Singapore is a spectacular city, very clean with an efficient and effective rail system. We were there for five days before a Princess Cruise and we were on the go each day and did not exhaust the city’s sites. We did the Singapore Flyer, Singapore Zoo (including breakfast with the orangutans), visited Gardens by the Bay during the day and then for the light show at night, took bum boat rides in the day and the night, visited Little India, Kampong Glam and Chinatown, saw the Christmas lights along Orchard Rd and had a Singapore Sling at Raffles. Buying a three day pass on the Hop On Hop Off Bus was a worthwhile purchase for us. We also found the MRT (rail system) invaluable.
We spent the day at the zoo starting with breakfast with the orangutans. We fed the white rhinos and the giraffes, watched the elephant show, were enchanted by the meerkats. Then it was off to the River Zoo where a highlight was seeing the pandas. Great day!
Gardens by the Bay
Gardens by the Bay has two huge cooled conservatories – the Flower Dome which houses a changing display of flowers and plants from Mediterranean and semi-arid regions, and the Cloud Forest which houses orchids, pitcher plants and vegetation from topical regions. There is a 35m high indoor waterfall and you can take it all in on the Cloud Walk.
The giant Supertree Grove has tree-like vertical gardens measuring between 25 and 50m. The huge canopies provide shade in the daytime and light up at night. Very impressive.
The Flower Dome
The Cloud Forest
Bum Boats fit about 30 people and you can cruise down the Singapore River and a lovely sightseeing cruise past such sites as the Merlion, Marina Bay Sands, historic hotels
At night you can do the cruise and see everything lit up and for an extra S$13 you can cruise for double the time and take in the spectacular laser light show by Marina Bay Sands. Very worth it.
Chinatown is a large area with shops and eateries everywhere. The main area we liked was around Smith and Pagoda Streets where the market atmosphere was great and where we finally found chicken rice. There were tea shops, chemist shops, souvenirs, hawkers, men playing games and the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple.
Kampong Glam is the Malay area of Singapore. The Masjid Sulton (or Sultan Mosque) with its gold dome is hard to miss. Kampong Glam has heaps of great restaurants, carpet sellers and fashion houses, but you cannot miss going to Haji Lane it’s full of fabulous street art shops and cafes.
Little India’s main street is Serangoon Road but don’t miss the side streets there are some surprises. Shops of every description abound as do temples, food and artists.
Orchard Road Christmas Lights
From mid November until 1 January every year Orchard Road is transformed by a Christmas light display that is stunning.
The Singapore Flyer is 165m high and offers great views of the city and the Marina Bay area.
Singapore Botanical Gardens
The gardens are over 150 years old and is recognised as a World Heritage Site. Here are some of the photos.
Around Town and Raffles
We loved the architecture of Singapore, so much variety. And of course no trip to Singapore would be complete without having a Singapore Sling at Raffles!