My life brought me to Singapore on my way to Bali on three days visit. My two girlfriends and I looking for parties and a lot of fun on our summer holiday.
From the travel agency we have been recommended to go to a night safari in the ZOO first day we arrived and not to sleep during daytime in order to get used to the new time zone.
Of course, we applied the advice from the agency and after relaxing around the swimming pool area in the afternoon (which was made in Balinese style and was quite appealing), we hurried to check out what is going on in the ZOO after the sun sets.
Traveling to the ZOO takes about 20 minutes by taxi from the Chinese part of the city where our hotel was situated; we sat in a bar for a cocktail (it was always Singapore Sling ) waiting for the safari to begin. The concept was visitors are taking an open air train ride through the habitats of the animals. We could not use flash while taking photos in order not to disturb the animals.
Driving through their natural habitats we were told that animal are probably sleeping and hence- we cannot see them. So that was all from our night safari. Visiting the ZOO is always amusing thing to do, but if you decide on doing it, do it daytime! From my experience, I would not recommend the night visits of the ZOO.
Next day there was a arranged tour around the city at 08:30. Our culture allows us to be not so precise, so when we eventually finished breakfast, we showed up at the reception (it was 8.35 or 8:40).
To our surprise, the driver came to pick us up and left since we weren’t there. Luckily the tour was organized twice a day so we scheduled a tour in the afternoon.
In the meantime we went to visit Orchard District- luxury shopping area with all of the world’s popular brands.
We made sure we were on time for the tour the second time we arrange it:)
Area where the half lion- half fish statue is- most recognizable sign for the city. It is set to be a 24/7 place with endless opportunities for everyone to discover new living and lifestyle possibilities, exchange new ideas and information for business, and be amused by rich leisure and cultural experiences.
I remember Singapore as one big construction place, the tourist guide mentioned that it will never look the same way ever again as it was at that stage of the construction work.
Singapore Botanic Gardens
It is a 74-hectare (183-acre) botanical garden in Singapore. It is the only botanic garden in the world that opens from 5 a.m. to 12 midnight every single day of the year, and does not charge an admission fee, except for the National Orchid Garden. It is another highlight of the city, so do not miss it! Various species of tropical plants, especially different kinds of orchid flowers. You can enjoy the beauty of a lush tropical garden inside the city.
It is a shopping area where you can find cheap Indian goods and feel a little bit like in India.
We spent the rest of the afternoon wondering through the Chinese part of the town, incredibly clean, as much as the rest of the city.
It was then time to taste the night life. The area was called Clarke Quay lying on the Singapore River, lots of bars, clubs and restaurants with different entertainment agendas. It was obvious that people looked good and stylish and were having fun.
We sat for a Singapore Sling cocktail in a bar that seemed quite appealing at first glance.
After a while the waiter recommended a kind of whiskey from guys on the next table. Then they joined us and we started to talk about essentials.
They were Thai, living in Bangkok and Singapore because that’s what their business requested. Quite friendly and outgoing. They were convinced Singapore was one of the safest towns they knew and that we shouldn’t be worried about anything concerning safety issues.
After a couple of drinks and a lot of fun talking to each other, we decided to change location in another bar nearby where live rock music was playing. Thai guys were determined to show us some nice places in town, so next was a discotheque where we spent the next few hours dancing and having fun.
In the early morning hours we went for meal and we were safely brought back to the hotel.
Next day was planned for visiting Sentosa Island and Singapore Flyer.
It is a giant Ferris wheel, located on the southeast tip of the Marina Center with an extravagant view of the city. Described as an observation wheel, it reaches 42 stories high, with a total height of 165 m (541 ft), making it the tallest Ferris wheel in the world, 5 m (16 ft) taller than the Star of Nanchang and 30 m (98 ft) taller than the London Eye.
The cabins move at a slow pace, giving you enough time to enjoy every moment of the experience and the city observation.
The island includes 2 km (1.2 mi) long sheltered beach, two golf courses, two five-star hotels, and the Resorts World Sentosa, featuring the theme park Universal Studios Singapore. Underwater world, butterfly museum and dolphin show is what we managed to see in the limited time we had.
It was time to catch the plane for our following destination and hoping to see Singapore sometime again with a different look a lot more challenges!