The thing that surprised me the most about Singapore was first the heat, but then it’s beauty. I had been to the airport for transit many times before, and had a one-night stop over on the way back from our honeymoon, but that was a night time arrival and lunch time departure so we didn’t have much time to see anything at all. This time we had a full 8 days to explore Singapore for all its glory, and it did not disappoint.
When our plane landed in Singapore the stranger sitting next me on the plane asked how long we were staying, to which when I responded 8 days he scoffed and wished me luck, he didn’t think there was enough to do to warrant 8 days in this small nation city. Boy was he wrong! My itinerary was completely full and I still had a few things that I didn’t have time to do. For a relatively small country, there is a myriad of things to keep tourists entertained.
That being said, nothing is cheap. I personally believe that the whole country lives by the principle “nothing in this world is free” as virtually every activity we did, came at a price. Now I normally love telling my readers about all the wonderful things you can do on your holiday for free or extremely cheap but I’m sorry to report that in Singapore, this is almost impossible…almost!
Singapore is often referred to as ‘the city in the garden’ and they sure do appreciate the beauty of the rainforest and place importance on conserving the environment (a huge tick in my book). So naturally almost every garden that saturates Singapore is completely free to enter.
Gardens by the Bay is the beautiful neighbour of Marina Bay Sands. Entry to this large, beautiful garden is free and is a photographer’s dream with beautiful greenery everywhere you turn. There are various lakes and walkways that you are free to meander to your hearts desire and it is very easy to spend a couple of hours exploring and not even realise. It is the individual conservatories such as the Flower Dome and Cloud Dome, which you will then be expected to pay an entry fee. I didn’t visit any of the Conservatories or pay for any attractions in Gardens by the Bay, I was, however, happy to spend a few hours exploring and taking in the beautiful view of Marina Bay Sands, the bay inundated with ships, and the Singapore Flyer. The best way to access Gardens by the Bay is by the footbridge in Marina Bay Sands just simply follow the signs.
Another garden to visit is Singapore’s Botanical Garden, a UNESCO World Heritage sight. Entry into the Botanical Garden is free and comes complete with comprehensive footpaths and various areas to admire and explore. Within the Botanical Gardens there is various smaller gardens, which require an entry fee. We visited the National Orchid Garden, which cost $5 and was worth every cent.
An important note: Both Gardens are quite large and Singapore is very humid and hot so please pack plenty of water as there is not always a place available to buy water.