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. We only had three days in the city but that was plenty to have us wanting to come back again someday. Here’s our three-day itinerary for what we got up to in Singapore.
Check in + pool
We spent our first morning enjoying our hotel’s amazing pool – a much-needed refresh after our red-eye flight. 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 went on to visit (more on this later).
Old Hill Street Police Station
After grabbing some breakfast at Park Alexandra Hotel, our first stop was to see the Old Hill Street Police Station. This building was once home to Singapore’s first police station and jail – hard to imagine with its new colourful lick of paint. The building was renamed MICA Building in 2000 and is currently being used as an atrium for art activities.
We didn’t quite have time to explore inside but were able to take a few shots of the colourful exterior (tip: stand on the opposite side of the road for a better view of the building).
This museum combines technology and art to create visual marvels. Anyone who uses Instagram will likely have seen the museum’s LED light installation, Crystal Universe. Although beautiful, it surprised us how small the light installation actually was, luckily we visited on a fairly quiet day and didn’t have to jostle with others.
The light installation can be found right at the end of the museum but visitors can enjoy many of the interactive games along the way, although most are suited more for children.
For up to date prices and to book tickets, visit Marina Bay Sands’ website
Gardens By The Bay
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.