Singapore travel guide
One of the smallest country in Asia, Singapore is a huge oasis of peace and greenery with a multicultural touch and a mix of architecture. A perfect stopover to another country in Asia or your way back home. Marina Bays Sands and Garden By The Bay are one of the iconic sights of the city. Singapore has also remarkable amount of must-see neighborhoods : from Little India to China Town to Haji Lane and many more.
How to travel to Singapore
Singapore Changi Airport is the main airport of Singapore also the best airport of the world.
If you plan to visit Singapore, make sure you also visit the Jewel Changi Airport. Since 2017 you can visit the highest indoor waterfall in the world. Jewel consist of 5 levels of shopping spaces. Singapore Tourist Pass is a special transport card you can use unlimited for bus, MRT and LRT trains. I took the Singapore Tourist Pass for 1-3 days. $10. One ride to the citycentre was $1.20. Every 5-10 minutes there is a new train departing.
Where to stay in Singapore
I stayed at the Hotel G, is the quintessential Lifestyle hotel, custom designed to reflect the cosmopolitan rhythms and dynamism of the tiny island nation of Singapore. A bustling international city with a vibrant nightlife, a burgeoning art scene, phenomenal food and beautiful beaches, it’s a true melting-pot with a plethora of options for vacationers or business travelers
The nicest neighborhoods in Singapore
Little India is a small, cozy, but busy neighborhood that literally takes you into Indian culture. The scent of fresh herbs, Indian music, women in saris and numerous colorful facades and streets.
Kampong Glam is the Arab district of Singapore. You will find plenty of nice bars, shops and the largest mosque, which you can recognize from various points by its golden dome.
Chinatown consists of hectic streets that are filled to the brim with cheap food stalls where you can eat great. At noon, you stumble over the businessmen who take a tight seat here on a plastic chair. You can visit a number of temples, of which the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple is the most impressive.
If you want to shop, you have plenty of choice here: both luxury and “normal” stores! The shopping street is about 2.2 kilometers long. You literally walk from one shopping center to the other. The best known is the ION Orchard: here you will find the most luxurious shops such as Louis Vuitton, Prada, … The shopping complex is a work of art made of glass, marble and steel, and also has an observation desk.
One of Singapore’s liveliest neighborhoods, Katong is a heady blend of old and new. Family businesses and quaint shop houses sit alongside cool cafés and hip boutiques. Take a stroll through this charming enclave to discover a melting pot of tradition and modernity.
This part of the city consists largely of classical buildings that are clearly influenced by the west. Sights are the Singapore Art Museum and the stately Raffles Hotel.
Must – visit
Garden by the bay
A mix of art, nature and technology in a large garden with futuristic trees and two domes. The “trees” are made of reinforced concrete wrapped with steel frames. The outsides consist of planting panels. The trees work on solar energy: part of that energy is used to illuminate the trees at night, another part to purify the air.
More time : visit Cloud Forest & Flower Dome
Art Science Museum
A museum where art and science meet. I visited the permanent exhibition “Future World”. It runs in collaboration with Teamlab, a Japanese creative agency that makes high-tech interactive artworks. Here you will be immersed in a world of fantasy, art and science. Teamlab has ensured that you go on a journey of discovery through nature, city and park. A visit to this museum is definitely recommended! Perhaps in the shape of the building you recognize a lotus flower floating on the water. The building is also called the “hospitable hand of Singapore”. You enter the museum through a free-standing glass pavilion around a pond. Both lifts and escalators take you to the exhibition spaces.
Red Dot Museum
The Red Dot Museum is dedicated to the Red Dot Design Awards, one of the largest international design prizes in the world. The museum exhibits more than 300 works that have won a prize. It has two branches, one in Singapore and one in Essen, Germany. The exhibition “A preview of the future” took place in Singapore. You really get beautiful previews of the future of product design, interior, architecture and graphic design.
There is also a design store attached to the museum, where the best design objects are sold. And guess, what did I come across here? The Airvase, the well-known work of my internship agency Torafu Architects. I felt proud that I had done an internship there!
Park Royal on Pickering – WOHA Architects
Hotel-in-a-garden: the “heavenly gardens” are designed to maintain themselves with minimal energy consumption. The hotel has an organic exterior of massive vaults wrapped in tropical plants. There are hanging gardens every 4 floors. Greenery grows throughout the complex. Trees, gardens and hotel form one whole. Magnificent!
More time :
Macritchie Treetop Walk