Singapore is the only island city-state in the world and dubbed as the Lion City in Southeastern Asia.
If you’re planning for a short holiday or getaway and a two hour flight away from the Philippines, then look no further. Aside from its accessibility, Singapore is also a convenient land in crossing Malaysia; It’s like hitting two birds with one stone.
While most Asian countries are famous for its natural beauty, breathtaking mountain range, majestic waterfalls, and crystal like beaches. Uniquely, Singapore offers a different menu and experience.
This city-state is famous for its urban skyscrapers, shopping centers, diverse food, and multicultural community.
Expensive? Well, it’s a first world country so expect that you’ll have a bit of spending, however, knowing when to go, and where to go? — You’ll be surprised by the amount of money you can save.
First time to visit?
Here’s the list of sights you shouldn’t miss while in Singapore:
- Universal Studios – Kids and young at heart will definitely enjoy this attraction. Experience the thrill of cutting edge rides and movie shows you only see in the comfort of your home.
- Merlion Park – Singapore’s iconic landmark and major tourist attraction. Enjoy the stunning view of Marina Bay Sands and Esplanade in the background.
- Gardens by the Bay – Experience an urban oasis in the midst of the bustling city. This is one project to turn Singapore from “Garden City” to a “City in a garden”.
- Marina Bay -Take a walk in Marina bay and be awed at Singapore’s skyscrapers and amazing architectures. While you’re up to it, explore Marina Bay Sands, The Helix Bridge, Singapore Flyer, and The Esplanade.
- Singapore Zoo – Explore the world’s best rain-forest zoo and see over 2, 800 animals. If you wish to see giant pandas, head on to River Safari.
- Little India and China Town – Experience the diverse culture and multi-racial Singapore.
- 1 Altitude Gallery – The world’s highest Al-fresco bar. Stands at a peak of 282 meters and get the best view of the city.
- Resorts World Sentosa – Lots of adventures awaits you at Sentosa. Spend one exciting day on rides and themed attractions; Meet the pink dolphins at underwater world or try indoor skydiving at iFly Singapore and more!
- Singapore Flyer – You want the best view of Singapore’s skyline? try riding the giant Ferris wheel.
- Esplanade Theatres on the Bay rooftop – Albeit it’s lower than other buildings at 4-story high, this is completely free and it has an unblocked view of the bay.
- Singapore Gems & Metals – Be mesmerized by the artistic gemstones artifacts, status, jewelry, and pictures.
Best time to visit:
I would say July – September; it’s the festive season as well as the Great Singapore Sale and the Singapore Food Festival take place. We visited on the first week of August and while strolling at Marina Bay, we got the chance to play and get free snacks. 🙂 Cool!
Tip: Most Museums are free admission on Holidays.
Clothes to wear
Singapore is a tropical country; it’s hot with abundant rainfall and high humidity all year round. February is the hottest month, coldest is January and wettest is December. However, to match the heat, shopping malls and other establishments usually turned their air-conditioning to wintry so try wearing a scarf if you’re up to malling. For outside activities, shorts and summer dresses are appropriate.
We are all aware that rooms and hotels in Singapore are relatively expensive. How can you save? For 2 or more people, try out AirbnB and you can get as P1,000/night. Furthermore, most locations are pretty accessible to the train and bus stations. This supposed to be our first plan but since it was a sudden trip, the ticket is quite expensive so my best friend booked a package from AsiaTravel.
Singapore’s railway system is the best that I’ve seen so far. It’s convenient, fast, clean, and easy to navigate. You can buy a single ticket for SGD1.70 -2.0o.
FOOD to try:
- Hainanese Chicken Rice – You can find this dish at almost every dining spot.
- Roti- Prata – This is an Indian specialty.
- Laksa – A noodle soup with coconut milk and spice.
Universal Studios Singapore One-day pass : $70 for adult, $50 for child.
Gardens by the Bay : $30 (adult), $17 (Child)