The Asia/Australia Travelling Series
I recently embarked upon my second travelling trip of the year to Asia and Australia (which I first told you guys about back in September) and have been back in the UK for 3 weeks now (SADFACE).
Since I returned, I haven’t quite been the same! My sister and I had an amazing trip – and I can’t wait to tell you all about it in this collection of posts called ‘The Asia/Australia Travelling Series’. (Watch out for these bad boys popping up on the blog over the next few weeks!)
Our trip began in Singapore where we spent five nights exploring this incredible metropolis. It was my second time in the city after visiting back in 2014 on my very first travelling trip (read all about it here).
Here’s five things I find amazing about Singapore:
1) Marina Bay Sands never gets old.
As it was my sister’s first time in Singapore, naturally I had to do all the touristy things again with her. I could never ever EVER get bored of visiting Marina Bay Sands and it is one of the very first things I wanted to show her.
Anyone who says that the hotel with what looks like a cruise ship plonked across three skyscraper towers isn’t impressive is LYING. (Liar, liar, pants on fire!)
Furthermore, it has what’s called The Helix Bridge running up to it. The Helix Bridge has some pretty cool observation spots where you can get great photos of not only the hotel, but the Singapore skyline, from across the water.
The Helix Bridge leads to Marina Bay Sands Shoppes, the hotel’s very own shopping mall, which has both designer and high street stores alike.
Then don’t even get me started on the observation deck at the top of one of the towers! If you time it just right, you can get unbelievable views of the city during the day, at sunset and lit up at night. It always BLOWS MY MIND.
The Art Science Museum is also in the Marina Bay Sands vicinity, which I haven’t personally visited but it looks rather awesome, so you can spend a good afternoon/evening around that area just trying to see and do everything.
My sister LOVED it. And so did I actually (for the second time)!
2) Palawan Beach is a short monorail away.
Another amazing thing about Singapore is the fact you can go from city to beach in a matter of minutes.
There are a few beaches on Sentosa Island, which is less than half an hour on the monorail from the city; the most gorgeous beach is Palawan.
We were extremely lucky when we went there, as the beach was practically deserted that day. The gorgeous golden sands and greenery of the palm trees are a stark contrast to the dull grey roads and skyscrapers of the city.
Trust me, Palawan Beach is a MUST DO!
3) Food and drink is so cheap.
It goes without saying that you can get more bang for your buck in Asia. When it comes to the local food, Singapore is no exception.
Whether it’s buying a juice from a market for $1, a main meal in a food court for $5 or Vietnamese coffee in a cafe for $2, the novelty of how cheap and cheerful everything is will never get old.
The best thing about it all is that the quality is never compromised. I LOVE YOU, ASIA!
4) A Singapore Sling tastes just as good as the first time you tried it.
As we quickly got onto the subject of food and drink (which I can never avoid as I LOVE food), it’s only fair that I talk about the wonderful double ‘S’ that originated in the city.
It’s been more than 100 years since the famous bartender at Raffles created this gin-based cocktail in the hotel bar… And it’s still going strong!
Singapore Slings are sold in practically every bar in the city; but the best one you’re going to find is obviously the original at Raffles Hotel.
30ml Gin, 15ml Cherry Heering Liqueur, 7.5ml DOM Benedictine, 7.5ml Cointreau, 120ml Pineapple Juice, 15ml Lime Juice and 10ml Grenadine Syrup with a dash of Angostura Bitters and a slice of pineapple and cherry… One word: YUMMY.
5) The Grand Prix creates a buzz around the city.
We didn’t actually realise until we booked the trip that we would be in Singapore on the weekend of the Grand Prix. #WINNING
There was such an incredible atmosphere within the city in the time that we were there. Every bar was packed with people, the race track was illuminated at night which made it visible from every rooftop we went on and you were permitted to walk through part of the track when they were setting up during the daytime.
We couldn’t afford to get tickets to see any part of the Grand Prix, but it was just exciting to be there whilst it was all going on.
We had a blast!
It was a pleasant surprise that I enjoyed my second time in Singapore just as much, if not more, than the first time around! I always wanted to go back and I got my wish… And this time I got to share it all with my beautiful sister!
Next stop: Melbourne.
(Have you been to Singapore before? Which was your favourite part? Thanks so much for reading! Katie-xo)