Singapore is one of those cities that people rave about. Everyone I know who has been to Singapore couldn’t hold back with their tips of the best places to go, and now I’ve been, I’m no different.
During our two months travelling through South East Asia, Ross and I visited Singapore three times! As it’s such a hub for flights to other parts of the world we passed through the city several times and each time discovered something new. Although we did visit a lot we never spent more than 48 hours in the city at one time so I thought I’d put together a little guide of the best places to visit if, like us, you’re limited on time.
No trip to Singapore is complete without a stop at Raffles Hotel for a Singapore Sling cocktail. If you’re lucky enough to be staying at Raffles (jealous!) you’ll already know how spectacular the architecture is and how much it differs to the rest of Singapore. However, if you’re just visiting for a cocktail or two you’ll still get to delight in the wonder of the renowned hotel.
Unfortunately the Long Bar is undergoing renovation work so the sling is currently served in the Bar and Billiards room. Like most places in Singapore, the bar wasn’t open until late morning, 11am, so have a lie in and relax, you deserve it.
Created sometime before 1915, the Singapore Sling is Singapore’s signature drink. Made with gin, cherry liqueur, Cointreau, Benedictine, Grenadine, pineapple juice, lime juice and Angostura bitters it’s bloody delicious!
Entrance fee – Free!
Singapore Sling – SGD 31.
When you Google ‘Singapore’ chances are the photos you’ll see are of the famous Marina Bay. Complete with stunning sky scrapers, shopping malls, Formula One circuit and spectacular gardens you could spend a whole day here.
Following in the shopping trend, Orchard Road is the place for a spot of retail therapy. This 2km length of road has every shop under the sun along with beautiful eateries and bars. If you’ve got the cash, this is the place to splash out.
Gardens by the Bay
Set in 250 acres of reclaimed land, the Gardens are a stunning nature reserve featuring 3 waterfront gardens: Bay South Garden, Bay East Garden and Bay Central Garden. Built as part of a strategy by the Singapore government to transform Singapore from a “Garden City” to a “City in a Garden” the gardens are designed to raise the quality of life by enhancing greenery and flora in the city. I was gobsmacked by how beautiful they were when we visited especially when we arrived at the Supertree Grove.
Standing at 25m tall, the Supertrees are vertical gardens home to a collection of exotic, colourful flowers and plants.
There is an elevated walkway, the OCBC Skyway, between two of the larger Supertrees for visitors to enjoy a panoramic aerial view of the Gardens, unfortunately this was closed when we visited but I can only imagine it’s amazing and worth the extra cost. If you have time, stay until evening when the Supertrees come alive with a light and music show.
Entrance is free unless you want to enter the two conservatories which costs – SGD 28.
Singapore Cable Car
The Singapore Cable Car is a gondola lift providing an aerial link from Mount Faber on the main island of Singapore to the resort island of Sentosa across the Keppel Harbour. Offering unrivalled views over Singapore, the cable car is a popular tourist attraction.
A round-trip ticket currently costs SGD 29 for adults and SGD 18 for children.
On my third visit to Singapore I stayed in China Town and my senses came alive! The colours, the noises, the smells…it was amazing. I spent an evening wandering through the streets taking in the sights and people watching. I know most cities have a Chine Town equivalent but Singapore’s is next level. Go hungry, try lots of dishes and enjoy!
Located on Sentosa island, Universal Studios is everything you could want from a theme park. Ross and I visited the Studios the first day we arrived to celebrate our 7 years together. Singapore is renowned for it’s humidity and food and drink here is expensive, so be sure to take lots of water with you.
Featuring several major rides plus a few attractions for younger audiences Universal Studios has something for the whole family. My personal favourite ride was the Mummy rollercoaster.
Entrane fee – SGD 76 for adults and SGD 56 for children.