Shiok Singapore : Country-City-Island
Singapore, also known as the lion city very widely is one place which surely needs a visit once in your entire life time. Its BEAUTIFUL.
I went to Singapore with my husband for three days from India and was a total blast. This city is truly unique. If I had to describe it with only a few words, this would be the list: All about food, clean and green, luxurious.
Singapore has 4 main languages spoken: English, Tamil, Mandarin and Malay. The mix of cultures and heritages make Singapore a true melting pot in the middle of Asia. And that is what I loved most about it! It is super structured, very clean (the urban myth about the chewing gum rule is not quite accurate but close enough) and chilled. Singapore is also called the garden city, and once you’ve been there and you’ve seen how many parks, trees and flowers there are, you totally get why. Patrick’s cousin told us that Singapore actually attempts to be a garden with a city, and not a city with a garden. Which means, the government is constantly working on making the city even greener.
We stayed in Summer View Hotel which is Set in a bustling area, this low-key hotel is 2 km from the shopping malls on Orchard Road, 5 km from Gardens by the Bay and 18 km from Changi Airport and few kms from Buggis street.
On the very first day of my visit , we went for night safari.
As dusk falls, the shutters open at the Night Safari, welcoming you into a world of nocturnal creatures and their dimly-lit habitats. A 35-minute tram ride with live commentary takes you across seven geographical zones of the world, from the rugged Himalayan Foothills to the swampy banks of Equatorial Africa. Though it was great and well-maintained site, fun tram with a nice proximity with the animals, but still you do not see the animals that much in the evening, some are sleeping or hidden in the dark.
Night Safari show - "Creatures of the Night" is one of the major attraction of this place. The duration of the show is 25 minutes.
Apart from this Thumbuakar Performance* - thrilling fire show happening at park entrance demonstrate their fire-twirling skills to the beat of jungle drums.
You will also find lotz of food and drink options here as reasonable cost. After a tiring and fun-filling day at Night Safari , now its time to for Universal Studio.
If there is a wonderland on the earth, it is called Universal Studio Singapore, the place where all your wild-child fantasies come true.
A gigantic theme park located on the Sentosa Island in Singapore is your ultimate stop for fun and leisure. It is Southeast Asia’s only park that features 24 exhilarating rides and a number of shows and attractions in not one but seven theme zones.
If there is one thing that will make a huge difference to your experience, it is buying the Universal Studios Singapore Express tickets. There is nothing more miserable than standing for hours in a queue, especially in the Singapore heat and humidity.
As the crowds build up over the day, it is a good idea to try and get around the most popular rides first.
TRANSFORMERS The Ride: The Ultimate 3D Battle
The Revenge of the Mummy
Battlestar Galactica (Human and/or Cylon)
Revenge of the Mummy
The Universal Studio Singapore rides are one thing people look forward to because they are phenomenal! Just looking at the gigantic metal structure will make adrenaline rushing hard in your veins. Battlestar Galactica, the star Universal Studio Singapore roller coaster, is a pair of two roller coaster one of which is inverted. The world’s tallest duel roller coaster takes you on the most tummy twisting ride of your life. Once you are off the ride, make sure none of your internal organs are displaced.
I loved the action-packed Waterworld Stunt Show, here performers put a hair–raising spectacle of death-defying stunts. There is fire over water and stuntmen somersaulting over the dangerous fire on jet-skis live in front of you. The thrills and chills from the real explosions of water and fire is utterly sensational and not to be missed at any cost.
Apart from this you can enjoy Street Parade, spectacular fireworks, Sesame street characters and at least shopping at Studio store.
After an awesome day at Universal Studios.. we were back to hotel at around 10PM.
Next morning it was a day out planned in Singapore which was one of the most exciting part of the trip. We left at 9 after having breakfast from the hotel. Since it was a half day city tour, we made stops at Little India, Chinatown, and Singapore Botanic Gardens. Then we reach one of the major atrractions of Singapore - Merlion statue and Singapore river. Due to time limitation we could not spend much time here and also for MARINA BAY SANDS (or MBS as the locals call it) & GARDENS BY THE BAY, we just saw them on the way. I would recommend that you definitely visit Gardens by the bay as it is worth going there but try to go in night as it looks amazing in the night. If you have time you can sepnd good amount of time near Singapore River and take a river taxi to roam around as well.
Next destination was Mount Faber, is a hilltop park on the outskirts of Singapore, offering one of the best panoramic views of the city. People come here for yoga , exercise , jogging. The place is comparatively colder. Then we took a cable car from Mount Faber to Sentosa Island.
Between the Harbourfront and Sentosa, the car goes to its highest point that provides a nice birds eye view of the entire Sentosa Island. From here, you can see the Universal Studios, Water park, Merlion, etc. This is the best part of the ride.
Now we were at Sentosa station. Sentosa Island is a man-made island that was built for fun and recreation. The many attractions on offer at Sentosa include the expansive Resorts World, Universal Studios Singapore, Tiger Sky Tower, Singapore Butterfly & Insect Kingdom, and one of the largest collections of aquatic animals in the world, SEA Aquarium, all of which continue to draw repeat visitors from all over Asia.
We have enjoyed 4D experiences at Sentosa 4D AdventureLand and the log-ride and the flyer. After spending enough time at sentosa beach , we headed towards again one more exciting detsination of Singapore - SEA Aquarium.
The SEA aquarium at Sentosa is probably the most famous and best attractions at the Sentosa !! Its really huge, very well maintained and has a variety of exotic marine life. The information provided to us was awesome. Loved the mega Shark tank with sharks, sting rays and other beautiful creatures. I also loved the awesome sea horses, jelly fish and variety of crabs. Its a world in itself.
We took almost 3-4 hours to see the place but still felt we could have spent some more time. This place is always crowded and please be prepared to wait in Q for sometime to get in and of course take pictures.
Last but not the least for the day , it was time for 'Wings of Time' one of the best modern venue featuring a nightly show with colorful lights, lasers, water fountains & 3D effects. Please check for the videos , you will find them amazing. :)
And this is how we completed our 3rd day in Singapore.
Next day since our flight was in late evening we got sufficient time to roam around Buggies Street, Little India and China Town for shopping and buying souveniers. Believe me , Buggies street is one of my fav street for shopping so far.
You can find fancy cloths at a very reasonable price (the prices are fix and reasonable, so you dont have to break your head with that). Overall it was nice and comfortable stay in Singapore and have explored as much as we can in 3 days but i would recommend that you should also visit Gardens by the bay if you are going to visit Singapore.
- Visa:- It was E-Visa. We have submitted all the documents online and got it in 5 days.
- Currency:- Singapore Dollars. Good if you carry some local currency(dollars, Indian Rupees) with you or you can get it from money exchangers as well.
- Food:- You will find lot of options for food in vegeterian and non-vegeterian both.
- Climate:- We travalled in month if August, the climate was moderate as in not very hot. I would recommend this weather for travel.
Well, i would just sum up my three day stay in Singapore as "UNFORGETTABLE". It was indeed one of my best vacations.
In case you have any specific questions about our trip or about Singapore in general, I’m happy to answer them all in the comment section. Feel free to ask! ♥. Also please check the below vidoes and enjoy :)