Our second journey in Asia is coming to an end, we are close to reach our final destination of Da Nang, Vietnam again. But before, it’s time for us to dive into the modernity of Singapore.
Obviously, hotel prices in Singapore are higher again, even hostels and guesthouses become expensive here, there’s barely nothing under 30-40usd per night, so we decided to add some luxury to end our second journey towards Vietnam, by booking the cozy Boss Hotel Singapore (about 60€/night).
By the time we settle in our room it’s already dark outside, we are a little bit tired from the bus trip from Melaka to Singapore city, but the desire to see the iconic Marina Bay which we just saw from distance from our bus windows, is very strong and off we go.
We need to walk some km before getting there, passing through the Malay District where we have a kebab for dinner at the night street market, and becoming familiar with the well known cleanliness of Singapore: the sidewalks are always spotless, large and super spacious. Finally we make it to the Bay, luminous skyscrapers enlighten the water, as we walk on the asphalt that just hosted the F1 Grand Prix few weeks ago. We are stunned by the view, the modernity and luxury of this area is absolutely impressive.
In the morning we jump on the metro to reach Chinatown, then we walk up to Fort Canning Park, a nice green area right in the middle of the city, before going back down to Clarke Quay along the Singapore River.
We have already walked and seen much, but the best has yet to come as we head towards the famous Gardens by the Bay: everything here is so fascinating, modern, clean, spacious and colourful, a perfect mix between natural and artificial; of course the Gardens are man made, but the feeling is to be somewhere else deep in nature.
There are several attractions to visit, including the Flower Dome, the Cloud Forest, the Supertree Grove, the Skywalk. We don’t have time (and money) enough to see them all, we opt for the Cloud Forest, a recreation of a forest ecosystem inside a huge dome: as its name suggests there are literally clouds all around us, humidity is very high, but the temperature is cooler than outside, sometimes chilly like a proper forest, let’s just say they made a really great job building this artificial environment!
When we get out, the sun has just set, meaning that lights switch on and take the scene all around the Gardens and the Marina Bay: it’s a mesmerizing spectacle, kind of a fairy tale world. We let the photos speak for themselves.
We walk inside the Marina Bay Sands, and decide to give ourselves one more special treat: a good pizza for dinner. We don’t want to leave without seeing the view from the top of the hotel, so we reach floor 57 where the rooftop bars are. Drinks start from 26sgd (around 20usd), we just spent almost 80sgd for 2 pizzas, so we just peek for a few minutes.
It was another long day of walking, sightseeing, evaluating the pros and cons of human made creations, and wondering how can some places on earth be so different; in few hours we can go from being in the middle of nature, jungle, forests, mountain views, surrounded by green and clean air, to being in a masterpiece of modernity and technology, concrete jungle and skyscrapers all around us.
The world is a big beautiful various crazy place!
TAKE A BREAK FROM WHAT YOU ARE DOING AND GO LIVING THE LIFE!!!
- Boss Hotel Singapore: from 60€/night, modern rooms, AC, city view, swimming pool.
- Bus, Melaka to Singapore: from 10$/person, 4 hour-trip;
- Singapore MRT/SRT: from 1$/trip;
- Flight, Singapore to Da Nang, Jetstar Pacific, Air Asia: around 100€/person;
- SEARCH HERE CHEAP FLIGHTS TO SINGAPORE.
- Gardens by the Bay, free entrance;
- Cloud Forest: 35sgd/person.
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