TRIP REPORT: 9 days in Singapore. Family is self (52), wife (46) and son (22).
PART-1: Days 1 to 5.
After checking in, walked to Dhoby Ghaut MRT stn and had good spicy vegetarian Thai food at the food court in the station area (lower level).
Day 2 Wed: Sunny cloudless day ! After a decent breakfast at the hotel coffee shop, we took the MRT to Marina Bay stn and leisurely walked to the MBS promenade and then the Shoppes, etc. Lunch was at the Rasapura Food Court at the canal level – good veg choice of many cuisines!
From MBS, we went back to the hotel, rested for some time and then took the MRT to Chinatown. We went to the Seawheels Travel Agency to purchase our discounted tickets to many Singapore attractions - paid about S$594 – and saved close to S$100 in the process. Thanks TA forum!
Chinatown was in general very lively and the dragon was in place near Chinatown Point – as this was only a week before CNY. From here we had a light dinner of South Indian food at the Annalakshmi Restaurant near Havelock Square/Road. Interesting pricing indeed ! – they have no prices at all in the menu – you pay whatever you see fit !
From here, we took a cab back to the hotel and changed to a more appropriate dress (smart casual) for our visit to 1-Altitude Bar at One Raffles Place. We reached here around 9pm and being Wednesday, my wife could get in free (ladies night). We of course paid S$25 each for myself and my son – which includes entry tkt + one drink.
The views from the top are f-a-b-u-l-o-u-s indeed ! This is the highest open to sky bar in the world. Singapore skyline was a great sight and MBS looked ‘small’ – from this height. I believe MBS bldgs are about 200m tall – while 1-Altitude is at almost 300m height. We were at the bar for over an hour – before heading back to the hotel.
Day 3 Thu: USS day. Another sunny cloudless day ! After a quick breakfast, we walked to the Concorde Hotel for the free shuttle to RWSentosa. We took our passports – as this free service is meant only for foreign tourists. Unfortunately, they also insist on seeing the boarding / embarkation cards – and we had left these in the hotel. The bus has a notice prominently displayed at the door “…. Passport and embarkation card required…”.
The hotel being close – we simply went back to the hotel to get these cards and took the next free shuttle – reaching RWS / Universal Studios around 1045am.
USS was a pleasure ! We were here until 730pm and enjoyed our visit thoroughly – enjoying most of the rides also several times – hardly any waiting time. Transformers and Mummy rides were the best. We also tried out many of the restaurants – we loved the Luis café and Mel’s drive-In the most.
Unfortunately the Waterworld show was cancelled for the day – the only thing we missed out. Overall, we loved Shrek and NewYork / Hollywood the most. The finale was the Monster Rock show – quite hilarious and enjoyable indeed !
We left USS around 730pm and took the Sentosa express to the beach area and had an excellent pasta dinner at Bora Bora, below the I-Fly shop. Later, we also saw the Songs of the Sea – we found this to be a very ordinary and boring show. Back to the hotel by 11pm – after a very long and tiring day.
Day 4 Fri: Zoo + Night Safari Day. Another sunny cloudless day ! We had an easy time in the morning – had a leisurely breakfast. Then took the MRT to Ang Mo Kio followed by bus 138 to the Zoo – reaching there around 100pm.
Both the zoo and night safari were good experience – not too tiring and very different from similar zoos we have seen in other countries. The giant panda pavilion at the zoo was very good. Dinner was at the Bongo Café at Night Safari (veg burgers) – and we took the 11pm SAEx bus (S$ 4/50 each) to the city – it dropped us at Hotel Rendezvous Grand, close to our hotel.
ONE POINT: Many on TA forum advise not to club these two together. However, I feel that both are too far out from the city – so making 2 trips for these is a waste of time and money – IMHO. Maybe our plan to reach the zoo around 1pm worked out well.
Day 5 Sat: Another sunny cloudless day ! We took it easy in the morning and left around 11am by bus 502 from Orchard Rd to Marina Bay and spend a few great hours at Gardens by the Bay. Also went up to the walkway – an excellent photo opportunity indeed ! The two domes were great – though we were more impressed with Cloud Dome.
Lunch was at the Bakerzin café within the gardens – Italian pastas and beer – followed by excellent icecream at Seventh Heaven at the lower level of the domes. I think we paid S$5 odd for double scoop – much less than what we paid at many other locations.
Later we went back to the hotel for some rest and in the evening walked up to Clarke Quay – about a 15min walk from our hotel. We were here for an hour (great atmosphere!) – and then took the MRT to Little India for some hot Indian meal. Something we had missed for 4/5 days during the trip. Back to the hotel by 10pm or so.
Day 6 Sun: Our luck ran out ! - rainy day !
PART-2 – Days 6 to 9 follows later.