Singapore, also known as the Lion city, has become the favorite stopover destination for many people. It is one of the cleanest place in the world, a heaven for food lovers and it boasts an incredible nightlife.
It was my father’s dream to take his family to Singapore, he’s been there twice before and he absolutely loves this place. I planned the whole trip and I made sure we could tick off all the places we wanted to visit in 48 hours. We spent the first day in Sentosa Island and then we had 24 hours to visit Singapore.
Curries and more curries. We first stopped at Tekka Centre for Lunch. This was so much pain to decide where to eat out of the fifty food stalls. We had some vegetarian food. Besides food, Tekka Centre is a place to shop for cheap fruits, vegetables, clothes and electrical items.
Moving on to the bustling Serangoon Street, Little India.
I’ve heard about this place so much from my Dad and he insisted that we check it out. After an endless maze of shops mostly jewelry shops and restaurants, we stumbled on the pretty and colorful temple, Sri Veeramakaliamman temple. It is the largest temple in Singapore that dates back to the 19th Century. Our bad, it was close on that day so we couldn’t visit the inside. There are other attractions in Little India such as House of Tan Teng Niah, Mustafa Centre and Sri Srinivasa Perumal temple.
Without a hitch, we moved on to the next stop, the lively, Chinatown.
Chinatown is a part of Singapore that has preserved its heritage. The streets merrily flaunting the culture with lanterns everywhere and the traditional shops to a red-yellow theme. We were lucky to see the lion dance on our visit. Chinatown is a place to buy cheap souvenirs and the famous $1 ice cream in biscuits or bread.Moreover it is home to Sri Mariamman Temple, Jamae Mosque, Buddha Tooth Relic temple and quaint buildings. Buddha Tooth Relic temple is a peaceful place where you can go to pray and learn about Buddhism. It has over 1000s of Buddha statues in there, the sacred relic and giant stupa which reside on the fourth floor. On the other side, Sri Mariamman temple is a major tourist attraction too being the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore and it perfectly portrays the Indian culture.
Taking the downtown line towards Marina Bay Station
Helix Bridge is a phenomenal piece of work, opened in 2010 linking the Marina Centre with the South. You can enjoy the beautiful orange-yellow sunset and the iconic buildings from the viewing platforms. It is best to visit at sunset time when the bridge is lit. You will also find the stunning 55-storeys Marina Bay Sands resort. Not only London has the London Eye as I thought. Singapore flyer is Asia’s largest observation wheel offering some panoramic views over the dazzling skyscrapers, landmarks and a 360˚ view of the island.
We then visited the Garden by the Bay and we’ve watched the magical show. Garden by the bay is a new addition as a touristic attraction opened in 2012, it displays the world of horticulture in a creative and innovative way. It comprises of three waterfront gardens : Bay South, Bay East and Bay Central. The glittering giant super-trees almost feels like you’ve stepped in a fairy-tale. The show was the perfect way to end the night. Of course, we were tired but happy.
Tip : It is hot in Singapore, take water with you and wear comfortable shoes for a lot of walking await if you’ll be using public transport.
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