My 4-day trip to Singapore was far more extraordinary than I had imagined it would be. Having already explored many fantastic places across China and few nearby regions like Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Japan, and South Korea, I was set on having my next adventure take place in the “Lion City”. How, you ask? Well, for 3 reasons.
For one, I remember catching a documentary about the construction of the Marina Bay Sands on TV a few years back and thought that it was an exciting place to visit. Two, I had became good friends with a Singaporean while living in China. And three, I always wanted to check out the cargo docks in Singapore because of a specific game map on Call of Duty: Black Ops that takes place in the area. True story!
With that, I managed to take off a day or two from work and made my way over to Singapore for a fantastic, fun-filled 4-day adventure.
Furthermore, during the four days I also took note of the cityscape and paid attention to the best areas to stay in for if I ever returned to Singapore. With that, I am also writing to share my results with the special guests of Don’s ESL Adventure looking to have their own adventure in Singapore! Here goes…
I didn’t know too much about Singapore before my trip so I did a bit of research to find out the best attractions to explore and areas to stay in. Over the course of 4 days I managed to pay a visit top attractions such as the Marina Bay Sands, Gardens By the Bay, Sentosa Island, Merlion Park, Universal Studios Singapore, ArtScience Museum, Helix Bridge, Palawan Beach, Clarke Quay, Chinatown, Orchard Road, Bugis Street, and I even took a ferry ride along Singapore River.
During the four days I took note of the cityscape and paid attention to the best areas to stay in for if I were to ever return. Here’s where I suggest staying in Singapore:
Marina Bay Sands
My awesome trip to Marina Bay Sands changed my life! Well, not really, but let’s just say that I was thoroughly impressed and left the resort far more elated than when I arrived.
Marina Bay Sands was situated in the Marina Bay, which is arguably the top destination for tourists to Singapore. It was not only scenic beyond belief but also surrounded by a wide array of bustling restaurants and popular leisure attractions to take part in, including Merlion Park, Gardens By the Bay, ArtScience Museum, and Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands.
The top of Marina Bay Sands was fitted with a Skybar, club, and observation deck, meaning that it was possible to check out an insanely remarkable view of Singapore from above while tossing back a few drinks, socializing, and hitting the dance floor.
The part that you’d probably love the best would be having access to Marina Bay Sands’ Infinity Pool, which was also located on the rooftop. That meant guests could take a dip while overlooking Singapore’s spectacular skyline.
The tab for a room at Marina Bay Sands may be a bit pricey, but I’m definitely making sure to stay there upon my next visit, whenever that may be!
I’ve always liked to stay near busy but safe foreign friendly markets and bar areas when I travel, which is why I stayed right across from Singapore’s very own Clarke Quay, a lively dining and nightlife area situated near the Commercial Business District (CBD). My hotel, Hotel Conforto, was situated within a 5min. walk of Clarke Quay MRT Station and of Clark Quay itself.
When I wanted to explore an attraction some miles away, a quick walk to the subway or ferryboat in Singapore River was all I needed.
Additionally, during the day and night I could grab a bite to eat and a few beers over at Clarke Quay while being surrounded by hundreds of locals and tourists. I highly recommend a stay in Clarke Quay as well, especially for the solo travelers.
Like Clarke Quay, Singapore’s Chinatown was a bustling area riddled with places to shop, dine, and toss back a few drinks into the wee hours of the morning. I’d recommend staying in Chinatown just for the food alone. It was also a place that got pretty busy but managed to stay a bit quieter than Clarke Quay.
A bird’s eye view of Sentosa Island during my cable car expedition over the island was all I needed to place it as one of the top places to stay in Singapore. The tropical island was full of attractions such as Universal Studios Singapore, S.E.A. Aquarium, and Tiger Sky Tower. It was also riddled with hotels that contained water parks and large pools.
Furthermore, the island was home to Palawan Beach, which is the point of Asia nearest to the equator. The beautiful beach area offered splendid views of the Singapore Strait and could be considered one of the best scenic spots I’ve visited. If you’re up to it, try to spend at least one night on Sentosa Island!
Well there you have it folks. If you’ve been to Singapore and have any other places to recommend, please feel free to let the world know down below! Safe and happy travels!