A Week in Singapore

Hello Everyone!

Wow, so THIS is my first “real” blog post! I want to start by thanking all of you reading this for supporting me in my endeavors and giving me the immense amount of love that you do! I appreciate you so much and am so excited to connect with you in this new way!

If you follow my Instagram, you’ll notice I recently took a trip to Singapore. I had such an incredible time and wish I could have stayed longer! My visit was about a week long and was actually for work purposes. Most days, I was working or in meetings till about 4 pm, but was able to explore right after! Who says you can’t mix business with pleasure? ;)

Here are the things I did and some tips for your visit:

ACCOMODATION

I stayed at the Pan Pacific Singapore and absolutely loved my stay! I was so pleasantly surprised by the hotel’s vibe, staff, service, room, view, location, and amenities. Everyone was so welcoming and friendly; I don’t think I’ve ever said this about a hotel staff before, but I truly miss them all.

We decided to have breakfast included in our stay, which was perfect since we didn’t have to worry about finding a place to eat in the morning and had tons of options available to us! I highly recommend this place if you’re visiting Singapore.

THINGS TO DO

1) Take a Tour of Singapore Right From Changi Airport

I strongly recommend doing this FIRST, and it’s FREE if you meet the eligibility requirements listed here:

http://www.changiairport.com/en/airport-guide/facilities-and-services/free-singapore-tour.html

There was so much I wanted to do, and so many recommendations I was given that I ended up getting confused with everything.

I wound up taking a Hop-on, Hop-off bus tour, which was also lovely and goes through a few more stops than the airport tour, but would have probably done this if I knew about it sooner. It is a great way to get acquainted with Singapore and pick out what you’d like to spend more time doing during the rest of your visit.

2) Gardens by the Bay

This is a MUST for your visit! The Gardens by the Bay were hands down my favorite part of the trip. While there is a lot to explore, you must absolutely visit its two cooled conservatories (the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest) and Supertree Grove & OCBC Skyway.

The Flower Dome was listed as the largest glass greenhouse in the world in the 2015 Guinness World Records, and showcases exotic plants from around the world. The floral display during my visit was called “Tulipmania 2019” and was inspired by the tulip fields in the Dutch countryside.

The Cloud Forest is the second cooled conservatory and makes you feel as if you have stepped into the Amazon Rainforest. You’ll be greeted by the world’s tallest indoor waterfall as soon as you enter, and get to see vegetation of all sorts. You will also learn about human impact on the environment and ways in which you can make a difference.

The Supertree Grove makes you feel as if you have wandered into the world of the 2009 sci-fi movie, Avatar. You can visit this area for free and purchase tickets for the OCBC Skyway separately. There is a free light show here at 7:45pm and 8:45pm daily and I strongly recommend checking it out!

TIPS:

  • Visit the domes early (like as soon as they open) to beat the crowds and take pictures; go back to see the Supertree Grove light show at night

  • Give yourself 3-4 hours to explore the Gardens by the Bay

  • Buy tickets in advance online

  • Check the site for updates before your visit, as things might be closed for maintenance: https://www.gardensbythebay.com.sg/

3) Marina Bay Sands (MBS)

You could pretty much spend an entire day in the hotel and surrounding area. A lot of people stay at Marina Bay Sands (at least one night, if not their entire trip) to use its famous infinity pool at the top (open to hotel guests only). However, if you can’t stay at the hotel, you can find other ways of enjoying the view from the top by:

  1. Purchasing tickets for the MBS Observation Deck

  2. Making reservations to one of the bars/restaurants at the top (recommended since you can eat and enjoy the view simultaneously)

Other than enjoying the view from MBS, you can do the following things in the area:

  • Visit The Shoppes at MBS

  • Go to the ArtScience Museum

  • See Spectra (water and light show)

More information on things to do: https://www.marinabaysands.com/

TIPS:

  • Consider spending an entire day in the area. Visit the Gardens by the Bay in the morning, and once you are done with that, explore the other things MBS has to offer. Go back to the Gardens for the Supertree Grove light show (if you haven’t already seen it), and catch Spectra at the Events Plaza later in the evening (it’s free).

4) Clarke Quay River Cruise

Clarke Quay (pronounced “key”) is a super cute area by the river with tons of bars and restaurants. You can take a river cruise from here (tickets can be purchased in advance or from a booth near the departure point) that takes you around Singapore via water and teaches you facts about the area!

Fun facts I learned: the name Singapore comes from Sanskrit and means “Lion City.” The Merlion, official mascot of Singapore, has the head of a Lion to represent its name and the body of a fish to represent the island’s origin as a fishing village. 

Overall, a great place to take in Singapore’s views in under an hour! After that, you can grab some food and hang out in Clarke Quay.

TIPS:

  • Clarke Quay comes alive at night! I wasn’t able to experience it in the dark, but I wish I had!

  • If you want to take pictures, take the river cruise during the daytime (good lighting); however, the nighttime view from the cruise is really something else!

5) Go Around Singapore by Bus

Although there are plenty of ways to tour Singapore, I went with the most “touristy” one of them all by getting on a Hop-on, Hop-off bus. To be honest, I think these buses are really underrated. It was such a great way to explore Singapore. We got on the Yellow Line (which took us around Singapore’s famous monuments like Marina Bay Sands and the Singapore Flyer) and the Red Line (which gave us more of a cultural tour of Singapore).

TIPS

6) Buddha Tooth Relic Temple

I can’t even begin to explain how amazing the vibes of this temple are. Located in Singapore’s Chinatown, the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple is filled with beauty and information on Buddhist culture. I wish I had more time to look at everything more closely. My visit here was short and sweet, but for my next visit, I would love do the 2-hour guided tour they offer to learn more about Buddhism. More information here: https://www.btrts.org.sg/freeguide.php

7) Singapore Botanic Gardens

This site is the first and only tropical botanic garden on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List.  Here is a little excerpt from their website, “The Gardens has been developed along a Four-Core Concept. The four cores are Tanglin, which is the heritage core retaining the old favourites and charms of the historic Gardens; Central is the tourist belt of the Gardens; and Bukit Timah the educational and discovery zone. A fourth core, Tyersall-Gallop, was created with the opening in 2017 of the Learning Forest which is designed to integrate with the Gardens' existing rain forest to form an enlarged forest habitat.”

I only got to explore the Orchid Garden, but was absolutely blown away by how beautiful everything was! Whether you are looking for an educational experience or to capture some amazing pictures, this is the place to be!

More information here: https://www.nparks.gov.sg/sbg

8) The Jewel at Changi Airport

I spent my last day in Singapore hanging out in the airport…ON PURPOSE! Singapore’s Changi Airport is unlike any other I have visited, which is probably why it was given the title of “Best Airport in the World.” Aside from the free tour around Singapore that it offers (mentioned earlier), there is a butterfly garden, movie theater, pool, canopy bridge, free drinks, and so much more! You can learn more here: http://www.changiairport.com/en/discover/attractions.html#/filter?tab=all

I got to the airport about six hours before my scheduled flight time and decided to explore the newly opened, Jewel. You can do early check-in at the Jewel if you travel by one of the participating airlines: http://www.changiairport.com/en/airport-guide/departing/checking-in/early-check-in/jeweleci/jeweleciairlines.html

As of now, the highlight at the Jewel is its giant indoor waterfall called the HSBC Vortex. This waterfall is absolutely magnificent, and the entire area surrounding it makes you feel as if you are in a forest. There is also a short light show that takes place here every hour from 7:30 pm-12:30 am. Future additions to The Jewel include a mirror maze, hedge maze, canopy walk, and trampoline, so I am definitely looking forward to experiencing those on my next visit.

SPEAKING OF MY NEXT VISIT…

the first place I will be heading to is Sentosa Island. EVERYONE recommended visiting, but I just wasn’t able to take out the amount of time needed to go during this trip. More of a reason to plan another trip soon!

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