On Day 3, we looked out the windows and saw it wouldn’t be raining. Gardens by the Bay was our must see on the trip, so even though the haze was still pretty bad, we decided to check this off the list in the daytime just in case it rained again. I’d highly recommend checking it out at night though since I hear it’s absolutely beautiful with the lights up. Since it was around Mid-Autumn Festival, there were lots of decorations up.
Get off at the Bayfront MRT station, and take Exit B, following the signs. You’ll go through a beautiful long linkway. There are tons of directions so you’ll be sure you won’t get lost.
Entrance inside the park is free. This will allow you to see the magical Supertree Grove from the ground. They offer a shuttle bus for unlimited rides around the garden with a cost of around $3 SG, but honestly, it’s quite a short walk so I would skip this service.
We did however pay for the OCBC Skyway which is pretty awesome. Admission is $5 SG for adults so pretty affordable.
You get to take an elevator up 22 meters above the ground and stroll along the OCBC skyway. You can also catch panoramic views of the Gardens and Marina Bay skyline.
As it was quite hazy throughout the trip, our pictures weren’t the most amazing. I imagine this to be beautiful at night. There are also various other areas to walk around in the park for free. Two conservatories: The Flower Dome and Cloud Forest, required admission and would take up quite some time so we skipped them.
Instead of the observatories, we headed inside the Marina Bay Sands Hotel. Visitors are allowed to wander around the ground floor of which you can see the quirky architecture.
S suggested we visit the Sands Skypark Observation Deck of which you enter from the hotel and are taken onto the 57th floor. This came with a bit of price at $23 SG for adults.
We were warned that it would be a hazy view, and they didn’t lie. Wasn’t worth our money with this weather in my opinion. However, on a clear day, this would allow a pretty great view. You can see the Gardens, observatories, the Flyer and the Singapore skyline from here. Sadly, they block off the view of the hotel’s Infinity Pool and have also denied access for those who are not hotel guests. Will need to pay that hefty hotel room price next time to try out the pool…
As lunch neared, we decided to dine at Din Tai Fung inside The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands.
We’ve been to the one in Seattle before so we knew what to expect. Must order is of course the Steamed Pork Dumplings. I thought these were better than the ones in Seattle.
We also got the Steamed Shrimp & Pork Shao-Mai. Also another one of my favourites.
The Dry Noodle in Special Sauce was a bit of a disappointment. The special sauce was more just like soy sauce. Noodles were pretty good though. Overall, a good meal although it will cost quite a lot more compared to if you dine at a hawker center. It costed probably around $20-30 for the two of us which is what you would expect in Vancouver for a meal.
After lunch, we walked out of The Shoppes and found that there is a beautiful boardwalk that showcases the Singapore skyline. Great spot to take pictures if not for the haze.
We kept walking and ended up at the Art Science Museum which is architecturally pretty cool.
During the time we went, they showcased the Singapore Stories for free. Since it was blazing hot outside, we decided to check it out for a bit and enjoy some air conditioning. It turned out to be very interesting and I learned a lot about Singapore. I believe they always put on one free exhibit, so check online before heading there to see if it interests you.
Upon exiting the Art Science Museum, continue on and you will find the famous Helix Bridge. You will find amazing photo opportunities along the bridge and can also spot the the Flyer. Since it was still hazy, we didn’t think it would be worth it to go on the Flyer.
Continue walking, and you will find the Soccer Pitches and continue on completing your circle, you will find the Merlion and Esplanade . The Esplanade is a theater for performing arts and is known to look like a durian. Great photo opportunities here! This can be quite a bit of a walk from the Marina Bay Sands, but a great way to see all the spots in my opinion without needing to get on and off the MRT.
We found a roadside uncle while walking to the Merlion with his ice cream truck and found the famous ice cream wafers. We tried the durian flavoured ice cream wafer and this was awesome! Strong in flavour and cheap!
If you cross the street from the Merlion, you will find the Fullerton Hotel. The hotel is a five-star luxury hotel and used to be named the Fullerton Building back in the 1900s, serving for many purposes including the General Post Office, Singapore Club, and Chamber of Commerce. You’ll also find Fort Fullerton in the northern end of the building. A building filled with lots of history, it is now a national monument of Singapore. If you’re into architecture, another hotel worth checking out is Raffles Hotel was built back in the 1800s.
We continued wandering the streets and found the Singapore Parliament. This is basically the Downtown core of Singapore and you’ll find many business buildings around this area. We then continued to foot and headed to Raffles City Shopping Centre which is extremely busy and has a good mix of brands, both high and low.
After exploring S’s aunt picked us up and we headed to Casuarina Curry Restaurant for dinner which is highly recommended by locals.
They are known for the best roti prata. The chef was so happy to see me take pictures that he showcased all the spinning of the roti prata.
We started off with some lychee drinks and the famous Teh Tarik, which is translated as pulled tea. It is a hot milk tea where the pouring process is a pulling of the drink. So delicious! Must try in Singapore!
S got the Banana Chocolate Prata which is perfect for kids. It came with chocolate syrup and sprinkles on top. Too sweet in my opinion.
For myself, I had the Plain Prata which was crispy and delicious when dipped in the curry. We also tried the Egg Prata which is mixed with egg. A great deal with the plain prata being only $1 SG which is so much cheaper than Vancouver!
This is the curry that the prata comes with. From what I understand, the prata comes with curry for free. So good! The curry isn’t very spicy so great for all.
We also tried the Mutton Briyani but the aunt told us that this did not seem very fresh so we didn’t end up eating it. She said it was old… Guess we should stick with the prata!
And that ended our third day in Singapore.
Gardens by the Bay: (Bayfront MRT station Exit B) 18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018953
Marina Bay Sands Hotel: (Bayfront MRT station Exit B, C, D, or E) 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956
Marina Bay Sands Skypark: Purchase at the concierge of the hotel
Din Tai Fung Marina Bay Sands: 2 Bayfront Avenue #B2-63 Singapore 018972
Art Science Museum: 6 Bayfront Avenue Singapore 018974
Helix Bridge: (Promenade MRT Station or short walk from The Shoppes at the Marina Bay) Bayfront Avenue, Linking between Marina Bay and Marina Centre, Singapore 038981
Esplanade: 1 Esplanade Dr, Singapore 038981
Merlion Park: One Fullerton | Fullerton Road, Singapore 049213
Fullerton Hotel: 1 Fullerton Square, Singapore 049178
Parliament of Singapore: 1 Parliament Pl, Singapore 178880
Raffles City: 252 North Bridge Road, Singapore 179103
Casuarina Curry Restaurant: 138 Casuarina Rd, Singapore 579526