This is a guest post written by Olivia Bourke. Olivia is a young traveller, writing about each adventure in the hope others will leave their comfort zone and explore this beautiful planet we live on! Based in Sydney, she is exploring her own backyard every chance she gets.
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Gardens By the Bay
After visiting some of the world’s most beautiful cloud forests, Gardens by the Bay’s Cloud dome didn’t just feel foreign, it felt out of this world. The glowing city backdrop, and the 360 sky-path that wraps its way around the top of the forest, lighting up to make the whole dome feel like an alien ship. It is this otherworldly feel that makes the Cloud forest one of the best attractions at the Bay. Make sure to visit just before they begin their daily misting; the cool air, and the light shower of water leaves you feeling like you’ve been transported out of Singapore’s metropolis. Making a quick visit to the Supertree Grove will accentuate this feeling. These trees are hugely impressive, in both visual and practical aspects. Each tree serves a different purpose, whether that be to harvest solar energy, or act as an air exhaust.
Hidden behind the Gardens, Satay by the Bay is a nice spot for dinner after a big day exploring in the trees. Have a walk around before buying anything to eat, as there are heaps of meal options and restaurants to choose from. Grab a couple of satay sticks, a main or two and sit down in the back bar for a beer. Sitting in the bar is only permitted if you drink while you’re there, but they don’t seem to mind you bringing in outside food. SIt back, and enjoy the nutty aroma, smoky backdrop and chaotic stall owners.If satay isn’t something you love, don’t worry there are heaps of little cafes around the area which can satisfy your hunger.
Located in the Arab street quarters Haji Lane is a colourful, hip street with an abundance of bars, boutique shops and cafes. Pop down here to enjoy some street art, or come to party. This versatile little space has become a bit of a hipster heaven. It can be easy to get lost on your way to Haji, so either jump in a cab or grab a map from your hotel before you go. Some venues are quite pricey so make sure to check your budget before you head to Haji.
Marina Bay Sands
The Marina Bay Sands has become a tourist mecca in Singapore, and although the Singaporeans don’t particularly love what it stands for -gambling, and instability- it is a must visit for any first timer to Singapore. Close to the Gardens by the Bay, this hotel overlooks the city and water for a prime viewing point of Singapore’s nightlife. During Chinese New Year see hoards of people converge on the area for festivities, and food. Stay at the hotel, or just pop up to the Sky Park for a swim, with a panoramic of Singapore’s bustling city and a cocktail in hand this hotel is a big tick off the bucket list.
Sip on a Singapore Sling, crack peanuts, and chill out in the iconic Raffles Hotel. Regardless of what anyone says visiting Raffles is a must on a first time visit to Singapore. Before you sit down in the bar, take a wander around the hotel and explore the place that made Singapore so famous. Step into the Long Bar, and be whisked back in time. The sheer elegance of this hotel is unbeatable. The only thing that may shock you is the abundance of peanut shells littering the ground. This is a tradition starting in the early 1900’s, and although it isn’t something that feels natural at first, in no time at all you won’t even notice yourself doing it. Make sure to keep up to date with their renovations if you plan to travel in the next 12 months.
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