Imagine in a warm summer evening, without a care for the world, you are walking down on a street, cleanest you’ve ever seen with dazzling lights all around, and suddenly you stop, close your eyes and inhale deep; in extreme pleasure and intense satisfaction; your nostrils fills with the intoxicating fragrance of hundreds of varieties of cuisine so delicious that your mouth becomes watery instantly….and that’s my friend is Singapore for you. One of the last three city-states left in the world.
In case you are wondering, the other two are Monaco and of course the Vatican City.
Let’s start from the airport. Singapore has officially the best airport in the world. Skytrax has declared Changi Airport as world’s best airport for four consecutive times. Believe it or not, but it has a garden in it with actual real butterflies and all that. If you are not a garden person or a flower or butterfly person for that matter, there is a 24/7 open convenience store with a huge collection of beverage and a real bar.
Now let’s get out of the airport and step into the real country. If you are used to living in the colder part of the world, you might find the weather here pretty warm and humid. To be more precise the temperature range is from 20 to 35 degree Celsius. So you might want to carry a handkerchief. But only in the outside, because almost all the buildings in Singapore is air conditioned.
The public transportation is just wonderful. The city itself is only a little more than hundred kilometers from the equator and bus, metro rail, taxies are always available. Also the cost is really cheap. If you call a taxi you don’t need to bargain or anything as it bills by the meter. But the most cost effective way of traveling in this city would be getting yourself a tourist pass. According to this system you can travel unlimited in any bus or MRT trains just for eight Singapore Dollars per day. For more inforamtion visit Singapore Tourist Pass
You might find Singapore a bit costlier than other South Asian countries. The city is filled with hotels. As the economy largely relies on tourism, the bar set for the accommodation system is very high. If you are looking for cost efficient hotels there are many. And note that, almost always you will find various discounts and lucrative offers on these hotels. The cheapest hotel starts from $50 dollars per night. If you are willing to spend a little more like $70 or $80 you might find a very good place to stay.
Every city has a soul and the soul of Singapore is in Chinatown. This is the second cleanest Chinatown in the world. The first one is in Japan. This place is filled with street souvenir shops and restaurants. You would be able to taste the most authentic Chinese food here at a very affordable price. This is also a land of various historic temples. One of these is Buddha tooth relic temple which is vastly famous and contains the strong flavor of ancient history.
How to go?
To get to Chinatown take the North-East line MRT to Chinatown station. After you reach the Chinatown station, just follow the sign of EXIT A and that would take you directly into the middle of the Chinatown. For more information: http://www.chinatown.sg View more
This award winning architectural magnificence is actually a three part nature park. Bay East Garden, Bay Central Garden and Bay South Garden. The park itself is open and free for all to visit but there are two cooled conservatories which require a fee to enter.
The Flower Dome is one of the conservatories where you will see a number of species of plants from Chile, South Africa and Madagascar. The other one is called the Cloud Forest where plants from Tropical part of the world are preserved. But the major and the most dominant feature of this wonderful park are the steel framed trees, or widely referred as Supertrees. There are a total of eighteen of these giant nests for plants.
At night the place lights up with the most spectacular fashion of lighting that would make you believe you are in some kind of dreamland.
Bay South Outdoor Gardens: 5:00am to 2.00am
Ticketing Hub: 9.00am to 8.00pm
Cooled Conservations: 9.00am to 9.00pm
OCBC Skyway: 9.00am to 9.00pm
For more information: http://www.gardensbythebay.com.sg
For buying ticket online: https://ticketing.gardensbythebay.com.sg/SelectTicket.aspx View more
On the East side of the Singapore River you will find a little piece of India. This place is full of jewelry and pawn shops. Just like the Chinatown you will find a lot of restaurants, souvenir shops and temples here too.
The most easy and cheap way of getting here is taking the MRT. From the North-East line you can come to Little India station. From the East-West line get down on Bugis station, and you can walk from there. For more information: http://www.littleindia.com.sg/ View more
This is something you have never seen before. The Night Safari of Singapore will give the glimpse of more than one thousands nocturnal animals. You can walk around or take a nice tram that will take you through eight regions themed after eight most exotic part of the world. There are also amazing stage performances with fire that will rock your world. Not to mention food; there is no shortage of food courts here, so if are not that into animal but still your travel companion dragged you here just enjoy the food.
How to go?
This one is in a bit rural part of the city. You can get there by Taxi. Or you can get there by MRT and connecting bus. The nearest MRT stations are: Choa Chu Kang, connecting bus no 927 and Ang Mo Kio, connecting bus no. 138. If you decide to go there on a public holiday you can get down on Marsiling or Woodlands station, the connecting bus on these stations is 926 and it only operates on the holidays. For more information: http://www.nightsafari.com.sg/ View more
Last but of course not the least is Singapore’s famous Marina Bay. It covers the Financial District, Clarke Quay and the Central Civic District towards north. The Marina Bay Sands Sky Park will give you the most stunning view of the city at night. On the back side of sky park you can see the gorgeous Gardens of the Bay.
How to go?
To get into the southern half it would be wise to take the Downtown MRT line and take the Circle MRT line to get to the northern half. For more information: https://www.marina-bay.sg/ View more
Located just 15 minutes from the city, Sentosa, The State of Fun, is home to an exciting array of themed attractions, award-winning spa retreats, lush rainforests, golden sandy beaches, resort accommodations, world-renowned golf courses, a deep-water yachting marina and luxurious residences. Spread over 500 hectares, the vibrant island resort is ideal for both business and leisure.
The Sentosa Pass is available at S$4 per entry at the Sentosa Express station. You can also enter the island via Sentosa Express using your ez-link card!
For more information visit - http://www.sentosa.com.sg/en/ View more
Singapore Flyer is the world’s largest observation wheel (outside United States). Standing at a stunning 165m from the ground, the Flyer offers you breathtaking, panoramic views of the Marina Bay, our island city and beyond. There’s also a wide range of shops, restaurants, activities and facilities. Please book your tickets online at this official site for your protection/assurance and after sales support.
The Promenade Station (Circle Line, CC4) provides you with a fuss-free, mere five-minute walk to Singapore Flyer! Take Exit A and look out for blue pedestrian signs to Singapore Flyer. You can catch public buses 56, 75, 77, 97, 97e, 171, 195, 960, 961C at Before Temasek Avenue (02191)
Opens Daily: 8.30am – 10.30pm Last Flight: 10.00pm.
Adult (13 years or older) S$33.00
Child* (3-12 years old) S$21.00
Senior 60 years old and above (Only Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents are eligible to purchase.) S$24.00
For more information - http://www.singaporeflyer.com/ View more