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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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Whilst we were here they were setting up for the Chinese New Year celebrations at Esplanade Theatres on The Bay.
There are these quirky large flowers adorning Merlion Park.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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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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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