As we want to see pretty much all of Asia, only one thing determined where we would go – the cheapest flight! We embarked on our journey from Melbourne and Singapore was our best bet and I’m so glad it was. Singapore is such a great place to start, compared to some Asian cities, which can be quite overwhelming. It’s easy to get around, they have huge street signs and mostly everything is in English. We spent 3 nights / 2days in Singapore and we felt like we saw a lot in such a small space of time.
The MRT is incredibly easy to navigate. You can get it straight from Changi Airport into the city centre. I can’t remember ever waiting for one for more than five minutes. You can’t eat or drink on them so they are absolutely spotless. They are also air conditioned, we went in 30 degree heat and found ourselves excited to get on the MRT just so we could cool down.
We stayed at the Fragrance Hotel – Ruby in Geylang. It took us about 20 minutes to get from Changi Airport and is literally a 10 minute walk from Aljunied MRT station (even less if you get caught in a rainstorm). It was no Marina Bay Sands, but is a great location just outside of the centre so not too pricey.
Marina Bay Sands / Gardens by the Bay.
The biggest attractions in Singapore, be prepared for a tourist trap but it’s well worth it. Where else in the world can you see Avatar trees and a ship on top of a hotel? We went to the Gardens by the Bay about an hour before sunset so we could see them in every light. After a cheeky Mcd’s (to try the McSpicy) we headed to the Cloud Forest. The cloud forest is the conservatory which has the tallest indoor waterfall that greets you as soon as you enter. There were A LOT of people armed with selfie sticks to get a picture here, which is a bit overwhelming, just give yourself lots of time to walk around at your leisure. The tree top walk is amazing, especially if you plan to watch the sunset over Singapore from a great viewpoint.
We exited the Cloud Forest with enough time to get a good spot at the sky trees, they perform an epic light and sound show at 7.45pm, 8.45pm every night. The best part is: it’s totally free and absolutely stunning.
One of our favourite parts of Singapore was Little India. We’ve always wanted to go to India, and this gave us a little slice of what it would be like. Splashes of colour everywhere, rich smells and the bustling streets. The Festival of Deepavali was approaching when we visited, this festival celebrates good over evil and so they fill the streets with lights every night. There were so many market stalls, temples and places to eat, you could spend all day in Little India!
Who doesn’t love a good trip down to China Town?
They’ve literally painted the town red with decorations and lanterns everywhere. The stunning Buddha Tooth Relic Temple greets you, as you make your way down the China Town food street called ‘Smith St’.
It is home to one of the cheapest Michelin Star Restaurants in the world called ‘Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle’ or ‘Hawker Chan’ for short. We were really excited to go here (’cause food obvs), however we did find it quite disappointing. If there isn’t a queue, go ahead, but if we waited for an hour for the food that we had, we wouldn’t have been happy.
(Just a short walk away from the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple is a fantastic little Korean Chicken & Beer Restaurant called ‘Chicken Up’. We ate a full chicken with fries and dips, along with 3 bottles of Hite for about 45 SGD!)
If you’re wanting to do Singapore on a budget, then Singapore has you sorted for cheap and TASTY food. Look no further than your nearest Hawker Hall! Ours was the Old Airport Road Food Centre, just a 10 minute walk from our hotel, amazing.
We arrived at our hotel at about 9pm and desperately sought after something to eat. Having researched this Hawker Hall a lot we ventured there. However! Google said that it was open until 3am. It’s not. They’re open early mornings and lunch time and close at around 3pm. So when we got there at 9pm there wasn’t much happening. Luckily the restaurant next the the food centre was open and we got these humongous plates of food and bottles of beer.
When we eventually got to the Old Airport Road Food Centre at the right time …
Ah Nogh Wanton Noodle is the place to go! We payed $2.50 for each dish and it was unreaaaaaal. I’ve never had Dumpling Mee like it, Jack had Wantan Mee, Oh Mee God it was good. If we were handing out Michelin Star’s, I’d definitely give 3 here.
We also went to the lively Newton Food Centre about a 15 minute walk away from Orchard Road (the popular shopping district) where we enjoyed fresh sugar cane juice and braised duck noodles.
Photo’s taken by myself and @Jxckwl