My first visit to Singapore was in 2013 and the place impressed me a lot. I was on my way to hike Indonesian Java for a month but decided to spend 7 days in Singapore. You have this irresistable feeling it’s an extremely clean and organized city. The humidity was huge, it’s a jungle in the city! The size and volume of green plants is incredible, due to the climate of course. Heavy branches dangling above your head on the busiest city streets.
Everyting in Singapore is stunning. Singapore Botanic Gardens is a beautiful place, easy to reach and you can’t miss the National Orchid Garden, you’ll be overwelmed by flora beauty. Gardens by the Bay – this giant flower construction, covers massive part of the garden and illuminates in the evening time. You can climb artificial the trees and admire the massive garden along with the magic city views. Singapore is stunning at night. Marina Bay – probably the most famous part of the city is breathtaking. The promenade and the famous hotel with a swimming pool on the roof is an unforgetable attraction. You can walk there for hours and you still want to come back the next day for more. I did it every day 🙂 Keep in mind that the whole area is enormous, so if you choose walking your feet will suffer at some stage.
Clinging Singapore - best places to see.
THE CITY ITSELF -best advise I can give you. Immerse yourself in walking the streets, the pleasant vibe and friendly streets is a rewarding experience. You’ll never discover more than by walking.
MARINA BAY & SINGAPORE BOTANIC GARDENS – a 164-year-old tropical garden located in Orchard Road.
HELIX BRIDGE – Connecting Marina Centre to Marina Bay Sands, the Helix Bridge is a masterpiece of modern architecture. Its unique design, inspired by the structure of DNA, features a double helix structure illuminated by vibrant LED lights. The bridge offers breathtaking views of the city, especially at night when the skyline comes alive with dazzling lights.
SINGAPORE FLYER – as one of the world’s largest observation wheels, the Singapore Flyer provides an unparalleled view of the city’s skyline. From its glass capsules, visitors can witness iconic landmarks such as the Merlion, Esplanade, and Marina Bay Sands, as well as enjoy panoramic vistas of the bustling city below.
ESPLANADE – theatres on the Bay. Located in the heart of Singapore’s art and cultural district, the Esplanade is a unique architectural gem that resembles a durian fruit. The complex houses a concert hall, theaters, art galleries, and outdoor performance spaces. From its rooftop terrace, visitors can take in the breathtaking views of Marina Bay and the city’s skyline.
NATIONAL GALLERY SINGAPORE – Housed in the former City Hall and Supreme Court buildings, the National Gallery Singapore is a blend of old and new architecture. Its modernized galleries showcase a comprehensive collection of Southeast Asian art, while its rooftop offers panoramic views of the Padang, Marina Bay Sands, and the surrounding cityscape.
ONE RAFFLES PLACE – towering over the financial district, One Raffles Place is a prominent skyscraper that stands as a testament to Singapore’s economic prowess. From its upper floors, visitors can marvel at the expansive cityscape and witness the fast-paced nature of the bustling Central Business District.
SINGAPORE’S SKYLINE – reflects the city’s ambition, innovation, and progress. From iconic landmarks to modern architectural marvels, embracing the modernity of Singapore’s skyline offers a captivating experience that showcases the city-state’s cosmopolitan charm. Witness firsthand the harmonious blend of old and new, tradition and modernity in this vibrant city – Singapore.
Is Singapore expensive?
Many people ask me about the prices in Singapore. I spent a week in Singapore and it was more a budget travel. Once you stay outside the city centre in a local area the prices are much lower! Before covid I paid $30/per night in a budget hostel. Of course the country is much more expensive than most of Southeast Asia but as long as you don’t dine in fancy city restaurants it’s more than affordable.
My Hotel 81 was in Geylang distict, very clean and comfortable. It turned out the hotel is located just next to the most famous prostitute street. It was interesting to see the neighbourhood, listen to all these incredible stories, which are mostly exaggerated nowadays 🙂 The area is quiet and I felt totally safe walking night time. The best real cuisine you’ll find in the area in local bars (not in the skycrapers area). Friendly and helpful people will host you with traditional Singapore dishes.
Public transport in Singapore is fabulous, takes minutes to get anywhere in the city. From Geylang district it takes 25 minutes by train/tube to get to Marina Bay Sands.