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In our first 24 hours in Singapore, we fit a lot in! This was our first day of five months backpacking, and we were excited to get started. How many steps did we walk? 34,412. Yep. We know how to really kill it on the first day. Luckily we’re used to walking stupid amounts, so it’s okay. I’m going to recap our first full day in Singapore, we did so much that I want to document it all before I forget!

Gardens by the Bay

After waking and eating the free breakfast included with our hostel stay (including a weird sausage. Why are sausages abroad SO odd?), we hopped on the MRT to Bayfront station and walked over to Gardens by the Bay. It’s located near Marina Bay Sands, and super easy to get to. Just follow the trees! There’s a whole huge park to explore, as well as some conservatories (which we walked by but didn’t visit). Enough to keep anyone entertained for an hour or two!

We were so overwhelmed and amazed by the Supertree Grove – they’re so impressive! It’s surreal to see them up close, it’s almost like being in a real version of Avatar. We were eager to head up onto the bridge that connects two of them together, so stumped up $8 each and got into the lift. My reoccurring fear of heights soon returned and I spent most of our fifteen minutes up there holding tightly onto the rail. (See later: happened again at Marina Bay Sky Park). It was fun, and worth it, but I wouldn’t like to have been up there if it was really busy.

Afterwards, we explored the rest of the park. We stopped for a much earned Root Beer/Snapple as it was h o t and we were thirsty! A quick journey back to the hostel after this to apply sun cream and get sunglasses, as it had changed from being what looked like a rainy day to actually quite nice. Still hot though.

Gardens by the Bay

Marina Bay Sands

Helix Bridge

Merlion

Lau Pa Sat Hawker Centre

Fort Canning Park

Clarke Quay

Tekka Centre

  • Gardens by the Bay
  • Marina Bay Sands
  • Helix Bridge
  • Merlion
  • Lau Pa Sat Hawker Centre
  • Fort Canning Park
  • Clarke Quay
  • Tekka Centre

Marina Bay Skypark

Covered in sun lotion and armed with sunglasses, we returned to Bayfront. This time we headed for the sky park on top of the Marina Bay Sands hotel. We looked in the crazy expensive mall and marvelled at how fancy everything was compared to Little India, where we’re staying. Two different worlds only a fifteen minute MRT ride apart. Walking through the hotel was interesting, and we wished we could visit the infinity pool on top. Sadly, they don’t let outside guests use it! Content with just visiting the sky park, we purchased tickets at $23 each (around $13.60 with the exchange rate we got) and zoomed up in the lift.

Around 30 minutes was enough to get a good view and take photographs, before heading back down to earth. We decided to stroll over the Helix bridge and across the bay to see the Merlion, the icon of Singapore. He spits water in all his glory. It’s worth coming to have a look but much like the Little Mermaid in Copenhagen, probably wouldn’t have wanted to make a special trip to see him.

So much adventuring…

After all of this trekking about, we were getting ready for something to eat. We happened upon Lau Pa Sat Hawker Centre.  Happily, we stopped to share a bowl of noodles in broth, some dim sum, and an iced coffee. Much needed! We found that we really enjoyed this center, and looking back we both think the noodles we shared was our favourite dish in Singapore! A sit down was much needed also, after walking a long way in the sun.

The late afternoon continued into early evening, where we blitzed through the sightseeing. We checked out Chinatown and the markets, Fort Canning park, and sat around in Clarke Quay for a while taking in the atmosphere. We were counting down the time, waiting for one final thing to do with our day…

Back to Gardens by the Bay

Back again? We were! Every night at 7:45pm and 8:45pm there’s a light show featuring the Supertrees. The theme for the show on our night was MUSICAL THEATRE! I love musicals! What a lucky surprise. We both really enjoyed it and it was the perfect way to finish the day.

Ending our first 24 hours in Singapore

After such a long day, sleep beckoned, and so we hot footed it back to Little India. Back the the Tekka Centre, we had a prata (a roti/thin pancake) with banana & chocolate to end our crazy day! We definitely crammed as much in as possible on our first day, Although we were tired the next day, it was more than worth it.