Joanne Visit’s Singapore 4-8 November 2014
Airline Scoot ex Gold Coast – Review – You get what you pay for!
We arrived to Singapore at 2300, prepared with a map we boarded the MRT service. My only recommendation here is: Purchase a Ezy Card at the Airport (there is a service counter near the train) you can put $20SGD on the card and then use the MRT as you like. Alternatively you can buy point to point tickets as you need. On conclusion to your trip you can cash any credit from your Ezy Card at the same point you purchased it, however $5SGD is refundable. Definitely the cheapest way to travel around the city.
Hotel: Riverside Fragrance – Basic hotel, average breakfast, friendly staff & great location
Location: Clarke Quay & Robertson Quay great tourist locations.
From the hotel we walked to the Quay to visit Merlion , this iconic Singapore image is just as impressive in real, overlooking the also iconic Marina Bay Sands Resort. From here we boarded the ‘hop on hop off’ bus, cost $36.00each, first stop Marina Bay for a walk around the cloud land gardens ($5 to walk around cloud land) it was hot! Fortunately they had lovely restaurants to enjoy a Tiger Beer in. It is worth re-visiting the Gardens during the evening, it is much cooler plus they do a light show.
By 2pm an Air-Conditioning break was well needed, fortunately Singapore houses many shopping malls! Lucky we did as from 2-5pm it poured with rain.
Once the rain had cleared we re-boarded the ‘hop on hop off’ bus to visit Little India and China Town.
In the evening we too the MRT back to China Town (only one stop from Clarke Quay) and enjoyed a walk through the markets, dinner in the Hawker area. We couldn’t resist a visit back to Marina Bay to see the Gardens by night and with the Marina Bay Sand’s Resort right beside it, we took the lift to Level 56 to experience new heights! A little bit scary for myself, but the views were amazing.
We continued on back to Robertson Quay (walking distance from Clarke Quay) for some great nightlife.
By MRT we travelled to the Harbour Front and took the Cable Cart to Sentosa, Cost $30.00/person return, alternatively take the monorail $4.00/person.
I loved Sentosa, so much to do here; beach resorts, action sports, Universal Studios, Restaurants.
Again come 2pm, in came the rain!
After making it back to the hotel without getting too wet, we had a rest before heading down to the Robertson Quay and enjoyed a Bum Boat tour; what a great way to see the city. From here we continued onto the many restaurants & bars for a taste of Singapore Sling and local cuisine. Fresh Swordfish for me crab ravioli for Matt.
We travelled to the Botanical Gardens; I really enjoyed these gardens, they are more about greenery then massive structures. We paid $5.00/Person to walk through the National Orchid Gardens, their range or orchards as you would expect was impressive.
The Botanical Gardens are close to Orchard Road, we travelled there via bus using our Ezy Cards. We walked this famous strip, even I eventually got over looking at shops!
To conclude our trip we went back to the hotel for a swim and relax, before one last Singapore sling and Thai dinner at Clarke Quay.
We took the MRT to the airport, slightly crazy idea considering Friday peak hour! But we made it.
Singapore is an amazing destination, so many attractions to suit all types of travellers. I look forward to re-visiting Singapore with my children and I know my holiday experience will be completely different to that I had with my husband. Definitely looking forward to spending more time in Sentosa (perhaps at the Club Med) and a trip to the Zoo.
Should you wish to book a holiday to Singapore please contact me, I would be happy to tailor you a package.
Joanne Warne – Sister Act Travel