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3 Days in Singapore

  • March 18, 2016
  • By 50 Shades
  • 14 Comments

Singapore Dream

On my second trip to Singapore, the first being a stopover en-route to Turkey, I decided I wanted to really explore this exciting place and not just see the inside of their mega shopping centres! In total we were fortunate to get 3 days in Singapore to see and do all that this fascinating place has to offer.

We had booked a South East Asia cruise departing from Singapore and decided to arrive a day early. We also got to spend an entire day in Singapore on day 5 of our cruise as it returned to port to drop off and pick up more passengers for the second leg of the cruise. Additionally we had another full day here when we disembarked from the ship.

Singapore River by Night

Singapore River by Night

Three days in Singapore was barely enough to see all that this wonderful place has to offer. The crème de la crème of all South East Asian cities, Singapore the only island city-state in the world, is clean, tidy, orderly, seamless and is packed with great things to do.

My first impression after deboarding my flight at Changi Airport was nothing short of splendid. The motorway between the airport and city is a tree-lined verdant green boulevard filled with tropical plants. The traffic is organised and non-chaotic, unlike many other Asian cities which are nerve racking!

Marina Bay Sands

Marina Bay Sands

Driving through the city is relatively easy because the Singaporean government charge a tariff on local resident’s cars entering the city zone which forces the majority of the population to use the very efficient public transport systems. Such a great idea!

There is also little crime nor drug use, because the consequences are dire, so it is extremely safe on the streets. There does not appear to be any homeless or beggars on the streets as well.

Oldest Bridge in Singapore - Cavenagh Bridge

Oldest Bridge in Singapore – Cavenagh Bridge

Initially the heat and humidity hit you with a thud and it tends to bucket down raining without notice, however you quickly get used to the steamy atmosphere.

The skyline is dominated by large skyscrapers, the twin towers of Marina Bay Sands and the surrounding area. Gardens By The Bay are incredibly beautiful with so many species of plants and the very impressive supertree towers that light up of a night time. You can walk up into the tree towers which are linked by a walkway where you get a bird’s eye view of The Gardens and Marina Bay.

Supertree Grove at The Gardens By The Bay

Supertree Grove at The Gardens By The Bay

On our initial arrival into Singapore and check-in to our hotel, Holiday Inn Atrium, we set off on foot along the river to Clarke Quay for drinks and dinner at one of the waterfront restaurants/bars. We sat here and enjoyed watching the river boats go up and down the river and the spectacle of the beautiful lanterns that lit up the river by night.

Clarke Quay

Clarke Quay

The next morning we set off again on foot and walked all the way along the riverside, past Robertson Quay, Clarke Quay, Asian Civilizations Museum, Raffles Landing Site to Cavenagh Bridge, the oldest bridge in Singapore.

Singapore City Buildings and Raffles Landing Site

Singapore City Buildings and Raffles Landing Site

You can spend a bit of time around this area with other points of interest including Fullerton Hotel, Victoria Theatre & Concert Hall, Parliament House, Supreme Court, City Hall and the beautiful gardens surrounding this area with large mirrored balls adorning the park.

Merlion Park

Merlion Park

Eventually we wound up at the Marina Bay area where there are many things to take in such as the Merlion Park, The Fullerton Bay, Customs House, Marina Bay Sands, Art Science Museum and Esplanade Theatres on The Bay.

Art Science Museum

Art Science Museum

You can walk a circuit around this area popping into the Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands for a browse or into the Casino for a gamble.

The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands

The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands

Whilst we were here they were setting up for the Chinese New Year celebrations at Esplanade Theatres on The Bay.

Esplanade of Theatres Singapore

Esplanade Theatres on The Bay

There are these quirky large flowers adorning Merlion Park.

Merlion Park flowers

Merlion Park flowers

One of the highlights of our time in Singapore was a stroll through Gardens On The Bay. It is a massive nature park spanning 101 hectares of reclaimed land in central Singapore and features three waterfront gardens. The magnificent futuristic supertrees dominate the gardens and of a night time come to life with a spectacular light and sound show.

Gardens By The Bay

Gardens By The Bay

Of course a visit to Singapore would not be complete without a stroll through Chinatown which fortunately for us was decorated in preparation for Chinese New Year. It was a colourful spectacle for the Year of the Monkey.

Chinatown Singapore

Chinatown Singapore

The Chinatown Markets are a must see. The streets are filled with stalls touting their wares – foodstuffs, clothes, pottery, plants and other household items in a brilliant burst of colours and lights.

Chinatown Markets

Chinatown Markets

For priceless views of Sentosa Island, its golden beaches, beautiful greenery, fun parks and marinas, a cable car ride is the best way to go.

Sentosa Island Cable Car

Sentosa Island Cable Car

Sentosa is an extremely popular island resort in Singapore. Attractions include a 2 km long sheltered beach, Fort Siloso, two golf courses, the Merlion, 14 hotels, and the Resorts World Sentosa, featuring the theme park Universal Studios Singapore.

Sentosa Island Attractions

Sentosa Island Attractions

Siloso Beach lies on the west portion of the island and is known as the place for beach volleyball and other outdoor activities such as canoeing, skimboarding, mountain biking and rollerblading. There are also dining and shopping outlets along the beach.

Siloso Beach

Siloso Beach

Three days in Singapore was full-on with plenty to do and see without doing some of the the more common activities like shopping in Orchard Road, sipping a Singapore Sling at the iconic Raffles Hotel or visiting the world famous Singapore Zoo. There is also plenty of places to eat and drink with some of the best tasting Asian food I have ever devoured. Singapore should be on everyone’s bucket list!

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By 50 Shades, March 18, 2016 Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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50 Shades

Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.

14 Comments
  • Jan from Retiring not shy!
    March 18, 2016

    I haven’t been to Singapore since 1978 (yikes!), but loved it then and look forward to getting back there soon. Chilli crab is definitely calling me, along with a Singapore Sling. The Gardens by the Bay look amazing.

    • Kathy
      March 18, 2016

      Chilli Crab is a popular dish for tourists, but unfortunately I don’t like crab! I think my favourite spot was the Gardens By The Bay. They were magnificent! :)

  • budgettraveltalk
    March 18, 2016

    I immediately imagine the heat and humidity when I think of Singapore. Thank goodness for air-conditioning. Next I remember just how good their food is. Even in the food courts of shopping centres the food is mouth-wateringly tasty. I agree that it is an easy and beautiful city to visit.

    • Kathy
      March 19, 2016

      And I thought the Gold Coast was hot and humid! Yes it was a bit of a steam bath but we thoroughly enjoyed our time walking around the city (wet from rain and sweat!) The food was very good and don’t get me started on the shopping! :)

  • corinnevail
    March 19, 2016

    I absolutely love Singpore…it’s just such a comfortable city. It is hot and steamy, but I love all the things that you can do there.

    • Kathy
      March 20, 2016

      Singapore is jam packed with lots of things to do and see. It is also a very walkable city with great walkways along the river and around Marina Bay. It’s pretty easy to fall in love with the place. :)

  • Michelle Weaver (@pinkypoinker)
    March 20, 2016

    I jealously watched all your FB posts as they appeared. I went to Singapore in about 1988. I agree, it’s so organised, safe and clean. The cable car is spectacular but I don’t think I’d be brave enough these days. My favourite part of the trip was Raffles where I bought a book by Somerset Maugham.

    • Kathy
      March 20, 2016

      Oh yes we went to Raffles last time we visited, but I never did get to have one of those famous Singapore Slings! The cable car was a good way to see Singapore from up high and also fill in the day as it was raining most of the day. Sentosa Island was a spectacle but a little too touristy for our tastes. It is a fascinating city. :)

  • Janet Camilleri
    March 20, 2016

    We spent three days there last year on the way home from Europe, and as you’ve said, still don’t feel we saw enough. We didn’t get to Sentosa or even Orchard Road. All the bougainvilleas along the airport road were in bloom when we were there – I’d never seen pale pink ones before, they were so beautiful … I was a bit scared of the food, especially in some of the night markets, it looked VERY foreign but ended up enjoying just about everything I tried!

    • Kathy
      March 21, 2016

      Isn’t the drive from Changi Airport into the city impressive? I love that they have created such a beautiful first impression of the city. Like you say, there is just so much to see and do in Singapore that you could keep going back and back for more! The food is also divine!:)

  • Rhonda Albom
    March 21, 2016

    Clearly, I need another trip to Singapore also. You showed me so much here that we missed on our first visit. l love how clean the city is, it was an easy place to be. Plus, the Marina Bay Sands’ infinity pool has been calling to me since the first time I saw a photo of it.

    • Kathy
      March 21, 2016

      Yes I so wanted to stay at Marina Bay Sands resort and jump into that pool, but it was so expensive. Singapore is the type of place you could keep going back to time and time again! :

  • InsideJourneys
    March 23, 2016

    Wow, Singapore looks delightful! You did a lot in 3 days, Kathy.
    I’m going to share your post with a co-worker who just got posted there.

    • Kathy
      March 23, 2016

      We certainly did jam pack a lot into Singapore, but it is a very easy city to get around. It has a great public transport system. Thanks for the share. :)

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