Hi all! It’s been 3 weeks since my visit to Singapore and I can still vividly remember how excited I was. Of course, it was my first international trip as blogger and I am forever grateful to Musafir and Your Singapore Arabia for giving me this once in a lifetime opportunity.
As a first timer, I am beyond honored to visit Singapore – the land where old and new meet. I knew back then that there will be lot of places to see, food to eat and things to experience.
Hence, I will tell you how my journey went and hopefully give some tips along my blog posts to guide you as you prepare your venture to Singapore.
I will be dividing my posts so you can fully grasp what to expect when you visit this beautiful place. For this first post, allow me to introduce you to the famous “tourist spots” though to be honest, there is no need for further introductions because these landmarks are famous enough not to notice.
Rather, I’ll show you some photos I took as I became a tourist of Singapore…
We arrived at 7:30 AM (SG time) that meant 3:30 AM Dubai time. What I noticed instantly was how clean their airport was! Wow! It was clean and the transactions went very, very fast. No wonder why it is the world’s best airport!
Now, we are all tourists as we step in their country so the basic guidelines are simple: FOLLOW THEIR RULES. Singapore is a “fine city” as they say, because they always collect monetary fines from people who do not know how to abide simple rules. Always check your surroundings, you can see signage boards of Dos and Don’ts!
Okay since everything was prepared by Musafir, I suggest you book with them for a smooth and efficient transaction. They booked the hotel at Holiday Inn Atrium, located near Orchard Center. They also booked our tours inside the city.
We began our trip at Night Safari – a zoo for nocturnal animals. Here you can see wild animals without cages, roaming around a forest-like habitat. It was unfortunate that I wasn’t able to take a great photos since they don’t allow flash-photography. I guess you just have to see for yourself. 😉
The best way to end the day is through looking at the iconic Marina Bay Sands. This hotel rapidly became a tourist spot because of its famous infinity pool overlooking the city landscape.
Hence, a trip to Singapore would never be complete without visiting the majestic Merlion. This is the ultimate icon of Singapore.
An addition to their tourist spots, I guess it’s safe to say that the SINGAPORE FLYER is a must try! It goes around for about 30 minutes but you won’t really feel anything! You can also book for a dinner date in one of the cabins! *it’s a bit pricey but it’s worth a try!*
Roaming around, you can notice different temples specially if you visit their China Town. The Chinese community here is huge! You can also buy different souvenirs here for cheaper prices.
But in case you want to shop more, visit the Orchard Road for a shopping spree!
Have you heard a garden within the city!? Alas! Singapore did an exceptional job with it! GARDENS BY THE BAY is heaven on earth. It is the largest indoor garden in Asia containing different species of plants, flowers and trees. And they also have indoor waterfalls!!! How cool is that!
Then of course, the 10-year old in me freaked out as we went to… UNIVERSAL STUDIOS! Make sure that you spend your whole day here because the waiting time for each ride is approximately 30-60 minutes! Guys, patience is a virtue. 🙂
After a thrilling day at Universal Studios, my sister and I went to try the cable car. And to be honest, I’d choose a roller coaster ride than being stuck above in a cable car!!! I was nervous! But it didn’t stop me from taking photos! Hehehe. And you should always try it!
We ended up with this view with a peaceful and tranquil feeling…
Now that we checked out the famous landmarks of Singapore, let me take you to the other side… Where culture meets modernization.
Stay tuned! 😉