Singapore is a beautiful, multicultural city-state more than half of which is covered in parks and greenery. It is the cleanest country I have ever been to before. Singapore makes an excellent introduction to Asia for those who have not before set foot outside of their own countries. Singapore is one of the most expensive countries in Asia and you’ll find your budget is quickly depleted if you linger here for long. The solution to this dilemma? Keep your trips to Singapore short.
At 165m (541 ft), the Singapore Flyer is the world’s highest observation wheel,
beating London Eye at 135 meters. It’s also one of the best ways to introduce yourself to the city’s high-rises from above.
Tickets to the Singapore Flyer cost SGD 29.50 per adult, SGD 20.65 per child from 3 to 12 years old, and SGD 23.60 for seniors above 60 years of age. There are also a variety of prices and packages on offer, depending on the season and the size of the party. The official site for the Singapore Flyer provides up-to-the-minute info on special pricing packages: http://www.singaporeflyer.com
Eating in Singapore
If you’re not sure what you want to eat, head to one of the hawker food centres where you can take your pick from Singaporean, Indian, Chinese, Malay, Thai, Indonesian, Japanese and more! There are hawker food centres scattered all over the city and dishes usually cost just a few dollars.
The Botanic Gardens
Before the sun hits its midday peak, head to the Botanic Gardens for a breath of fresh air in the heart of the city. The Singapore Botanic Gardens is the oldest and probably the largest garden park spread over 183 hectares in Singapore. It was established in 1859 by the Agri-Horticultural Society as a leisure park but was subsequently handed over to the government. Henry Nicholas Ridley was the first scientific director from 1888 to 1911. He was responsible for the setting up of the rubber industry in Malaysia and during his time founded a way to tap rubber without hurting the trees.
In the early morning, most businesses are closed in Singapore. This makes it the perfect time to visit the Botanical Garden, which opens at 5am. The garden is particularly known for its orchid collection.
Cavenagh Bridge is one of the oldest and only suspension bridge in Singapore. It opened in 1870 and originally named Edinburgh Bridge but was later changed to Cavanagh Bridge in honor to Major General William Orfeur Cavenagh, Governor of Straits Settlements during that time.
Now, this bridge is mainly used for pedestrians and vehicles are not allowed to pass. The 1910s police notice still remains at each end of the bridge.
The bridge is located in the Singapore River, near to Fullerton Building (now Fullerton Hotel) which connects north and south banks.
Dusk is a great time to head down to Marina Bay to wander around and soak up the atmosphere as there are plenty of bars and restaurants if you’re in need of refreshment.