3 days Singapore Travel Guide
- 3 days Singapore Travel Guide
- Day 1
- Sentosa Island
- Flower Dome
- Cloud Forest
- Sky Walk and Light Show at the Gardens by the Bay
- Magic of Spectra
- Day 2
- The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple
- China town and Hawker Stalls
- Little India
- More exploring
- Fort Canning Park
- Clarke Quay
- Day 3
- Art Science Museum
- Central Perk Cafe
- What I used to take these photos:
- Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II Digital Camera
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- GoPro HERO4 Silver
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- SanDisk 64 GB Memory Cards
- All-in-One Memory Card Reader
AccommodationI stayed at the Furama City Centre and Furama Riverfront. You can read the full review here.
TransportationOut of 3 days Singapore tours, Day 1 and 2 I used the 48 hours hop on and hop off bus pass from Isango Travels. It helped me cover most of Singapore must-see in a timely fashion. Under Singapore hop on and hop off, they have 6 bus lines that you can choose from Red, Green, Blue, Yellow, Brown and Safari lines. Each line goes to different areas in Singapore, stopping in various locations. So, you have the choice to hop off at any stops and hop back on the bus at the exact same spot they dropped you off. It made my trip efficient, and fun. Note: I walked to my last stop and hotel on Day 1 as it was in the walking distance. On day 2, for the light show on the gardens by the bay and magic of Spectra, I used Singapore MRT as the hop on and hop off bus time didn’t match. On Day 3, I used Grab and walk around on foot to explore more before heading to the Airport. Below is the detailed travel guide to all of the places I went on my 3 days to Singapore.
Sentosa IslandAfter breakfast it was 10 am ish and I decided to go see my first sight in Singapore. It was Sentosa Island. All I had to do was, get to Suntec City which is the main hub for all the hop on hop off bus lines (I took the MRT as I didn’t know at the time but there is a 1 free pickup to here from the hotels). Sentosa Island is a manmade small island to the South of Singapore. There are loads of things to do here and you could spend the whole day doing different activities. It is created as a huge amusement park that includes all entertainment options imaginable, from beaches to parks to hotels, resorts and various amusements. I spent a few hours here, although I did not go inside the Universal studios or the rides, I enjoyed walking around and exploring that lead me to the Trick Eye Museum. It looked interesting with the AR intelligence, so I went in. It was okay and not something I would do it again. Having said that, it wasn’t only for kids as inside the museum, there were people of all age enjoying it. As a solo traveller myself, I travel with my tripod for photographs. But in the trick eye museum, it would have been easier to travel with somebody to take all the AR videos and photos. I was lucky though as one of the museum staff showed me around and helped me with the photos. I was done in 60 minutes here and I still had half a day left so, I hopped back on the bus to explore more of Singapore.
Flower DomeMy Isango bus travel pass included the entrance ticket to Flower Dome and Cloud Forest too. So, I decided to check them out after Sentosa Island. The bus stop is 2 mins away from the dome. I walked past the Mcdonalds and some cafes. It was a hot day and I was delighted to be inside the air condition flower dome! Also pleasant to see they had the sunflower theme going on. It was a beautiful sight to see but was a little disappointed to see nothing inside the castle! Anyway, it was a lovely feeling to be surrounded by so many flowers! Flower dome boasts different types of gardens from different continents and glad they had nameplates for all the plants! The best thing about it? It was cooler temperature inside than the humid and hot temperature outside. Great place to escape Singapore heat! Bear in mind, the flowers will change every season.
Cloud ForestNext to flower dome is Cloud Forest. I had heard a lot about it and was delighted to see it first hand! The first amazing moment happened as I entered through the entrance to be greeted by the biggest artificial indoor waterfall in the world! After taking pictures of that I moved on to the “canopy” walk. Not only can I see various flora and fauna, but it also provides a beautiful view of Singapore landscape from afar. I kept going up and at the top is a gorgeous little garden! I wasn’t expecting that and found it to be cool! One must see here is the educational section near the bottom. I found the big screen awareness video presentation on global warming was one of the best explanations I have come across. It is an eye opener and very educational about Global warming and Earth issues. I got to understand how human activity impacts the environment and what we can do to save the environment. The cloud forest was both magical and informative. This one I highly recommend to visit. After this, I went back to my hotel to cool off, and shower as I wanted to come back into town for the magical light show.
Sky Walk and Light Show at the Gardens by the BayI paid $8 for the Skywalk at the Gardens by the Bay and it was worth it. But then I have always loved views from the high above the ground. It was a special feeling to be surrounded by super grove trees and was expecting to watch some of the light show from here but the staffs were shouting to keep moving, and that no one is allowed to just hang in there creating traffic which is understandable. So, guys, you have to time it right to be able to see the light show from the skywalk but I did catch the above sunsets in time and I’m happy with that. Also, I later found out the best place to watch the light show is from the ground because there are some lights that go through under the skywalk too. It was magical to see all those huge trees light up and with the music they have on, it felt like they were dancing! It was super cool to witness this and amazing to think about the great minds behind this. The light show is free to public and it runs at 7:45 pm every night.
Magic of SpectraI was planning to make it to the magic of Spectra at 8 pm but I enjoyed the light show at the Gardens by the Bay so much, I watched it till the very end. As soon as it ended, it started raining! So, I got stuck in the gardens for a bit. I eventually made it to the Events Plaza at 8:30 pm because I also got lost in the dark for a bit! Later I found out there is a bridge you can cross to get to Events Plaza where the magic of Spectra runs. I had half an hour to wait for it to start. So, I decided to check out a restaurant called Bazin at the promenade. It so happens the assistant Manager turned out to be Nepali! It is nice to meet people from the same background, it makes me happy we are somehow connected. Bazin had great customer service and the food was tasty too. I ordered wagyu beef sliders and mint cocktail. I could watch the magic of Spectra from my table but I wanted a closer look. So, I went where the action was. The magic of Spectra is also a free-to-public outdoor light and water show displayed over the water at the Event Plaza along the promenade. It wasn’t expecting much from it but was very impressed with the quality of music, powerful lasers lights and visual projectors. It was telling a story in a different way I never thought possible! I highly recommend this show as well. You can see it every night ie Sun – Thursday 8 and 9 pm and Fri and sat 8,9 and 10 pm.
The Buddha Tooth Relic TempleI was excited to start my second day in Singapore with nearby sights. From my hotel, the Buddha Tooth Relic and China Town were in the walking distance. So, I went there first. It is a pretty four-story temple and the most interesting part was the solid gold two-metre stupa on the fourth floor which is the place where the sacred relic is kept. There is also a rooftop (you know I love the views from the top) but it wasn’t an open rooftop so no views but there was a pagoda that had a large prayer wheel and a little garden. The third floor has a museum and the tea house on the second floor. The temple offers a free English-language tour every Tuesday and Thursday if you are interested, call them to book in advance. O and avoid off-the-shoulder T-shirts, shorts and mini-skirts. I had to wear one of their long wrap skirts as I was wearing shorts.
China town and Hawker StallsNext block to the temple, was the famous Chinatown food streets, museum, shopping, and markets. It reminded me of Chinatown in Sydney! Colourful with paper lanterns and crowds. Chinatown is a great place to visit to learn about Chinese history in Singapore. There is a lot of great local restaurant and the food at the hawker stands are a must for foodies. Don’t miss Hawker Chan, the cheapest Michelin Star restaurant and Satays at the Lau Pa Sat. If you are into buying souvenirs, Chinatown is a must visit but make sure to bargain for the price. After this, I headed to the bus stop to explore Little India.
Little IndiaAs soon as I got off the bus, it felt like Little India had way more people than Chinatown or maybe it was just that time of the day! There are some temples and Mosque you can visit here which I didn’t but I really enjoyed walking and exploring through the Indian Market there. They were preparing for the Indian Dewali festival and markets were full of colourful things from flowers, clothes to jewellery and household things. The whole vibe in this small place was like being in India for a little while. If you fancy eating Indian food in Singapore, this is a place to try it out.
More exploringThe first day I didn’t have to wait very long for the bus at the stops but in Little India, I was waiting for 30 minutes. However, I liked that the hop on hop off buses came with the earphones that you can plug in and it tells you interesting facts and information about the places you pass. Above are some pictures from the brown line. I was considering getting off the Haji lane but was enjoying the bus ride too much, I decided not to.
Fort Canning ParkI went back to the main bus hub at Suntec Plaza and changed to yellow line to go to Fort Canning Park. It is a park with history. It sits at the hilltop, so wearing flats or sports shoe is a good idea. Still carrying my tripod and going uphill I was getting sweaty but was so glad to be surrounded with trees and the cool breeze. During the colonial days, this park was made Headquarters of the Far East Command Centre and British Army Barracks. The decision to surrender to the Japanese in 1942 was also made on the hill. Having said that, the park is now modernised with pathways for joggers, runners, cyclists and recreational purposes. Even though it is right in the centre of the city, it feels like miles away from the hustle and bustle of city life. It was somewhat strange to get off the bus 1 minute and next to be walking around with all the greenery and seeing the backdrop of skyscrapers on one side, the riverside/quays on another, and yet a serene view of a church just down the hill. It seems to be a favourite spot for couples too as I saw some of them strolling along hand in hand. I did a walking loop and towards the end of the park, I saw the ROM (Registry of Marriages) and a couple taking their first married photo. So cute! There’s also a guided tour to the old battleground, walking through the bunkers used during the defence of Singapore. If you want to go to 1 park in Singapore, this should be it.
Clarke QuayAfter ending my walking loop, I was at the beginning of Clarke Quay. It is a riverside shopping area full of restaurants, cafes, nightclubs, live bands and bars. It took a few minutes to adjust myself from the quietness of fort canning park to the hustle and bustle of the Quay. So, I chose to do another walk by the riverside and I could see the place was just starting to come out alive. If you go during the night, you can witness all the Quay buzz. The buildings at the Quay were colourful and riverboat dining was also an option here.
Art Science MuseumOn my third day in Singapore, I stayed in bed till late and ordered room service. Last 2 days had been hectic so, I wanted to take it little easy today. By the time I finished breakfast and enjoyed some pool time it was 11 am. Time to check out but I still had time to squeeze in 2 more places before my flight. So, I ordered a taxi from Grab and I was at the Art Science Museum in 10 minutes. I enjoy going to the museum even back in Sydney and this was a delight too. They had multiple exhibitions but all three were in their own way really worthwhile visiting. I liked the permanent exhibits, Future World. Lots of beautiful digital displays like the flowers and waterfall and the led room looked super cool as well. Combination of art and science appeared even outside the museum, i. e Helix Bridge (which inspired from double helix of DNA) or big concave-convex mirror at the front of the museum. It is an Impressive museum sitting at a convenient location. Also, the flower-like building on its own is a marvel inside and out.
Central Perk CafeIt was almost time to go airport but wanted to try out a special cafe before heading back to the hotel. It is called Central Perk Cafe, designed with the TV series “Friends” in mind. I loved watching that show so, with my FREE handy phone from the Furama Hotel, I quickly googled where the Central Perk Cafe was and it was only 10 mins walking from Clarke Quay. It was a nice quiet walk and as soon as I walked in, I was greeted with a smiley staff. It felt like I was walking right into the actual set where they filmed it! Luckily the iconic yellow/orangeish couch was empty so, it was all mine! I ordered Phoebe Buffay lightly roasted Hot Latte, and Joey’s chicken wings. It is little on the pricey side but is reasonable because it is the only Warner brother licenced cafe outside of the US. The wings were okay but the sauce that came with it was super good and the coffee was good too. There you have it my 3 days travel guide to Singapore. Hope you enjoy reading it. Let me know in the comments what you think of it and if I should add anything else in my next trip.
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