Written by our guest blogger, Charlotte who’s a British and recently returned to Singapore for a short trip ever since she left about 15 years ago – hear from what made her fell in love with the country again – Singapore like no other. A place where we call home forever.
My Return to Singapore
As a child whom was extremely lucky to grow up in Singapore, not that I realised that at the time of course – I played with children of all nationalities, experienced different cultures and had all year round good weather which meant swimming and playing outside were part of my daily routine.
On my return to the UK in the 1990’s I never imagined that it would be 15 years until the next time I would return, this time as a 25 year old, excited to see just how Singapore had developed since I left. Singapore has always been a city that evolves and changes with the times so I was expecting to see lots of new things when I visited recently, but nothing could have prepared me for quite how much this fantastic city has changed.
Here are some of my favourite places to visit in a city that will always have a very special place in my heart:
The first place I have to mention is the hotel which we were lucky enough to be staying in, as visiting Singapore was a special holiday where the hotel needed to be pretty special too, so we decided on the Marina Bay Sands.
Rising above the glittering Singapore skyline, the Marina Bay Sands’ 3 towers and impressive sky park are a tourist attraction in their own right not to mention the adjoining shopping mall, casino, theatres, world class restaurant, ice rink and museum to name but a few of the resorts offerings.
To say this area had changed since I was last in Singapore would be an understatement as the entire resort has been built on re-claimed land that used to be the sea! Unsurprisingly for the ever evolving Singapore, this huge world class resort is not the last thing that is planned to be built on the reclaimed land, there will soon be a 54 hectare park including a conservatories complex and a flower market to integrate nature into the urban landscape, I can’t wait until my next trip to see how the area has developed!
Clarke Quay was never an area I had spent much time as a child but I remember my parents would enjoy evenings there when our friends and family would come to visit. Experiencing the area as an adult was fantastic; the huge selection of bars and restaurants, many with amusing themes combined with the stunning water front makes for a great night out.
Singapore has an incredibly safe and calm feeling that I’ve not experienced in any other country I have ever visited, smoking is only permitted in designated areas outside and everyone seems relaxed and enjoying themselves.
We enjoyed several drinks sat in a bar by the waterfront enjoying live music and watching the bum boats ferrying people across the Singapore River. For the brave out there, there was even a reverse bungee where its riders are catapulted into the air at terrifying speeds, although we were more content with watching than actually experiencing the ride for ourselves!
A tip for when you are ready to head home, taxis seem to be incredibly difficult to get here, make sure you have alternative arrangements; the nearby MRT station is convenient, as you could be waiting a long time for a taxi or be pressured into getting an expensive rickshaw ride back to your hotel!
My memories of Little India as a child included a school trip to visit the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, bright colours and the smell of exotic spices. My visit as an adult was no different, we visited during Deepavali and the area was lit with coloured lights, we headed down Serangoon Road to a small restaurant to enjoy some of the most fantastic Indian food I have ever eaten – I have never visited India myself but the area certainly felt authentic, with the majority of Singapore’s Indian immigrants settling in the area.
The shops in Little India are open late and offer great bargains on clothes and jewellery. After our meal we headed to a small pub and backpackers bar, the Prince of Wales on Dunlop Street where we enjoyed an evening of great atmosphere and brilliant live music. Little India is a must for people visiting Singapore, perfect for an authentic night out with delicious food, live music and a great atmosphere.
These are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the amount of great things to do in Singapore – the city is modern, clean, efficient and home to some of the friendliest people I have ever met. I can’t wait to return again and this time I certainly won’t wait 15 years to do so!
About Guest Blogger
Charlotte is a travel blogger. She has enjoyed travel from a young age having lived in Singapore, Sarawak, Borneo and Perth, Australia. Some of her favourite destinations include city breaks to Singapore and New York and summer holidays to the Canary Islands.