Singapore is a place I've wanted to visit for a while now and I can finally tick it off my bucket list! Although my stay was short and sweet and I had the flu the whole time I was there, I forced myself out of bed for 1 full day of exploring before taking off to Vietnam the next morning.
The first thing I noticed on the drive in to Singapore City from the airport is how clean everything is! There's no rubbish in sight. The drive in has a very Brisbane/South Bank-esque feel to it. I'm not sure of the name of the bridge that connects the City to the airport but the drive over that bridge is pretty phenomenal with sights of Marina Sans Bay, Ferris wheel, Gardens By The Bay and ArtScience Museum. Some of the hotel strings had a Gold Coast feel to them while others felt from another world, scattered among run down buildings which looked straight from the 60's.
I stayed at place called Met A Space Pod in Little India. It was so cool and futuristic! It felt like I was in outta space! It's a newish capsule hostel so everyone had their own private pod fitted with a TV, air con, dimable lights, safety deposit box and a USB port to charge your phone. Although I loved staying here, as a solo traveller I didn't find it to be a very social hostel. There is a cafe/common room area but I found everyone kept to themselves and stayed tucked away in their pods. So if you're looking for somewhere sociable to stay in Singapore, maybe this is not the place for you. I really enjoyed my stay here though and as I was sick and quite tired it was nice to have some alone/down time. The pods were really comfortable and actually quite spacious!
I paid around $45 AUD per night and the hosts were very helpful. It was a little far from the attractions I wanted to visit but the Singapore transport system- Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) is super easy to use and almost everyone speaks fluent English there so it was really easy to ask for help/directions and find my way around the City. It's really easy to get your head around Singapore dollars if you're from Australia as it's almost dollar for dollar!
I can't recommend Gardens By The Bay enough! I could have easily spent a whole 2nd day there. The Supertrees at night are breath taking and the Cloud Forest was also a highlight. The Supertree Grove is made up of 18 trees with over 162,900 plants and a variety of more than 200 species.
These Supertrees are as tall as a 16 story building and the OCBC Skyway connects the Supertree Grove into a 128 metre long walkway at 22 metres high. Entry to the OCBC Skyway platform costs around $8 AUD. At night they really come alive! Usually their is a light show on every night between 7:45-8:45pm but due to rain the night I was there it had been cancelled. I was still blown away but what I witnessed so I can't even imagine what the light show would have been like!
The Cloud Forest is a 35 metre tall mountain covered in lush vegetation boasting the world’s tallest indoor waterfall. There's so many different levels to explore and if you're feeling sweaty from the humidity outside there are various misting sessions throughout the day to cool down! At the end of the walk there's a video which is a must watch called +5 degrees and shows the very real effects on climate change.
The Flower Dome is equally as cool and hosts plants from the Mediterranean and semi-arid subtropical regions and spans 1300 metres squared. I paid about $28 AUD for combined entry to the Cloud Forest and Flower Dome. All of the above I checked out through the middle of the day and night and were equally as great at both times.
If you get a chance, definitely check out the ArtScience Museum. It's about a 10 minute walk from Gardens By The Bay and is a huge white lotus shaped building. I went and saw the 'Future World' exhibition. This cost around $17 AUD. Definitely worth checking out as it's great for adults and children with lots of interaction installations.
Although I didn't get to see as much of Singapore as I would have liked to, it was unreal! I think I will definitely have to come back for a few more days as 2 nights wasn't enough for me!