Three days in Singapore
Singapore translates as "Lion City". And really: when you come here for the first time, you are amazed at the power, brevity and eastern wisdom of the city. Skyscrapers and houses of the XIX century, technical progress and respect for traditions, wildlife and landscaped beaches. All this attracts tourists annually. Singapore for each traveler is unique and inimitable.
How to get there?
You can get to the city from the airport using the following options:
- Bus SMRT Buses runs to the center from 07:00 to 22:00.
- The SBS Transit high-speed train runs from 06:00 to 21:00 to all parts of Singapore, except Sentosa Island.
- Metro MRT. It opens at 05:30 and closes at 23:30. You need a Mass Rapid Transit station located between terminals 2 and 3.
- If traveling with large luggage, book a transfer. The driver will help to bring things, perfectly oriented on the road and quickly takes to the hotel. The journey takes less than 20 minutes.
- Taxi. The trip will cost you the most, as there is a special car tax in Singapore.
Most often, tourists book rooms in Orchard Road, Chinatown, Little India, Marina Bay or East Coast.
Shopping lovers prefer Hotel Rendezvous Hotel by Far East Hospitality (9 Bras Basah Road, Bencoolen). Next to it are several streets with boutiques, shopping centers and showrooms that sell clothes and decorations of local designers. The luxurious rooms have everything you need to relax: large double beds, a jacuzzi, exercise equipment and modern technology.
Travelers on a gastronomic tour choose hotels in Chinatown. Around the many cafes with local food, shops with street food and restaurants. We recommend paying attention to the Beds and Dreams Inn (52 Temple Street). Here is clean, neat and modern concisely. A complimentary breakfast is served daily in the kitchen.
In Little India, rooms are cheaper, but there is no need to wait for quality service either. The smell of oils and spices is in the air, musicians play on the streets, and on weekends, right in front of the bars, the verandas in front of the bars turn into dance floors. Santa Grand Hotel Little India Singapore (3 Veerasamy Road) is considered the best hotel in the area. Friendly staff, who speak English, will help you to stay, create an individual route and, if necessary, find a guide.
Business delegations, families with children or just tourists who have planned a cultural program stop at Marina Bay. In the XIX century, the English nobility lived here, after which baroque buildings remained. Within walking distance of the hotel Mandarin Oriental (5 Raffles Avenue, Marina Square) are the National Theater, the Art Museum and the famous Marina Bay Bay. Michelin-starred restaurants are also nearby.
Luxury Tent Posh and Spacious Tent near Beach (East Coast Park Service Road) is located in a quiet and green area of East Coast. Many palms and shrubs grow around. In the park area you can have picnics, and then swim in the South China Sea. Before him go 10-15 minutes. The main difference between this hotel and the rest is that it stands right on the first line of the beach.
Where to go?
On the first day, visit the famous Bay Gardens, which are located on the Marina Bay waterfront. This is a huge green complex, where there are two greenhouses Dome 1 and Dome 2, giant trees “Supertree Grove", lake “Cloud forest” and a special playroom for children. Tourists spend most of the day there, as the park covers more than 100 hectares. You can order an individual excursion and go to the laboratory, where they create new types of plants.
Rent a car to go to China Town after the garden, a cozy ethnic quarter. There were built houses typical for China: white clay, sand and a tiled roof. Everywhere there are small cafes with street food and souvenir shops. Red paper lanterns hang on the buildings, and artists and calligraphers sit on the streets who write everything you want. In Chinese, of course.
From the stop of China Town to Clark Key Quay there are buses №2, №33, №54, №147 and №190. The journey takes about 30 minutes. Residents consider this place the heart of Singapore. If you want to understand what the city lives with, we recommend going there. On the waterfront there are popular bars and restaurants, shopping centers, galleries of modern art and art space. Life begins here after 18.00. There is music in the street, lights come on, and the embankment is lit up with all the colors of the rainbow. There is also a fountain with lights and jets of water. Fans of extreme sports will appreciate the G-Max attraction. This is an open capsule that is attached to the cable between the towers. Her "shoot" at 60 meters at a speed of 150 kilometers per hour.
Finish this day with a ride on the Bumboat River Tour to get ready for new discoveries in Singapore.
Spend the second day among local animals and birds. Rent a car with a driver and go to the State Zoo, if you don’t want to spend 2 hours on the road by public transport. Its main goal is the creation of a tropical reserve with rare species of flora and fauna. Animals are kept in conditions as close as possible to their natural environment. The zoo was opened in 1973 and now it is home to 2,800 inhabitants.
At 3 kilometers away is the Jurong Park. Birds fly in huge open-air cages and pavilions among artificial waterfalls and recreated mangrove forests. In the reserve you can see birds from Europe, America, Africa and Southeast Asia. Its area is 20 hectares, and the number of inhabitants is more than 5,000 thousand. Also in the park there is a children's entertainment complex, where they conduct excursions in a game form and arrange movie screenings about the rarest species.
On the third day, go to Sentosa Island, located in the Indian Ocean. On its territory, among tropical forests, live monkeys, lemurs and peacocks. Entertainment and tourist infrastructure has been actively developing since the middle of the XX century. Sentosa is a local resort for residents of the country and Resorts World Sentosa travelers. There are Universal Studios, a water park, an aquarium, casinos and restaurants. Sentosa Island is located close to the mainland of Singapore, you can get here at:
- Ropeway; Monorail; Transfer; Car / Taxi; Walking along the bridge-dam.
At the end of the day, go to the Marina Bay viewing platform. To do this, you need to find the stop of the train Sentosa Express is Imbiah Station. Get off at Sentosa Station and transfer to the North East Line bus. He walks up to the Chinatown MRT Station. From there, take minibus №5F to Bayfront. Then go 5 minutes on foot and here you are. The road will take about an hour. If you don’t want to spend time and energy on a trip by public transport, rent a car. It will be 2 times faster.
In the evenings, the illumination is turned on on the embankment and the Wonder Full fountain light show begins. It lasts only 13 minutes. The music of the National Symphony Orchestra sounds during the performance, and animation is projected onto the sky, the plot of which is usually taken from folk myths and legends.
Where to eat lunch?
In the new city you always lose a little: where to go, where to try the most delicious dishes, what to see outside the center. In order not to waste time and immediately choose the right direction, including the gastronomic one, read our selection below.
Long Bar (1 Beach Road)
This is a popular place among tourists, because the Singapore Sling cocktail was first invented at the establishment: several types of citrus juices with gin and angostura are bitters. Until now, it is prepared according to the original recipe of 1910. Fresh oysters, shrimps and mussels are served with drinks.
East Coast Seafood Center (East Coast Parkway 01-07/08)
If you want to try real national dishes, then you are here. Here are the best Asian products. Most often they order chili crab with lemon juice, lobster salad, shark fillet with cherries or slices of roti prata with Belakan and sambal spices.
Restaurant Equinox (Level 69, Equinox Complex)
The institution was awarded two Michelin stars. All chefs were trained in Europe and America. By serving dishes are particularly careful: on the table are several appliances and plates of silver. Here gently combine Asian culinary traditions with European ones. Try nonya-laksa rice soup, handmade bamyan noodles, sea turtle fillet with coconut chips or sambal stringray. The restaurant is located on the 30th floor, offering stunning views of Singapore.
Flutes at the Fort (93 Stamford Road)
One of the best restaurants in the city, located on a picturesque green hill. The building occupies almost 400 square meters in two floors. Visitors can reserve a table both inside the restaurant and on the wide terrace. The interior resembles a wild jungle: lianas hang around it, and the furniture is made of bamboo and coconut. The varied menu will surprise an experienced tourist: crab with black pepper, chaukuotiu, chashiu, har cheon gai and Hainanese curry rice.
Restaurant Yan Ting (St. Regis Singapore Level 1U)
The menu offers a wide selection of Chinese-Cantonese dishes, to which the staff will help you find the right drinks. The bar list is as extensive as the menu itself. Mime itself, lobster, zisimiyan, ravon and kaya copyiams. These dishes are ordered most often. Prepared according to traditional recipes and prefer not to experiment with the ingredients.
In the XX century, Singapore became a real economic miracle. Having made a breakthrough, it turned from a port city into a separate state with a multi-level infrastructure. Now Singapore is the second largest in Asia after Shanghai. A tourist destination is developed here. Every traveler will find what he needs.