Singapore is the smallest and yet one of most expensive countries of South East Asia. The inhabitants are a mixture of mostly Malaysian, Indian and Chinese and thanks to that the food culture is very rich. The city Singapore is really nice to visit, for just a couple of days. Don’t stay to long unless you have a thick wallet, because especially accommodation slams a big whole in your budget.
We flew from Kuching (Malaysian Borneo) to Kuala Lumpur were we spent the night at the airports floor, before taking the bus of 6.30 AM to TBS Bus Terminal (Terminal Bersepadu Selatan), which costs 10 Ringgit p.p. and took around 45 minutes. At TBS we bought our tickets to Singapore (50 Ringgit p.p.) and after we scored some snacks and drinks we got on the bus which departed at 8 am. Busses leave to Singapore all the time so you can probably just show up at TBS, and buy a ticket.
We arrived at the Malaysian border check around 12.30 pm and had to step out of the bus, walk through immigration and meet the bus behind the immigration again (takes 10 minutes). When everybody was back in the bus, it was a short 15 minute drive to the Singapore border where we had to get out of the bus again, take al our luggage with us and go through customs again. After everybody was cleared and back in the bus, we drove to the other side of the country and there the bus dropped us around little India at 2.30 pm.
You can get whatever you want to eat, in Singapore. But prices are high! Except at the foodcourts, our favorite restaurants in South East Asia. You’ll find them everywhere with lot’s of variety. We love Indian food and had heaps of that!
In the surroundings of Arab street you’ll find a couple of Turkish restaurants. Great food but a bit more expensive. Unless you want some kebab. We had great Kebab at the House of Kebab (what’s in a name) in Arab Street.
When waiting for the lasershow at the other side of the water, opposite to the to Marina Bay Sands, we had diner at the foodcourt next to Esplanade. Quite cheap and pretty good!
We also heard you can get good food at Mustafa’s. This is where all the locals go to. We heard about this place to late so we didn’t check it out.
There are no strangers, just a world of people you haven’t met.
We stayed in an awesome place, close to little India. The placement if perfect if you want to do some exploring by foot and the metro is close by if you want to explore the city without hurting your feet to much.
We stayed at 7 Wonders: a capsule concept hotel. It was the first time we stayed in a hotel like this, and it was great. You share your room with more people, kind of like a hostel, except you have much more privacy. The beds are integrated in capsules and can be closed by curtains. Except for some soft sounds you hear from other guests, it feels like you are in your own room. And the good thing is, they thought of everything. You can’t turn on the lights after 11 pm but there are motion sensors that set on soft lights so you can find your way in the room. The rooms were really clean, the showers and toilets were small but clean and nice as well and they even have a washing machine and dryer for guests to use. The common area downstairs looks really nice, the wifi is awesome and staff is great, friendly and willing to help. If you are lucky, Nisha is there and she will make you a really nice hand drawing. Useless to say that we loved our stay here. You pay 59 Singapore dollar but it is worth it! Because 7 Wonders was fully booked, we had to spend one other night in another guesthouse which was a bit cheaper but a unpleasant stay. We aren’t even gonna talk about this place.
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We especially loved Singapore at night. It’s more vibrant, less hot and we just love the lights. But it is also nice to walk around during daytime. We spent some hours wandering around Arab Street. There are nice shops, especially for those who like vintage, really cool murals and the Sultan Mosque is nice to see.
Spending some time around Marina Bay and the Gardens by the Bay is really lovely. Go there around 3 or 4 pm and stay until it gets dark. It is great to see these places at both day- and nighttime. But especially at nighttime! There is a daily lightshow at Gardens by the Bay, which is called the Garden Rhapsody, at 7.45 pm. Find yourself a nice spot to sit or lay down, and enjoy the lights and music. We loved it! If you want a spectaculair view overlooking the city, go up to Sands Skypark Observation Deck. This is on top of Marina Bay Sands (the hotel) and the view is stunning. You can even get a glimpse of the hotel’s infinity pool, which is amazing!
There is also a lasershow down at the water, but we weren’t really that impressed by that one. But if you have the time, go and see it.