We immersed ourselves right away during our first day in Singapore. There was a lot of walking and sightseeing. It was quite tiring but I really loved all the sights we were able to see.Upon our arrival at Singapore the first place we explored was the Marina Bay area. We rode a bus from our hotel since the bus stop was nearer than the MRT station.
We started at the Merlion Park. Besides being able to see the iconic Merlion statue. This area offers a nice view of the Marina Bay Sands which was on the opposite side of the Merlion Park.
There were a lot of people in the park when we went. I’m not sure if this is the usual volume of people this area gets but it was also a public holiday when we went there.
Tip: There’s a nice viewing deck at Clifford Square where you can get good pictures with the Marina Bay Sands as the backdrop. This area is a few minutes away via walking from the Merlion Park.
In order to reach Gardens by the Bay from Merlion Park we opted to walk. Googlemaps estimates that it’ll take a 17 minute walk to get to Gardens by the Bay but that’s not true. I feel like it took us an hour to get to the other side. It was a pretty long walk. Tiring but a very nice experience.
Lots of wonderful sights to see. The Singapore River with the Merlion Park as the backdrop. The Helix Bridge. A kid riding a scooter along the promenade.
At the end of the Helix Bridge we got side tracked by The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands. The Shoppes is a mall across the Marina Bay Sands also affiliated with the hotel. We went in for a quick escape from the Singapore weather which was really humid.
Tip: Gardens by the Bay is quite a large area. There are some areas that you can visit for free and some that has a fee such as the conservatories and the OCBC Skyway. Budget around 4 – 5 hours for this place. Don’t be in such a rush. Smell the roses! 🙂
We bought tickets to see the Cloud Forest and Flower Dome. It costs SGD 28 each for non local residents. The conservatories are open til 9PM which is a good thing since it was around 6PM when we arrived there.
We opted to go to the Cloud Forest first. It’s a bit cool inside but it’s not like you’ll need a jacket unless you get cold easily. Upon entering we were welcomed by huge man-made waterfall. The Cloud Forest conservatory has a lot of interesting looking plants. I didn’t have an audio guide so I could only observe in awe.
Another area within the Cloud Forest, the Cloud Walk. It offers a nice view.
By the time we entered the Flower Dome, it was already evening. The Flower Dome area was illuminated by lights scattered throughout the conservatory offering a lovely view of the conservatory.
After exploring the gardens we decided to have dinner at the DC Super Heroes Cafe which was at The Shoppes. We walked going there and got lost in the gardens along the way.
Tip: At night they have a lights show for the SuperTree Grove it’s really entertaining to watch! 🙂
DC Super Heroes Cafe is a superhero themed cafe. Besides the life size superhero figures outside the cafe. The overall interior of the restaurant is littered with superhero icons. The names and looks of their food are also superhero themed. They even have a store adjacent to the cafe selling all sorts of superhero merchandise.
We enjoyed our meal there though it was a bit pricey. I ordered a chicken meal with a truffled mashed potato and it was divine! I super loved the taste of truffles. ❤ I wasn’t able to snap any pictures of our meal because we were so hungry and dug into it as soon as it was served.
Our night wasn’t over yet. We went to 1-Altitude with my friend’s friend and got to see an amazing night view of the city.