Be spell-bound by the sheer beauty of a modern megapolis with brilliant entertainment avenues!
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Close to India, well connected, and with a thriving Indian community, Singapore is a mixture of culture. Great shopping for the adults, and Universal Studios and Night Safari for the kids, plus great beaches, food, and drink - Singapore is perfect for a 4 day trip!
"Singapore is a city which has something for every age group. I hadn't expected that city has so much to offer but I got spell bounded by awesome city view and its attractions."
Singapore trip in 5Days - Itinerary
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Day 1- Little India. We arrived at Changi Airport on Sunday afternoon. We hired a cab which is easily available and reasonable and reached our hotel which is located in Bugis Street within 30 mins. We took rest for awhile and went out to explore the place in evening We walked and wander around the Arab Street, Bugis Street and Little India having food on the way from one of the Indian Restaurants Little India gives you the glimpse of all the local shops, restaurants, and hotels where one can have Indian food and feel at home. We can only see Indians over there and for some time we forgot that we are not in India. There is one huge mall called Mustafa centre which is a must visit for shopping, exchanging currencies and purchasing tourist SIM cards as it offers reasonable rates compared to others
Day 2 - Visit to Four Wildlife Adventures. The main aim of all the parks in Singapore is to preserve the flora and fauna, and to educate people on conserving the environment. We explored this day by visiting the entire habitat as they are connected nearby I. E. Singapore Zoo, River Safari, and Night Safari. Jurong Bird Park is at different location, so first we went over there and then moved to other three places
1)Jurong Bird Park - This is Asia's largest bird paradise over 5000 colorful birds across 400 species. We enjoyed watching these beautiful creatures, penguins can be seen at the entrance, macaus birds was fun to watch and got the chance to hold birds in wooden sticks. There is also a tram service which you can avail to make you feel relax by not walking and if you are travelling with children. It also has tallest man-made waterfall which will mesmerize you by its beauty Recommended Tour Duration: 2 hours. How to reach - MRT (Boon lay station) and then take Bus No. 194 Opening Time: 8:30 AM to 6 PM.
2)Singapore Zoo- Worlds best rainforest zoo which consists of over 2, 800 animals from over 300 species of mammals, birds and reptiles. We had fun watching so many creatures especially tiger, giraffe, zebras and the animal shows. This also provides tram service so that you can relax for some time and enjoy wandering around How to reach - MRT (as per your metro route) then take zoo bus.
3)River Safari- It's just outside the Singapore zoo. River Safari is Asia's first and only riveted wildlife park inspired by the most iconic rivers The best was watching the giant panda, the largest aquarium and the ride on the Amazon River quest. Kindly skip the boat ride as it was too short and nothing special Recommended Tour Duration: 1 hour. Opening Time: 10 AM to 7 PM. 4)Night Safari -Its a 30- 40 minutes tram ride which takes you through wild night safari where the animals are in open and one can experience the wildlife. Personally I like it much Opening Time: 7:15 PM- 12 AM.
Day 3 - Visit to Universal studios. The best experience ever we had as this place takes you to the world of fantasy and makes you relive your childhood We loved everything here from rides to the street dance shows. One can spend whole day here as we did or if you are short of days then cover Universal and Sentosa together as both are nearby Rides-. Cyclone coaster / Human do it first as soon you enter as later long wait can go for 80mins. Return of the Mummy - the best one as it takes you to the journey of Egypt through the roller coaster ride. Transformers 3D ride was phenomenal, felt so real and thrilled that we did this ride twice. Don't miss this. Disney world (the Shrek 3D) - again a good one and not to miss it. The Madagascar ride is not a thrill ride but it's good for children. Recommended Tour Duration: Full Day. How to reach - MRT ( Harbourfront Station) and then take a Bus or Monorail Opening Time: 10AM to 6 PM.
Day 4 - Sentosa Islands. One of the must visit attractions in Singapore. You can also find the replica of Merlion Statue along with many other adventure and enthralling activities. We spend the whole day here but if you are short of days then cover Universal and Sentosa together as both are nearby Activities to be covered-. SEA Aquarium. 4D Adventures (we went to Lost of the world and it was not at all worth watching). Skyline Luge Sentosa. Beach (Palawan and Siloso). Wings of time show (please don't miss this, it's an evening show). Madame Tussauds (Optional). How to reach - MRT ( Harbourfront Station) and then take Bus or Monorail Opening Time: 10AM to 9 PM.
Day 5 - City tour. Garden by the bay- One of the main city attractions located at the heart of Singapore's new downtown - Marina Bay. It includes-. Flower dome- Take one to the world of exotic plants from five continents in nine different gardens Cloud forest- There was a waterfall cascading down a 35-meter tall mountain covered with plants such as orchids, ferns, begonias and pitcher plants. It was mesmerizing and I liked it more than the flower dome Do not miss to watch the music and light show of the Garden by the Bay in evening at 7. 45 pm and 8. 45 pm Merlion Park - The heart of Singapore gives the best skyscraper and picturesque view especially at night. The illuminating light in it makes it more attractive One can spend as much time here in evening as it gives the best view and the climate is cool Since Jan 2018, Singapore flyer is not available for tourist due to its maintenance work With this our 5 days trip ended and Next day we left for India Shopping places. Bugis Street. Little India. Food hubs. For vegetarians, it will be a problem to find food in some visit places, so better to carry snacks with you For dinner or when you are back from your daily tour visit, Little India is the best place for all Vegetarians and also for Non Vegetarians who want to have the Indian taste. Even fast foods, is easily available if you want to opt for it. We tried some of the Singapore Halal cuisine which was good Things to Remember. Wear comfortable footwear as need to walk a lot. I preferred shoes throughout. Apply sunscreen and wear sunglasses. Carry an umbrella or jacket as it may rain at any time of the day on any day. Carry juice or Glucon-D to keep you hydrated as need to walk a lot. Best place to shop for anything and everything is at Mustafa Centre- Little India - Open 24*7. Chewing gum is banned in the country.
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Getting to Singapore
Transit time: 6 hrs from major cities
Cost ₹ 6,500 per person
Singapore is referred to as Lion city, also as Little Red Dot. It is the only island city-state. It is called Singapura on Malay, which is derived from the Sanskrit word Simhapura meaning Lion city. There is also a lion head established marking the name. It is well known for the culture, fashion, and food.
Stamford Raffles found colonial Singapore in 1819 which was under Dutch control. Later during World War II, it was taken over by Japan. In 1963, Singapore gained independence from the British. It was believed that in 1299, Singapura kingdom was established as a port city. It was later destroyed in 1398. Later in 1819, there was a treaty signed between Thomas Stamford Raffles and Sultan Hussein Shah (British East India Company) to improve Singapore. In 1824, the entire island was under British possession. Later it was part of Straits Settlements. Singapore Naval base was built after First World War It was for defense purpose. In 1995, Singapore became an independent republic. Singapore joined the Malaysian Federation in 1963 but later was removed. It became independent of its own will and was the only country to do so. Singapore was modernized in the late 1960s and 1970s due to unemployment crisis and lack of housing. Many industries were established such as the manufacturing, housing and education were also improved. In 1990 it was one of the most improved countries with good trading and marketing skills. It is now one of the wealthiest and developed in Asia. It also has a place in the four Asian Tigers.
Why You Should Visit
Singapore has various reasons for why one should visit.
Singapore is a mixture of culture. The Chinese New year held in February is a must see. There is a colorful parade held. Each day in the week celebration has a theme. They also celebrate Diwali, the Hindu festival and Hari Raya Puasa, celebrated by Muslims.
The cuisine is one of the best and there are a lot of street foods to try.
The shopping experience in Singapore is the best. You can find a lot of unique products.
The museums and architecture are breathtaking.
There are a lot of sports conducted here like Rugby and Formula 1, which is a great experience if you are a sports lover.
There are many botanical gardens, which have some of the rare species of plants.
You can also visit the wildlife and see some rare animals like the Panda. There are night safaris as well.
Singapore is the second best in Asia for a vacation as per Travel and tourism competitiveness report. There are wide range of places to visit
Singapore zoo is famous and has much wildlife. It also has a night safari where you can see the animals in their habitat. The animals here are not caged and are kept in enclosures which are hidden by moats. This is called as the open zoo due to this. There is a river safari where the zoo features rivers like the river Nile, Amazon, Tundra etc.
Jurong Bird Park is for birds. There are thousands of flamingos.
Tiger sky tower is the highest observation tower. It is 360 feet above sea level. It is a disc-shaped tower filled with glass windows around. From the top, you can see the whole of Singapore.
There is a Universal Studio theme park, which is located in a resort called Sentosa. You can see a lot of movie based area like Transformers, Madagascar, Halloween horror nights, Puss in boots etc. There are also zones or areas which are themed on Hollywood, New York, Egypt, Jurassic park, the lost world, far far away etc.
Gardens by the bay is a nature park, which has three gardens, namely, Bay south, Bay east and Bay central. There is a flower dome which features plants from Mediterranean. It has seven gardens and an olive bistro. The cloud garden represents the cooler mountain regions. Supertree grove has unique flora and fauna. There is also a skyway in supertree grove. Children’s garden is for kids aged five and above to 12 years, it has a tree house and other adventures.
Marina Bay is a must visit at night. There are many events conducted at Marina bay.
Singapore flyer is a giant wheel which is of 541 feet. It has 28 capsules, each can have 28 passengers and also has a three-storey terminal.
Masjid Sultan located in Richor is considered one of the important mosque in Singapore. The mosque highlights the domes and prayer hall.
There is a temple called the Thian hock keng also called Tianfu Temple. It the oldest temple in Singapore. This has a statue of Chinese sea goddess. It has Chinese designs and architecture. You will find the walls decorated with dragons and other chines art.
Sri Mariamma Temple is one another old temple. Built in Dravidian style, this is in the Chinatown. This temple has great historical significance. A firewalking ceremony is held before the Diwali festival.
There are many museums such as Asian Civilisations Museum. It forms four museums, namely Peranakan Museum, National Museum of Singapore and Singapore Art Museum. Peranakan museum has Peranakan cultures. There are many galleries where each one depicts an area like Religion, food, Public life etc. National Museum of Singapore is known for the zoological collections of Malaya. It has space of glass. There are talks and workshops conducted, there is also a library to learn more. Singapore Art Museum focuses on the lifestyle of Singapore. There are many contemporary arts on this.
Singapore is also known for the habitat for giant Pandas. Many Pandas are saved from being endangered. There are pandas in the river safari.
There are two great heritage parks called the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve and Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. Bukit Timah hill is the highest hill of 163 meters. There are about 840 species of flowers and 500 species of plants. Sungei Buloh is a wetland reserve which wildlife where you can spot a lot of fish, crab, lobster, ducks, eagles and many local birds. You can also spot seawater crocodile.
Favorite Local Foods
Singapore cuisine has an influence of Malay, Chines, Indian, Sri Lankan and Thailand food. As per literature in Singapore food is an obsession. There are Hawker centers all over Singapore and people find it comfortable to dine there. Hill Street Tai Hwa pork noodle and Hong Kong soya sauce chicken rice and noodles became the two street food places which were awarded. There is a wide range of local foods that are favorite among the Singaporeans.
Chili crab and black pepper crab is a local favorite.
The popular dish is the Hainese chicken rice. It contains cooked rice with chicken in chili sauce.
Among the noodles, the popular ones are ‘Fried Hokkien mee’, which is prawn egg noodles, ‘Nonya laksa’ which is noodles in coconut prawn broth and ‘Char kuey teow’, which is noodles fried with prawn.
Teochew porridge is a Singaporean rice porridge which is served with side dishes. It is rice in a soup broth and it is eaten along with local Chinese dishes like Nasi Padang
A soup made from the flesh of the turtle. There are noodles made from shredded chicken and mushroom. A soup made from fish is also among the favorite. There is a dish called Ayam Penyet, which is fried chicken smashed to softness, which has an Indonesian flavor.
Bakso is noodles served with meatballs. There is a dish called Begedil which is mashed potato fried as patties served with mee soto. Mee soto is a soupy noodle which is made with vegetables or chicken
Epok-epok is a pastry which is stuffed with potato, chicken, and egg. There is a dish made of dried beef called Dendeng paru.
There are few other dishes such as Goreng Pisang, which is a snack prepared from fried banana with flour, Gudeg Pytih which is a curry made from white jackfruit, sweet potato leaved broth in coconut milk is called Gulai daun ubi, crackers with prawns or fish is called Keropok, a rice cake called ketupat is made wrapped in coconut leaf, a gravy called Lemal siput is gravy made from shellfish boiled in coconut milk, Kwetiau goring is Singaporean flat rice noodles, rice cake made in spicy vegetable soup is Lontong, egg noodles with sweet spicy sauce is called Mee rebus, it is made from sweet potato, water, shrimps, peanuts and curry powder, a fried noodle dish which is common is Mee goring, a dish made from rice vermicelli is Mee siam, otak otak is a fish cake cooked in banana leaf, Nasi goring is steamed rice with eggs, meat and vegetables, Roti hojn is a popular omelet sandwich in Singapore, Satay is meat which is grilled on skewers, eaten with spicy sauce, soto is soup made from chicken or vegetables.
Favorite Local Things to Buy
Singapore is one of the best places to shop.
You can buy antiques which have Singaporean culture in them
Orchid is Singapore’s national flower and hence these are sold in the form of jewelry, you can buy the ones made in gold.
Watches and jewelry are a must buy. They have many kinds and designs.
You can find a lot of interior decorative items in Singapore which has a nice Singapore culture in it. You can find many masks, boxes, statues etc.
You can buy food that is processed or baked.
You can also buy Singaporean crockery’s
Things to do in Singapore
There are a lot of parades and arts festival done in Singapore. You can enjoy the culture and art of Singapore.
In July there is Singapore Food festival held where you can experience the best Singaporean cuisine. There will be workshops as well for you to learn Singapore cuisine.
There is also Singapore Garden festival which is held in December and showcases flowers and other plants.
Singapore Sun festival is held for ten days which has a lot of music, art, dance etc.
You can visit a lot of wildlife which also has night safaris. There are many parks which are combined with the modern technology to give visitors the best experience.
Ideal Tour Package
It takes about 6 days to see most part of Singapore. You can tour the entire Singapore with the ease of transportation like plane, bus, taxi, cruise, subway and bicycle or by foot. There are many star cruises which travel around Singapore.
VISA and Travel
In order to travel to Singapore you should have the following documents:
You need to have a passport that has validity for more than 6 months.
Must have a return ticket
Have funds for the stay.
Have a VISA
VISA will take about a day’s time and the e-print of the VISA can be taken along. Indians can enter Singapore without a VISA for up to 96 hours. Singapore has very strict drug laws, you can be sentenced to death if found any. Customs may perform urine test occasionally to test.
You can travel to Singapore by plane. It is one of Asia’s largest hub. There are many low-cost planes like Tiger airways, scoot etc. Once in Singapore, you can use the bus, taxi or subway to travel within. Driving to Singapore in a car has a lot of rules and guidelines. You need to have insurance and vehicle registration certificate.
Best Time to Visit
There are forest fires between May and October that cause haze. It is unpredictable and may be rapid. So June to October is not a good time to travel to Singapore. The weather is sunny. It rains almost every day which will be for around one hour. It rains heavily during November to January. There may be thunderstorms. It is common and it rains a lot in Singapore. So umbrella is to be carried. The temperatures are high in the day and windy at night. The temperature goes up to 32°C during day and 24°C during the night.
There is so much to see in Singapore.
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