Two Days in Singapore

Southeast Asia’s hi-tech city-state has always been described in superlatives by those who’ve visited it. Greenest metropolis. Busiest port. Shoppers’ Paradise. It’s all true. In Singapore, you can attend a business meeting, grab a scrumptious meal, take a leisurely boat ride/ swim, go on a night safari, shop, and chances are you’ll still have the whole evening to yourselves.

The must-see-must-do list for Singapore is unbelievably long. From museums, heritage centers, religious sanctuaries, to wildlife and spa retreats, theme parks, and the finest of wine and dine destinations, no matter what kind of holiday you choose, the bustling cosmopolitan promises to keep you busy.

Day 1
Take in the sheer beauty

The highways and expressways form the arteries of the island. You can reach most places by simply hailing a taxi or taking the hop-on-hop-off bus trips.And you should do just that to take in Singapore’s splendor, driving past Padang and Singapore’s colonial edifices like the Parliament House, and the City Hall. You can visit the famous Thian Hock Keng Temple, or steer into sprightly Chinatown.

If you want to spend time amidst Singapore buds and blossoms, the Botanic Gardens are a sight to behold, especially the National Orchid Garden. Or take a stroll through Little India’s streets that are packed with stalls selling a variety of Indian goods.

Lunch in Little India

Most specialty restaurants here (located near Race Course Road) serve rich and spicy Indian food. This is one place in Singapore however, that gives ample choice for the veggies. For meat-eaters, fish head curry is a hot-seller.

Little India is also the proud owner of the Mustafa shopping center. So,make sure you’ve had your tummies’ full before entering Singapore’s chief discount store. Because once in, chances are you’ll lose track of time and your meal. From top-end electronic gadgets to branded garments and accessories, to FMCGs and fresh fruits and vegies, Mustafa has it all, and at unbelievably cheap prices.

Safari at Night

When done shopping, catch a bus round the corner and head to one of Singapore’s favorite wildlife retreats just outside Singapore Zoo, for the night safari. A ride in the world’s first wildlife night park is a journey you will never forget. You can either explore the park on foot, or by tram (dining onboard the tram, while the untamed hunt for their meal right beside you, is an unmatched experience).

If you’re assuming, you’ll be exhausted by the time you get out of the safari (which will be around midnight), you’re probably right. But heading back to your hotel is not an option, to say the least. For this is the best time to get a great view of the Marina Bay and the Helix Bridge, overlooking the Central Business District and home to the 8.6-metre-tall original statue of the Merlion, Singapore’s mythological creature that is part lion, part fish. The Bay area also houses some of the finest pubs, discotheques and restaurants.

Day 2
Simply Sentosa

This island resort is a world in itself and takes more than half-a-day for exploration. It can be reached from any point in Singapore – via rail, road and sea. To get to the main land, you need to take the cable car. Once there, you will be handed a map that tells you how to reach key corners like the beaches, underwater world, dolphin lagoon, butterfly and insect kingdom, the Sentosa Sky Tower, and another giant Merlion, to name only a few. Remember to be seated at the musical fire and water (the world renowned Songs of the Sea) show in the evening. Resto-bars are aplenty on Sentosa, so you can get off the island having satisfied all your “leisure-tainment” needs.

On Your Way Out

Sitting in the flight, browsing through a tourist guide, you will realize you’ve covered only 2-3 things in the “things to see and do” catalogue. Fret not, two more days in Singapore and you would have still felt the same.

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