Its been a long time but I’ve finally made up my post about Singapore 🙂
One of my closest friend lives there and she was asking me to visit her since years. As I’m working this summer I could afford the travel to go.
I went to Paris to take the plane to Singapore via AirFrance 😉 13h of flight what a long time ahah but I was mostly sleepping, it was a night flight to go and to come back. She came to grab me at the airport, the airport is huge !!! Changi Airport is ranked the world’s best airport in 2017 and I can tell you that it’s true. It is so clean and well decorated.
I’m gonna share with you 10 things to see or do in Singapore
But first let me introduce Singapore
- Singapore is a sovereign city-state in Southeast Asia. Singapore’s territory consists of one main island along with 62 other islets. Stamford Raffles founded colonial Singapore in 1819 as a trading post of the East India Company. The islands were ceded to Britain and became a sovereign nation in 1965.
Singapore is a global commerce, finance and transport hub. Its standings include: the most “technology-ready” nation, second-most competitive country, third-largest foreign exchange market, third-largest financial centre, third-largest oil refining and trading centre, and the second-busiest container port.
Singapore ranks 5th on the UN Human Development Index and the 3rd highest GDP per capita. It is ranked highly in education, healthcare, life expectancy, quality of life, personal safety, and housing. There are four official languages: English (common and first language), Malay, Mandarin, Tamil.
I stayed in 2 different AirBnB because my stay in Singapore was divided in 2 as we were going to Langkawi in between. The first Airbnb was so so, not really clean but in the same building as my friend so very practical. But the second one was very good,it was a condo near my friend’s place and there was a pool 🙂
The one thing that shocked me directly is the heat. The heat in Singapore is very strong, with humidity it’s awful. You go outside and you’re sweating like hell doing nothing ahah. On the insides of buildings there are AC everywhere, even sometimes it’s freezing. Like in the MRT (metro) you’re freezing and outside it’s like 40°C degrees. I wasnt used to sleep with AC, I got sore throat during 3 days and after it was ok. But you really need AC because the temperature don’t low in the night time.
1) Garden by the bay
Gardens by the Bay is a nature park spanning 101 hectares land in central Singapore, adjacent to the Marina Reservoir. The futuristic structure that you can see is called the Supertree Grove, they are vertical gardens that perform a multitude of functions, which include planting, shading and working as environmental engines for the gardens.
2) Haji lane and Arab street
We stopped by an IceCream shop on Haji Lane called Hokkaido Ice Cream Puff.
The price for one is $3.90. I tasted the special limited flavour – Raspberry Ripple ❤
It was delicious, moreover with that heat. Use the spoon provided and slowly scoop the ice cream. Once it is half full, gentle flatten both side of Choux together. Eat it like an ice cream burger
We went to one of the oldest area of Singapore. There are no skyscrapers or whatever but little houses, colonial style. Haji lane is one of the coolest street known for being the hipster area. And Arab street is known for its mosque at the end, the Sultan Mosque.
3) Little India
Little India is distinct from the Chulia Kampong area, which, under the Raffles Plan of Singapore, was originally a division of colonial Singapore where ethnic Indian immigrants would reside under the British policy of ethnic segregation. It is now one of the most famous area of Singapore and you can shop for cheap there 🙂 .
It may not be the cleanest area of Singapore but definitely one of my fav ! There is so much autheticity and colorful buildings. There is also a famous shopping center Mustafa where you can find almost everything for cheap ! I bought so much food in there, like green KitKat or the pink one, etc.
Chinatown is a subzone and ethnic enclave located within the Outram district in the Central Area of Singapore. Featuring distinctly Chinese cultural elements, Chinatown has had a historically concentrated ethnic Chinese population. In this area you can find a lot of shops and tourist trap 😀 . I bought a jade bracelet for my mom because the one in the downtown is so expensive !! You can also find chinese stuff like coins or lucky charm.
There is also a buddhist temple which you can visit but not for free, I was very impressed because I never saw a temple of that kind of architecture, the roof and colors, I loved it !!
5) Eat (real) Chinese food
My friend brought me to a typical restaurant in Geylang district. But you can find that kind of restaurant in other places. It is a Hong Kong style restaurant, the main room was in the back and it is small. But the atmosphere is very good and the food was delicious ❤ We ordered so much because it is so cheap, we couldn’t finish everything ahah. But you can take away the rest of your food.
6) Clarke Quay
Clarke Quay is the main area if you want to go out for diner or for drinks. There is almost only restaurants and bars for every taste. We didn’t went out during my stay but if we would have we would have gone there. But my friend told me that alcohol in SG is very expensive due to very high taxes.
7) Singapore downtown
The downtown is the main area of Singapore and one of the most known. You can find there touristic things like the Merlion which is the symbol of SG. You can also find the Marina Bay and the very famous hotel, Marina Bay Sand, with the infinite pool on the top. The area is surrounded by skyscrapers and luxury hotels. But there is also little places where you can eat for not that expensive. You have also the elix bridge and if you are into luxury there is the Louis Vuitton “island” near the luxury shopping center or the Marina Bay Sand.
8) The ArtScience museum
The ArtScience museum is located next to the MBS hotel. I’ve known this place thanks to DoYouTravel’s IG, where I saw one of his pictures there. I found this place really interesting and different from other museum. We only went to the Future World exhibit, the entrance is like 18 dollars or something but it’s worth the price, there is a lot of interactive stuff. I definitely recommend visit this exhibit.
9) Sentosa Island
We went to Sentosa island. Sentosa is a popular island resort in Singapore, visited by some twenty million people a year. Attractions include a 2 km of beaches, golf courses, the Merlion, hotels, and the Resorts World Sentosa, featuring the theme park Universal Studios Singapore.
We didn’t go to Universal park because it was very hot that day ! We went to a well know beach club called Tanjong Beach Club , lot of expat there but the place is really great with a pool. We also went to Palawan beach with the bridge you saw on the photos. I mean the place is very nice but it is not comparable to Langkawi beaches 😉 .
10) Take a drink at 1-Altitude
It was my last evening, we went to a rooftop bar called 1-Altitude, on the top of one of the highest tower of SG. There prices are expensive but it worth the view !!! The best time to go is at the sunset but when we went it was kinda cloudy. Anyway the view was amazing, so high you can see the city lights at night, I really liked it. Couldn’t ask for a better end to that trip.
Well this is the end of the post. I hope you guys liked it as much as I loved it. It was my first long distance travel, never been so far from France. I really love this trip and seeing my friend ❤ you can even check her IG here to see more photos 🙂
I hope to come back again but normally I’m back in February. So I’ll have new posts and photos to share 🙂