We didn’t know what to expect when we arrived to Singapore. On our first day we realized this was going to be an amazing city! We stayed in Boat Quay, which is in the heart of Singapore. There are two main areas of Singapore. One side is Clark Quay or RiverSide. And the other is the Marina Bay Sands( Boat Quay is in the middle). Singapore is very modern and has a ton of visually appealing architecture. What we really did not expect is how the city literally comes to life at night.
( Boat Quay)
The city is freakishly clean and put together ( I guess the $500 fine for eating on the subway or littering helps; strictly enforced). Singapore has done such a good job creating a night life that the locals and tourists can enjoy!
The first night we went to Clark Quay. And we shamefully headed straight to Chili’s! But it was soooo nice to have a American comfort food at this point in our trip!
After dinner, we explored Clarke Quay and it was very pleasent! They have steps along the river to sit on and enjoy the river boats, the lighted buildings or watch the sky ball being launched! There are tons of restuarants and bars.
The only down side to Singapore is the prices! Everything is super expenisve, a happy hour drink is $9!! And that’s happy hour!
The next day we visited Chinatown. Singapore has different culture burrows. Chinatown and India being the main ones. We took a stroll through Chinatown and stopped at the temple with 10,000 Buddhas.
After Chinatown we headed to the Marina Bay Sands area. This area is fairly new and is like Disney World for adults. The resort has three towers and the world’s largest and highest outdoor infinity pool. On the bottom of the hotel is a HUGE mall. This mall has every designer name on the planet, skating rink, science museum, broadway show theater, casino, a river and boats inside, sky park (56th floor), a garden walk and an awesome city view.
The view from the Sky Park is pretty awesome!
Every night they hold a light show with music out in front!
And the walk home isn’t so bad either.
The next day we went to the Cloud Forest in the Garden by the Bay! It is a bio dome made up of everything that lives in a cloud forest. This means tons of orchids! Over 200 engineers and architects bid to build this garden. Its eco friendly design intends to set an example to the world on how proper planning and design can work to help preserve the Earth. They even built it down to the last detail, when it rains the dome is sloped perfectly where it collects the water for the irrigation! It’s quite impressive how they created a self sustaining garden that fits perfectly in with an amazing city!
A couple times every evening, even the botanical gardens come to life. The canopies light up and dance to music played throughout the garden. We were lucky to be walking through the center of the garden at the perfect time to enjoy this experience!
And here are a few random:
Laying on park bench
Science Museum view
Our view from hostel roof
Ummm why didn’t we think of this??
Next stop….Bali! Our last desination 😦