And it happened. Years of reading blogs by solo travellers & inspired by an elder sister who solo travelled most of South-East Asia last year, I took the plunge.
The decision to go solo was also fueled by the fact that D & my sis were going on a 15 day trek to Stok Kangri. Not being the one to mop around the house on a 4 day long weekend, I booked my tickets to Singapore within an hour of coming across a ‘Travel Agent’ sale by Singapore Airlines.
You do not travel if you are afraid of the unknown, you travel for the unknown, that reveals you with yourself. – Ella Maillart
I had 2 weeks to plan my travel and my focus was on Singapore’s art scene, must-do’s attractions and diverse food culture. I chose to stay at a supercool Airbnb on Seah Street. Surrounded by hip & local eateries, 5 minutes away from MRT and Singapore’s cultural hub – civic district, I it perfect for solo travellers.
My Self-Planned Singapore Itinerary
Singapore, Day 1:
- Breakfast, 8.30am: Y Y Kafei, 37 Beach Road. Try the traditional Singaporean breakfast of Kaya Toast with Kopi.
- 10am: National Gallery Singapore, 1 Saint Andrew’s Road. Was fortunate enough to see Yayoi Kusama’s work since 60’s.
- Lunch, 12pm-1pm: Lau Pa Sat, also known as Telok Ayer Market
- 1.30pm- Esplanade -Theatres by the bay. Art & culture junkies will love this beautiful durian shaped Esplanade.
- 2.30pm: Art Science Museum. I only visited the Future World Exhibition and it is out of the world.
- 4pm – 7.30pm: Gardens By The Bay.
- 8pm: Water Laser show, Marina Bay Sands. By this time I had been on foot for almost 10 hours with no energy left.
- Dinner, 9:00pm: Ate Bee Hoon at Y Y Kafei, walked to my Airbnb 100 meters away and crashed.
More than the walking its the heat and humidity that drains you out, so stay hydrated, carry some snacks with you. Lesson was well learnt on day 1.
Singapore, Day 2:
- Breakfast, 8:00am: Tiong Bahru Bakery, Raffles Centre. Famous for its croissants; I tried the Almond croissant and boy! If you are a foodie, this bakery is for you.
- 10:00am: Caught the MRT to Universal Studios, Resort World Sentosa. The transport system is fantastic and you won’t loose your way, unless you really want to. Do yourself a favour, buy the EXPRESS PASS!!
- 1:00pm: Lunch at one of the stalls in Madagascar lane.
- 5:00pm: SEA Aquarium. Try & spend a good 2 hours here. Sting rays, hammer-head sharks, there is so much to see here. I would recommend keeping your mobile/camera away and enjoy the sea-life. It’s something else.
- Dinner, 8.30pm: Sushi Airways, Baghdad Street.
- 10:pm: Post dinner, we walked & explored Baghdad street, Arab lane, haji lane and the surrounding area. Being Saturday, every bar had a band/singer playing live and the area was full of tourist groups and locals alike, happy pub-hoppers singing along with the musicians. If there is one word for the ambiance it would be ‘happy’. We were destined to land at Muzium Cafe where 2 singers, the best I have heard in my life, were crooning to some great tunes. With a pitcher of Tiger beer in tow, this was Saturday night done right.
Singapore, Day 3:
- Breakfast, 8.30am: Toast Box Cafe, Raffles Centre.
- 10am: Jurong Bird Park. #lovelovelove 🙂
- Lunch, 2.3opm: Took a cab & head out to Queensland to try the 2 most famous Laksa’s in Singapore – Jangutt Katong Laksa & 328 Katong Laksa. (If you are at Jurong bird park, its best to take a Uber/taxi to this place)
- 4pm: Chinatown. How I wish I had more time to spend here. Remember to buy some great souvenirs and bargain hard. Don’t be afraid to leave a shop as you are guaranteed to get the same item in many other shops.
- 6pm: Mint Museum of Toys (in the same lane as my Airbnb) -It’s a five storey building full of toys. Need I say more?
- Dinner, 8.30pm: Zheng Swee Kee Hainese Chicken Rice – A fantastic meal that set the mood for rest of the night.
- Post-Dinner Drinks, 10.30pm- 1 Alttitude, Raffles Place. Home to stunning 360degree view of Singapore, 1 Altitude is the world’s highest Alfresco bar. Heavy on the pocket (entry includes a drink), its definitely worth a visit.
Singapore, Day 4:
- Breakfast, 8,00am: Ya Kun Kaya Toast. I tried Kaya Toast here & Yuan Yang, a mix of tea & coffee. This place gets crowded very quickly.
- Walked around bugis street. This was a sunny and hot Monday morning.
- Lunch, 1pm: Killiney Kopitiam, an institution in itself. Their Mee Rebus is addictive.
- 2pm: Airport 🙁
If you want to experience other attractions like River Safari, Night Safari and explore more of Resorts World Sentosa, I recommend a 7 day stay in Singapore. I am, however, extremely happy that I stuck to my itinerary, interacted with locals and experienced a great 3 day trip to Singapore. Am I going back? Definitely yes!
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