Crazy Black Backpacker | Singapore Travel Guide
Singapore is a small-city state lying at the southern tip of Malaysia. In 1965, Singapore was expelled from Malaysia due to racial tensions and differences in political views. Despite the country being destined to fail, in just a little over fifty years, it miraculously transformed from a developing country to one of the wealthiest countries in the world. Modern-day Singapore is vibrant, sophisticated, orderly, but expensive.
Best Time To Visit Singapore
Singapore is a year-round destination due to its consistent hot weather. Do keep in mind the season in which you are visiting the country. The dry season is from March until August while the wet season is from September to February.
How Many Days To Spend In Singapore
Majority of people only stay in Singapore for three to five days and catch a cheap flight to close by Krabi, Bali, or Bangkok.
Getting Around Singapore
Singapore Tourist Pass: Singapore Tourist Pass is the best option for people who plan to travel a lot. There are three types of passes: 1-day pass (S$10/$7.22), 2-day pass (S$16/$11.55), and 3-day pass (S$20/$14.44). This does give you unlimited rides on public transportation.
***There is an additional refundable S$10 ($7.22) deposit***
Grab: Grab is Uber for Singapore. The rides are more affordable than a taxi.
Instagrammable Places in Singapore
If you truly want a great photo, I would recommend you head out early or late in the afternoon to avoid tourists and the beaming sun.
1. Old Hill Street Police Station
This Neo-classic building was used as a police station under Britain's rule. Now it attracts photographers due to its over 900 rainbow-colored windows.
2. Supertree Grove
Singapore lacks natural attractions, but that is compensated by its man-made gems such as the Supertree grove. Two light shows take place here every night at 7:45 pm and 8:45 pm.
3. Masjid Sultan Mosque
Masjid Sultan is located in the Kampong Glam District--a historic yet hipster area in Singapore. In 1975, this mosque was deemed as a national monument which is understandable due to its magnificent architecture.
4. Library Orchard
This library is located on the third floor of Orchard Gateway Mall. Other than just taking a picture, this is a good place to catch your breath and charge your phone.
5. Cloud Forest at Gardens By the Bay
Cloud forest is a 35-meter tall "mountain" covered in lush vegetation: orchids, ferns, and laceleaf. This conservatory is meant to replicate tropical highlands up to 2,000 meters above sea level.
6. Peranakan Houses
These aesthetically pleasing houses are located in the Joo Chiant neighborhood in eastern Singapore.
7. ArtScience Museum
This is a must see attraction if you are in the Marina Bay Sands area. The exhibits here are always changing to keep up with the current world. When I visited the three exhibitions on show were Floating Utopias, Alice in Wonderland, and Future World: Where Art Meets Science.
8. House of Tan Teng Niah
House of Tan Teng Niah, built in the 1900s, is located in Little India and is one of the last Chinese Villas left.
9. Botanic Gardens/The National Orchid Garden
Singapore Botanic Gardens is the only tropical garden to be named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The garden is free to explore from 5 am to 12 am. However, the National Orchid Garden is open just from 8:30 am to 7 pm and has an entrance fee of SG$5.
10. Fort Canning Park
I'm going to be honest, I just came here to take a picture on the staircase.
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