Welcome to Singapore. Very early in the morning and I have just arrived in the Changi Airport in Singapore. The exploration was just starting. Wearing comfortable walking shoes, because as you know a place is experienced best on foot, I was anxious to get familiar with this multicultural and varied city.
Strolling around Marina Bay and the promenade
I started from the Marina Bay. What impressed me more were the imposing skyscrapers, the lotus-shaped Art Science Museum and of course the Marina Bay Sands hotel. Marina bay Sands hotel is the world’s second most expensive building. It’s really really astonishingly amazing.
During, that period Salvador Dali’s artworks were exhibited in the Art Science Museum, and a great chance for me to soak in Dali atmosphere and come face to face with these surreal creations!
After that, I continued my stroll along the promenade, passing the Singapore Flyer, Esplanade theaters and ended up to Merlion park.
Merlion Park, is a major tourist attraction near the Central Business District (CBD). Merlion is a creature that is half-mermaid and half-lion. Singapore’s Marina Bay is also amazing during the evening time when the lights beckon and all the scenery looks totally different. I took a tour on a bum boat, seeing the riverfront from another perspective.
Next day and I decided to go for the multicultural experience of Singapore. I went to Chinatown, the original site where Chinese immigrants resided. Wandering around the Chinatown, I came across with many places of interest, including mosques, temples, parks, market, hawker stalls and many many dining destinations. I also picked up some souvenirs for my family and friends back home. And why not get your fortune read by a geomancer? To be honest I did it!!!!
Exploring Little India
I continued with Little India, one of the most colorful districts of Singapore. Little India is the heart of Singapore’s Indian community. I really enjoyed the colors as well as the spicy food.
Singapore’s Arab Quarter
Of course it’s impossible to finish the multicultural experience without visiting Singapore’s Arab Quarter, where the Masjid Sultan Mosque takes center stage. I walked on Arab Street, waving through stores with colorful textiles, Persian carpets, cafes and restaurants.
Having walked for such a long time, it was the time for a refreshing fresh juice. In Singapore you can find everywhere kiosks which prepare a great variety of fresh juices.
Relaxing in the Chinese Garden and Japanese Garden
Having desired something more relaxed for the next day, away from the bustling city, I visited the Chinese Garden. Lakes, towering pagodas, stone bridges give to this place an unprecedented tranquility. Near the Gardens, there is the Science Centre. It’s worthwhile to visit.
Jumping to Singapore Botanic Gardens
Next stop was the National Orchid Garden, the main attraction of the Botanic Gardens. You can’t imagine how many species of orchids you can find there. A feast of colors and smells allure your eyes and smell.
Exploring Sentosa island
No visit to Singapore would be complete without a visit to Sentosa island. One of the most scenic ways to get to and from Sentosa island is via the Singapore Cable Car. The cabins’ large windows offer splendid panoramic view of the city, the harbor and Sentosa island from an elevation of 120m above sea level. Being in Sentosa, I reached the Southernmost point of Continental Asia. In Sentosa, I enjoyed the beaches; I visited the Underwater World and Dolphin Lagoon. It’s really a unique resort of Singapore.
Of course, there are many other things to do. You can see endangered animals at the Singapore Zoo, Jurong Bird Park, have a Night Safari, go for shopping on the famous Orchard road and taste multi-cultural culinary dishes.
For me, Singapore has many unique and memorable experiences to offer and as you can see from my photos is highly recommended.