24 hours in Singapore, highlights of the day

Singapore, also known as the Lion city, has to be on your bucket list and undeniably it has become the favourite stopover destination for many. It is one of the cleanest place in the world, a heaven for food lovers and it also boasts an incredible nightlife.

We were living my dad’s dream. He’s been to Singapore twice and he really wanted to take his family on a trip there. I planned the whole trip and I made sure we could tick off all the places we wanted to visit in 48 hours. We spent the first 24 hours touring Singapore before the much awaited day tour to Sentosa Island.

It started with a visit to Little India

Curries and more curries. Tekka Centre was the first stop of the day. Let me tell you how confusing it was before we could actually decide where we wanted to eat before settling in for a veg menu. There were more than fifty food stalls to choose from. Besides food, Tekka Centre is a place to shop for cheap fruits, vegetables, clothes and electrical items.

Moving on to the bustling Serangoon Street, Little India.

Little India is the carbon copy of India.

I’ve heard about this place so much from my Dad that we had to check it out. After an endless maze of shops mostly jewellery shops and restaurants, we stumbled on the pretty and colourful temple, Sri Veeramakaliamman temple. It is the largest temple in Singapore that dates back to the 19th Century. Our bad, it was close on that day.

We were running out of time so we skipped Mustafa Centre which is one of the cheapest malls in Singapore. There are other attractions in Little India such as House of Tan Teng Niah and Sri Srinivasa Perumal temple.

Without a hitch, we moved on to the next place of stop on the list, Chinatown.

Chinatown is a part of Singapore that has preserved its heritage. The streets merrily flaunting the culture with lanterns everywhere and the traditional shops to a red-yellow theme. We were lucky to see the lion dance. Chinatown is a place to buy cheap souvenirs and the famous $1 ice cream in biscuits or bread.

Moreover it is home to Sri Mariamman Temple, Jamae Mosque, Buddha Tooth Relic temple and quaint buildings. Buddha Tooth Relic temple is a peaceful place where you can go to pray and learn about Buddhism. It has over 1000s of Buddha statues in there and the sacred relic and giant stupa which reside on the fourth floor. On the other side, Sri Mariamman temple is a major tourist attraction too being the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore and it perfectly portrays the Indian culture.

Taking the downtown line towards Marina Bay Station

Helix Bridge is a phenomenal piece of work, opened in 2010 which links the Marina Centre with the South. You can enjoy the beautiful orange-yellow sunset and the iconic buildings from the viewing platforms. It is best to visit at sunset time when the bridge is lit. You will also find the stunning 55-storeys Marina Bay Sands resort.

Not only London has the London Eye as I thought. Singapore flyer is Asia’s largest observation wheel offering some panoramic views over the dazzling skyscrapers, landmarks and a 360˚ view of the island.

Garden by the Bay, I ticked off my bucket list!

It is a new addition to Singapore (opened in 2012) which represents  the world of horticulture in a creative and innovative way. It comprises of three waterfront gardens : Bay South, Bay East and Bay Central.

I blinked as I stared at the breathtaking and glittering giant supertrees, it felt like I was in a fairy-tale. We arrived just in time for the show after some more walking from Helix Bridge. This was the perfect way to end the night. Of course, we were tired but happy.

Tip : It is hot in Singapore, take water with you and wear comfortable shoes for a lot of walking await if you’ll be using public transport.

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