When we heard some of our UK friends were travelling around South East Asia, we just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to fly out and meet them in Singapore. Due to other commitments, we only had a few days in the city but it was more than enough to have us wanting to return again someday.
Park Hotel Alexandra very generously sponsored our accommodation and we couldn’t have asked for a better place to stay. The hotel is situated amongst the lush greenery of The Southern Ridges and is located a short distance away from Downtown Core and Sentosa Island – both places we planned to visit. The first morning of our trip was spent enjoying their amazing pool – anyone following our Instagram knows we’re suckers for a beautiful pool.
After chowing down a delicious breakfast buffet we were off to explore the city.
Our first stop was the amazing One Hill Street Police Station. The building is currently being used as an atrium for art activities but was once the first police station and jail in Singapore – hard to imagine with its new colourful lick of paint.
After waiting a while for pedestrian and motor traffic to clear, we snapped a few shots and made our way over to the ArtScience Museum where our friends were waiting.
Anyone who uses Instagram will surely know about the beautiful light installation they have at the ArtScience Museum. It surprised us how short the light installation actually was, luckily we visited on a fairly quiet day and didn’t have to jostle with others for a photo. We didn’t spend too much time inside as the rest of the museum was more suited to children with plenty of interactive games and activities for them to play.
We spent the remainder of our day at our next stop, Gardens By The Bay. This was our most anticipated part of the trip. As nature and outdoor lovers, it was interesting to see the potential for nature and urban to intertwine. We highly recommend staying for the light show in the evening (check times here). Travel tip: If you’re thinking of going up to the Skyway, do it just before the light show starts for the best views in the park.
On our way back to catch a taxi to our hotel, we also caught the light show at Marina Bay Sands.
Day 2 of our trip was spent entirely on Sentosa Island. Here’s a fun fact: Sentosa Island is completely man-made for the sole purpose of letting visitors have fun. There are a few activities you can choose to do here, but with our limited time, we decided to visit Palawan Beach and Universal Studios.
The following photos were all taken during our time down at the beach. There’s a suspension bridge you can cross which provides access to Palawan Island, also a small man-made island.
As you can see, we didn’t take any photos at Universal Studios. We decided to put the cameras down and just enjoy ourselves.
We started Day 3 bright and early and headed down to Masjid Sultan, Singapore’s most famous mosque. Ever since our visit to Malaysia, we’ve loved visiting and photographing mosques. Every mosque tends to have its own unique beautiful design and the people there are always friendly – Masjid Sultan was no exception. We recommend coming here early when the streets are quiet for a clear photo leading up to the mosque.
Just round the corner from Masjid Sultan are some great Indian restaurants to grab a delicious yet reasonably priced breakfast.
With our tummies full, we walked to our next destination, and second mosque of the day, Abdul Gafoor Mosque. Both mosques were beautiful but if you’re only going to visit one, we would recommend Abdul Gafoor Mosque as it’s much quieter there with fewer tourists.
Our very last spot before heading to the airport was Katong with its picturesque pastel shophouses. Although it’s quite far out from everywhere else on our to-do list, we just had to visit. This was one of the prettiest streets we’ve ever seen and well worth the slightly awkward trip out.
And just like that, our time in Singapore was over. We thoroughly enjoyed our time here and are very much looking forward to returning and exploring some of the lesser known areas of Singapore.