Singapore // April 2018
We started our month in Asia with 3 days in Singapore! Flying with Quatar on the snazziest flight ever with a layover in Dohar, we were so excited to explore this country, all of its botanical beauties and world known street food! Its been a horrible winter so we were looking forward to some sunshine!
Where to stay
We stayed in two holiday inn hotels in the south east of Singapore and this was a great location.
Holiday Inn Express Clarke Quay– This hotel was amazing! It has a rooftop swimming pool overlooking the Singapore skyline, perfect for the humid weather! 10 minutes walk from China town and a 10 minute car ride to Gardens by the bay we found this hotel to be the perfect location. The staff were so friendly in both hotels and the breakfast was great! This hotel has the best lounge area full of greenery and comfy sofas. To swim in a rooftop pool at night was such a magical thing to do! Singapore is stunning at night time.
Holiday Inn Express Katong– again such friendly staff and great breakfast! This hotel is a 3 minute walk to a great road full of different restaurants and cafes and our favourite eatery 328 Katong Laksa!
Where to eat
Singapore has made history by being the first country to have street vendors recognised by the Michelin guide, so take full advantage of dining at Michelin star eateries while paying under $10! (Amazing!)
328 Katong Laksa- this was by far our favourite meal in Singapore! They’re Malaysian and sell one main meal which is rice noodles in a coconut broth with shrimp and cockles! There’s photos of them with Gordon Ramsey and countless articles they’ve been featured in and it’s on the Michelin guide for 2017. Considering how amazing this is, our bill came to $10!
Komala Vilas- in the middle of Little India, an authentic vegetarian chain known for their dosas (paper thin lentil-flour pancakes) and the best samosas. It gets messy eating with your hands!
Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodles- One of Singapores street vendors in Chinatown which has gained a Michelin star! And our bill came to under $10! This place is in one of Singapores well known Hawkers (like a big food court) called the Chinatown Complex and is a labyrinth of stalls full of authentic dishes. Unlike street food in England everything in the Hawkers is so cheap so you can wonder from stall to stall trying different dishes and nibbles.
Where to go
Gardens by the Bay– a $1 billion, 101- hectare botanical paradise! With tree like vertical gardens up to 50 metres tall with a magical light display at night! The flower dome (the worlds largest greenhouse in the world) replicates the Mediterranean climates all over the globe while showcasing the Tulipmania floral display this month, taking us back to Amsterdam. They also have The Cloud Forest, a lush mountain covered in mist and vegetation along with the spectacular waterfall which is the world tallest indoor waterfall and also showing the world award winning orchid display. Along with these two domes they have the Dragonfly and Kingfisher Lakes, the Bay East Garden, the Heritage Gardens, the World of Plants, the Canyon and the sun pavilion! Needless to say, you could spend a whole day here!
Singapore Botanical Gardens– this is Singapores oldest garden and the countries first ever UNESCO heritage site. It’s also free to get in! It is a 74-hectare botanical wonderland with themed gardens, rainforest walks and lakes.
National Orchid Gardens– this garden is inside the Botanical Gardens and was only $5! The garden has over 60,000 plants!
Little India– an ethnic and vibrant district, full of multi coloured houses and Hindu and Chinese temples. The House of Tan Teng Niah is a must see and the only survivor of its type in the neighbourhood. The central streets are packed with stalls and markets selling all sorts of India goods and there are two giant shopping centres.
Chinatown– exploring old meeting the new! A bustling mix of markets, Hawkers and traditional shops. Home to the Michelin famous Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodles.
What to do
We mainly came to Singapore to go to the gardens so they took up most of our time but we went to two amazing roads which are the most photogenic roads you’ll ever visit and a must see!
Koon seng road- the most colourful houses in Singapore!
Emerald Hill Road- just off of Orchard Road, full of beautifully painted terrace houses. If you want to see what they are like inside there are a few houses converted into bars on the Orchard Road end of the road.
Where to shop
Orchard road- this road reminded me of Oxford Street in London. This road used to be lined with nutmeg and pepper plantations but now it’s lined with shopping centres and designer stores.
Little India and China Town- these two areas have great markets for food and clothing!
Take an umbrella as we had tropical storms each afternoon!
The MRT is very similar to Londons underground and very easy to use. You can purchase a card (like an Oyster card) and minimum you can top up with is $10 and that lasted us the 3 days with money left over. So this allows you to just tap in and out of every location you go to instead of constantly buying individual tickets and it’s definitely the cheapest option to get around.