Travel in Singapore

It was quite a hectic day yesterday. Despite an almost sleepless previous night in the flight, we were in high spirits and going around was great fun. Back home our party spirit continued a little late into the night and so we decided to have a relaxed morning. Umpteen rounds of coffee for me and an egg dosa breakfast later, we set off. To explore more of Singapore.

Singapore

Every new destination that I travel to, we always opt for a day at least on a Hop-on-hop-off Big Bus to get a complete feel of the city. So was it this time too as we reached Suntec City mall the starting point, exchanged our online booking coupons at their counter for our tickets and started our journey on one of the four routes passing various landmarks and the high tech creations of this beautiful city on sea, Singapore.

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Our journey with you today would cover some of the most prominent places that you must visit when you are in Singapore while passing through the sheer visual delights of this well planned city. The credit for transformation of Singapore goes to Lee Kuan Yew, the first Prime Minister after independence. He governed for three decades and is recognized as the nation’s founding father, with the country transitioning from a third world country to a first world country under his vision and dynamic leadership.

Singapore

Singapore

We are now at the Singapore Botanic Gardensย which is a 160 year old tropical garden located at Orchard Road shopping district. It is the only tropical garden to be honored as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Botanic Gardens has been ranked Asia’s top park attraction since 2013 by travelers. A glimpse for you before we move further.

Botanic Gardens, Singapore

Botanic Gardens, Singapore

Symphony Lake, Botanic Gardens, Singapore
Symphony Lake

Symphony Lake, Botanic Gardens, Singapore

Botanic Gardens, Singapore

Botanic Gardens, Singapore

Botanic Gardens, Singapore

St. Andrew's Cathedral, Singapore
St. Andrew’s Cathedral

St. Andrew's Cathedral, Singapore

Modern Singapore was founded in the 19th century, thanks to a man known as Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles. During this time, the British empire was eyeing a port of call in this region to base its merchant fleet and to forestall any advance made by the Dutch. Singapore already an up-and-coming trading post along the Malacca Straits, seemed ideal.

Raffles, then the Lieutenant-Governor of Bencoolen in Sumatra landed in Singapore in 1819 and recognizing the immense potential of the swamp-covered island, he helped negotiate a treaty with the local rulers and established Singapore as a trading station. The city quickly grew as a trade hub attracting immigrants from China, India, the Malay Archipelago and beyond.

In 1822, Raffles implemented the Raffles Town Plan also known as the Jackson Plan to address the issue of growing disorderliness in the colony. Ethnic residential areas were segregated into four areas. The European Town had residents made up of European traders, Eurasians and rich Asians while the ethnic Chinese were located in present-day Chinatown and south-east of the Singapore River. Ethnic Indians resided at Chulia Kampong north of Chinatown, and Kampong Glam consisted of Muslims, ethnic Malays and Arabs who had migrated to Singapore. Our next stop, Little India.

Little India, Singapore

Little India is distinct from the Chulia Kampong area under the Raffles Plan. As Chulia Kampong became more crowded and competition for land escalated, many ethnic Indians moved into what is now known as Little India. The Little India area is reported to have developed around a former settlement for Indian convicts. It’s location along the Serangoon River originally made it attractive for raising cattle and trade in livestock was once prominent in the area. Eventually other economic activity developed and by the turn of the 20th century the area began to look like an ethnic Indian neighborhood.

Little India though is not solely an Indian neighborhood. Located alongside shops that cater predominantly to the Indians are Chinese clan associations, places of worship of different religions and a variety of different business ranging from electrical supplies, hardware, apparels, second-hand goods, traditional spice grinders and grocers. Let’s check it out.

Little India, Singapore

Little India, Singapore

Little India, Singapore

Veeramakaliamman Temple, Little India, Singapore
Veeramakaliamman Temple

Veeramakaliamman Temple, Little India, Singapore

Little India, Singapore

Little India, Singapore

Little India, Singapore
The 24 hour departmental stores, Mustafa Centre..

Mustafa Centre, Little India, Singapore

Let’s now move on to China Town. Once an enclave for Singaporeโ€™s Chinese immigrant population, the Chinatown of today is much loved for its blend of old and new, with historic temples and traditional medicinal shops alongside bold new bars and trendy lifestyle shops. Come let’s spend some quality time exploring this vibrant district, which encompasses the neighborhoods of Tanjong Pagar, Bukit Pasoh, Kreta Ayer and Telok Ayer and gain insights into Singaporeโ€™s rich, multi-ethnic culture by visiting some of the countryโ€™s most fascinating places of worship located in the heart of Chinatown with a Buddhist temple, a mosque and a Hindu temple along a single street.

China Town, Singapore
China Town
China Town, Singapore
Old stories of Singapore China Town..

China Town, Singapore

China Town, Singapore
The new developments in old part of China Town..

China Town, Singapore

China Town, Singapore
One of the oldest Singapore coffee and breakfast joint..
China Town, Singapore
The Singapore of yesteryears..

China Town, Singapore

China Town, Singapore
The oldest Chinese Temple
China Town, Singapore
Chinatown known as ‘Niu che shui’ in Mandarin, ‘Gu Chia Chwi’ in Hokkien and ‘Ngau-che-shui’ in Cantonese – all of which mean “bullock water-cart” and ‘Kreta Ayer’ in Malay, which means “water cart”. This is due to the fact that Chinatown’s water supply was principally transported by animal driven carts in the 19th century. A wall painting depicting the history of Singapore as it evolved..

China Town, Singapore

China Town, Singapore
The watering holes and eating joints..

China Town, Singapore

China Town, Singapore
Take your pick from the memento, vegetables, sea fish shops and more. Also an entire floor full of your favorite menu in numerous eating joints..

China Town, Singapore

China Town, Singapore

China Town, Singapore

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple ,China Town, Singapore
Buddha Tooth Relic Temple

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple

Mariamman Hindu temple, China Town, Singapore
Mariamman Hindu temple, the oldest temple of Singapore
Jamae Mosque, Old Town, Singapore
Jamae Mosque, the first mosque of Indian Tamil Muslims
Old Town, Singapore
For all Tintin fans, take your pick of mementos and books..

Old Town, Singapore

Old Town, Singapore

After a wonderful day out, it was time to head for some dinner and we chose the food court of Jurong East mall close to our place in Lakeside. Singapore is a melting pot of cuisines, incorporating a rich heritage of food dishes consisting of Chinese, Indian, Malaysian and Indonesian influences. We found the food very reasonably priced. Make your choice as we go around.

Food in Singapore

Food in Singapore

Food in Singapore

Food in Singapore

Food in Singapore
Our choice, the famous Singapore Chicken Rice

As we walked out of the mall, the National Day celebrations were still in full swing with proud Singaporeans enjoying their creations, achievements and their evening out with their friends and families.

Singapore

Singapore

Singapore

Singapore

We would be back with you soon to discover more of this beautiful city together.

Singapore. Like us, you too would fall in love ๐Ÿ’

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69 Comments Add yours

  1. Great post, we are hoping for a Singapore trip next, so reading up in advance!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thank you David Laura. Wish you have a great time.

      1. Subhashish, we have fun wherever we are, so sure we will!

        1. NILANJAN BASU says:

          Enjoyed reading your article on Singapore.

          1. travelwisesr says:

            Thank you Nilanjan ๐Ÿ˜Š

  2. Amit Sheth says:

    A lovely photo essay.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thank you Amit ๐Ÿ˜Š

  3. BEAUTIFUL! I mean, that goes for the entire country. Specifically, I want to visit the Singapore Botanic Gardens. There must be something really good about them.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yes you would love the serene atmosphere in the Botanic Gardens.

  4. Cha Esper says:

    ive been to singapore twice. and i really love the country and its discipline. probably going back! ๐Ÿ™‚

    cha @ littlemisadvencha.com

    1. travelwisesr says:

      We too loved it and plan to go back again with my wife.

  5. What an amazing city, I would love to visit! So much to do and see, love our photos!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thanks Carrie. Yes truly an amazing city.

  6. I am happy to see you out and about looking at off the sites in Singapore. It is truly an amazing city. The people are welcoming and will help you if you need anything.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      You are so right. The people are amazing and our presence on National Day made it all the more special with the opportunity to interact with so many happy people who had the time with a smile.

  7. such a beautiful place! I love the pics of the lake and also of St Andrew’s Cathedral.

    Joy at The Joyous Living

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yes for sure. And prayers were on when we were in the cathedral. It felt so much of peace. And that’s why I love churches from my early school days. It reminds me of my school church. I get a heavenly feel really.

  8. Tiffany La Forge-Grau says:

    Singapore is a city that is just bursting with culture and life! I would love to trip over seas to see it!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yes Joanna. It’s worth a visit truly.

  9. Beeb Ashcroft says:

    This is one of the places I want to see before I die. It has so much to offer travelers!

  10. Joanna Clute says:

    I cannot wait to see this city. I have always been fascinated by its location and citizens!

  11. Toni Dash says:

    This is awesome! Singapore is such a great place to explore!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yes Toni. Definitely worth visiting.

  12. cacoupondiva says:

    This looks like quite an incredible journey. The food looks delicious!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Food options in Singapore is just awesome.

  13. clydequin93 says:

    Singapore is one of the best places one shouldn’t miss in his life. I heard a lot about Singapore and discovered how good and clean this city is. My colleague even told me, she was once there, and she said, it’s like being in another world.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yes Clyde. It’s a beautiful city.

  14. Sarah Emery says:

    Yay! I’m so glad you had a wonderful experience in The Little Red Dot! Thank you for posting such a great article about my home. It’s great to see that you did so much and got a really good idea about Singapore ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy Travels!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thanks Sarah. Your country is awesome. Would be sharing more experiences soon.

  15. Sonia Seivwright says:

    Singapore looks beautiful. Would visit someday

    1. travelwisesr says:

      You must Sonia ๐Ÿ˜Š

  16. Kelly Martin says:

    Looks like you had a great time in Singapore! Thereโ€™s so many things to see there. I hope I get a chance to go back to Singapore soon.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yes Kelly. Had a great time there.

  17. Emman Damian says:

    I have been to Singapore once! Not really my fave city but I did enjoy my stay. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Our stay was a little special as we were staying with a friend and had great fun together.

  18. Oh wow, how beautiful! After reading this I am now intrigued and would love to visit someday!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yes you must plan a holiday sometime ๐Ÿ˜Š

  19. Betsy Carter says:

    This looks like a fantastic destination to visit. I especially would like to go to the cathedral and temple. And, of course shopping!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yes Betsy. You would surely have a great time there with lots to see and do ๐Ÿ˜Š

  20. Wow what an amazing experience! You guys are really blessed to go to so many fabulous places. Thanks so much for sharing them with those of us who either cannot go, or now know what to do if we can!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thanks Alexandra. It’s truly my pleasure sharing with good friends, fellow bloggers and readers like you.

  21. angelina says:

    Singapore is one of my favourite city’s ever. Thanks for sharing!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      And now for me too.

  22. kutercarol says:

    I love the idea of taking a bus to get the feel of the city. What a great way to start each trip. I really enjoyed walking through the city with you.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thanks Carol. Love that you loved reading.

  23. Daphne says:

    I love all the details you give about your trips! And the pics! This will be great to help me plan my next vacation! Thanks for sharing!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thanks Daphne. My pleasure.

  24. I love love love all the photos you took in Singapore! I really want to experience what the culture is like there one day

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thanks. Plan out a holiday sometime. I think you’ll like the place.

  25. Lyosha Varezhkina says:

    looks beautiful! i love such modern cities, it is absolutely different from the old ones. it is so vibrant and fresh, I love seeing the trend there

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yes Lyosha it’s a vibrant city for sure. Lots of activities and fun.

  26. Singapore sounds like a wonderful city. What draws me in is the mix of old and new. I love history and tradition. I am a big fan when a city can mix that history and tradition with modern changes. Taking a day just to explore and get a feel for the city is such a great idea. I’ll be remembering that little golden piece of advice when I travel again.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Even I love that mix of old and new.And history fascinates me. Happy that you liked reading.

  27. I love all your pictures . Would love to visit Singapore one day for sure x

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thanks Melanie. You would love it if you plan a holiday.

  28. Luna S says:

    I think taking a bus around at least one in a new place sounds like a great idea of how to see more of the city while you are there. It looks like it was a pretty fantastic trip with lots of sight seeing. Thanks for sharing this!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thanks Luna. Happy you enjoyed the journey.

  29. Clarice says:

    Singapore is definitely one of my favorite cities in the world. There are so many things to see and do.

    We actually took this route/ tour during our first visit in 2010. I personally enjoyed visiting Little India and Chinatown areas. I remember having our dinner too at the Jurong East Mall.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      So nice. It was a little nostalgia for you then ๐Ÿ˜Š

  30. Lydia Grace says:

    Thank you for writing this! Honestly, I have been dying to go to Singapore and whenever I get that itch to go I have to calm it by watching youtube videos or reading articles. Although I did not spontaneously buy a ticket, this really solidified Singapore’s top spot on my travel list!

  31. Thanks for the post! Singapore is also on my list.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      You are welcome. Have a great time when you visit.

  32. Nature Girl says:

    Singapore is on my bucket list thanks for the infoโค๏ธ

    1. travelwisesr says:

      You are welcome ๐Ÿ˜Š

  33. Great read, thanks for posting. I have been considering visiting Singapore more and more, partcicularly as a few days stop over on the way to south eastern Asia. Food looks delish!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thanks. Yes great food & lovely place.

  34. silverfoxlv says:

    Very useful and interesting information ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thank you so much ๐Ÿ˜Š

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