Explore Singapore with me……
Singapore is like a second home to me. My father has a business and a house in Singapore so we often keep on travelling to Singapore with him. I have been to many places in this world, but personally i have never seen a safer city then Singapore. You can just walk out on the streets of Singapore at midnight and you will feel as safe as if you are in your house. It is a very lively city with everything under one roof from tourist attractions to delicious food and lots of cultural activities as well.
Singapore, also known as Republic of Singapore is a global city and sovereign state in South-East Asia. Singapore is also called the Lion City because ‘Singa’ means lion and ‘Pore’ means city in Sanskrit. And this is the reason that lion is included in many of its national symbols. Singapore is the only island city-state in the world.
I have been to Singapore many times but my husband was travelling to Singapore for the first time so I was very excited to be his official guide and show him the entire city. We started our journey on 11th May from Mumbai and we were coming back on 24th May so we had total 12 days with us in Singapore. We chose Singapore Airlines as our flight to Singapore because it is the best airlines to travel to Singapore.
Let me tell you in details about the places we visited in Singapore. So lets begin the journey to Singapore with me.
Jurong Bird Park
On the very first day, we went to see the Jurong Bird Park which is located on the western slopes of the Jurong Hill in the Jurong region of Singapore. Jurong Bird Park was opened to the public on 3rd January, 1971. You can see different kinds of birds from all over the world like pigeons, eagles, owls, cranes, penguins, flamingoes, parrots, pelicans, ostrich, swans, owls and many more. You can also personally interact with the birds through the live shows conducted in the park like High Flyers show, Kings of the Skies show, Lunch with Parrots show and Feeding Time show. You can see the entire park walking or you can take the mini trams that move around the park. The park has 26 divisions as shown in the map below.
The park is open daily from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM. You can travel through the East-West (Green) Line MRT and reach the nearest station to Jurong Bird Park. The nearest station is Boon Lay MRT station. You can then take a connecting bus from this station, that is, bus number 194 and reach Jurong Bird Park. There are many restaurants there like Bongo Burgers, Safari Scoops, Hawk Cafe, Songbird Terrace, Lory Loft Cafe, Terrace Kiosk and Dining with Birds so you do not have to worry about food. We had lunch in Bongo Burgers and the experience was very delicious.
On day 2 we decided to go to the River Safari. It is a river themed zoo and aquarium and was opened officially on 28th February, 2014. It is the first of its kind in Asia. You can see marine animals found in 7 rivers – Mississipi River, Congo River, River Nile, Ganges River, Mary River, Mekong River and Yangtze River. You can also enjoy seeing the panda in the Giant Panda Forest created inside the zoo. The third area in the park is known as Wild Amazonia which consists of Amazon River Quest, Squirrel Monkey Forest and Amazon Flooded Forest. The ticket price for Amazon River Quest is S$5 per adult, S$3 per child and its a 10mins ride.
You can then enjoy a river cruise ride and see some magnificent views across the river and you can also encounter wild storks, herons and other wild species if you are lucky enough. You can also touch parrots, iguanas, hornbills and hedgehogs. The River Safari is open daily from 10AM to 7PM. The admission fee for the River Safari is S$33 for adult, S$20 for child and S$14 for senior citizens. You can also buy the tickets online on http://www.m.wrs.com.sg.
The nearest MRT stations are Choa Chu Kang station (Connecting bus number 927) and Ang Mo Kio Station (Connecting bus number 138). You need to take the North-East (Red) Line MRT.
On day 3, we decided to see the Singapore Flyer and Gardens By the Bay. Singapore Flyer is a giant wheel of Singapore with an overall height of 165 meters. It was opened for public on 15Th April, 2008. It has 28 capsules which can accommodate 28 passengers each. You will find 3 different kinds of tickets – one for a simple ride, one for a ride with drink and one for a ride with dinner. The entire simple ride takes around 30 minutes to complete one rotation. You can get an amazing view of the city from the top and see places like the Raffles Palace, The Fullerton, The Collyer Quay, The Merlion Park, Marina bay Sands, ArtScience Museum and many more.
The nearest MRT station to the Singapore Flyer is the Promenade station and you need to take a circle line MRT. Singapore Flyer is open form 8:30 AM to 10:00 PM. The ticket charges are S$33 for adult, S$21 for child and S$24 for senior citizens. These prices are for the simple ride without drinks and dinner.
Gardens By the Bay
On day 3, after completing our ride on t he Singapore Flyer, we went to see Gardens By The Bay. Gardens By the Bay is a nature park built across 250 acres of land. The garden was created in 2012. It had 2 domes – Flower Dome and Cloud Forest Dome. You can see the flowers from all around the world in the Flower Dome. The Guiness World Record 2015 has listed this as the largest glass greenhouse in the world.
The Cloud Forest dome consists of mountain views surrounded by diverse vegetation of the world. It also has an artificially created waterfall of 35 meters which is the world’s tallest indoor waterfall. Other attractions in the garden are OCBC Skyway, Supertree Grove, Children’s garden, Bay East Garden, Dragonfly and Kingfisher Lakes, Heritage Gardens, Sun Pavillion, World of Plants and Art Sculptures.
The nearest MRT station is the Bayfront MRT station and you neet to take either the circle line or the downtown line MRT. The garden is open from 9 AM to 9 PM. The ticket charges are S$28 for adult and S$15 for child. There are plenty of restaurants inside the Garden like Pollen, Majestic Bay Seafood, Indochine, Cafe Crema, Bakerzin, McDonald’s, Peach Garden Noodle House, Bay Leaf Indian Curry, Texas Chicken, Hill Street Coffee Shop, Conservatory cafe, Satay By the Bay, Children’s Garden Cafe and Oriental Western & Bistro.
Singapore Zoo and Night Safari
Day 4 was a visit to the Singapore Zoo and Night Safari. Singapore Zoo is built on an area of 69 acres and was opened to the public on 27th June, 1973. There are around 315 species of animals in the zoo. The zoo is divided into various zones like Wild Africa, Australian Zone, Fragile Forest Zone and many more. The ticket charges are S$33 for adult, S$22 for child and S$15 for senior citizens. The zoo is open from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM.
The nearest MRT stations are Choa Chu Kang (connecting bus number 927), Ang Mo Kio (connecting bus number 138), Marsiling (connecting bus number 926) and Woodlands (connecting bus number 926). You must take the north-south line MRT. You can dine in one of the restaurants there like Casa Italia, Inuka Cafe, Ah Meng Kitchen, Ah Meng Bistro, Chawang Bistro, The Wild Deli, Ah Meng restaurant, KFC, and Jungle Breakfast with wildlife.
Night Safari is the world’s first nocturnal zoo and it was opened on 26th May, 1994. Nocturnal means you can see all the night activities of the animals. You have to take a 40mins tram tour that will show you the animals of the 7 zones likes Himalayan Foothills, Indian Subcontinent, Equatorial Africa, Indo-Malayan region, Asian Riverine Forest, Nepalese Rivver Valley and Burmese Hillside. You can also see some of its attractions by taking a walking tour.
The timings of the Night safari are 7:15 PM to 12:00 AM. The ticket charges are S$45 for adult, S$30 for child and S$18 for senior citizens. The restaurants in the night safari park are Ulu Ulu Safari Restaurant, Bongo Burgers, Casa Italia, Chang Chawang Bar, safari Sizzles and Zebra cafe.
Marina Bay Sands and Helix Bridge
On day 5 i was in the mood for shopping and spending my husband’s money so we decided to go to Marina Bay Sands (MBS) and then take a walk on the Helix Bridge. Marina Bay Sands is the world’s most expensive standalone casino resort. It consists of the hotel, the shopping mall, the convention/exhibition centre, a museum, two large theaters, 7 restaurants, a skating rink, two floating pavilions and the world’s largest casino. It has a 340 meter long skypark with a capacity of 3900 people and a 150 meter swimming pool on the top of the world’s largest public cantilevered platform.
It was opened on 23rd June, 2010 and has 2561 rooms. If you are a shopaholic then MBS is the place for you where you will get all the brands of the world like Ralph Lauren, Bally, Gucci, Armani, Salvatore Ferragamo, Dunhill, Dior, Hermes, Montblanc and many more. The world’s largest Louis Vuitton store is here as well. You can also enjoy dining at the 7 restaurants in the MBS hotel or can simply enjoy the food in the food court of the MBS shopping mall. You can also see the ArtScience museum at the back side of the mall which is built in the shape of a lotus.
Helix Bridge is a bridge linking Marina South with Marina Centre in the Marina Bay are and we started our walk from the back side of the mall till the other end. This bridge was opened on 24th April, 2010. Our shopping ans walking was followed by a great dinner in the Buffet restaurant of MBS and trust me it was the most amazing buffet i have ever had. You can take a circle line MRT extension to the Bayfront MRT station to reach MBS.
On day 6 we just chilled around in the swimming pool of our apartment, had some yummy home made food and were just relaxing. We did not want to go anywhere during the day time so we decided to go to Clarke Quay in the evening. It is a riverside quay where you can enjoy a ride in the river cruises followed by a romantic dinner along the river side in the restaurants there.
You can travel to Clarke Quay through the north-east line MRT and hop off at the Clarke Quay MRT station. We took a river cruise including the laser show of the Marina Bay Sands which costed S$38 per person. It was a 40mins ride and the laser show was also amazing in the evening darkness of the sky. Then we had a dinner in a Spanish restaurant called ”Octapas”and it was nothing less then a treat to the taste buds.
Day 7 was again a shopping day so we decided to go to Orchard road which is the most famous road for all the tourist consisting of malls, stores, hotels, cafes and restaurants. It is 2.2 km long road and also known as Tanglin Market Street. Even the residence of Singapore’s President is located on the Orchard road. The nearest MRT stations to the Orchard road are Orchard station, Somerset station and Dhoby Ghaut station. You can find taxi stands almost outside every mall so you do not need to worry about transport.
On day 8, we went to see the Sentosa Island. It is a popular island resort in Singapore and it has many attractions like S.E.A. Aquarium, Merlion (where you can go up to the mouth of the lion made up of marble and have a view of the entire island from the top), casino, dolphin island (where you can interact with the dolphins and touch them, 2 gold courses, 2km long beach, Fort Siloso, Universal Studios (where you can enjoy several rides), adventure cove water park, galleria luxury fashion and festive walk across the Merlion and the entire island.
You can reach Sentosa either by a cable car from Mount Faber Station, HarbourFront Station and Sentosa Station. You can also take a north-east line or circle line MRT to the HarbourFront MRT station near Vivo City mall. From the mall you can take a Sentosa Express tram which takes you directly to the island from the mall.
Day 9 was an adventurous day for us. Universal Studio is a theme park located within the Resorts World Sentosa. It is divided into 7 sections – Hollywood, New York, Sci-Fi City, Ancient Egypt, Lost World, Far Far Away and Madagascar. There are lots of rides in all these 7 zones. My favourite rides were the Transporter Ride and the River Raft Ride. Those of who are not scared of roller coasters can definitely have the thrill here. You will also find many shops and restaurants in the park so you do not need to worry about eating and shopping.
The only drawback of this park is the waiting time for all the rides. However, you can buy an express park to avoid the long queue. There is a parade in the afternoon at 3 PM where all the characters of all the 7 zones come and perform in front of the public. There are many live shows as well. At night 8 PM there is a firwork session which is not to be missed. The ticket charges of the universal studio are S$74 for adult, S$54 for child and S$36 for senior citizens. You have to pay additional S$70 to get the express pass.
Tiger Beer Factory
Day 10 was a tour at the Tiger Beer Factory. You can take a tiger brewery tour and find out how Singapore’s iconic beer is brewed. You can see all the machines, all the ingredients used for brewing the beer and yes at the end you get to taste a free glass of beer which not fermented for alcohol. The best way to go there is by taxi and whilst coming back my suggestion would be to get a taxi on-call because it is difficult to get a taxi there and the bus routes are also very confusing. The factory is open from Monday to Saturday from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM.
Chinatown and Sri Mariamman Temple
Chinatown is an are is Singapore which features chinese culture where you can get lot of sovenirs, chinese elements, house decor items, mobile covers, clothes, bags, etc.You can buy items at a very cheap rate and yes there are plenty of restaurants where you can eat delicious meals. You can take a northe-east line and downtown line MRT to the Chinatown MRT station.
Sri Mariamman Temple is the oldest Hindu Temple of Singapore which was founded in 1827. It is a Dravidian style temple and is located in the Chinatown area. There are shrines of Goddess Mariamman, Lord Rama, Lord Murugan, Goddess Durga, Lord Ganesh and Lord Shiva. Lord Mariamman is the Sount Indian Goddess of rain. It was a very soothing and peaceful experience to visit the temple.
Little India is an area where a large community of Indians reside. You will find temples, mosques, indian stores and restaurants in this area. There is a very popular road called Serangoon Road which is the major road of Little India. There is a big mall named Mustafa Shopping Centre where you get everything from clothes to shoes, electronic items, accessories, make-up and other beauty products, kids related goods, bags, gold jewellery, silver jewellery, etc. There other many other malls as well. You can take a north-east line MRT to the Little India station or the Farrer Park station.
The name given to Singapore as “uniquely Singapore” is very well satisfied. Plan a trip to Singapore and trust me you will not regret it.
Keep travelling. Keep exploring.