I've had an amazing time in Singapore. Weather was perfect and the city is just so clean. OK so it's expensive, there's no getting around that. However, if you've got the budget for it then I've put together a two day itinerary of things to do in Singapore.
As you may have seen in a previous post I stayed in the Maxwell Six Senses Hotel. There you can treat yourself to some one-on-one Yoga sessions in the morning in the shade under the trees. And talking of trees..
GARDENS BY THE BAY
A beautiful and quite other-worldly place to visit. The Gardens by the Bay is 101 acres of reclaimed land. Comprised of distinctive waterfront gardens – Bay South, Bay East and Bay Central. It's tranquil, serene and offers a 3km waterfront promenade boasting stunning views of the city.
This was transformed from a cultural heritage site to a key tourist destination in Singapore that now receives 20 million visitors a year. It's also entrenched in history, once a British military base and a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp.
Nowadays you can find Universal Studios here, casinos, golf courses and the infamous Tanjong Beach Club.
EAT CHILLI CRAB
If you don't eat Chilli Crab when in Singapore it's like going to Florida Keys and not trying Conch Fritters. The good news is that you won't have to go to far to look for it. Plenty of restaurants and bars will serve Chilli Crab.
SINGAPORE SLING AT RAFFLES
Was temporarily closed for refurbishment. They had a pop-up Raffles Bar around the corner to ensure the Singapore dollar was not getting left on the table. This building is historic, but expect to pay up to $30 for the privilege. Even a Virgin Singapore Sling (non-alcoholic) will cost you the same.
CLARKE & BOAT QUAYS
Clarke Quay is a historical riverside quay in Singapore situated upstream from the mouth of the Singapore River and Boat Quay. During the colonial era, Boat Quay was the commercial centre where barge lighters would transport goods upstream to warehouses at Clarke Quay.
You can hire a boat that will take you around the Quay, very relaxing and educational. Just north from the collection point you'll find some nice places to grab a beer and overlook the river.
MARINA BAY SANDS
You can miss these. 3 gigantic structures that overlook the harbour, visible from almost every hotel balcony. You have to pay around $20 to get to the top. The views are mind blowing and just seeing the fleet of ships and cruise liners that encircle the coastline is mind blowing.
Inside you have casinos, shopping, cafes, bars etc.
FOOD STREET IN CHINA TOWN
As part of the process to clean up Singapore and make it an exotic travel destination a certain number of things had to happen. All the street market vendors (hawkers) were brought inside. The street food markets can be quite eye opening. Generations of families have ran these stalls and some will be the last generation.
You can also find the world’s only Michelin Starred street market food stall inside here.
Pretty much does what it says on the tin. Plenty of clubs, some of them close to 100 years old. The street is lined with conserved shophouses that are occupied by restaurants, bars and several galleries.
ART & SCIENCE MUSEUM
Housed in a building shaped like a Lotus Flower, warmly referred to as the "The Welcoming Hand of Singapore". It's one of the most distinguishable buildings you'll find in the Marina Bay Sands.
The exhibitions include robotics, artificial intelligence, machine learning and other new technological developments. You'll want to take a 1000 pictures inside this place. It demonstrates clearly how both artists and scientists are helping us see how technologies are transforming the world around us.
Spanning almost 2.2 km, Orchard Road is a swanky, tree-lined one-way boulevard flanked by distinctive shopping malls and hotels.
A lot of shopping, at prices that are not very special, not so cheap anymore for Europeans at least. But it's a great way to kill a couple of hours. You can stroll along and watch people, go inside a department store or galleria to cool off for a while.