My first trip to Singapore!
It was a very satisfying trip with a relaxing stay, and I’ll be blogging about it in my travelogue.
Honestly, there were so many experiences that exceeded my expectations, and Singapore has become pretty much my favorite!
I’ve also compiled information on the actual money spent and tourist attractions, so if you’re thinking about a trip to Singapore, please refer to it.
Singapore travel schedule
For this trip to Singapore, we had the following schedule.
Day 1: Arrive in Singapore
Day 2: Visit the three major zoos
Day 3: Longing to visit Marina Bay Sands
Day 4: Sightseeing in the marina area
Day 5: Sentosa Island
Day 6: Katong district and Chinatown
Day 7: Arab Street and Little India
Day 8: Transfer to Malaysia
The actual sightseeing was done for 6 days.
I was very satisfied with my stay because I was able to visit all the royal tourist spots in Singapore.
Travel by personal arrangement
I mainly like to do sightseeing when abroad.
Here is a description of the actual trip.
Day 1: Arriving in Singapore
Surprised by the cleanliness of Changi Airport
We arrived safely at Changi Airport in Singapore!
This airport is so beautiful, it’s hard to believe it’s in Southeast Asia…
I didn’t have much time to spend at the airport this time, but if you have time, it would be nice to relax at Changi Airport.
If you have time, it would be a good idea to spend some time at Changi Airport, as the Jewel shopping center directly connected to the airport is now open.
Buy a sim first
When I arrived at the airport, the first thing I had to do was to withdraw money and buy a sim.
The only sim available at Changi Airport was a 100GB traveler’s sim for $30. (There were cheaper sims available in the city.
(There were cheaper sims in the city.) The price was the same no matter which store I looked at, so I decided to buy one at the first store I saw.
I was able to connect to the internet without a hitch!
If you’re not sure about sims and are worried about them, I recommend renting WiFi from Japan.
Take a cab to the hotel
There is also a train from the airport to the city.
This time, since I had a lot of luggage and was tired, I decided to take a cab.
The fare was surprisingly cheap: $22 to the hotel in the center of the city.
It took us about 20 minutes to get there, so if you’re tired, I recommend taking a cab.
Checking into the hotel
About 20 minutes after leaving the airport, we arrived at the hotel.
It was a relief to be able to check in safely!
For some reason, I booked a room for two, but I was given a room for three…
This time, we’ll be staying at the Fragrance Hotel Sapphire for two nights.
The price is $50 per night for two people, which is quite cheap in Singapore where hotels are expensive.
It’s like a Japanese business hotel.
It’s small but clean, so no problem.
I took a bath, made plans for tomorrow, and took the day off.
The next day we’re going to the zoo!
Day 2: Going around the 3 major zoos
Arriving at the Singapore Zoo
On the second day, we will visit Singapore Zoo, River Safari and Night Safari.
This is a great way to get a feel for the city and its people.
[The Singapore Zoo]
This zoo is has 300 species of animals and is twice the size of the Ueno Zoo in Tokyo, making it one of the most popular tourist attractions in Singapore.
This zoo is based on the concept of rivers of the world, and offers aquarium-like exhibits.
This zoo is open only at night. The zoo is open only at night, and you can ride a streetcar to see the animals at night.
I’ll start with the Singapore Zoo!
To get to the zoo, we booked a ride using Grab, a cab dispatch app.
It took us about 20 minutes to get there from the center, and it cost us $20.
Grab is quite convenient and I used it a lot in Singapore.
If you want to use it, you should download and register it in Japan.
Breakfast with an Orangutan
When we arrived at the Singapore Zoo, the first thing we headed to was the venue where we could have breakfast with the orangutans.
This time, we had purchased a ticket that included a breakfast buffet.
In addition to a wide variety of buffets, you can get up close and personal with orangutans and have your picture taken with them.
An array of fruits, breads, omelets, and more dishes than you can eat.
Just as we started to eat our breakfast, an orangutan arrived!
Cute! It’s not often in Japan that you can see them up close like this.
Enjoying our breakfast, we had our photo taken with the orangutans afterwards!
A lot of fun! To the sea lion show
After finishing our breakfast, we came to see the sea lion show.
The Singapore Zoo has four shows that are free of charge.
The sea lion show “Splash Safari” is one of them.
This show is a lot of fun with the sea lions spraying water all over the audience (lol).
If you don’t want to get wet, don’t sit in the front.
The shows at this zoo are all pretty high quality and fun, even for adults.
Go to the nearby Elephant Show
After watching the splash safari, we came straight to a nearby zone with elephants.
The show takes place here as well.
Three elephants perform their tricks in this show.
This is the first time I’ve ever been to an elephant show.
After the show, we got to feed them!
River Safari to cool off
We only saw two shows, but it was pretty hot and we were a bit on the edge…
We went to the River Safari to cool off.
The River Safari is like a Japanese aquarium.
A large tank where you can see the manatee, the main attraction.
The manatee is a very lovely sight.
Perhaps they were eating, but they were all doing their best to devour the seaweed, lol.
Looking relaxed in front of the big mysterious tank.
It’s a good thing the air conditioner is on!
Go to the main attraction, the Amazon River Quest
The River Safari offers a ride called “Amazon River Quest” where you can see the animals on a boat.
On Saturdays and Sundays, it’s so popular that they close the reservations in the morning.
Since we were there on a weekday, we were able to ride right away.
It’s exciting and fun to go forward on the boat!
The setting is that we are exploring the Amazon river.
The animals are coming into view! They’re closer than you think!
Colorful flamingos, beautiful.
But the animals were also exhausted from the heat…
I’m not sure if they’ll be any more energetic in the evening.
In addition to the entrance fee, there are other fees associated with the Amazon River Quest.
It’s a good idea to buy a ticket with Amazon River Quest on the web in advance.
I was getting hungry, so I decided to have lunch.
Lunch at the food court
Lunch was at a kind of food court in front of the Singapore Zoo.
We ordered noodles with chicken balls. It was simple and tasty.
At only $7, it was surprisingly cheap to eat in Singapore.
Feeling a little better, we headed back to the Singapore Zoo!
Back at the Singapore Zoo, we’re so excited!
We’re back at the Singapore Zoo.
By the way, this zoo is really close to the animals.
They try to exhibit the animals in a way that makes you feel close to them without using fences or cages.
You can see it from such a distance.
This is where we happened to pass by and suddenly the feeding started (lol).
It’s so powerful to see them up close and personal! I was so excited!
To a show where small animals are active
This time we came to see the “Rainforest Fight Back” show that starts at 2:30pm.
This show features small animals and birds.
A big bird flew over our heads and we cheered.
The little birds also put on a great show.
The final performance was very nice.
Healing with White Tigers
Next we came to see the white tigers, which are hard to find in Japan.
They look like big cats, so cute!
It was big and cool, but it also looked like a cat basking in the sun.
Up close and personal with these powerful animals
This is a white rhino. The muscles are tighter and more beautiful than I thought they would be…
I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a big rhino this close before.
There were also zebras. They are in a large area, so it looks like Africa.
The lions are cooling off in the shade. I guess it’s hot during the day for animals too.
A cute wild boar with a smiling expression. They seem to live only in rainforest areas.
And a prairie dog! Their appearance is adorable.
Meet the giraffes
We came to the area with the giraffes because we could participate in the giraffe feeding from 3:45pm.
At the Singapore Zoo, you can pay $5 to feed the animals. .
I never thought I’d be able to interact with a giraffe so closely!
They were crunching on my carrots!
Watching the orangutans and tengu monkeys
On a monkey mountain full of orangutans.
The innocent expression is cute.
By the way, the orangutan was moving freely on the trees in the park.
Finally, we came to see the tengu monkey.
As the name suggests, this monkey has a long nose like a tengu.
At the Singapore Zoo, we got to see a lot of animals that are hard to see in Japan!
This is a great way to get to know the animals better.
▼ The zoo is located in the heart of the city, in the heart of the city, and is a great place to visit.
From here, we will return to the River Safari for a little while.
Exploring the Rivers of the World on a River Safari
We are back on the River Safari.
River Safari is a park that focuses on the creatures that live in rivers.
The park seems to recreate the world’s eight great rivers.
This is the first time I’ve ever seen such a thing.
They look so cute spinning around!
The popular giant panda
The River Safari also has giant pandas.
The Singapore Zoo seems to be too hot for the pandas…
The pandas were carefully raised in an air-conditioned room at River Safari.
I’m not sure if this is a good idea or not.
There was a panda cafe full of pandas, so I came here.
Chocolate panda buns. It’s so cute, it’s a shame to eat it…
This cafe was cute, with lots of panda pictures.
The River Safari was cooler overall, which really helped.
For more information on the River Safari, see the following article.
It was now around 18:00, so we were ready to move on to the Night Safari.
Finally to the Night Safari
We moved on from the River Safari to the Night Safari.
All of the three major zoos were close by and could be easily reached on foot.
The Night Safari is a zoo that is open only at night.
You can take a streetcar ride to see the animals.
We had booked a streetcar that started at 7:15 p.m., so we immediately got in line to enter.
The night safari is very popular and tickets seem to sell out, so advance reservation is a must.
Strolling around the safari in a very exciting streetcar!
We’ll take a streetcar ride around the park!
A streetcar with cute animal patterns. Makes you feel good!
If you have earphones, you can listen to the audio in Japanese.
I can see the animals!
Early on, the animals came into view.
The animals are in a large area, so they won’t be near the streetcar.
But there’s something about seeing animals in the dim light that makes me really nervous!
I tried my best to take pictures at the beginning, but as it got darker, it became difficult to take…
Night Safari, taking photos and videos is pretty tough…
But the thrill of the night made it a lot of fun!
We couldn’t take pictures, but we could see elephants and lions.
The animals that are too hot to move during the day become more active at night~! .
Evening meal while watching the show
I was hungry, so I decided to have dinner.
I ordered a set of tender chicken and rice.
Just as I was about to start eating, the fire show started at 8:00pm.
This one was powerful and fun too~!
Explore the Night Safari on foot
In addition to the streetcar, you can also explore the park on foot at the Night Safari.
It’s really dark to walk around on foot (lol)
There was an area with free-range wallabies, but it was too dark to capture anything…
This is a great way to get to know the people of the world.
▼ For more information on how to get around the Night Safari, click here.
Bus and train back to the hotel.
I was surprisingly energetic, so I decided to take the bus and train back home.
There is a shuttle bus that runs from near the exit of the Night Safari to Khatib MRT station.
We took this to the MRT station and then took the train back to the hotel.
Next day, it’s Marina Bay Sands!
Day 3: To the Marina Bay Sands of my dreams
Lunch at a diner where the locals go
On this day, we will go to Marina Bay Sands after lunch.
First, we had lunch at a restaurant near the hotel.
We ordered Indian Rotti and orange juice.
Rotti is easier to make than naan and seems to be a staple food in India.
These are sticky and very tasty~!
I ate Rotti many times during my stay in Singapore.
The price for juice and roti was $5.
For being so cheap, it was pretty damn tasty!
Arriving at the hotel of my dreams
A bus ride brought us to the Mariner Bay Sands.
This time I’m staying in a room called “Grand Club Room Garden View”.
We chose a room that allows us to use the Club 55 lounge.
Club room guests can go through the check-in process in their own room. .
Suddenly we felt very special!
To the infinity pool
The rooms are only available after 3:00 p.m., but we were able to get into the infinity pool first.
This pool is a place I’ve always wanted to visit.
I was dreaming of swimming in it.
Afternoon tea at the lounge
Stay in a Club Room and enjoy complimentary afternoon tea, cocktail hour and breakfast in the exclusive lunge.
The first thing you need to do is to go to the afternoon tea which starts at 14:00.
All-you-can-eat snacks such as cakes and macaroons, and all-you-can-drink coffee and champagne.
You can have whatever you want, as much as you want!
The lounge was on the 55th floor and the view was amazing.
It was truly a luxurious experience.
To the room you’ve been waiting for
We came to the room we had been looking forward to.
The room is 62 square meters, so big that it’s hard to tell where you are.
The first thing I noticed was the soft sofa.
A cute puppy was there to greet us.
Behind the sofa is a large TV and a king-sized bed.
Even the bathroom has a spectacular view!
Next to the bed was a large balcony.
I’ve grown very fond of the view from this balcony.
It’s a garden view room, so it overlooks the Gardens by the Bay.
There’s also a large desk next to the bed. Everything is so big and spacious…
The animations are from an Italian fashion brand called Roberto Cavalli.
They also sell cosmetic products such as shampoo.
After this, we spent some time relaxing in our room.
▼ You can read more about the rooms at Marina Bay Sands in the following article.
To the cocktail hour starting at 17:00
We came to the cocktail hour that starts at 17:00.
Unlike the afternoon tea, dishes with meat and crab are also available.
The food is all of a high standard!
A quick swim in the night pool
After leaving the cocktail hour, we decided to go to the pool again since it was getting dark.
Swimming in the pool at night time was also a lot of fun.
But it was quite windy and cold, so we retired to our room early…
We could see a nice night view from our room’s balcony.
Just in time for the Gardens by the Bay light show, with the tree sparkling!
I’ve grown very fond of Singapore’s night view.
I was moved by the unexpected surprise
I was relaxing on the couch when suddenly a chime rang…
Guess what, they delivered a surprise cake! .
Thinking back, I thought it was because I had selected “Anniversary” when I made the reservation.
Neither he nor I had ordered it, so it was a surprise from the hotel.
I was very touched by this, and I definitely want to stay at this hotel again.
We ate the cake and slept in the soft bed.
▼ To read the rest of the trip report, please click below.