Singapore is not a type of country I usually visit. As you may have noticed the pattern throughout my solo traveler's journal, nature played a big part on where I go. I went to Africa because of the Victoria Falls, to Australia because of Uluru, to Nepal because of the Himalayas, but since Singapore is not too far from Bangkok, I decided to give it a go.
During the day, Singapore looks like an ordinary city, the heat was unbearable, and the attraction evolves mostly around shopping or eating. But when at night, the city shines like no other. Their modern architecture combined with all the light and sound they have decorated make a stroll at night a much more enjoyable experience than in other cities.
Be warned. Singaporean standard of living reflects its well-developed infrastructure. Singapore is the most expensive South East Asian country to travel around and you will probably sink your money mostly in food so do prepare enough cash to get by. Since Singapore is small, the number of days you will be spending will be less which compliments perfectly as the longer you stay, the more money you will spend. The metro and the buses are widely covered throughout the city so there is nothing to worry about in that department.
There is no point in embracing its light, sound, and food any longer so enjoy the photo essay of my 3 days trip in Singapore.
Where to Stay in Singapore
Budget - Beary Best Hostel - 24 USD/Night (Dorm Room)
Min-Range - Village Hotel Bugis - 86 USD/Night (Superior Room)
3 Days Itinerary to Singapore
Day 1: Pulau Ubin and Marina Bay at Night
I heard that in Singapore, there is a remote island called Pulau Ubin where nature coexisted within the city parameters so my first goal was to see what kind of nature awaits me there. I took a boat out expecting it to be beautiful.
Pulau Ubin was once a granite mine which was abandoned and later turned into a popular destination for nature and adventure lovers. I biked around for hours but I couldn't find any photo-worthy outlook point. The whole experience was boring and not as "adventurous" as they claimed.
The whole experience felt like riding a bike in an uninspiring park instead of an island full of nature. The place is good for city dwellers who want a little touch of nature in their lives but not for travelers like us. Nor recommended!
After a disappointment at the Palau Ubin, I decided to go to a more commonplace, the Marina Bay and the surroundings. My disappointment quickly turned into amusement when the Marina Bay started showing spectacular laser work at 8 PM.
The light subtlety changed its colors causing the architecture to grow captivatingly at viewers.
The Helix Bridge and its unique purple light decoration.
It is even more impressive on the inside!
Marina Bay Sand, somewhat a landmark for Singapore these days.
The Singapore cityscape reminded me of Darling Harbor in Sydney, Australia. You can not deny it, there is something magical about a man-made landscape
Capturing the 3 landmarks in one shot, the Marina Bay, the Helix Bridge and the ArtScience Museum.
I walked around from the entrance of the Garden by the bay, through the Marina Bay Sands, across the Helix bridge, and around the Clarke Quay to get this magnificent view of the cityscape.
You will appreciate Singapore more when you explore the city at night. Before I knew it, it was almost 12 AM so I headed back to my guesthouse and rested my eyes for the day.
Day 2: Temples, Merlion and Garden by the Bay
On my second day, I started out in the China town. You can always count on China town when it comes to shopping in Singapore. The price is relatively cheaper than other places. I bought my travel remnant (a Merlion trophy) here as well for SGD7 .
There is not much to do in Singapore, but one thing I thoroughly enjoy throughout the trip was food. Delicious food everywhere! Nom nom nom! :D
In the afternoon, I went to the Tooth Relic Buddha Temple. Nothing out of the ordinary. Just a very modern temple with great museum-like history display of Buddha. If you are interested in learning about the Buddhist religion, Myanmar is a much better place to be.
In the late afternoon, I went to Merlion. This particular place was the place I like least as it was almost impossible to take a great picture of it. Throngs of tourists swarmed this place taking the predictable forced perspective photos with the Merlion.
I had to climb to a higher platform at aimed at the sky in order to take the picture of it without the crowds.
Since my goal was to go to the Garden by the Bay at night and enjoy its "Light and Sound" show, I was back at the Marina Bay Sands once again. Here's a photo of the architecture at dawn without all that light. Still, pretty impressive.
Singapore at dawn is as futuristic and alienated as the night! It looks like a scene from a sci-fi movie.
Of course, how else would people know that I was here if I don't do stupid pose in front of my camera. :)
Entering the Garden by the Bay.
The moon perfectly aligned with the Marina Bay Sands
The "Light and Sound" show starts at 7:45 PM and 8:45 PM every day at the Supertree Grove in the Garden by the Bay.
The show is free and consisted of an immersive experience through a synchronized light and sound work.
The whole experience was phenomenal for me. The impressive electronic music that gave me a glimpse of the future of entertainment, and the light work that no country can match. All I could do was stare and wonder how they did it.
The shifted colors of supertrees were spectacular!
Am I living in a mainframe computer like in the movie, Tron?
If you are visiting Singapore, make sure to check out the garden at night.
Even though there were a lot of people inside the Garden, a few steps off the beaten track will leave you in solitude and a killer view like this.
After a long day in the heat and mosquitoes infested park, I ended the day with a shower and a good night sleep.
Day 3: Eat all the Food in the world!
Since my flight was in the evening, I dedicated today to eating all the food Singapore got to offer. In the morning, I had a kaya toast and a traditional coffee at the Ya Kun Kaya Toast near the Somerset metro station. It was delicious as hell!
In the afternoon, I went to the Boon Tong Ke restaurant for some tasty Imperial Chicken..
and Sweet and Sour pork..
and ended my trip with a bean sprout dish!
There you have it, Singapore through my lens. I hope you enjoyed this guide. If you like cities, shopping, and eating, Singapore is a great stop for a short trip before diving deep into other South East Asian countries.
Next up, I'll be exploring the culture and nature of a country called Japan. Stay tuned.
The Solo Traveler’s Journal is a series of posts by BucketListly where we will follow our founder, Pete Rojwongsuriya around the world as he singlehandedly travel alone and experience different cultures, people, and historical locations one country at a time.
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