For those who read my older articles about Singapore in 2015 – Nothing much changed, what is good, as it’s the same amazing city as before. As Sara didn’t know the city, I gave her a tour to the most important spots.
This article can be read as a Guide for first timers in Singapore to see the most important things by foot. We startet the journey in Chinatown, a good place to start the day.
Just a short walk from there we reached Clarke Quay. Beside the fact that all Bay Cruises depart there, it’s also a fantastic spot for food or a drink at night – just be aware, that it will be pricy.
Down the river over the Cavenagh Bridge we found those reflections balls. I honestly can’t remember if they have been there already 3 years ago, but they are fun for photos. Those who already visited Chicago’s Bean will know what I’m talking about.
After that we crossed the Anderson Bridge and entered the large Park in front of the National Gallery which provides a briliant combination of Life Quality, Old and New.
Crossing the Esplanade Park, passing the Esplanade Theatres on the Bay and the Esplanade Bridge we reached the Bay and the famous Merlion Lion – Main symbol of Singapore.
Close to it there is Raffles Place, what is basically Downtown Singapore.
Worldtrip Berlin Tip: At One Raffles Place is there is “1-Altitude” located. 1-Altitude is the world’s highest al Fresoc bar at 282m. It is located on top of the highest building in Downtown Singapore and offers for fair drink prices (about 30SGD for 2 drinks) a spectatular and different view on Singapore than the typcial Marina Bay Sands visit.
From Raffles Place we walked back along the Marina Blvd and the Bay to the Gardens by the Bay which. As it is basically the back side of the Gardens, it’s a good starting point to explore the Gardens on the way towards the Supertree Grove, Flower Dome and Cloud Forest.
For a perfect end of the day I had surprise for Sara. The Supertree Grove show and Spectra at Marina Bay Sands in the Bay – A water and light show in front of the Singapore Skyline. These are the showtimes:
Supertree Grove: 7.45pm, 8.45pm daily
Spectra: 8pm, 9pm and 10pm (just Fr, Sa)
Worldtrip Berlin Tip: The best way to see them both on one evening is the one we choose. Watch the show at Supertree Grove at 7.45pm and then aim for the Spectra show at 9pm. Friday and Saturday it is also possible to do 8.45pm and 10pm. Make sure to be inside the Supertree Grove and just lay on the ground face up. Some people try to watch the start of the Supertree Grove show at 7.45pm and rush after 5 minutes through the Marina Bay Sands towards the Bay to see Spectra. That way you will not enjoy any of those. Just keep calm and switch between both slowly – There is too much to see and do around to rush.
More Worldtrip Berlin Tips:
- If you plan to visit Sentosa Island make sure to pre-buy tickets for e.G. Universal Studios online or in the Tourist Information Center – the deals are way better then on the Cashier.
- The nearest MRT Station is Harbourfront on the Downtown Line (purple). You can change to the Sentosa Express Monorail there. For some reason you need to pay the Sentosa Express there, but it’s free if you walk over to Sentosa and take any other station (e.G. the one close to Universal), the ride to Beach Station or back to Harbourfront is free.
- If you plan to visit Marina Bay Sands, you should better pick one of the restaurants instead of taking the tourist elevator, where you will end up paying an expensive drink on top. We picked the Lavo Italian Restaurant (Reservation required). That way you get the elevator for free and you better invest the money in a good meal – The view is included and basically the same.
Please share your experiences, tipps and tricks about Singapore in the comment section to help others!