Going for holidays in Singapore is one of the most rewarding decisions that you can ever make. This is because Singapore is dotted with hundreds of sights and sounds that will sure complete your holidays and make it a memorable experience. My boyfriend and I recently traveled to Singapore and we are still drooling over the entire experience. From the amazing views of the city to the street markets, cultural experiences with Asia, the food stalls, the shopping experience and fine dining, we totally had a blast would not doing it all over again.
We had made prior arrangement to stay at the InterContinental Singapore we got value for our money. The hotel’s front desk staff helped us to check in to our room that had a super comfortable bed. The bathroom was not only big but also nice to perfectly compliment the spacious room. In addition, we had access to various amenities like the swimming pool, room service, free parking, free breakfast and the business centre that made our stay quite interesting. The high tea that is served alongside the nice sandwiches and sweets was quite a treat.
One of the places that we could not resist going to while on holidays in Singapore is the Singapore Flyer that is also the world’s largest observation wheel. The 360-degree panoramic views of Singapore were amazing as it captures the magnificent marina bay to the beautiful islands of Indonesia and Malaysia. While here, we were truly able to not only feel but also see the vibrancy of the colorful and beautiful city. We also took a 30-minute ride on this flyer as well as a tour of the various lifestyle concept and specialty shops that are tucked here. This experience was worth every minute of our time and money as we had parted with an admission fee that granted us access. Another exciting activity that we enjoyed during our holidays in Singapore is the Bumboat River tour. Boarding one of the iconic bumboats that is retrofitted with engines that do not generate any harmful emissions and sailing to the unforgettable skyline as we were taken through the history of the river was quite interesting. ‘
We also took some time to tour the Asian Civilizations museum that has a collection interesting pieces of history. A tour of this museum will give you an opportunity to trace the cultural roots of the population of Singapore that is diverse through the interactive displays that adequately capture the Chinese snuffbox as well as the ninth century Buddha. Various virtual hosts will greet you whenever you get to the various themed exhibits drawn from the people of West Asia, South West Asia, China and South Asia that add life to the entire experience. The museum shop is fantastic even though we did not buy anything there. Admission to this museum requires that you pay a fee of… that is absolutely worth the experience.
The Courtyard at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore is also a great attraction that you must not miss because it was formerly a post office, a fort and exchange. This courtyard is considered a landmark on the river whose story is documented in detail at the Heritage Gallery at the hotel. We enjoyed a cup of delicious high tea here before leaving to Marina bay that is also Singapore’s waterfront centrepiece. This bay boasts of some of the finest hotels, celebrity chefs, casinos, luxury shopping as well as highest outdoor pool in the world that mainly attracts visitors. Thus, it is among the must visit attractions especially if you are visiting Singapore for the first time.
We could not miss on Singapore’s Chinatown that offered us a fascinating peek into the rich Chinese history and culture in Singapore. There are a number of museums that display Chinese heritage but the most exciting bit for us was the shopping and sampling the wide variety of the Chinese food options. In fact, this is the best place to sample some of the Chinese delicacies that will leave your taste buds yearning for more and of course, satisfaction is guaranteed.
Our visit to the Sri Mariamman Temple was another great experience because this is Singapore’s oldest Hindu temple. I would recommend that you too visit this temple regardless of your religious faith as it has a very colorful interior. Moreover, you are not required to pay an admission fee to access it even though you are required to make a donation in order to take photographs. A similar attraction that is also worth visiting is the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum that is a landmark in Chinatown and is constantly receiving worshippers and tourists. A visit to this temple is quite rewarding for those people who are not familiar with Buddhism because you will learn a lot through the educational exhibits as well as the Buddhist artifacts that are combined with guided tours. It is simply amazing.
The Singapore Botanic Gardens is another place that should not miss on your itinerary of holidays in Singapore especially of you are in the company of someone or even a group because it is a great place to go on a picnic. Although we did not go on a picnic, we spend an entire afternoon at this serene and lovely garden while savoring some tasty sandwiches and fresh juice. The beautiful lakes, plants, animals and flowers create a refreshing environment that is relaxing.
Another exiting experience was the Night Safari that I also recommend to you because we were able to see nocturnal creatures go about their usual business with the aid of some special lighting. Although I was a little scared, we took one of the walking trails before going to the Creatures of the Night show that was so much fun as it combined a fire dance and a various dining options as well as a fish spa that is very amazing.
You will also do well to visit Little India that bring all your five senses into action. We began by going to the Tekka Centre that is a traditional wet market as well as food court where you will find a variety of seafood, fresh meat, fruits and vegetables as well as dry goods. We then cruised to Serangoon Road that has more and more groceries, teahouses, tailors and restaurants. Our love for tea did not allow us to leave without taking a cup that turned out be the best we had taken in our entire time in Singapore. We also made a few purchases of spices because we both love spicy foods. Also not to be missed is Arab Street where you can bargain the prices of perfume, textiles and other commodities before making your purchases. While here, we opted for some traditional Muslim food offerings that did not disappoint.
We also took a walk on Orchard road that is lined with trees on one side as well as shopping malls and hotels on the other side. Here we got into one shopping mall after the other as we went on a shopping spree for some high street fashion items. We concluded our walk down this road by having a hearty English meal at one of the restaurants whose name I cannot remember before heading to our hotel. On our last evening in Singapore, we went to the Long Bar that is located at Raffles Hotel. Our main intention was to taste Singapore’s signature drink that lived up to our expectations. There are numerous other entertainment spots that are abuzz with activity every day but we did not spend our evenings out. By the time our holidays in Singapore came to an end, we had truly had a blast and this whole experience is something you too need to try.