I visited Singapore for the first time nearly 5 years ago, but my journey in Singapore started about 3.5 years ago when I finally moved here. I still remember my first trip here as a tourist when I wanted to do so much but had only 5 days to cover it all. Who knew this would become home one day? ????
Even now, when friends and family are planning a trip to this tropical island and I get a call bombarding me with the questions on the must dos and must visits, I go down the memory lane. So, I decided to pen down all the information you need to plan your perfect trip to Singapore.
Let's start with the basics first.
Packing Essentials: Clothes - Singapore is a tropical country, so it's best if you carry airy, breathable clothes. Sunscreen, Sunglasses, and Hats - These are some of the must-haves in your bag. Since Singapore is very close to the equator, the sun is very harsh. Umbrella - In Singapore, a blazing hot sunny day can turn dark and stormy in the blink of an eye, so it's best to travel prepared. Swimwear - Most hotels will have swimming pools, but even if you're Airbnb-ing, most Airbnbs will also have pools. Plus, there are beach clubs that are worth a visit, so it's suggested you carry one.
Hotel locations: Singapore is the 2nd smallest country in Asia with one of the best public transportation systems in the world, so you can practically stay in any part of the country. However, some of the recommended locations based on the proximity to the most touristy locations would be: Orchard Road, Somerset Little India, Chinatown, Bugis, Harbourfront or Sentosa Island.
For budget travelers, Bugis & Chinatown have some great hostels options. Spacepod (pics below) at Lavender provides sleeping pods, neat and clean bathroom and even breakfast (upon request) to make your stay comfortable.
Getting into Singapore - Once you've landed at Changi airport, you can flag off a standard taxi from the taxi stand. Taxis are affordable, and I'll highly recommend taking one, especially if you're traveling with your family. You can go to the taxi stand and queue up until your turn. These are metered taxis, so there is no scope for bargaining. Alternatively, you can download any of the two ride-hailing apps (Grab or Gojek) and book a taxi. For downloading the app, you can use Changi airport's offers free wifi which by the way has a great bandwidth. So you can connect and download it at the airport itself. In case you're traveling on a budget or solo, you can also take the MRT from the train station at the airport. An EZLink card can be bought from the information counter at the MRT station and you can use it in all public transport (trains and buses) to navigate through the city.
There are plenty of things to do in Singapore. But I'd suggest you pick the ones that suit your preferences.