Singapore is one of three-surviving city states in the world! Along with Monaco and the Vatican City, this country doesn’t have a capital!
The city was named Singapura, which means Lion City in Sanskrit, but Sang Nila Utama, a Srivijayan Prince from Palembang who named the city thought he saw a lion but in reality, there are no real lions in Singapore, except in the zoo of course!
Despite having a population of over 5.5 million, the country has more than 50% of its area covered by greenery and with over 50 major parks and 4 nature reserves – my favourite being Gardens by the Bay.
Being 1.5 degrees North of the Equator, the weather is very stable year round. It is usually sunny with a high in the low 30s and a low in the low 20s.
There are also some interesting laws to abide by (such as about chewing gum, littering, flushing toilets) so be sure to read up on them before you go, you can read some of them here.
I stayed at One Farrer Hotel and Spa, a 5-star hotel with 3 of my friends. It was amazing – very helpful and friendly staff, comfortable rooms and great facilities for guests. Their spa is rated #1 hotel spa in Singapore but sadly I didn’t have time to check it out.
Top Attractions to Visit in Two Days :
We took a Hop on Hop off bus tour for two days. It was really convenient with all their stops, especially one very close to the hotel. It included a few routes and the double decker bus had on board commentary which was useful to learn more about the city and it’s sights as we drove through.
Marina Bay Sands (otherwise known a MBS to locals)
- This place is seriously amazing – I was mesmerized with its beauty.
- The complex not only contains a 5-star hotel, it has a convention-exhibition centre, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands mall, a museum, two large theatres, “celebrity chef” restaurants, two floating Crystal Pavilions, a skating rink, and the world’s largest atrium casino with 500 tables and 1,600 slot machines.
- We went to the The Shoppes at MBS mall first – it is Singapore’s largest luxury shopping mall and it was spectacular! Besides shopping and eating your heart out, you can take an indoor gondola ride or admire the view of the city from the outdoor deck
- We stopped for dessert at the DC Comics Superhero Cafe – everything here is DC Superhero themed, definitely a must-do for comic lovers
- After we went up to the 57th floor MBS Observation Deck, to see panoramic views of the city during the day. We were blown away with the view ! It was extremely hot so thankfully it wasn’t as busy up there, but we quickly headed to some shade and drinks with lots of ice at the restaurant/cafe Ce La Vi.
- We ended up back at the observation deck at night with some of our friends who are now living and working in Singapore. There is also a nightclub on the deck if you wanted to stay there all night with the view!
- I highly recommend checking out the view in the day and the night – it is a different experience with the buildings lit up and totally worth it.
Gardens by the Bay and the Cloud Forest
- If you’re visiting Singapore, you MUST see this attraction and you can easily spend half a day here
- It was built to increase greenery and flora in the city and with over 1M plants, they sure did achieve that goal
- It was built on 250 acres of reclaimed land and it contains three gardens along the water
- It is the world’s largest glass greenhouse, which has another bonus of being air-conditioned!
- We first walked through the conservatory with plants from different regions of the world then we made our way to the Flower Dome – there was an orchid exhibition going on and it was stunning – I’ve never seen so many orchids or knew that there were so many different species of the plant
- Next we went over to Cloud Forest, another seriously awe-inspiring greenhouse.
- Here they have the world’s largest indoor waterfall at 35 meters high
- The walkway known as “Cloud Walk and Treetop Walk” starts on top of the mountain and brings you through different regions displaying plants both inside the mountain and along the planted walls – you’ll see orchids, ferns, bromeliads, begonias and carnivorous pitcher plants.
- The gardens also has 18 massive Supertrees that are between 25-50 meters tall, with the tallest being 16 storeys high. Every night at 7.45pm and 8.45pm there is a spectacular light and music show. We saw the Broadway musical edition where the trees lit up to top musical songs. It lasted about 15 minutes – the best spot to view the show is on the grassy area beneath the trees!
- This is the main retail and entertainment area and the road has a length of 2.2 km. We decided to drive through it on the Hop on Hop off bus since we already did some shopping at other malls which were also massive!
- We walked through the market here – they have cheaper items which tourists can buy as souvenirs. There were a lot of cell phone cases, keychains, luggage tags, chopsticks and tea sets.
- After, we went to a Hawker stand in Chinatown- I had no idea what this was before visiting, but it is basically a big food court where you can buy from vendors and eat at one of tables inside
- This is a historic area that hosts restored warehouses with restaurants, cafes and nightclubs.
- We went on our last evening in Singapore for dinner – there was so many places to choose from! They had great signage and maps of the area otherwise you could definitely get lost. I wish I had more time to explore this area but if you are visiting Singapore, you must go here!
I love Singapore – it’s somewhere I could really see myself spending more time exploring. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
If you have any questions or comments, or need help planning a trip to Singapore – feel free to leave a comment or send me an email at yashoda@itsYlife.com.