I visited Singapore for two days in May 2017, as a stop-off on the way to Malaysia. Although I didn’t have long to explore Singapore, I got a lot covered and that was mainly down to Singapore’s excellent transport system which made it quick and easy to get around the city. You can read about what I got up to in Singapore here.
If you’re a thrill seeker like me, a trip to Singapore isn’t complete without a visit to Universal Studios Singapore!
I pre-booked my tickets back in the U.K. through the Resorts World Sentosa website, and decided to opt for the Unlimited Fast-Track tickets which I am glad we did; I don’t think we would’ve got to go on all the rides without the fast-track tickets. The entry fee, including the fast-track, cost S$156 (approx. £90.00) each.
It was super easy to get to Sentosa Island from the city using the MRT system; we took a train from Bugis MRT station to Little India station, and then changed to the purple line to Harbourfront station. We then followed the signs through the VivoCity shopping centre to the cable car where we purchased our tickets to Sentosa Island for S$33.00 (approx. £19.00) each. Once we were on Sentosa Island, we took the free shuttle bus (bus 1) to Universal Studios Singapore.
There’s seven zones within Universal Studios; Hollywood, New York, Sci-Fi City, Ancient Egypt, Lost World, Far Far Away and Madagascar. Each zone offers thrilling rides, shows, parades and refreshments to purchase. We worked our way around the park anti-clockwise, and stopped for lunch at New York’s Loui’s NY Pizza Parlor™ where I got the biggest slice of pizza!
We had such a great day out at Universal Studios Singapore – theme parks aren’t just for children!
I had possibly the most expensive cocktail I’ve ever had at the famous Raffles Hotel. The Singapore Sling cocktail was founded at the Long Bar in the early 1900’s by a bartender called Ngiam Tong Boon. The gin-based cocktail was the go-to cocktail for ladies at the start of the 20th-Century, so I had to try one whilst I was here!
Long Bar was actually undergoing restoration works when I visited, so we had our cocktails in the Bar and Billiard Room.
Served with a free bag of monkey nuts, our Singapore Slings cost S$33.00 (approx. £20.00) each, not including GST and service charge!
The Singapore Flyer is one of the world’s largest observation wheels, standing at 165 metres above ground; that’s 30 metres taller than the London Eye!
The ticket cost S$33.00 (approx. £20.00) each, and it was worth it for the fantastic 360-degree views over the city and neighbouring Malaysia.
The journey lasted for about 30 minutes, and it was a nice break from the sticky heat.
On my last night in Singapore, I visited CÉ LA VI Bar on Level 57 at Marina Bay Sands Hotel, Tower 3 for some cocktails accompanied by fantastic views over the city. Entry cost S$20.00 (approx. £12.00) each, but we were able to redeem this back from food and drink. Cocktails started at S$24.00, and we found this to be better value for money rather than paying S$23.00 each to visit Marina Bay Sands’ SkyPark; at least we got a cocktail included for pretty much the same price, and same views. We sat overlooking Gardens by the Bay which looked phenomenal lit up at night.
If you’re in Singapore, I would highly recommend making time to visit Gardens by the Bay both in the daytime, and in the evening when it’s all lit up. The gardens cover an area of 101 hectares, and you can visit the gardens outside for free which are very impressive. Although I didn’t check out the inside conservatories, the entrance fee into these were S$28.00 each. I would’ve liked to walk the OCBC Skyway for a S$8.00 fee, but it was closed when I visited.
I also walked through Gardens by the Bay once the sun had set, and it was really pretty. It’s well worth visiting twice in one day!
What did you enjoy doing in Singapore? Please leave your comments below.