June 11, 2009

Uniquely Singapore

I like visiting foreign country once a year. This year we had a plan to visit Japan but due to lot of currency fluctuation; travel expenses were going beyond budget and Japan is also very expensive. But wanted to go somewhere; so decided to go to Singapore and Malaysia.

The Merlion

As I wanted to maintain my budget; I did lot of R&D on how to stretch my dollar. As a result I found Singapore is very tourist friendly country. Their MRT and buses are cheap and take you from one part of city to another without any hassle. All the tourist places has their websites and given details of reaching there by using public transport.

We had only 3 days in Singapore and many things to do. List of must do / must visit was ready. Must visit places are Singapore flyer, Zoo, Night Safari. Jurong Bird Park, Sentosa Island.

Singapore is extremely clean, well kept and too advance country. They took so much care about everything and everyone that I couldn’t find a single mistake or anything which cause inconvenience. Most remarkable thing was all places were easily accessible for people on wheelchair without any assistance. For instance, all the signals have push buttons and footpath has slope for people on wheelchair. All buses and trains have sufficient space and stops at such place where there will be hardly gap of 1 cm between platforms and so on. Isn’t that great? I was so surprised to see that and felt very sad that none of such thing is available in my country. I feel we are almost 50 years behind.

Photos of Singapore MRT train, view from Flyer, beautiful road

Beautiful roads in Singapore

Day 1 – After reaching on airport; we decided to take MRT to the nearest station from our hotel (Hotel Link – Very good hotel, in good locality but tiny rooms) and walked down to our hotel from station. As all places are properly marked it took us about 10 minutes to reach hotel. I was so happy to be localized so soon. :) After taking bath; we went out to have food. We found local market (Tiong Bahru Market) near our hotel. This was two storey building with lots of shops and food outlets. There were hundreds of outlets and many local Singaporeans were having lunch. In those hundreds of shops I found two of them selling vegetarian food. Phew… (I am vegetarian) Food was very good and at very less cost.

Then we went to see the Singapore flyer and then zoo and then night safari. Night safari is just beside zoo and finally we came back to hotel at around 11 pm. It was very tiring day.

Singapore Flyer

We @ Singapore Zoo

Night Safari

Day 2 – We went to Jurong Bird Park. Like zoo & night safari; this was also an amazing place with thousands of birds all around. While on our way back; we went to several places to make arrangement for our further travel to Malaysia.

Jurong Bird Park

Late in the evening we visited Little India (it was not at all LITTLE). The moment we alighted on MRT station Little India; I felt that someone has suddenly dropped me from beautiful quiet Singapore to busy streets of Dadar Station (People staying in Mumbai will understand this). Footpaths were full of people (people from India); small open place beside road became picnic spot, no one was following signals. Little India was Just like India. Somehow did the shopping from Mustafa (This is a 24X7 departmental store) and within ½ hour went back to our hotel.

Day 3 – We went to a place Dhoby Ghaut (MRT station). That sounds funny because it is a place in Mumbai where all dhobis (washer man) wash clothes. See below pictures of Dhoby Ghaut in Singapore and Dhobi Ghat in Mumbai.

Dhoby Ghaut VS Dhobi Ghat

After finishing work at Dhoby Ghaut; we went to Harbor Front tower to take cable car to Sentosa. This is very easily accessible from Harbor Front MRT station (2-3 minutes walk). This was an amazing experience and my first experience to travel by cable car. We took glass bottom cable car by paying little more but glass was very think and dusty so couldn’t see much. Sentosa Island is full of fun. Transportation is free on this island. Must do activities are luge ride and sky ride and must see are Dolphin show and Song of the Sea (laser show). We took two luge rides and sky rides as one is definitely not enough.

Sentosa Cable Car Station

Me @ Southern Most Point Of Asia Continent

Luge ride

Sky ride

Dolphin Show

Song of the Sea (Laser Show)

After the laser show (Song of the sea) we headed back to Singapore city by Express Train (This was also free). It takes only 10 minutes. Train stops at Vivo City Mall.

That was end of our trip in Singapore. We wanted to stay few more days but next destination was waiting for us.


  1. I wish our singapore trip never got over. There is so much more to see and experience in Singapore that it cannot be captured in a blog, book or video. One has to go there to experience it. However, a small part of it is there for one to get the feel of Singapore, in your blog.

  2. Nice snaps. Looks like you have covered entire Singapore.