Singapore is an island in the south of Malaysia, regarded as a financial Hub and also a hub for transit to other destinations worldwide. Singapore has influences from many other areas of Asia, such as Little India, china town and Arab Street.

Singapore showcases the jewel of the island at the Marina Bay where you can watch daily water fountain and light shows in front of the iconic Marina Bay Sands Hotel. Gardens by the bay, is a nature reserve by the waters where you can walk during the day, but at night is when it comes to life.

Sentosa Island offers the beach resort atmosphere, where many Singaporeans and tourist flock to at the weekend for a much needed R&R

Singapore

 

How to get to Singapore

  • Train – You can get a train to the city, there is one transfer on to the westbound line at Tanah Merah Station

  • Bus - Bus stops are located at the basement bays of Terminals 1, 2 and 3. Please prepare the exact fare as no change will be given. Buses 36/36A go to the city.

  • Taxi – A taxi will take around 30 minutes to the city, they are available outside the arrival halls in each airport terminal. Taxis are metered taxis and will cost around $30 (Singapore Dollars)

  • Grab – Grab its Asia’s answer to Uber. You can call for Cars and motorbikes using their app.

  • Uber – Uber allows you to pay via your Uber account so you don’t have to worry about getting your money out. Uber also gives you an estimate on the fare and it’s pretty accurate.

  • Car Rental – Be sure to check if you can drive here prior to booking. You can also reserve a car online via Rentalcars

 

Where to stay in Singapore

  • Little India –Good for budget accommodation, its very well located with Ferrer Park and Lavender subway stations. This place is packed with eateries and actually resembles the hustle and bustle of India.

  • Arab Street – Good hostel accommodation available here. You’ll also find the larger hotels but at reasonable prices. Through the narrow streets are places to eat, drink and listen to live music. A definitive backpacker feel to Arab Street.

  • Marina Bay – Home to most of the 4* and 5* hotels including the famous Marina Bay Sands hotel. You can get a view of the whole city skyline from this side of the water.

  • Sentosa Island – A bit of a drive from the main city but it’s worth staying here if you want a relaxed holiday with the family. More resort type accommodation is found here.

For budget travels Singapore can be expensive. The further out from the city you are, the cheaper it becomes. We found staying in Little India most cost effective. We booked our accommodation at the Pinnacle Hotel through Zen Rooms, a booking agent. The hotel is ideally located and walking distance from many attractions. NB: Zen Rooms offer accommodation at a discounted rate. A bonus of booking through Zen Rooms is that you’ll be provided a discounted code for further bookings, so if you do intend to extend your stay or move around Asia, it is worth holding on to.

We also stayed at the Boss hotel, near Arab Street. The rooms here are small, but the hotel pool is great for a cool down and you also have access to a self-service washing machine and dryer. Perfect for people like ourselves, with a toddler!

 

Things to do in Singapore with children

  • Hop on Bus - We took the hop on hop off bus tour, priced at $32 per person, in which we visited most of the sites within Singapore.

  • Fountain of Wealth - The Fountain of Wealth is recognized since 1998 by the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest fountain in the world. It is located in the hub of one of Singapore’s largest shopping malls, the Suntec City.

  • China Town – Chinatown always speaks for itself in any city. Perfect for going to sample some of the local cuisine.

  • Arab Street –It is easy to spend a couple of hours here walking through the streets admiring the textile stores and outlets selling Persian carpets. You’ll also see leather, perfumes, jewellery and baskets for sale. Don’t expect a quiet window-shopping session though, some traders are old hands at drawing you into conversation and before you know it, you’ll be loaded up with sarongs, baskets and leather bags.

  • Little India- Of all the old districts of Singapore, the most charismatic has to be Little India. Indian music blares from shops, the air perfumed with incense, spices and jasmine garlands. Locals promenade in bright saris, a wealth of restaurants serve up some superior & cheap curries. Truly does mimic India in every way.

  • Tekka market - At the start of Serangoon Rd, Tekka Market is a must-see, combining many of Little India’s commercial elements under one roof.

  • Hawker centre – Don’t forget to check out the seriously cheap and delicious eats at the Hawker Centre.

  • The Thieves Market - If you’re in Little India at the weekend, you can take in a long-established flea market a short walk from Dunlop Street, up Jalan Besar. Here you’ll find dozens of traders selling all manner of bric-a-brac.

  • Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple - The most prominent shrine on Serangoon Road, the Temple, dedicated to Kali, the Hindu goddess of power or energy, and within the mandapam (worshiphall) are several depictions of her with ten arms; some have blue skin and fangs.

  • Raffles Hotel - The legendary Raffles Hotel was practically a byword for colonial indulgence, with its lofty halls, restaurants, bars and peaceful gardens. Be prepared to spend your money here, the drinks aren’t cheap!

  • Sultan Mosque - Pause at the Baghdad Street end of pedestrianized Bussorah Street for a good view of the golden onion domes of the Sultan Mosque or Masjid Sultan, the beating heart of the Muslim faith in Singapore. 

  • Marina Bay Sands – Touted as the world’s most expensive Casinos, Marina Bay Sands is a place to spend your money! From shopping Malls, ice skating rink, entertainment theatres and museums, Marina Bay Sands caters for everyone. Not forgetting that impressive 478 foot long infinity pool which gazes out over the Sky Park. From high end to grab a snack eateries, bars and nightclubs, your needs will not go un-catered for here. Don’t forget to check out the Water Show in the evenings at 8pm, it’s FREE!

  • St Andrews Cathedral - Saint Andrew's Cathedral is an Anglican cathedral in Singapore, the country's largest cathedral. It is located near City Hall, MRT Interchange in the Downtown Core, within the Central Area in Singapore's central business district

  • Garden’s by the Bay - Home to more than 250,00 plants as well as pavilions , waterways and them iconic Super trees, garden’s by the Bay is one of Singapore’s most visited outdoor attractions. Marvel at one of the world’s tallest indoor waterfalls in the Cloud Forest Conservatory and admire the views of Marina Bay from the Flower Dome Conservatory.

  • Night Safari – Take a train ride through the park with the animals in their natural habitats

  • Sentosa Island Cable car - Take a cable car over to Sentosa Island, enjoy views of the city from above, relax on the man-made beaches or party with the locals.

  • Singapore Flyer - This is a big wheel near the Marina Bay Sands, offering view of the whole city through a glass capsule.

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