Singapore was pretty much the last place in Asia that was high up on my bucket list before I left Dubai. We decided to start our trip here and treat ourselves a bit before the backpacker life and budgeting began fully.
We arrived into Changi Airport and there are a few options to get to your hotel. We got a shuttle bus for $S9 each with Ground Transport Concierge. It took ages because we were the last stop. We got the metro back to the airport when we were leaving and was much easier, cheaper and efficient. It is a great way to get around the city.
We arrived at 9:30 am to our hotel, Marina Bay Sands. Check it wasn’t until 3 but they allowed us to pay and took our bags and even gave us access cards so we could use the famous infinity pool until we got our room. I thought this was so nice of them and we even got our room at 12pm, as soon as one came available. Free early check in. The infinity pool was so amazing. We spent a lot of our 2 days just chilling out up there, taking in the views. It was just so fab. I know the hotel was expensive but it was so worth it in my opinion as a rare treat for 2 days.
We had heard about a Michelin Star Street Food restaurant and decided to check it out. We headed to Chinatown and found it. It was called Liao Fan Hawker Chan. Honestly, I thought the food was very average and the chicken was way better than the pork. It was around $S5 per main. It was cool to say we’ve been and was good for a backpack budget but I’ve had nicer.
The next major attraction in Singapore is Gardens by the Bay. These are right next to Marina Bay Sands and can be accessed through the hotel. You can get a taxi here or go to the Bayfront Metro Stop and walk through the hotel. It is free to walk around the gardens. I had seen online that there were tours but I don’t think you need to pay for that. There are 2 conservatories but they cost $S28, so we skipped them but we paid the $S8 for the skywalk to check the gardens out from above. The gardens are really pretty at night too when they are all lit up and there are often light shows there too.
In the Gardens is the famous Satay by the Bay. Down by the waterfront are food stalls with 10 satay skewers for $S7. We got a mix of chicken and beef for lunch and some rice and duck and rice and chicken. It was so nice and so cheap. I actually preferred it to the Michelin Star Street Food. It was perfect for a backpacker budget too! There are sign all over the Gardens for Satay by the Bay. You can’t miss it.
If you’re not staying in Marina Bay Sands, you can still get a great view of the city. In Marina Bay Sands, there is a bar next to the infinity pool called Ce La Vi. You can get up here by paying $S20 at the entrance in tower 3 of the hotel and this is then given back to you as a voucher to spend up there. It is right next to the infinity pool so it has the same views. Level 33 is another option that actually has a view of Marina Bay Sands from the bar.
I loved my time in Singapore and thought it was the perfect chill time. Here are my top tips:
- 2/3 days is more than enough here
- Try go to Gardens by the Bay in the afternoon so you can see them during the day and night.
- You don’t need to book a tour or tickets for the gardens, in my opinion
- There is a fine for eating and drinking on the metro!
- Make sure to try the Street Food in Gardens by the Bay
- The metro doesn’t accept notes bigger than $S5 so make sure you have change.
- Sentosa is worth a visit too, if you have time.
Top Tip Traveller 🙂