So at the crack of dawn, we started our journey to the Singapore border crossing (from Melaka). We arrived around 11am and it took about an hour and a half to get through the border…apparently it can take up to 4-5 hours sometimes! After checking in, I spent the afternoon making use of the hotel facilities…going for a relaxing swim etc. I knew I’d be in Singapore for 6 days so I decided to just relax on my first day there!
In the evening, we walked to the Merlion Park area to watch the ‘Marina Bay Sands Light & Water Show’ which was spectacular to see. We had a quick dinner nearby before heading to ‘Gardens By The Bay’. We had (extremely over-priced) drinks at the rooftop bar at Marina Bay Sands. What an experience…stunning 360 views!
The next day, after a delicious hotel breakfast, I relaxed by the pool for a couple of hours. This was the official last day of my tour and I was exhausted! After saying my goodbyes to the others on my tour, I walked to my next hotel and checked-in (a 20 minute walk that felt more like 2 hours in the heat!).
I spent the next morning exploring Chinatown which was only a 10 minute walk from my hotel. They had all kinds of interesting stalls and food stands. I then caught the MRT (subway) to Little India and the Singapore Botanic Gardens. The Gardens were stunning. Walking around was so peaceful…I didn’t want to leave! You had to pay a small admission fee if you wanted to view the Orchid Gardens, which was totally worth it. Orchids are one of my favourite flowers so I found it awesome!
In the evening, I met up with one of the girls that was on my tour (who was staying at a hotel nearby) and we went to watch the Saturday night firework display at Marina Bay Sands. We then had a quick bite to eat in the food court there…I’ll never get tired of Asian cuisine!
The next few days were spent doing more sight-seeing. This included Raffles Hotel(unfortunately, most of it was ‘off limits’ as they were doing major work on it), Bugis Street/junction (a shopping area), Clarke Quay (an historical riverside quay in Singapore), Sentosa Island (Sentosa is an island resort off Singapore’s southern coast) and Fort Canning Park (historic park).