This travelogue starts on the fourth day. We’ve been playing around with Gardens by the Bay, the Merlion, and Sentosa Island! .
Please see below for the first part up to day 4.
The trip worked according to the following schedule.
Day 1: Arrive in Singapore
Day 2: Visit the three major zoos
Day 3: The Marina Bay Sands of my dreams
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
Here’s my travelogue for the day we spent touring the marina area and visiting Sentosa Island!
Day 4: Sightseeing in the photogenic marina area
To the infinity pool in the morning
Morning at the Marina Bay Sands.
We decided to go to the infinity pool right away.
The air is nice and clean in the morning.
The beachside, which was full of people during the day, felt a bit calmer.
We came to this infinity pool in the morning, afternoon, and evening, but morning became my favorite.
It was less crowded, the air was clean, and I had a peaceful time.
I’m getting hungry by now, so off to breakfast we go!
Gorgeous breakfast on the club floor
We had breakfast on the club floor. It’s a buffet.
There are plenty of breads, fruits, omelets, and warm side dishes that I can’t finish.
Breakfast on the club floor, I was really looking forward to it, but I couldn’t finish it.
The dishes were all delicious and my favorite.
We enjoyed a little bit of everything and had a relaxing tea.
The hotel is located in the heart of the city, just a few minutes walk from the Marina Bay Sands.
After breakfast, we’re off to explore the marina area!
Sightseeing the Gardens by the Bay
Walking from Marina Bay Sands, I came to Gardens by the Bay.
The garden itself is free to enter, so it’s a must-visit when in Singapore.
You can also climb the OCBC Skyway on top of the tree, so we decided to go there.
It costs $8 per person to climb.
Looking out over the gardens from up high is a nice feeling!
It’s also refreshing to look down at the tree from above.
I learned after returning to Japan that Gardens by the Bay is a dream botanical garden built by the Singapore government at a cost of $834 million.
Basic information about Gardens by the Bay
Hours: 5:00 – 20:00 (OCBC Skyway: 9:00 – 21:00, last entry at 20:00)
Closed: Basically, no holidays
Address: 18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018953
Taking a break at a nearby food court
We found a food court near the tree. So many flowers, so pretty!
We decided to take a break here.
There was an abundance of Chinese, Japanese, and Vietnamese food.
I wanted something refreshing, so I ordered pho, which cost $10.
It’s a great place to take a break.
Flower Dome & Cloud Forest
At the back of the garden, we came to the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest.
The Flower Dome is the world’s largest greenhouse, and the Cloud Forest is a mystical spot with artificial mountains and waterfalls, apparently.
This time, we had booked tickets for the two domes on the web in advance.
I was able to book it for $4 less than the official price, which was great. (Reference: [Singapore Botanic Gardens] Gardens by the Bay admission ticket $18.34)
Let’s go to the Flower Dome first!
When you enter the dome, the coolers are working really well and it’s cool!
The Flower Dome has many colorful photo spots.
Looking down, I was surprised at the size of the dome!
Singapore is truly amazing in scale…
I wanted to see a baobab tree at least once.
Some cute cacti. The little flowers are adorable…!
There are many colorful flowers, and if you like taking pictures, I highly recommend it.
I’ve never seen so many Phalaenopsis before!
What a beautiful…
The colorful world was soothing!
Next we’ll visit the Cloud Forest~!
The mysterious Cloud Forest
When you enter the dome, you’ll be surprised to see a mountain and a waterfall suddenly appear…!
It looks like a 35-meter high mountain that was created by the population.
The mountain is filled with rare plants.
You can also climb the mountain and see the waterfall from the back side.
It was an interesting place with lots of rare plants that you can’t find in Japan!
▼ You can read more about the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest in the following articles.
Basic Information about Flower Dome and Cloud Forest
Opening hours: 9:00 – 21:00
Closed: Not fixed due to maintenance
Address: 18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore
Meeting the famous Merlion
We moved from Gardens by the Bay to see the famous Merlion.
It looks like we could only see the back of the lion before, but now we can see his face thanks to the bridge.
We moved around a bit and bought some ice cream at a store in a shopping center called Esplanade.
The pink merlion was just too cute…!
The ice cream has a rich strawberry flavor and is very tasty.
It’s a great place to relax and enjoy the view of Marina Bay Sands from afar.
Basic information about Merlion Park
Opening hours: Open 24 hours a day, but the water starts flowing around 7:00 AM.
Closed: No specific days
Address: 1 Fullerton Rd, Singapore
Night view from Asia’s largest Ferris wheel
A short walk brought us to the Singapore Flyer, a large Ferris wheel.
The Singapore Flyer is the largest Ferris wheel in Asia.
It used to be the tallest Ferris wheel in the world until it was overtaken by the Ferris wheel in California, USA in 2014.
This time, we had booked tickets in advance for 7:30pm with cocktails.
The ticket I had reserved was here -> 「Asia’s Largest Ferris Wheel」 Singapore Flyer Ticket + 1 alcoholic drink.
We were allowed to wait in the lounge until the time was up, and then it was time to board the Ferris wheel.
The regular gondola seems to have a capacity of 28 people, but the plan with cocktails allowed a smaller group to ride.
We got a cute little cocktail for the ride!
The night view of Singapore gradually comes into view.
As we near the top, the night view of the marina area gets closer…!
This night view at the top was breathtaking.
Seeing the night view sparkling like a jewel box makes for the most romantic time.
It was a quick 30 minutes, but the night view from the gondola was unforgettable and a special memory.
We left the Singapore Flyer and headed back to the hotel.
▼ You can read more about the Singapore Flyer’s prices and experience in the article below.
Singapore Flyer Basic Information
Opening hours: 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. (last ride at 10:15 p.m., ticket sales until 10:00 p.m.)
Closed: No specific days
Address: 30 Raffles Ave, Singapore
Day 5: Visit the attraction-packed island of Sentosa
Cross the sea in a powerful cable car
This day will take us to Sentosa Island, where there are plenty of activities!
There are several ways to get to Sentosa Island, including cable cars and buses, but we decided to take a cable car called the “Flying Cable Car”.
Take the MRT to HarbourFront Station and walk to HarbourFront Tower 2, the building where the cable car stop is located.
The cable car is bigger than I thought it would be…!
It is quite powerful as it crosses the sea to the next island.
It was so powerful that it was a bit scary.
But it’s a great way to get to Sentosa Island because you can see the beautiful scenery.
▼ For more information about the cable car fare and how to take it, please refer to the article below.
Sentosa is in sight and we’re almost there!
An island full of activities, fun.
First, go for the famous Skyline Luge
The first ride is the “Skyline Luge” ride.
The Skyline Luge is a go-kart-like vehicle without an engine.
It uses the weight of the person riding it to go down the hill.
Book a ticket for three rides in advance. It was more than $5 cheaper than the official website. (Reference: [Singapore] Skyline Luge Sentosa: Luge + Sky Ride Ticket from $14.60)
When riding for the first time, there is a mini-course on how to operate the machine.
The operation is very simple: push the lever forward to go forward and pull it forward to brake.
This was so much fun!
Everyone had a blast, even the adults.
After the luge ride down the hill, you can take the lift back to the starting point.
There are four courses, so I got to enjoy a fresh feeling all three times!
▼ For more information on the Skyline Luge, please refer to the following article.
Basic Information about Sky Luge
Opening hours: 10:00 – 21:30
Closed: No particular days
Address: 1 Imbiah Rd, Singapore
Go to the Mega Adventure Park, the most fun part of the day
After a light lunch, we went to the Mega Adventure Park, which was the place we were most looking forward to in Sentosa.
The Mega Adventure Park is a place where you can enjoy outdoor activities.
There is a huge athletic field and a platform where you can jump from a height of 15 meters.
The main attraction is the Zipline, which takes you through the jungle and over the ocean at speeds of up to 60 kilometers per hour.
I came all this way just to zipline!
First, I’ll have you equip it with various equipment.
The image above is a picture taken at the start of the zipline.
It goes over the jungle and lands on an island in the back.
I actually slid down the zipline, which was scary but so much fun!
It’s a very powerful experience and I recommend it for both men and women!
▼ For more information on the zipline and Mega Adventure Park, click here.
After enjoying the Adventure Park, head to the beach.
Basic Information about Mega Adventure Park
Opening hours: 11:00 – 19:00
Closed: No specific days
Address: 10A Siloso Beach Walk, Singapore
On the southernmost island of the Asian continent
There is a free bus that runs along the beach in Sentosa, so we took it to the beach.
The island is home to Asia’s southernmost island and is reached by a suspension bridge.
There was a place where we could swim, so we decided to try swimming here.
It’s a shallow beach, so there were many families with children.
There are three major beaches on Sentosa Island, and all of them have free showers.
The showers were as clean and usable as they are in Japan, so I recommend hanging out and swimming in the ocean when you come to Sentosa.
We had a nice time while swimming around.
It was getting late in the evening, so I decided to take a shower and have dinner for the night.
Basic information about the southernmost point of the Asian continent
Opening hours: 9:00 – 19:00
Closed: No particular day
Address: 6RXC+6H Southern Islands, Singapore
Singapore cuisine in a large food court
We found a food court called “Malaysia Food Street” near the USS. We decided to eat here for dinner.
The food court is clean and contains a variety of restaurants.
We ordered Singapore’s famous “Chicken Rice” and “Chicken Curry”.
The meat is moist and tender, delicious~!
The chicken rice is freshly seasoned and has no peculiarities, making it easy for Japanese to eat.
The chicken curry is very hot and surprising! If you don’t like spicy food, I recommend the orthodox chicken rice.
Basic information about Malaysia Food Street
Opening hours: 8:00 – 21:00
Closed: No particular day
Address: Resorts World Sentosa Sentosa Gateway, Singapore
Light show, a nighttime treat
We came to see a free show in Sentosa.
This is the “Crane Dance,” about the love affair between two birds.
You can see it every day at 8:00 pm. Since it is near Food Street, I recommend going there after having dinner at Food Street.
Finally, there are fireworks. It was a beautiful show and I can’t believe it was free.
Basic information about the Crane Dance
Hours: From 8:00 p.m.
Closed: No regular holidays
Address: 8 Sentosa Gateway, Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore
Projection mapping of the Merlion was also available for free.
This one unfortunately ends in October 2019…
A heart-tinted Merlion, so cute…!
After enjoying Sentosa Island at night, it was time to go home.
On the way back, we took the cable car from Sentosa Station.
The cable car was lovely at night, with a great night view!
▼ The rest of the travelogue can be found on the following pages.