Singapore - The Lion City


Singapore claims to be one of the cleanest city in Asia, no doubt it is. And having a glimpse of the city for a day was an amazing experience for a first-timer like me. Having Singapore as our first out of the country trip, I am not yet familiar of bookings and the DIY travel itinerary thing so i relied to my travel adviser to book our trip.

Warning: This post is flooded with photos. Please bear with me!

Off on our coaster ride! 

We were in a sit-in-coach coaster vehicle along with other nationalities and tourist alike.

We had our city tour for half a day which started at a visit to the Merlion Park, the famous spot for Singapore City Tours. 

Merlion Park 

Then passing by at the Little India along Serangoon Street where a lot of Indian Nationals are around. Everywhere has this distinct smell yet it was a good place to shop because of the cheaper merchandise that these nationalities offer.

Little India 

Enroute from the Indians was the Chinese community at Chinatown where we found both expensive and cheaper options. 


Chinatown is well known for good and cheaper food choices piled along side the area.

Buddha Tooth Relic Tower Facade

We had a quick stop at the Buddha Tooth Relic Tower, a Buddhist temple that is open to the public. The place was jampacked with worshippers and mind you, tourist wearing shorts may not be allowed to enter certain areas inside the temple, however there are available "sarongs" offered by the management to cover up.

Then our tour guide brought us to the Singapore Gems Building, a gem factory which houses quite a number of gemstones used for making a piece of jewelry, sculpture, frames and a lot more. There are also ready-made jewelries and other home decorations all made of gemstones available for purchase at quite a hefty price.

Manual Cutting and Shaping of Gemstones 

Different kind of Gemstones

The next stop was the Singapore Botanic Gardens. An amazing place to feed your soul with different species of orchids, fountains and an atmosphere of tranquility.

It was a heaven on earth, beautiful! And you may find it hard to believe that this oasis of park and colorful flowers was still in the middle of the city. Yes it is.

After spending half a day for the city tour our tour guide dropped us at the Singapore Flyer, the world's largest observation wheel. It was currently the tallest ferris wheel in the world, which is about 30m (98ft) taller than the London Eye.

While waiting for another trip scheduled for the afternoon we walked around the Singapore Flyer complex while killing time. And saw a Tour Bus System, the hop-on and hop-off bus which allows you to tour at your own leisurely pace. Buses comes along the city every 20 minutes for tourist to enjoy the different places. Well, maybe next time we should try that!

The second part of the tour which took a few minutes after our lunch was composed of a cable car ride that will be crossing Mt. Faber going to Sentosa Island. We had another tour guide for this tour named Andrew who was very good, approachable and he made the trip a well organized one.

Mr. Andrew our Tour Guide 

It took us about 35 minutes to reach our destination but it was made enjoyable by the beautiful views of mountains, bodies of water and skyscrapers viewed from over the top. 

Upon reaching the island of Sentosa we were escorted to a museum at the grounds of Asia's favorite playground. The Images of Singapore is a walk-thru wax museum portraying the history and culture of Singapore through wax images. 

After the short tour we had a quick walk through the place which is surrounded by different attractions like Imbiah Lookout, Butterfly Park and Insect Kingdom, the Carlsberg Sky Tower, and the Luge and Skyride which we didn't try due to our limited time.

The Imbiah Lookout 

Butterfly Park and Insect Garden 

The Carlsberg Tower- a circular cabin that climbs up a pole while rotating, to allow a magnificent 360 degree view of Sentosa Island, Singapore and even Indonesia as it ascends to its final height.

Carlsberg Tower

Ludge and Skyride 

After a short walk around, we then proceed to another destination, the Underwater World. A place where different species of sea creatures can be found. Synonymous to Manila Ocean Park and Ocean adventure in Subic, Philippines or it can be compared to Hongkong's Ocean Park. 

They also had the Dolphin's Show at the Dolphin Lagoon where dolphins do some tricks and entertainment shows.

Then we had our chance to took photos at Siloso Beach, the beach at Sentosa and enjoyed a magnificent view of the sunset while having our time to rest before watching the mesmerizing Musical Fountain Show.

And that is our whole day itinerary for Singapore City tour, tiring yet fun!

Thank you for dropping by!

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