If you have been following this blog, you knew that we only had a 2N1D stay in Singapore on our 9 days backpacking because time wasn’t enough. On our last day, Singapore was the only country left unexplored.
Jane, who had been to Singapore twice knew better places than me so I am stoked to be guided by her in this trip!
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We checked out from Amrise Hotel early and headed straight to Changi Airport. There, we had our bags put into the Left Baggage counter and paid for the service for each bag. We did this so we won’t have to bring our (heavy) bags all the way to the places we will be.
Here are 8 places you could go on a day trip to Singapore.
1. Marina Bay Sands (Gardens by the Bay)
- Gardens by the Bay is a nature park with 250 acres of land. The nature park consists of three waterfront gardens: Bay South Garden, Bay East Garden, and Bay Central Garden. You can get a map on the station or you may also check the signs to get to your desired destination inside the garden. People say that this garden is best visited at night, which apparently I wasn’t able to do because flight back home is 6:55 pm.
- From Changi Airport, buy a ticket to Bayfront or Marina Bay station and either interchange from Paya Lebar or Bugis.
2. ArtScience Museum
- This museum is still located in the Marina Bay Sands. When you got out from the gardens, lay your eyes and imaginative senses on ArtScience Museum. The logo is like a lotus flower, hence, you’ll be seeing lots of lotus flowers planted around the museum. The flower is also referred to as “The Welcoming Hand of Singapore”. Ticket depends on what attraction you would like to go to. For ticketing prices, please refer to this link.
3. The Float at Marina Bay
- It is also known as Marina Bay Floating Platform and this the world’s largest floating stage. The floating stadium will be a venue for events on the waters of Marina Bay for five years from 2007. These events may include sports, concerts, exhibitions, and the arts and cultural performances. By the time we were there, the event was for the Chinese New Year. You can walk from the ArtScience Museum to The Float.
4. Merlion Park
- One of the famous landmarks in Singapore. A definitely must-visit area for tourists alike. The Merlion is a mythical creature with a lion’s head (Lion) and the body of a fish (Mermaid/Merman) that is widely used as a mascot and national personification of Singapore.
5. Esplanade Park
- The Esplanade Park is one of the oldest parks in Singapore. Many historical landmarks are located in this area but we didn’t spend so much time here.
- Having the lack of time to explore all of Sentosa, we were here for roughly 4-5 hours only. If you have limited time like we had, it would be better to get the Sentosa Day Pass (S$8 each).
- Once you have your day pass ticket, hop on the Sentosa Monorail and alight at the last station – Sentosa Waterfront station where the (artificial) beaches (Palawan Beach, Tanjung Beach, and Siloso Beach) are located.
- You can buy tickets later on at the booth located just outside of every attraction.
- From the Sentosa Waterfront, you can walk to Imbiah Lookout. This is one of the busiest stations in Sentosa as many attractions can be seen in here. Madame Tussauds, Sentosa Merlion, Sky Tower and much more are in this area of Sentosa.
- From Esplanade, buy a ticket to Harbour Front and interchange from Dauby Ghaut station.
7. Universal Studios Singapore
- A theme park located inside Sentosa. I have been to Universal Studios Japan and I must say I have truly enjoyed my experience there. Universal Studios Singapore is a 20 hectares land with a total of 24 (and counting) different attractions.
- The park features the world’s tallest pair of dueling roller coasters that are based on the popular television series, Battlestar Galactica; a castle from the world of Shrek and Monster Rock, a live musical show featuring the Universal Monsters.
- Themed zone includes Hollywood, New York City, Sci-Fi City, Ancient Egypt, The Lost World, Far Far Away – The Land of Shrek, and Madagascar. We spent so little time here. We will surely be back on this park!
8. Bugis Street Market
- You know what it means! Shopping!
- We all know that the prices in Singapore aren’t low. But in Bugis Street Market, you’ll find plenty of goods at a relatively low price (lower than their supermarket). Some items include t-shirts (4 x S$10), Cadbury chocolates (4 x S$10), Swiss Miss chocolate drink (4 boxes x S$10), key chains (26 x S$10), Perfumes (3 x S$10), Toblerone (6x S$10), and few other more items. We spent the last hour here before we checked in at the Changi airport.
- From Harbour Front, buy a ticket to Bugis station and interchange from Little India.
Remember to always pack light and don’t forget to bring umbrella or towels as you will be walking mostly on landmarks that are not so distant with one another. You can buy a bottle of water or a canned soft drink for only S$1 from the street vendors. That’s the cheapest we could find here.
What could you recommend next time?