Singapore Travel Experience: Places to Visit & Travelling Tips. Don’t forget to check out my previous Singapore post where I talk about skyride luge and fashion.
I was in Singapore for an entire week last month and I couldn’t get enough of it. Singapore is a very small country – the entire country is as big as Bangalore city – but it is one of the most entertaining islands in the world. It is also one of the safest, cleanest countries in the world.
Currency Exchange: A single Singaporean Dollar equals 50 Indian Rupees. Of course the value keeps fluctuating depending on the market. My advice: exchange your currencies in India at places like Thomas & Cook, 2-3 days prior to your departure. Singapore is also one of the costliest countries in the world, everything is pretty expensive – be prepared for that.
Singaporean Rules To Bear In Mind: As I mentioned, Singapore is a very clean city – their law is very strict. Littering, jay-walking & spitting are prohibited. You will be fined heavily if you do so.
Getting Around In Singapore: I choose to travel in the Metro, the entire experience of figuring out a metro in another country is so exciting [you can go wrong in so many ways, but when you do figure it out, it feels like you have achieved something]! Their Metro is very easy to understand, so I can’t take all the credit for figuring it out. You can also use their taxi service but again, be ready to spend $30 – $40 dollars on every small trip.
Package Deals? Nah, not for me: You can book a package from makemytrip.com or some such sites, it will even cost you lesser[much much lesser] if you do. But I wanted to experience Singapore on my own terms. Those packages will not allow you to be experimental. Plus I had a business event to attend.
Places To Visit:
1. Universal Studios: The Universal Studios, Singapore is said to be better than the one in Orlando. It is located at Sentosa Island. It is a fantasy meets reality place with some fantastic rides and shows. My favorite were the transformers and the mummy rides. Transformers is a better-than-anything-you-have-experienced-3D roller coaster which makes you feel like you are really fighting those robot aliens. The mummies on the other hand is a freaky roller coaster ride inside a dark pyramid – you cant see whats coming and suddenly you are plummeting down at high speeds or hanging upside down for your dear life. A word of caution: Universal Studios is always crowded – sometimes, you will have to wait for an hour or more to get on to some of those rides like the Jurassic park one. Its always better to get there early in the morning to beat the crowd. It opens at 10 am.
PS: They don’t allow you to take pictures inside the rides, so forgive the lack of them.
2.S.E.A Aquarium: Again located at Sentosa island, the S.E.A Aquarium is an under water aquarium which houses hundreds of unique marine life like sharks, giant crustaceans, sea horses, lion fishes etc. You also get to see some beautiful coral reefs from across the world. They claim to be the largest oceanarium in the world. If you are a nerd like me, you will have to visit sea aquarium, its a treat for your eyes and brains – its like a live discovery channel.
PS: I took hundreds of pictures of all the other creatures at the SEA aquarium, but since this post is already picture heavy, I thought better of it and have posted only a few. Google Sea Aquarium to see more of its amazing-ness.
3. Skyride Luge: Its located at Sentosa Island. You can read about my skyride luge experience here.
4. Arab Street: Arab street houses some of the cutest little live-band bars and restaurants. You will come across some careless[but very clean] street arts, music and edgy fashion here. I stopped by this cafe called the Blue Jazz for dinner and loved its laid-back feel[plus they play jazz, I mean who doesn't like jazz?]. The food was great and the atmosphere was electrifying.
5. Clarke Quay: Clare Quay is the night life hub of Singapore. The area never sleeps and is always happening. On any given day of the week, its crowded with party-goers[God, I sound like one of those boring journalists! But how else could I describe the place?]. It has clubs, bars, restaurants[like Hooters!] and the atmosphere is high strung. If you feel high on adrenaline, you have the option of bungee jumping too.
6. Marina Bay: Marina Bay Sands is the largest hotel in Singapore and claims to have the largest infinity pool in the world. The top most floor, which houses the most popular bar and infinity pool is shaped like a huge ship. Words cannot really describe the structure, I will attach a picture for you guys. Its the highest structure in Singapore.
I couldn’t get a good enough picture of the place, so I will find one from the web and attach below.
7. Suntec City and Sigapore Flyer: Suntec is a huge mall, so if you are like me and love shopping, you can go [bat-shit]crazy in that place. Singapore Flyer is like the London eye – its a giant Ferris wheel which goes around very slowly and gives you the chance to view Singapore skyline.
8. Sentosa Island: Apart from the Universal studios, the sea aquarium and the luge, Sentosa has many other attractions like the Marine world where you can play with the dolphins, the water park, butterfly park, etc. If you really have the time you can visit all of those. Apart from those attractions, Sentosa also has some of the best fine dining restaurants and live theaters. When I was there, Rock of Ages was playing in their theater. The island also has musical fountain shows. Check out yoursingapore.com for more information on all their other attractions. I am also aware that Singapore is famous for its night safari, but lacked the interest[and time] for it.
Phew, that was a HUGE article. Forgive me for any grammatical errors, I spent ages writing it.
Apart from all of the above[exhausting to write] experiences, the thing I really liked about Singapore is the city itself. Its so clean and safe that you don’t feel like leaving. The people there don’t bother with you no matter what you are wearing or doing. I miss that.
Until next vacation then, xoxo S
Marina Bay & one of the Clarke Quay images are borrowed from here: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5