One of the biggest downsides of travelling longterm is having to miss my family. Good thing is however: it does give us a reason to do everything we can to meet somewhere in the world – and that’s exactly what happened this week! I met up with my stepmum and sister in Singapore and this is what we did (and what I think you should do as well):
Marina Bay Sands & Gardens by the bay
One of the first things we did was watching the light show at Gardens by the Bay. In the main area, all the trees gave a little show on several kind of Opera songs (I think they change the music once in a while). This happens every night, so is a perfect little stop after a long day of walking. After the light show, we walked to Marina Bay Sands for some drinks at the rooftop bar. It’s a little bit pricey up there, but the view is totally worth it!
Sentosa Island is the perfect place to go to if you want to chill on the beach or do some fun activities. On the island you can find the Universal Studios of Singapore, the Trickeye Museum, Madama Tussauds, a butterfly park and insect kingdom, a waterpark with fun slides, S.E.A. Aquarium and many more things! On this particular trip we spend a day chilling at the beach bar at Tanjong Beach, exploring the Southermost Point of Continental Asia, taking the cable carts across the island (amazing views) and learning about some history at Fort Siloso (a restored World War II costal fort). Last but not least, we went to Sea Aquarium, which is amazing if you want to see creatures such as sharks and jellyfish up close!
River cruise at Boat Quay, Clarke Quay and Marina Bay
One of the things I always like to do in Singapore is a river cruise through Boat Quay, Clarke Quay and Marina Bay. With this river cruise you’ll be able to get a different view of the skyline of Singapore, learn a bit about the history of the city and basically just see the city from a different point of view! Since one of the departure points is located in the middle of Clarke Quay, you can easily go there after or before for some drinks and dances :)
This time was the first time that I visited the Muslim Quarter. In this area Haji Lane and the Masjid Sultan Mosque were the main highlights. Haji lane is a tiny little lane filled with gorgeous street art, boutiques, restaurants, bars and traditional houses. Walking in the street up to Masjid Sultan Mosque will make you feel like you’re in Istanbul for a second. This mosque is absolutely gorgeous and isn’t considered the most important mosque of Singapore for nothing.
Breakfast at Tiong Bahru Bakery
Now I must admit that I haven’t explored many breakfast places in Singapore, that I’m definitely a person of comfort (yep I go here almost every singe day) and that I’m no expert on this topic at all. However, I can say that the Tiong Bahru Bakery is amazing if you’re looking for a good French breakfast! Their croissants, pain au chocolat and baguettes are amazing. After living in Indonesia for a while and not having found the perfect bakery yet, I was super happy to find some amazing bakery goods.
China town looks like a whole different world compared to the rest of Singapore. When you go here definitely check out Pagoda Street, Temple Street, the Sri Mariamman Temple and the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple. What we also did was a tea ceremony at Tea Chapter, which showed us how Chinese/Korean people traditionally drink their teas.
Shopping at Bugis Street, Bugis Junction and Orchard Road
This blogpost of course would not be written by me if I didn’t recommend some amazing places to shop. On this trip I particularly liked the shops in the Bugis area. In Bugis Street you can find amazing 10 Singapore Dollar items (and also some extremely ugly items) and great street food. At Bugis Junction you can find all the standard shops such as Topshop, Zara, Mango, Pull & Bear and more. Last but not least I love shopping at Orchard Road. In this road you can find many high end shops (great for window shopping) and several malls. I particularly like ION Orchard Mall for all the basics and Lucky Plaza for all the bargains.
These are the things that we did on this particular trip to Singapore. However, I do know that there are many more things to do. Have you been to Singapore? What’s your favourite thing to do in the city?