In recent months, Singapore has enjoyed a certain amount of popularity, having been the featured place for political summits, and also as the backdrop for a certain, very trendy rom-com Hollywood movie. That said, I'm sure that everyone that has been to Singapore would have a very different view of it, particularly someone who grew up in it. In light of me going away next month, I thought I'd try to inspire some of you to take off to greater heights - both literally and mentally.
With that in mind, I took the chance to hit some interesting spots around Singapore when I went back recently, and I thought I'd take a few snapshots to show you what spots you need to consider checking out when you're in Singapore next.
This wonderfully whimsical alleyway is worth a visit to every time I'm there. It's a number of converted shop fronts that now sell interesting items, ranging from wall prints to clothes and accessories. Bonus points for being colourful and pretty - great for Instagram!
Gardens by the Bay:
Even though the gardens haven't been in Singapore for that long, it is now considered an iconic part of the landscape. It's incredibly pretty out there, with plenty of space for relaxing and amazingly, it is mostly free, with the exception of two biodomes and the bridge. It's gorgeous during the day, but also just as beautiful at night.
Marina Bay Sands:
While you're in the area, pay a visit to the very recognisable Marina Bay Sands. Famous for their infinity pool, this stunning building also has a rooftop bar for those who want the view, but don't have access to the pool area. Stay for a drink or two, and watch the city light up around you as the sun sets.
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands:
In Singapore, you're never too far from one of two things - food and shopping. Literally, you just have to step outside your hotel and walk, and in less than 5 minutes, you'll hit an area where you can buy food, or indulge your inner shopaholic. In this case, if you're staying at Marina Bay Sands, you don't have far to go for either. Check out the sampan in the building, enjoy a nice indoor stroll to get away from the humidity of the day.
If you're looking to pick up souvenirs and you're keen for a good wander, then you should hop over to Chinatown and have a poke around! While you're there, make sure you check out Liao Fan Hawker Chan, the very first hawker in the world to achieve a Michelin star - it will be the cheapest Michelin star food you'll ever eat!
Bugis Street Market:
Bugis Street Market is a prime example of food and shopping going hand in hand together. I love picking up snacks when I'm there, including fried fish balls and muah chee, and washing it down with a fresh juice. Hit the stalls in the area to pick up interesting clothes and necessities that are cheap and unique. It's chaotic, it's loud, but most of all, it's fun!
There's so much more I want to show you guys - Singapore is colourful and gorgeous, and there's so much to eat that you'd find it hard to button up anything after 24 hours in the garden city!
Where have you been in Singapore? What's your favourite thing about the country?