Hello, my dear friends! Long time no posting any articles here because we were super busy with the project we worked for and which was a great opportunity for us. Thanks to this we could traveled in 2018 every month and we visited 13 countries. Most of you maybe know what was this about.
Now, because we have some free time, we want to share with you our amazing year and the beautiful places we visited.
So 2018 started with a trip to Singapore and Kuala Lumpur via Dubai, in February. We wanted to escape from the winter and from the cold weather and we were thinking where to go. At first, our plan was to go only in Dubai for two weeks, but after some misunderstandings we had to go somewhere. And we choose two amazing countries.
It was our first returning to Dubai after we left it in 2017, 10th of May. Eight months passed and we were super excited that we will go back, only as tourists this time. And the feeling was really awesome!
We stayed two days in Dubai and after that we had the flight to Singapore. Those two day were great! We rediscovered the places we liked, the places where we worked and it was so nice that now we could enjoy all these spots stress free and without being in a rush.
We flew to Singapore with Emirates because one of our friend gave us special tickets with 50% discount. Emirates is probably the best airline in the whole world. We were staying there four days and we were so excited about this city and country. We read a lot of things and most of them were amazing stuff.
The name of our hotel is Oxley Hotel. We paid for four nights S$251, which means $185. It is an average hotel, the staff is not really friendly and the furniture is a little bit old. But it was clean and the price was very good. The location is a little bit far from the main touristic spots in Singapore, but the metro station is 10 min walk from the hotel. So, we consider it good for our needs.
The public transport is not that expensive how we expected to be. It is S$1.40 to S$2.50, but you can get an EZ-Link card and it will be more convenient. The public transport in Singapore is great. They have buses, metro, trains and you can go everywhere. And all are so clean! Did you know that in Singapore is forbidden to chewing gum? And the littering is punished with big fines? And to drink or eat on the street is forbidden, as well? That’s why Singapore is named The Fine City. But, we were good with it and we were happy that we are in a clean and very civilized city… or country.
But the funny thing about the transportation was that our first two trips were paid by amazing local people. First one was from the airport to the hotel. We wanted to pay the tickets to the bus driver, but he didn’t have change and he wanted the fixed amount. Because we didn’t have, a lady offered to pay the trip for both of us. She didn’t accept any money back. The second was form the hotel to the city center, after one hour from the first one. We could’t find any exchange and we didn’t have SGD anymore because we paid the hotel room. A nice guy from the mall maintenance where we were looking for an exchange office but without success, saw that we are in an impossible situation and he bought us tickets to go to the city center where we could find many exchange offices. We still are very grateful and our first impression about Singapore was great! Even if we had a fight with the receptionist because he didn’t want to let us check-in early. We didn’t sleep for more than 24 hours and we were very tired. Anyway, we could dropped the luggage at the reception and we left.
Day 1 Tourist attractions Singapore
- One Raffles Place at Raffles Place
- China Town
We had only four days, so we had to see many tourist attractions per day. First stop was Raffles Place to change the money and to drink a coffee. Because, we had to visit as many specialty coffee shops as we could. In One Raffles Place we found Third Coffee Cup and Grind. I don’t know if the first was specialty because we were to tired and we wanted only to drink something to feel better. But Grind is 100% specialty. We eat a soup as well and we headed to China Town. In Singapore China Town is very very big and you can easily get lost. We weren’t in a very good mood to discover the city because we were super tired. We drank a coconut, we walked a little bit and after we went back to the hotel because we were exhausted. We will continue the next day with other nice places.
Day 2 Tourist attractions Singapore
- Oriole Coffee
- Singapore Flyer
- Marina Bay (ArtScience Museum, The Shoppes, Marina Bay Sands Hotel, Gardens by the Bay, Supertree Grove lights and music show)
The second day we got up fresh with new powers and ready to explore the beautiful city and the tourist attractions on the list. The plan was to start the day with a specialty coffee at Oriole Coffee. After that, on the top of the list was a walk at Marina Bay, the most important area in Singapore, to go at Singapore Flyer and ending the day with the free lights and music show at Gardens by the Bay. And of course, to eat at some of the many hawker centers Singapore has.
So, after we drank the coffee and do some work at Oriole, we walked to Singapore Flyer. Unfortunately, because of some technical issues it wasn’t working. The ticket price is 33 SGD per person.
From here we walked to Marina Bay. This is a resort which includes a lot of things and it is amazing. We were really impressed by the buildings and by the beauty of the area. We passed by ArtScience Museum, with its shape of a reminiscent of a lotus flower and we visited the mall and Marina Bay Sands Hotel, but only the ground floor because the infinity pool on the roof is accessible only for the hotel guests.
So we went to Gardens by the Bay. It was still plenty of time to walk in the gardens until the light show was starting. Here you can visit the Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest. The entrance fee for both of them is 28 SGD per person. You can’t purchase ticket only for one conservatory only if you are a resident in Singapore. We didn’t go inside because we had to go back to the Supertree Grove to catch the show. The first show takes place at 7.45 pm and the second show comes on at 8.45 pm. The light show is free – no tickets are required. Just show up at Gardens by the Bay’s Supertree Grove and enjoy the lights and music. Another day passed and we headed to the hotel.
Day 3 Tourist attractions Singapore
- Sentosa Island
- Orchard Road
The third day was dedicated to two tourist attractions: a trip to Sentosa Island, the place where is Universal Studios in Singapore and a walk on Orchard Road. Of course, after we drank our daily dose of caffeine. We didn’t visit the theme park, but we went to the beach. The island is really nice and clean and the beaches are awesome. We took the metro till VivoCity and after that we walked till Tanjong Beach. On the way we stopped to take a picture at Palawan Beach which is the Southernmost Point of Continental Asia. At least they are saying it is.
We left the island in the evening and took the monorail back to VivoCity. It was free of charge, but we don’t know why. From VivoCity we took the metro to Orchard Road, the most known shopping area in Singapore. It is a very big area with hundreds of shops everywhere. It was evening and the lights of the stores were so colorful. The street was alive and the feeling being there was perfect! You can find all the brands you want, malls, street stores, restaurants and all other things to make you stay there with hours.
Day 4 Tourist attractions Singapore
- Papa Palheta Coffee
- Little India
- Marina Bay (Merlion)
The forth day we started with a specialty coffee at Papa Palheta. After this, our list of tourist attractions in Singapore said to go to Little India. We were expecting to find the dirtiest area in Singapore with trash on the streets and things like this. But we wanted to see it and to eat a good paratha how only Indians know how to do it. And we had a biiiiig surprise! The area was so clean that you could eat from the ground. Even the side streets and the hidden ones were clean. So Singapore it really is one of a kind! We saw there that people can be educated if you really want! And the paratha was so good that we ate two each. We walked there a lot and we visited even a nice mosque and we found somewhere near Arab St., on Haji Ln, very colorful buildings which were so Instagramable. We didn’t lose the chance to take some pictures and we headed to Marina Bay to see the Merlion, the symbol of Singapore. We missed it when we were the first time there and we had to see it.
Day 5 Tourist attractions Singapore
- Upside|Down Coffee Alternatives
- Singapore Botanic Garden and National Orchid Garden
- Changi Airport
The last day we drink our coffe at Upside|Down Coffee Alternatives and, I think, it was the best specialty coffee in Singapore.
Another major tourist attraction we had to visit was Singapore Botanic Garden. Here the entrance is free and the garden is huuuuuge! You can spend here a half of a day or even a day if you are not in a hurry like we were. For National Orchid Garden the entrance fee is 5 SGD and it is in the middle of the park.
We walked here and discovered the botanical garden and we were amazed by its beauty, plants and all other things. At the end we visited the National Orchid Garden and we recommend you to visit it as well. After many hours of walking in heat with our laptops in the backpacks we were exhausted, but very happy that the last days were perfect. We headed to the hotel to take our luggage and to go at he airport.
Changi Airport is amazing and probably the best airport in the whole world! But what is not amazing in this country? It is considered itself a tourist attraction in Singapore because it has exotic gardens, waterfalls, a free movie theater, an entertainment deck where you can play free video games, a rooftop swimming pool and jacuzzi, a lot of gardens and many many more. For all the things you can do in Changi Airport, click here.
We didn’t have enough time to see all these things because we had to catch the flight to Kuala Lumpur. And you will discover our Malaysian adventure in the next article.
I hope you didn’t get bored reading this. If you discovered some other nice places or tourist attractions in Singapore, please add them in the comments below.
We wish you safe flights and pleasant journeys wherever you go, travelers!
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Thank you so much Monika! Have a nice day! Thank you for reading. I’m actually trying to write in romanian and english. Enjoy your trips!