Me and my husband planned a quick trip to Singapore in the month of September,2018. I am listing down my itinerary here so that it might help you plan your trip.
Things we covered:
- Gardens by the Bay (Cloud Forest, Flower Dome, OCBC Skywalk, Supertree Groves)
- Marina Bay Sands Observation Deck
- Singapore Zoo
- Orchard Road
- Clark Quay
- Arab street
- Bugis street
- Sentosa Island (Universal Studios, SEA Aquarium and Tanjong beach)
- An Indonesian island, (Bintan) which is very close to Singapore.
Day1: Reached Singapore at 6:30 AM. Picked bags and went to the MRT station. Took MRT passes for 30 S$ each. 10 S$ are refundable if you return the cards. With these tourist passes, MRT travel is free across Singapore for 3 days.
Hotel : The Chancellor. Hotel Tip: All across Singapore, check in time ranges from 2-3 PM. So if you are reaching early via a long flight, I’ll advise you to book a room for the previous day too. We took a direct flight from India , plus there were no available rooms for the previous day so I did not book one. Hence we had to wait till they were able to give us a room.
We kept our bags in the hotel lobby and went for a walk on Orchard road, strolled around the shops, ate at Starbucks and came back to the hotel by 12 PM. We got a room by 1 PM. After some rest, we took a MRT to Bayfront, and then walked till Gardens by the Bay, followed by Marina Bay Sands Observation Deck. Both of these places are breathtakingly beautiful and should not be rushed through. In Gardens by the Bay, all od the main attractions – Cloud Forest, Flower Dome, OCBC Skywalk, Supertree Groves are a must do. If you have absolute time crunch, you can skip Flower Dome.
When you go to Marina Bay Sands Observation Deck, they will click a photo and then charge you anywhere between S$30- S$100 (depending upon whether the photo is framed,etc) for the printed photo and some goodies. So be prepared for that. I took the photo because – 1. I was caught off guard when the person offered it to me. 2. It came out really well even when it was pretty random. 3 He reduced the price from 50S$ to 30S$ (which was still a lot for me, but well!)
That day F1 Grand Prix was being held in Singapore. Crowd from all over the world had come to see it. We saw the race from the top of Marina Bay Sands. We had no prior idea about it so when we saw it, to say we were excited would be an understatement.
Day 2: We left for the Singapore Zoo in the morning and booked the zoo tram tickets. It was a very good choice because it took us through the entire zoo without having to walk a lot. Some amount of walk will still need to be done, so don’t expect otherwise :). After that we went to Arab street, strolled through the lanes and shops and restaurants and had a late lunch at a famous restaurant called ‘Zam Zam’. Must have : Murtabak and Teh(tea) .
At night, we visited Clark Quay by around 9 PM and chilled out in a riverside pub (Le Noir) with outdoor sitting and live music till around 12:30 AM. If you don’t want to spend in a pub, you can carry takeaways and have the food in the benches by the riverside. There was a cool breeze blowing and the experience was awesome to say the least.
Day 3: This day was reserved for Sentosa Island. Left early for VivoCity Mall , from where we took a Monorail and reached Sentosa. (You have to pay separately for the Monorail, around 4S$ each) . The first stop was for Universal Studios. We spent around 4-5 hours there. There are so many things to do, it is huge!! The transformers 3-D ride is a must-do. We also saw the water show, which was an action packed live show , full with fire and water and amazing stunts.
After Universal Studios, we went to SEA Aquarium. This is the biggest aquarium in the world and there are endless things to see and admire. You can spend 3 hours or more there. We ate at the Malaysian food joint right outside Universal Studios. I tried some Malaysian street food that had noodles, egg , shrimps, meat in a bowl of soup ; and my husband had Mi Goreng..Both were good!!
Then we took the monorail to the third stop(Beach Station), from which a bus can take you to one of the beaches. We went to Tanjong beach, which is good for couples. There are three beaches. If you are travelling with children , go to Siloso beach.
We took the monorail back to VivoCity mall, from where we took the MRT back to the hotel.
Tip: We booked all the tickets to the tourist locations from Headout.com. They have good combo offers which helps you save some bucks.
Travelling around Tip: Take the MRT. It is so much cheaper than taxis, and it is so so convenient. Simply google the nearest MRT station to the place you want to visit and look up that station in the MRT station Map.
Day 4: Left for Bintan, Indonesia . Took a ferry from Bintan Ferry Resorts terminal. Spent the day at Bintan idly, walking by the beaches, taking Indonesian massages and eating yummy food. The beaches had very less crowd, making it an utterly romantic experience.
We booked hotel Grand Lagoi by Nirwana Gardens and were very satisfied by it.
Day 5: Return to Singapore, checked into Hotel Boss near Bugis Street. Visited Bugis Street, China Town, bought souvenirs and soaked in as much of the colourful culture as possible. Munched on Chinese street food and ate a hearty Turkish dinner at Arab street and retired for the day.
Day 6: Visited Merlion Park and spent a few hours there, basking in the magic of BayFront. Then went to Arab Sreet Haji Ali Lane. Took a few beers, some Falafel and just enjoyed the vibrant look and feel. Caught our flight back to Kolkata that very night.