Marina Bay Sands, Singapore SINGAPORE TRAVEL GALLERY

SINGAPORE

In Singapore by thedustyroad6 Comments

First Stop, Singapore!

The first stop of our journey, Singapore exhibits an amazing contrast of modern skyscrapers and picturesque gardens. For us, three nights here was enough to adjust to the southeast Asian climate before heading north to Malaysia. Due to the forest fires burning throughout Indonesia, there was a thick haze and visibilty was poor, forcing us to skip a few of the main attractions (like the Gondola to Sentosa Island and the Southern Ridges walk). We enjoyed Singapore, spending majority of our time wandering the streets, immersed in as much culture as we could find.

The sprawling skyscrapers that light up the Singapore skyline and bring the city to life.

The sprawling skyscrapers that light up the Singapore skyline and bring the city to life.


A beauty by day, Marina Bay in Singapore puts on an incredible light show in the evenings.

A beauty by day, Marina Bay in Singapore puts on an incredible light show in the evenings.


ACCOMMODATION

We stayed in the wink hostel in Chinatown. We stayed in a dorm of double pods, which are essentially sophisticated bunk beds. It was a good set-up, our bed was set back into the wall with a curtain at the end, giving a bit more privacy than you would get in a normal dorm. There are also great lockers under the bed and the central location made exploring Singapore on foot a breeze.

FOOD

We mostly ate at hawker style street markets throughout Singapore. It was awesome to be able to wander down a street and pick what we wanted to eat. We found it was definitely the most cost effective and enjoyable way of eating. The Singapore Food Trail was a group of retro-style hawker markets grouped under the Singapore Flyer. We tried a very interesting ice ball, a dessert made from shaved ice with jelly, some kind of beans and sugar syrup. Not quite to our palate but worth trying.

Singapore Food Trail

Singapore Food Trail


ACTIVITIES & ATTRACTIONS

We walked everywhere, finding this was the cheapest and easiest way to see the city. It was extremely hot and consequently we found ourselves having long lunch breaks to escape the heat.

Gardens by the Bay

We wandered through Marina Bay and Gardens by the Bay both during the day and at night. It’s worth exploring twice, I found I appreciated different aspects of the garden at night when it was lit up, but to see the detail it’s necessary to go during the day. The garden is host to an impressive light show in the evening too, it’s worth returning for that alone!

Orangutan at Gardens by the Bay

Orangutan at Gardens by the Bay


Sitting under the glow of the Supertree Grove after an incredible lightshow at Gardens by the Bay in Singapore

Sitting under the glow of the Supertree Grove after an incredible lightshow at Gardens by the Bay in Singapore


These man made wonders bring the skyline to life in more ways than one!

These man made wonders bring the skyline to life in more ways than one!

Little India

These markets were a bright array of trinkets, full to the brim with different hand-made crafts. We walked the few kilometres from Chinatown to Little India, leaving quite early in the morning. In hindsight, the markets would most likely be better in the afternoon or weekend. It was, however, nice to explore without too many people around.

Little India Markets

Little India Markets

Night Safari

I had vague memories of visiting the Night Safari as a child so was very keen to return as an adult. We braved the public transport and found it to be an efficient and easy to use system. The Night Safari itself was well worth the trip. The enclosures appear to have minimal fencing and the animals seem very relaxed. It gave the feel of a closer encounter with the animals in a more natural environment.

PEOPLE & CULTURE

We have been blown away by how helpful and friendly everyone has been in Singapore. The locals are more than willing to help in more ways than you would usually expect. The culture in the city centre is quite westernised, however, the city seems to sleep until about midday and stays awake late into the night.

MISHAPS

I accidentally booked the bus to Malacca for the wrong day. And also directed us to the wrong depature point. Two rookie mistakes in a very short space of time. Luckily, the lady working for the bus company managed to get us onto the bus I had intended us to travel on without any concern. Very grateful for her help!

WHAT WE LEARNT

Follow the locals and do what they do. The best places to eat are the ones full of locals at odd times. A mid-day siesta is the best way to avoid the heat of the day and recharge for the evenings advenures. The Lonely Planet guide book is equivalent to a bible for rookie backpackers like us. Easy to follow maps, awesome recommendations and up to date information. Really helped us in a few prickly situations.

BUDGET

We spent AUD $670 in total for 3 nights between us. We broke the budget on the accommodation (which was worth it) but otherwise stuck within limits.

PLAN

At this stage we will stay in Malacca for two nights, then travel to Kuala Lumpur and stay for 3-4 nights. From KL we will travel to the Cameron Highlands for another 3-4 nights before heading to Penang. From Penang we will catch a bus or train to Thailand.

Comments

  1. Sounds like your having a blast already! Can’t wait to read more. 🙂
    J

  2. So nice you are sharing your trip. I really love the other side of Malyaysia, the Perhentian islands had incredibly clear water , white sands and plenty of fish and turtles ( the coral is not grate thou). If you get a chance in Thailand Koa Sok national park is great ( arts treehouse ) and ithe floating raft houses a bit further down . Responsible travel used to do a 3 day tour from Puckett, it may be a little exy but well worth it

  3. Great read! Sounds like you guys are having a blast! Would love to read more! Pictures please. 😃

  4. Great recount of Singapore liz and jimmy! Looking forward to the next stage and more photos, keep it coming!!

  5. Hey guys, this is great …. Huge travel and your next instalment of Malacca, KL and Cameron Highlands will be eagerly awaited …. Good stories and great pics please …. Travel safe!

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