Singapore was our actual reason for traveling to Asia. Chris is currently getting his masters in global business and was given the opportunity to do a study abroad intensive trip to experience how firms operate internationally. We knew we had to take advantage of this chance because we might not ever get the chance to go to Singapore again.
I had heard many stories of how clean Singapore is. In fact, I read that it is the second cleanest city in the world. You can imagine they are real sticklers when it comes to society’s rules. You will get arrested if you litter, spit out chewing gum on the street, and even jay walk. We were very careful the whole time we were there 😂. But really, the city felt very similar to NYC– full of business men and women, sky scrapers, and humidity.
what TO DO
The best part about Singapore (in my opinion) was Sentosa Island. You can drive or take public transportation and are just minutes away from the beach. As soon as you drive onto Sentosa Island, it feels like you are in a theme park. Granted, Universal Studios does take up part of the island. But the remaining island is made up of a cluster of beautiful beaches with activities and restaurants lining the island. Not to mention the whole island has free wifi.
We also wandered around the Jurong Lake Gardens (Japanese and Chinese gardens) and it was breathtaking. We happened to go when it was under some construction so it was completely EMPTY and the construction workers were on a break so we had the whole place to ourselves. Plus it has free admission!
Marina Bay Sands is an EXTREMELY luxurious place to stay and it has a mall at the base of it (there is a really good Zara there FYI 😉). You can pay to go to the rooftop of the hotel, which Chris did, and see the view. You must stay on the deck and cant go into the pool. To me it was not worth the $25 to go up there (afraid of heights), but Chris really liked it and that money goes towards food and drinks once you get up to the top.
where TO STAY
My second favorite part of Singapore was the Naumi Hotel. Singapore is a pricey city so all hotels (and bnb’s) were expensive. We found the best deal we could and it just happened to have the most gorgeous rooftop infinity pool (with a view). It was not Marina Bay Sands, but it was pretty dang close. Beautiful rooms, great amenities, and close to many major sites and/or the metro station.
where TO EAT
I already miss having access to amazing Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, and Thai food. If you’re heading to Singapore I highly recommend the Manzoku Japanese restaurant. SO good!
The Suntec City Mall was perfect for us on the nights that we didn’t want anything fancy but still wanted good local food. Just like Thailand, there’s another yummy Asian food court in the lowest floor of the mall. We grabbed some pork buns and chicken fried rice and took it back to our pool to eat and watch the sunset.
Just like everywhere we seem to go, there is never enough time to do it all! Singapore was so fun and beautiful and we are grateful we got to experience it.