Singapore was an unexpected wonder. Find out about the amazing things you can do here.
Singapore is like entering the secret garden set in a futuristic, mega city. Filled with tree lined streets, pristine gardens abundant with colourful flowers, the biggest indoor waterfall in the world, river safaris and wildlife. This is the land where nature meets technology to create some of the most spectacular sights you can ever imagine.
Our two days in Singapore was short but just enough to see some of the most unforgettable sights.
Cloud Forest – Gardens by the Bay
We started our first day at Gardens by the Bay, there’s so much to see here, the cloud forest, flower dome, the supertrees and great views of the city along the river.
Entering the cloud forest was unbelievable, it’s a magical concoction of the world’s most beautiful plants set on a huge 35 meter artificial mountain with an incredible waterfall cascading down. Inside its cool and the air is crisp and refreshing, it’s so easy to lose yourself here and forget you’re inside a giant conservatory.
I loved standing by the waterfall and just listening to the sound of the water crashing down, it comes down from different levels and it’s loud!
From here we took a lift up to the top floor and walked down, spiralling around the mountain along the bridge. There are so many exotic plants, flowers and shrubs covering the entire mountain, it’s unbelievably beautiful, the colours are do dense and vibrant. As we walked along we even saw couples taking wedding pictures around the site.
Just before you exit this wonderful creation you are reminded that everything you see is on the verge of being destroyed by global warming and the impact that we are having on this earth. In the film room a short documentary looks 100 years ahead and paints a very bleak picture of what could be if we don’t change our ways now. It’s pretty depressing but ends with a hopeful message that we can all make a difference. Here’s a brilliant documentary about climate change if you want to find out more, Before the Flood.
Supertree Grove Light Show
The spectacle of these super trees is something out of this world. The inter mingling of plants with metal and technology has got to be one of the most creative and beautiful inventions I have ever seen. These tree like canopy’s have multiple functions, in the day to provide shade from the hot, burning sun and at night they come alive with light and sound to give one of the most magnificent light shows I have ever seen.
Being amongst the towering super trees, with the bright colourful lights, was like walking through the glowing forest in Avatar. The lights dance and change colours to the music and the atmosphere is amazing, buzzing with people taking videos and children playing.
It’s an incredible place to get a view of this mega city, overlooking the river and the Marina Bay Sands in the background, there really is no better city view.
There are two shows every evening, at 7:45pm and 8:45pm for 15 minutes and can you believe it’s completely free!
Marina Bay Sands
When you think of Singapore, this is possibly the first image that comes to mind. The three, giant, curved towers that are said to be inspired by decks of playing cards and a skypark at the top which connects the three buildings. Marina Bay Sands is home to a luxury hotel, casino, mall, theatres, infinity pool and if you really want to splash the cash, a restaurant which serves a $2 million meal complete with diamonds and helicopter ride over the city. No wonder it’s one of the most expensive cities in the world.
From afar this mammoth building looks modern and futuristic but as you get closer it’s actually quite daunting. The towers are huge and overpowering, almost imposing and when you’re under it, it’s almost as if you’re headed into a shiny spaceship.
The best time to see Marina Bay Sands is definitely at night, with the bright lights, the river and the Singapore flyer all in view.
Satay by the Bay
We stopped here for a quick dinner before the light show. There’s lots of choice but you can’t come here and not try the satay, it’s delicious. We got chicken and lamb skewers with the most amazing, sweet and nutty satay sauce.
There’s also great sea food, BBQ, noodles and halal food options too.
The food stalls are open from 11am – 10pm.
Botanic Gardens and the National Orchid Garden
Our second day was spend exploring the Botanic Gardens and the most special of all, the National Orchid Garden which is absolutely magical. Walking through these luscious green gardens with beautiful lakes, hearing only the sound of birds and passers-by it’s hard to believe you’re in the heart of a city.
On our way to the orchid gardens we stopped off by the lake to cool down and take in the beauty of the surroundings. It’s so peaceful and quiet.
The National Orchid Garden was my favourite, the pristine garden is rich with over 1,000 species and 2,000 hybrids of colourful orchids from all over the world. In total there are over 60,000 plants and orchids. Walking through the gardens is just enchanting but it did get tough in the heat of the day, so we made plenty of stops in the ‘cool zones’ to seek some shade and take in the beauty of the surroundings.
These golden, leafy arches were my favourite part of the gardens, it’s like a gateway to a magical place.
Michelin starred street food –Hong Kong Soy Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle Restaurant
We heard about this famous Michelin starred hawker place last year, which is the first street food vendor to get such an accolade and what an achievement! Walking down China Town we were getting ready to queue for hours to sample some of the best food in Singapore, but sadly it was not meant to be. It was closed, on a Wednesday. We were so gutted, who would have thought they take a day off mid-week? This has got to be everyone’s itinerary, where else can you say you had Michelin stared food for under $2!
- Budget: – Singapore is very expensive, particularly by South East Asian Standards, so be mindful of this when you budget for your trip.
- Transport: – Use the metro – great system, clean, fast and affordable. Uber can get very expensive, even for short distances.
- Food: – Hawker places are great affordable cheap eats, Satay by the Bay had the best satay I’ve ever had. China Town is also a great place to eat.
- When to go: –
- Supertree Grove Light show: The cloud forest, flower dome, Supertree grove and the Marina Bay Sands are all in the same area, so it’s good idea to go in the afternoon and head to the Cloud Forest and Flower Dome first, then pop to satay by the bay for some yummy hawker food before catching the light show at either 7:45pm or 8:45pm.
- Botanic Gardens and the Orchid Garden: The National Orchid Garden is within the Botanic Gardens, but it’s a separate space and only $5 (adults) to enter. Exploring the both gardens will easily take up a whole afternoon, early morning or late afternoon is a good time to go to avoid the blazing heat.