When I first visited Singapore, I was surprised by how green it is. A local friend of mine told me that Singapore is called “A city in a garden” which I think is a beautiful name for a big city. Several buildings have small balconies filled with green plants and trees. They make great efforts to conserve natural heritage, and as a result, according to my friend, Singapore is a very pleasant city to live in.
Getting around is easy. The well developed metro system takes you everywhere. There are many taxis, but I found the lines to be long especially when going back to my hotel from the malls in Orchard Road.
The hop on hop off bus is really good. Just remember that the tour starts at Suntec City Hub and you need to find your way there. You get to see a lot from the bus as you pass by many famous attractions, which is great if the humid and hot temperature get to you. However, there are certain places I recommend you to get off the bus.
The first on my list is Kampong Glam, where you’ll find Arab Street and the magnificent Sultan Mosque. Spend some time walking around The Mosque, and enjoy the tiny stores and cafes in Arab Street.
Number two on my list is Chinatown. This is where you’ll find Sri Mariamman Hindu Temple. The Temple was founded in 1827 and is the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore. It’s beautiful, and getting off the bus to get a closer look is definitely worth it.
Number three on my list is the Boat Quay. This area has many restaurants and it’s nice and relaxing to walk along the river. While there, I also recommend a river cruise, which will give you the opportunity to take som skyline photos and give you a better understanding of what this tiny country is all about.
My conclusion from the bus tour is that I truly enjoyed driving through Singapore. Make sure you don’t miss the adorable random buildings you pass while on the bus.
I recommend that you walk along the river in the Central Business District. Be ware of how busy this area is around lunch time. You’ll find some great outdoor cafes, and the very famous Merlion. The Merlion has a lion’s head and the body of a fish and is the must see Singapore icon.
Restaurants and cafes are something you’ll find almost everywhere. The variety amazed me, and the prices are decent. While there are plenty of modern restaurants, make sure to visit some of the food courts which is where many locals go. Make sure you leave a package of napkins on the table while looking for food. This means that the table is occupied.