Singapore – The Lion City
Singapore at a Glance:
Singapore, a small island in South Asia that’s become one of the world’s most prosperous countries. Because of its compact size, Singapore is very easy to travel and generally safe. Walk around for a day and you’ll see all the features of an ultramodern society with its impressive skyline, contemporary architecture, high-end shopping malls, and highly efficient subway system.
How the trip Started:
I never actually planned to go to Singapore, considering the high number of seemingly more “exotic” and adventures destinations elsewhere in the Asian region. But one fine day, my friend (Rashmi) popped the question, Noh Noh not to marry her but to travel to Singapore and I couldn’t say No as I was already starving for holidays long time.
Very next day we booked our tickets and made the hotel bookings. Applied for Visa with Thomas Cook which we got just in two days. And we were all set to fly and have the most memorable time of the year creating so many memories. I googled enough and made an itinerary of the must visit places and activities in advance, so we don’t miss out on anything and regret later.
Travelling to Singapore:
We started from Bangalore late evening and reached Singapore next morning with a stopover at Colombo airport. We choose SMRT to travel downtown as The SMRT is the fastest and cheapest way to get to downtown Singapore from the airport. It took us around 45 minutes to get to Little India MRT Station and the standard fare was SGD 2.40. You can take Bus, Airport Shuttle or Taxi as per your convenience which are easily available 24*7.
We choose to stay in Little India. We didn’t intend to, but our search for affordable accommodations led us there. As its name suggests, Little India is home to Singapore’s Indian community. It’s a lively area with lots of Indian restaurants, colorful shophouses, and a few MRT stations. You should choose where you stay in Singapore based which attractions, landmarks, and types of food you want to base yourself around. Choose to stay at a hostel near MRT station as they are quite convenient for exploring and eating at hawker stalls.
If you plan to use the MRT/LRT for the duration of your trip in Singapore, you can buy a tourist pass. You can buy 1, 2 or 3-days pass which gives you unlimited rides. 3 days pass can be bought for SGD 30 and you get SGD 10 back if you return it within 5 days. If you plan to travel by bus, keep the exact change with you as they don’t give change back.
Our Itinerary and Places Covered:
We planned our trip for 5 days and choose to cover most of the Singapore. We covered Singapore Night Safari, Sentosa Island, Universal Studios, Chinatown, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore Flyer, Marina Bay sands, Marina bay Skypark, Haji lane, Arab Street, Masjid Sultan, Clarks Quay, Orchard Road.
How we started:
Day1: Hotel Check-in and Night Safari