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

Public Transportation: The Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) is the easiest and most budget-friendly way to get around Singapore. Upon arriving in the country I would recommend buying an EZ-Link card which costs S$12 (S$5 for the card and S$7 travel value). Depending on where you go the price for each way is around S$1 and some change. You can also purchase a ticket at the station each time you travel. This will cost you much more, around S$4, due to the expense of the paper.

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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