Gardens by the Bay
Asia,  Travel

Singapore

 

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!

Wanderlust Hotel

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.

Cable car to Sentosa

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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Little India, Singapore

11 Comments

  • Linda

    The facade of the Wanderlust hotel looks beautiful! If the inside was as funky and attractive as the outside, then that’s fantastic. I’ve also always loved the whole concept of cable cars, and I would certainly take them if I visited Singapore! There aren’t any cable cars where I live so that’s an experience I wouldn’t want to miss.

  • Lisa

    I’ve been twice to Singapore, and more as a quick stopover visit. I’ve always thought the same about Sentosa, so it’s a shame the weather permitted you from seeing Lazarus. I didn’t get to see Little India either while there, but it sounds like you had a good time!

  • Nicola

    Sorry to hear you had bad weather. I went to Singapore alone a few years ago. It’s an amazing city but I didn’t find it the most backpacker friendly place. Glad you found the food in Little India though, how amazing is it?!? I ate there almost every night!

  • Stella Jane

    Singapore looks like a lot of fun! I like the colorful photo of the houses. It sounds like you ate really well when you were there too. I really like soup dumplings! I’d like to go to Singapore and see some of these things for myself.

  • Denny George

    It sounds like you had an interesting time despite the storm. Your photos look great and highlight your experiences there. I hope you were able to visit back to go through with your cancelled plans at a later time.

  • Lauren Pescarus

    I agree, Singapore really is different from any Asian culture I’ve visited. Hot, muggy, luxurious and full of life, Singaporeans definitely have a good thing going for them. Some of the architecture really puts you in a whole different world. Too bad it was raining for the Treetop walk, it was really special. Glad you got to stop by though, it really is a special place!

  • Abhinav Singh

    Singapore is a perennial favorite of people from my country India. I am excited to know that a Little India exists in Singapore! I will check out Komala, since I am a vegetarian and prefer eating Indian food when raveling internationally!

  • Nathan

    It’s always interesting seeing how others find your country! I’m sorry to hear that the stormy weather dampened your mood and ruined your plans to visit Lazarus and MacRitchie. (Maybe it’s an excuse to come back and visit again?)

    Nevertheless, glad to see that you managed to visit some pretty awesome tourist attractions in our country as well. Glad to see that you had fun!

  • Chesca

    Sounds like you had a great couple of days in Singapore! It’s a shame it rained for you, although it sounds like you still made the most of it. I’ve wanted to go to Singapore for ages! I’d like to check out Little India when I do manage to get myself there 🙂

  • prabhu

    its my dream to go there with family. And your taken images proved that you enjoyed a lot. Thanks for sharing your experience about singapore trip. Love it very much and want to go once in life.

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