As a result of poor timing and an interest in being in Indonesia legally, I found myself heading to Singapore for a weekend. I had a blast during my 48 hours. This was the first time I had ever traveled solo and I truly don’t know that I could have picked a better place. Who would have thought my visa run would have been exactly what I needed?
I will only give you one hostel because you only need this one. If you’re traveling as a couple and want to share a bed, maybe look elsewhere. Let me introduce you to Met A Space Pod. Located on Boat Quay (aka right off the Singapore River with lots of restaurant options), you will find the first space themed hostel. Sounds wonky, right?
Instead of bunk beds like many other traditional hostels have, each guest is given their own pod. Inside the pod are outlets, a tv, a mirror, and a safe–along with the bed. Each pod has a screen that pulls down so you can be in complete privacy. The bed was so comfortable, the showers were clean and had great water pressure, AND you get free breakfast. You’re also really connected to most of the city because it’s close the subway system. Who could ask for anything more?
One of the best parts about Singapore is how great it is for relaxing. There is so much green space that it is so easy to grab a meal to go and have a picnic. Because it’s so small, I am very much of the mind that you should move through these suggestions slowly. Soak it all up. It’s also pretty easy to check a lot of Singapore’s biggest sites off your list in just one weekend.
Start by heading to Marina Bay Sands, the hotel. It’s this beautiful three-tower hotel that overlooks Gardens by the Bay and the water. It’s a bit pricey, but I suggest going up to the Sky Deck (you don’t need to be a guest at the hotel) and really soaking in the city. The views you get are breathtaking.
After you finish at the Sky Deck, walk into Gardens by the Bay. You’ll need to come back here when it’s dark for the full experience. However, daytime is the perfect time to go to the two conservatories they have on the property. The Cloud Forest boasts the highest indoor waterfall in the world. You can walk around it, up it and inside it. The Flower Dome is probably one of the coolest things I did all weekend. Somehow they manage to keep alive different type of plants from all over the world. I’m not kidding when I say they had types of cacti I had never seen, beautiful hydrangeas and everything in between. Normally, I’m not a plants person, but this was so mind boggling that it is definitely worth your time.
Come back to Gardens by the Bay at night and head to the Supertree Grove. Each ‘tree’ is covered in photovoltaic lights so during the day they create the energy needed to light up at night. It’s completely sustainable. It’s great during the day, but man…the magic happens at night. If you get there by 7, grab a spot and wait. Most nights they do a sort of light show complete with music and it is beautiful. If you’re lucky enough to have the SkyWay be open, please go up it. It was closed when I went but the views are incredible.
If that’s all you have time for, I would still consider your trip to Singapore a success. If you have a bit more time, check out the Singapore Zoo (the world’s best rainforest zoo!) or the Night Safari (the world’s first nocturnal zoo!!!). Both are highly rated and offer fairly unique to Singapore experiences.
The beauty of Singapore is you’ll find a really awesome mesh of Western food and Asian food. You can find something for every mood. If we’re being honest, I was a total American while I was there. I had been missing home so I found a Nandos Peri Peri. It did a lot for my emotional health. However…next time I’ll venture farther out.
While you’re at the Marina Bay Sands Sky Deck, you can grab lunch. There is a restaurant on what feels like the top of the world. The menu is pretty accessible albeit pricey but hey…it’s for memories. Make it over to Lavender Street and hit up the Golden Mile Food Centre for a food court that will offer you basically any type of food from the region. We’re talking Thai, Indonesian, Malaysian, Vietnamese, etc… It will be one of the cheapest places with the most authentic tastes.
Make sure to Bring
Comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, and a great camera. I felt like I was in the tropics even more so than when I was in Jakarta.