Sooo…last year October 28th I woke up in one in my dream destination for my birthday and I couldn’t stop smiling (Thanks babe). I had no idea where I was spending my birthday up until a few days prior. This was a 3 destination vacation with our first being Singapore. The amazing opportunity to visit to Singapore, one of the best places to travel in Southern Asia. It was a short and memorable stay in a city that over the decades has skyrocketed to worldwide recognition fame for its stunning natural and architectural beauty, its melting pot of cultures, and its world-class economic prowess in shipping and banking.
Last year, I made a list of my top 10 travel destinations and made a promise to myself to try and travel to them all. Being able to travel gives me so much freedom and planning a holiday is for me as exciting as planning a wedding.
THINGS TO NOTE
Things to note about Singapore…When you’re budgeting for your trip here, keep in mind that Singapore is one of the wealthiest countries in the world.
Currency: The Singaporean dollar (SGD) is the currency of choice here. Currently, £1 GBP will get you $1.33 in Singapore dollars.
Language: Most locals are bilingual – proficient in English and either Mandarin, Malay or Tamil.
Cards vs Cash: Debit and Credit cards are accepted in majority of places, but you should definitely have some cash on hand mainly for food stalls, coffee shops and other small purchases as some areas don’t have card payment facilities. I would recommend using cash during your trip as it helps you keep track of spending and in most cases avoid transaction fees that come with overseas card payments.
Getting around in Singapore…
Where to go..
The Gardens by the Bay in Singapore is a large, green area located near the Marina Bay Sands. Think of it as a futuristic version of an 18th century botanical garden!
Where to Eat…
If you’re a foodie like me you’ll love the local cuisines Singapore has to offer. I’m such a foodie, I love exploring different cultural dishes and would like think i’m open to trying something new once.
First Stop was the Food Hall at the Marina Bay Sands which we absolutely loved! The food was 9/10.
Guys, The food was amazing! literally better than I expected. With so many options to choose from I felt like a such a rookie when it came to cuisines because the options were endless. I ended up opting for Pineapple infused Jasmine rice, fried egg with sweet and sour chicken, spring rolls which came to about £23 including drinks.
Next Stop CHINA TOWN FOOD STALLS
The Complex Food Centre located at Block 335 Smith Street and close to Marina Bay is the one if not the largest hawker centre in Singapore Home to over 260 street food stalls serving the authentic Singaporean cuisines you can imagine also boosting the world’s first Michelin hawker stall.
Food at chinatown food stalls is a lot cheaper than Marina Bay Sands, for those on a budget I would recommend trying the food stalls here first beffore going to marina bay. Prices ranged from £6-13 for a plate per person as compared to £15-20 per person at marina bay.
Overall, my short stay in singapore was amazing, considering it rained for 2 out of the 4 days, I still managed to enjoy myself the 2 days I did spend outdoors. The other 2 days I spent at the hotel enjoying the suana, pool and room service and local mall across the hotel which had a few other restaurants but the purpose of my visit was for two things CAKE and popeyes chicken. ( Funfact: This was the first time I had ate popeye, especially after all the hype around the chicken burgers.
The locals are friendly and helpful which out my mind at ease as not a lot of people spoke english were we went but still managed to assist me when ordering food or asking for directions. Most of the streets in Singapore are a lot cleaner than expected due to their strict laws all citizens and tourists have to abid by. Littering and chewing gum is apparently a crime which if found guilty carries a fine of $10,000 singapore dollars.
I will be posting my Singapore VLOG shortly which will have a lot more videos and photos from the 3 day break.