Travelling around Singapore for nine days you really do learn a lot about the place. Being a tourist and walking around (although it can be daunting) is fun. Singapore is a small country and relatively easy to get around and there are quite a few things to do. It has a very interesting history and is a mixing pot of cultures. So, I thought I would write a few things down so I can remember what my travels were like in Singapore and what I might do differently if I go there again.
Singapore is easy to get around. You can use Taxis which are not expensive or you can use rideshare Apps like Grab or Go-Jek and many others. I just used these two and did compare prices if I needed to go somewhere via Car.
Public Transport is really easy and really cheap. The MRT and the Buses are easy to use and once you have an EZ-Link you can easily use them but remember to Tap On and Off. I used Google Maps a lot to tell me what mode of transport to use. It gave me routes and timings of services. Sometimes it was faster to actually walk than to use anything else, But beware sometimes it gets too hot or humid in Singapore it is nicer to catch Public Transport.
For attractions in Singapore, it is cheaper to use Klook (a website and App). Klook allows you to get into places cheaper and is really easy to use. You can pay via your credit card, skip the lines walkthrough by opening the confirmation email and scanning the bar-code at the gate. There are a lot of attractions that you can get into via Klook, it also has deals for Transports, Tours, Shows, Food and many other things.
Some of the attractions that I went to that I liked were the: River Safari, The Gardens by the Bay (especially the Cloud Forest and the light show) and the ArtScience Museum. Also, I loved visiting Changi Airport. My flight was at 2 pm and I arrived there at 11 am and there is so much to see and do there.
Great Food to have in Singapore and don’t be afraid to go Hawker style. Even though it may look dirty the food is cheap and well worth it. Dishes to try are; Hainanese Chicken Rice, Hokkien Mee, Curry Laksa and Duck Rice. All relatively cheap if you decide to go Hawker style. Also, go outside of Lunchtime and dinner time and the queues are smaller and wait time is less. Also, there are a lot of International Brand Restaurants and Fast Food Joints and at times well worth a try.
I stayed at the Mercure Singapore Bugis. The Bugis area is really central and about 20 minutes walk from the Marina, Claude Quay, Orchard Road and close to Kampong Glam and Little India quite a few Hawker Centers. My room was slightly small and the bed was up in the mezzanine with no bed base. However, I really only needed a bed to sleep on. It wasn’t fantastic but was really convenient. It was a bit of a walking mission to get to China town but public transport via the bus is easy. Also, in regards to transport, it was easier and more convenient to use buses than MRT.
Overall, I really liked Singapore. I bought a tourist Sim-card as I was there for such a long time and used the tourist sim-card that is also an EZ-link Card. I bought it at the airport on arrival at the Travelex. It gave me 100GB which I didn’t even use 10% of, but it was worth it. Singapore is overall very safe and easy to get around. Not sure if I go back unless I need a Singapore food fix.