gardens. On arrival, we were truly blown away by the size of the Supertree Grove and the picturesque views that awaited us.

Flower Dome and Cloud Forest

We headed over Dragonfly Bridge towards Flower Dome and Cloud Forest. A combined ticket to access both cost us $28 each (August 2018) and we spent a couple of hours exploring the domes. Walking through each one was incredibly relaxing and we truly felt at one with nature. 9:00am – 9:00pm is the domes opening times.

Flower Dome is noted as the largest glass greenhouse in the world! The display of flowers from all over the globe is mesmerising and a must-see for somebody who enjoys beautiful arrays of colour and is inspired by nature.

Cloud Forest is home to the world’s tallest indoor waterfall at 35 metres – be sure to catch a glimpse from the platform above too! The mist-filled Cloud Walk and Treetop Walk inside the dome transport you to a place high above the ground, but probably isn’t recommended for people who aren’t fond of heights.

OCBC Skyway

If you are one for panoramic views and heights then this is a must do! The skyway stands as 22 metres tall and admission to this spectacular walkway is only $8. For the full experience, make sure to catch one of the nightly light shows whilst up there and you are guaranteed to be stood in awe!

Garden Rhapsody Light Show

Join hundreds of people every night and lie underneath the Supertrees to witness a magnificent display of dazzling lights and upbeat music that will leave you mesmerised. Oh, and we forgot to mention that it is completely FREE of charge! How could you say no? The light shows are at 7:45pm and 8:45pm each night at the Supertree Grove, lasting for fifteen minutes each time. Watch as the trees truly do come to life!

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