Singapore in 3 days: Day 01
How to get there: Bugis Station (Downtown Line) – my hotel was located here.
Kampong Glam is mostly a Muslim-Malay neighbourhood with beautiful shops on Arab Street. One of the most must-see sites is the Masjid Sultan mosque and the Malay Heritage Center (closed on Mondays). During the Ramadan period, there is a bazaar at the entrance of the mosque where you can find local foods and souvenirs.
How to get there: Little India station (North East Line) – Walk from Arab Street to Weld road, in direction of Little India.
Take 10 to 15 minutes to visit the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, the House of Tan Teng Niah.
I did not go to the Little India Arcade but if you are into shopping, stop by.
How to get there: Chinatown station (North-East line) – Take the metro at the Little Indian station, near the House of Tan Teng Niah.
Stop by the little shops on both sides of the street as you step out the Chinatown station. A good place for nice bargains (Do not settle for the first price you are given, I bought a camera filter for $20 Singaporean instead of the $40 proposed)!
You can visit the China Heritage Center (not free) on Pagoda Street, the Sri Mariamman Temple on South Bridge Road. Stop by the Chinatown Street Food market to enjoy the local Chinese cuisine. End your visit of Chinatown with the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple. One of the most beautiful Buddhist temples in the world and the story is that Buddha’s tooth is kept in the temple, thus the name.
How to get there: Raffles Place station (East-West Line / North-South Line) – Take the North-East line from Chinatown station to Outram Park, exchanged for East-West line to Raffles Place. Get out of the station toward One Raffle Place. Walk down to Singapore river, the view is amazing for taking pictures.
Walk alongside the quay on your left for the little seafood restaurants by the river. A good place to eat a crab (gigantic ones) or enjoy a beer and the view. Walk up to Elgin bridge to see the Parliament, the National Gallery, Victoria Theatre, and the Mirror Balls.
Walk alongside Queen Elizabeth Walk and take a 5min break to admire the view.
Esplanade / Merlion Park / Promenade:
How to get there: Keep walking along Queen Elizabeth Walk until you reach the Esplanade on your right.
One of the best views of Singapore is from the Esplanade. The right place to take pictures of the Marina Bay Sands Luxury Hotel, the Art Science Museum, the business district, the Merlion etc.
Cross the Esplanade Bridge to the Merlion Park.
Cross the Esplanade Bridge, take a walk on the Promenade. Buy one of the world-famous Coconut Ice Cream and take a few minutes to try one the local cuisine at the Makansutra Gluttons Bay, a large outdoor court with Asian eats.
Gardens by the Bay:
How to get there: Walk from the Promenade, past the Formula One race course, and go up the Helix Bridge. At the end of the bridge, turn left for the Gardens by the Bay.
One of the most visited places in Singapore. Unfortunately, I did not spend much time here. But the Gardens by the Bay is essential for a complete Singapore experience.
How to get there: Walk back from Gardens by the Bay in direction of the Marina Skypark.
The entrance fee is $28 Singaporean dollars but the view is worth the price. One of the best places to take amazing pictures of Singapore, especially if you have great lenses.
Wait for the 7:45 pm light show in the Gardens by the Bay and the 8 pm one near the ArtScience Museum.
Ramadan Sultan Bazaar 2019 (Ramadan period only):
How to get there: Bugis Station (Downtown Line) – Walk up to Arab Street, in direction of the Masjid Sultan mosque.
During the Ramadan, the best and cheapest place to try the local cuisine (Malay, Chinese and Indian). Try the Takoyakis, Sweetcorn and Peanut butter pancake, etc.