As I’ve mentioned before on the blog, Corey and I took a weekend trip to Singapore before we headed to Bali for a month. It was a much-needed break from the guest houses that we frequented in Vietnam; we were excited to have a weekend in a place where we could easily and quickly acclimate without the language being a barrier.
However, as we stepped off our last plane from Saigon and arrived in Singapore, and waited for what seemed like hours for our baggage, we were in desperate need of something to eat. And, after two pizzas and two drinks for an expensive $98 USD at California Pizza Kitchen, we immediately dismissed the idea of traveling ANYWHERE around the city to see or do anything; we’d rather spend our money in Indonesia where our dollar would stretch further.
Though we had a great time in our hotel spending as little money as possible, I regret not exploring Singapore the way we should have. So if I were to do it again, I’d probably do the following things (many of which are recommendations from my friend Kristen) on what to see, eat, and do in “The Lion City.”
Image via Trover.com via Ally Moon.
Go to Chinatown
Aside from the fact that Kristen said I must go to a hawker center when I’m there (it’s basically a mini-mall of food stalls with tons of meal options to choose from), I could kill two birds with one stone by going to Chinatown. It has its own hawker center, which is actually the biggest one in Singapore, and offers themed walking tours, shopping, lion dance performances and much more. I could easily see myself spending the better part of an afternoon here, much like I did in San Francisco’s Chinatown with my friends.
Explore a Different Neighborhood
Though there’s comfort in staying in the same place when you’re visiting a relatively new city, there’s something mysterious and exciting about choosing a different area to stay in. Luckily, there are no shortage of options when it comes to hotels in Singapore: for instance, there are plenty of Holiday Inn options, and there’s even an Intercontinental Hotel should I want to stay near Chinatown. Explore the various neighborhoods and stay at a Singapore hotel near Chinatown, Little India, or Kampong Glam.
Go See the Botanical Gardens
I heard that the plants and foliage at the Singapore Botanic Gardens were gorgeous. If the sunflower garden at Changi Airport is any indication of how pretty the flowers could be, I am in luck for some great scenery in the city. I also heard the Marina Bay is something to see in Singapore, too. From the pictures that I’ve seen of it at night, it looks like a dream!
Spend Hours in the Airport
Corey and I tried to plan ahead to do this before we went back to Chiang Mai, but it didn’t quite work out that way. The Singapore airport has been consistently ranked as one of the best airports in the world, and after visiting it, I understand why. The airport has two movie theaters, multiple restaurants, gyms, shops, free Wi-Fi (everywhere!) and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. There’s also a gaming zone, gyms, a spa, a swimming pool and other amenities that make this airport pretty rad. I would love to go back again and just get lost (and watch a movie or two while I’m at it).
What would you recommend I see if I were to head to Singapore again?