Because it was already night time when we arrived at Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre (our hotel) last July, we decided to just have dinner outside and just rest and relax at our hotel room. Exploring the city would have to wait the next day.
Our destination on our 2nd day in Singapore was Sentosa Island. There are many things to see and experience here like the Universal Studios Singapore, S.E.A. Aquarium, and The Maritime Experiential Museum, just to name a few.
2nd Day in Singapore
If you’re looking for an exciting underwater sea experience, then you should visit the S.E.A. Aquarium. It is Southeast Asia’s largest aquarium that features more than 100, 000 marine animals. We bought a combo ticket for S.E.A. Aquarium and The Maritime Experiential Museum, but I forgot the price; it wasn’t indicated in our admission tickets, too.
The Maritime Experiential Museum
The Maritime Experiential Museum allows guests to travel back in time and join seafarers in their conquest of the seas. A tour of the museum will make one better understand the Maritime Silk Route, give a glimpse of the trading ships used during this period in history, teach navigation skills, and allow visitors to escape from the pirates, albeit virtually.
Sentosa Merlion at Sentosa Island is the biggest Merlion statue in Singapore towering at 37 meters. The merlion, a mythical creature with the head of a lion and the body of a fish, is considered a guardian of prosperity and a national symbol in Singapore. We didn’t pay to get to the top of the Sentosa Merlion. We were content just having a picture of us with it.
3rd Day in Singapore
On our 3rd day, we hailed a cab going to Mandai Lake Road to get to Singapore Zoo. We bought combo tickets for Singapore Zoo and River Safari that cost 60 SGD per person. Warning! The Singapore Zoo is huge! It took us several hours before we could finish navigating through all 11 zones of the zoo. A 26-hectare wildlife park, Singapore Zoo, formerly known as Singapore Zoological Gardens, is home to more than 300 species of animals. Here, you can see animals roaming freely in their natural habitats.
River Safari is the first and only river-themed wildlife park in Asia. It has the world’s largest freshwater aquarium, and it offers boat rides, too. The highlight of our visit here was when we got to see one of the two giant pandas.
Flower Dome (Gardens by the Bay)
The Flower Dome is one of the air-conditioned conservatories at Gardens by the Bay. It’s a huge glass greenhouse with themed gardens filled with many exotic plants from all around the world. Gardens by the Bay is located on Marina Gardens Drive.
Cloud Forest (Gardens by the Bay)
Surrounded in mist, Cloud Forest offers an awesome mountain view with lush vegetation and floral wonders. The tall waterfall seems to be the most popular attraction inside the Cloud Forest as most of the tourists have their photos taken at this spot.
Supertree Grove (Gardens by the Bay)
The Supertree Grove is a delight to watch at night because of the colorful lights surrounding it. Matching the blinking lights with loud, upbeat music makes for an even more festive treat for all the tourists and spectators at Gardens by the Bay.
4th Day in Singapore
Universal Studios Singapore
We actually didn’t go inside Universal Studios Singapore because of our son. He said it might just be similar to Hong Kong Disneyland that we (my son and I) had already visited, so we skipped it. Looking back, I should have never listened to him. Haha. We made sure, though, that we have this obligatory photo with the Universal Globe. This picture was taken on our 4th day in Singapore. We had a similar photo taken on our 2nd day in Singapore, but it was blurry, so yes, we went back to have a take two.
Skyride and Skyline Luge Sentosa
The Skyride gives a birds eye view of Sentosa Island, Singapore city skyline, and South China Sea. After the Skyride, you can ride the Luge and choose from four exciting tracks (Jungle Trail, Dragon Trail, Kupu Kupu Trail, and Expedition Trail) that twist and turn through the mythical forest. Our son had both, but hubby and I only settled for the Skyride. Luge + Skyride cost 24 SGD, while the 2-way Skyride costs 9 SGD per person.
Earlier in the day, we got to visit Bugis Street to eat. Afterwards, father and son window-shopped at the flea market just across the street. This was our last day of exploring Singapore because we were going home the next day. We actually didn’t want our short vacation to end, but as Barbara Streisand’s song goes, “Some good things never last.” But hey, we can still visit again, right?