It stormed a majority of the whole time I was in Singapore, so I wasn’t able to do all of my itinerary (MacRitchie Reservoir Treetop Walk and Lazarus Island), but I still got to do some exploring! The first day I got there, I immediately went to Din Tai Fung, as all of my friends recommended. I actually think they’re in the States now too, but I’d never been and really enjoyed my salad and soup dumplings! From there, I walked to Marina Bay. It stopped raining by the time I got to the Marina, so it was nice to walk around and enjoy how beautiful Singapore is. Across the bridge from the marina is Gardens by the Bay. I had seen stunning pictures of the garden before, but it was still amazing to see in person. The whole thing is captivating, completely massive, and beautifully designed.
From there I walked along the river to Clarke Quay. It’s one of the places everyone recommends you go, but it just felt like an odd tourist trap to me. It might be for locals too but it wasn’t for me. The rain started up again, so I walked back to the hotel. I stayed at the Wanderlust Hotel, which was a great, inexpensive hotel. It’s a bit alternative and funky and all the rooms are incredibly unique, so it felt like an adventure! It’s about a 30 minute walk from Clarke Quay and Orchard Road, so while not central it was still convenient. It’s located in Little India, which most people don’t get a chance to explore, but this gave me the opportunity to do so!
The second morning it was storming again, so I went to the malls on Orchard road. It’s just a long road of every possible store, which was nice for a rainy day activity, but definitely not necessary if you’re not looking to do any shopping. I got lucky and around 2pm it stopped raining, so I grabbed a cab and went to the Henderson Waves bridge. It connects Mount Faber and Telok Blangah Hill, so there’s some decent hiking around there, plus the bridge itself is cool and artsy. About a ten minute walk from the bridge, there’s a cable car that will take you from Mt. Faber to Sentosa, so I decided to take advantage of the good weather and head to the island. You can take public transport to Sentosa, but the cable car was a great way to get a wonderful view of the city and the island. You can also take the cable car to a few different spots on the island as well, so I found it pretty convenient.
I had wanted to go to Lazarus island because I was told it was less touristy and crowded, but given the weather conditions, Sentosa was the better option. It was nice to get out of the city and hang by the beach for a while, but it’s not the best beach. The island is very touristy and a bit Coney Island-esque but a fun adventure nonetheless. I took the cable car to Siloso beach and walked down to Pawalan beach and then back to Siloso for a bit. It was nice to have a few hours without rain before heading back into the city. I took the tram back to the Harbour and since it was rush hour, I decided to take the subway back to Little India. Interesting fact, the subway machines don’t take credit cards, so a generous couple gave me $2 because they were clearly amused by my struggles.
I figured since I was staying in Little India, I should get Indian food for dinner. There are tons of options in the area that all smelled amazing, but I stumbled Komala’s, which is a vegetarian restaurant with a few locations in Singapore. It was easily the best authentic Indian food I’ve ever had. I left very full and would go back in a heart-beat.
I really enjoyed my trip to Singapore. Singapore felt different than any other Asian country and city I’ve been to; it felt more similar to being in American than Asia. It is a cool mix of cultures, which makes it interesting to visit. Plus, I felt completely safe the whole time, so it was perfect for my solo travel adventure.
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