The Garden City, Singapore

What we loved about Singapore are the gardens, the super affordable and tasty hawker fare and the wonderful mix of Chinese, Indian, and Malaysians cultures that reminded us a bit of home. Unfortunately for us, during our trip AirBnB was not as common and priced as high as hotels for a private room within an apartment. Given the high prices, we decided to go with a hotel and use our rewards points to cover the cost. While Singapore has a reputation for being an expensive country to visit (and rightly so), we found that it was about the same as visiting some of the bigger cities in France or Spain, and definitely cheaper than Japan during the popular sakura season.

With 16 days in Singapore, we felt like we got a pretty good taste of what life in Singapore could be like. We spent some days working in their super modern cafes and others exploring the multitude of gardens. While staying in a hotel was a little different for us, it required us to go out and eat all the time (can’t complain!) so we got to enjoy everything from Malaysian sweets, Japanese ramen, Indian curries, Chinese noodles, and even gourmet sandwiches. If you’re a nature enthusiast, love Asian food, or have just been curious about what the city-country might be like, read on for our top favorites and tons of logistical information to help you plan and save during your trip to Singapore!

carlienne’s favorites

Best Things to Do in Singapore

Maxwell Hawker Center, Singapore
Maxwell Hawker Center, Singapore

Dine at a Hawker Center

Singapore is a hub for international foods, but a great way to rub elbows with locals is by frequenting the hawker centers. The food is simple but delicious and you’ll save tons of money this way: consider that you’ll typically spend 8 SGD on a cup of coffee at a cafe, and for that you can get a 5 SGD chicken and rice set and a 3 SGD smoothie for a complete meal. We were lucky that one of the hawker center nearest us, Joo Seng Food Place, turned out to be one of our favorites. The Fish Soup stall for offers great chewy noodle soups and handmade dumplings and one of the best chicken rice sets at the Chicken Rice stall.

Chicken rice set, Joo Seng Food Place, Singapore
Chicken rice set, Chicken Rice stall, Joo Seng Food Place, Singapore

Our favorite in the Chinatown area was the Maxwell Hawker Center, where the you’ll find a super long line for the popular Tian Tian. Instead go just past it to Ah Tai Chicken for a more instant satisfaction. Around on the other aisle you’ll find Juice Farm, which had some of the best smoothies we’ve had anywhere. The big round tables at the Maxwell Hawker Center also make it super common to share tables, which may or may not present the opportunity to make new friends. A more recently made famous (via Netflix) hawker center is the Geylang Serai/Malay market, where you can find Traditional Haig Road Putu Piring, fluffy rice cakes stuffed with sugarcane caramel and topped with fresh coconut shavings (so much better than dried coconut shavings or flakes!). Last but not least, if you’re a bit wary of jumping into the hawker center bustle, or you prefer eating with some air conditioning, you can visit the new brick and mortar of the Michelin starred chicken and rice hawker stall Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice Noodle, where you can get milder experience with one of the tastiest chicken and rice (or noodle) dishes still offered at the same stall price.

Cloud Forest, Gardens By The Bay, Singapore
Cloud Forest, Gardens By The Bay, Singapore

Immerse Yourself in Nature

Singapore is known as the Garden City but it’s aiming to become a “city in a garden” and as far as attractions, it certainly felt like it. You can spend an entire day walking through the expansive Singapore Botanic Gardens and we highly recommend the stunning National Orchid Garden if you’re an a flora enthusiast. Tourists and locals alike will take a picnic, go for a jog or meet up with their dogs. Likewise the iconic Gardens By The Bay will take a full day if you visit both conservatories and the rest of the park. We went to their Floral Fantasy exhibit and were thoroughly impressed, it’s literally like a dreamy floral fantasy with flowers bursting from all sides; suspending and dripping, floating up and down, giant balls of orchids, and sheets of water falling. The Cloud Forest was my favorite of the two conservatories as I’m a bigger fan of tropical plants and there was also an impressive variety of orchids there.

macaques at MacRitchie Trail, Singapore
Macaques at MacRitchie Trail, Singapore

Though it’s a bit of a trek, the Jurong Bird Park is a must visit for bird and/or animal enthusiasts. We loved the many enclosures that allowed us to walk amongst the birds. A favorite section was the Lory Loft area, where you can feed the lories. Since they’ve already associated people with food, some of the braver ones will come to you if you extend your hand to them whether or not you have food, though they will try to look for the food! A Black-capped lory landed on Carl’s shoulder while he was filming some other birds, completely startling us, and then when it came hopping across the handrail over to me, I put out my arm and it hopped right on! It was definitely a highlight for us to have such an unexpected interaction. For another special animal encounter, hike along the Macritchie Treetop Walk Trailhead just within the Windsor Nature Park section, you’re sure to spot some macaques and tons of monitors right along the trails. We think the nature reserve is beautiful on its own and worth a visit even without the Treetop Walk, which we mistakenly tried to visit on a Monday: it’s closed on Mondays. We passed by countless signs that mention it’s operating hours but simply failed to read those sections of the signs, we couldn’t believe how we missed all that but we still thoroughly enjoyed our hike.

Knots Cafe and Living, Singapore
Knots Cafe and Living, Singapore

Relax or Work at a Cafe

Working while traveling? Or perhaps you’d like to cool off and take a break. Singapore has plenty of cafes and it’s acceptable to do work or study while there. Most cafes also offer food and tend to be much busier during the lunch hour. One of our favorites was Grids & Circles near Chinatown. They have beautiful branding and the space is a creative collaboration with tons of natural light. The wifi was good (other than one day where it was just completely out) with outlets available. Vibrant art hangs on the walls and there’s a cozy reading nook. They serve breakfast all day and some elegant Japanese fusion, which was tasty but a little expensive for our tastes. The coffee too is not cheap but comparable and was by far some of the tastiest we’ve had (try their mocha or the cereal milk), so we kept coming back. They’re one of the earliest ones to open, but they also close a bit earlier.

Another interesting cafe was the popular Knots Cafe and Living, both a upscale restaurant cafe and a boutique shop. You’ll find truffle oil on their menu and they do a delicious al dente Carbonara. The food was very tasty but just too expensive. We came to have lunch and stay to finish up some work, the vibe was nice and the service very accommodating, but the seating was not particularly comfortable.

library@orchard, Orchard Gateway, Singapore
library@orchard, Orchard Gateway, Singapore

An alternate option is to visit the library@orchard, in the Orchard Gateway Mall. You’ll find all ages here, even some ‘Grammers posing between the undulating shelves, but don’t let that interrupt your time to be productive (or nap, we saw some people dozing!) or maybe just borrow a book or magazine for the day. They also hold monthly workshops where you can meet their resident artist, we met a woodworker and got to learn about a variety of beautiful woods.

Traditional Haig Road Putu Piring, Geylang Serai market, Singapore
Traditional Haig Road Putu Piring, Geylang Serai market, Singapore

Best Things to Eat in Singapore

  • Chicken rice is a Singaporean staple. Offered at every hawker center, our favorites were from Joo Seng Food Place and Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice Noodle.
  • Bak Kut Teh, wonderfully peppery pork bone soup, is a simple but unique dish. We had some via Deliveroo from Old Street Bak Kut Teh.
  • Putu piring is a light and fluffy coconut and palm sugar caramel dessert, try some from Traditional Haig Road Putu Piring, we tried it there and ordered a second pack!
  • Egg tarts at Tong Heng Delicacies. The Chinese egg tarts take a note from the Portuguese with a single sheet of filo dough that combines with the flour dough for a perfectly light crispy flakey crust.
  • Deerioca milk teas from The Alley Luxe, our favorite boba milk tea chain in the world. You can get it outside of Singapore of course, but we were here for their grand opening so we though it was a worthwhile mention. They handcraft their boba so it’s extra chewy and the fresh milk they use is so rich and delicious.
  • If you’re a chocolate lover, don’t miss this special little cafe The Dark Gallery, where you can finally have legitimate dark chocolate ice cream!

Browse our photos for inspiration or read on for more things to know before going to Singapore and other logistical information or jump down to the details on all the places we visited.

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Where We Stayed

AirBnB is pretty limited in Singapore still, so most of spaces available were private rooms within an apartment for almost the same price as a hotel room. A cheaper option would have been to stay on the border in Malaysia, but we heard that the border crossing was tedious and would cost us a lot in time. We opted to use our Chase Sapphire reward points on a hotel in Singapore instead. We stayed at ibis Styles Singapore On Macpherson for an average of $81/night. The hotel is recently developed and the shops on the lower floors are not quite filled up yet, so it’s a rather quiet area. Luckily there are a few hawker centers and the metro is within walking distance and there are a couple bus stops right across the street.

ibis Styles Singapore On Macpherson seems to be a hotel that’s part of many tour packages: during our long stay we saw plenty of tour groups that came and went with the days. The breakfast that’s included is unremarkable – in fact it quickly grew tiresome as they put no effort into disguising what they’re reusing from the previous night’s dinner and there really was no change to their offerings during our two week stay. The swimming pool is right off the dining area and the “gym” is really a glass room next to the pool where a few people could run together. We found most the staff friendly and it was easy enough to get Deliveroo deliveries, we don’t particularly recommend the hotel.


In May Singapore is hot and humid. Our weeks were constant forecasts of storms and at least 80 degrees, but most days were actually sunny. Just be prepared for possible showers and the occasional lightning storm. Sunblock and bug spray are essential. Bring a handkerchief small towel to wipe up sweat and as a napkin or hand dryer as there aren’t napkins or paper towels anywhere. It’s also very common to carry an umbrella at any time for blocking sun as much as rain.

Vaccinations: Routine Vaccinations

Mosquito problems: Bring lots of spray and reapply often! Given the humidity and rain, I kept sweating off my bugspray and would get bitten any time we went through parks or gardens. I was even bitten while inside an air-conditioned cafe! If possible, stick to light long sleeves and loose clothing.

Problems for tattoos: None

Traveling as a woman: Standard Precautions. As you ride the metro, they play lots of public service videos, which includes disaster preparedness and also that molestation (sexual assault) is a punishable crime (by beating of a cane). Seeing the video did make me feel that as a society Singapore seemed to take safety much more seriously.

MRT train interior, Singapore
MRT train interior, Singapore

Getting Around in Singapore

Singapore is a fairly big island, though most of the attractions are primarily in the center and close to the bay. The bus system in Singapore is very good, excellent conditions, air conditioned and very timely. The buses go everywhere and they drive pretty quickly (hold on for the bumpy ride) so they’re typically full of locals. You may want to avoid peak commute times or stick to the double decker buses as they can get really packed. There’s a live tracker available even on Google Maps, though there are apps for both the buses and the Metro. We found that they weren’t particularly necessary, as they require internet and we were fine just keeping a metro map on our phones. Even for 2 people, taking public transportation was always cheaper than ordering a Grab or Taxi.

The Singapore MRT metro system is also very nice but the routes are not so convenient: just because the lines intersect on the map, they do not necessarily connect. This means that you’ll need to hop on and off across multiple lines to get the quickest ride.

The standard ticket for metro (not connected to the bus system) is good for 6 trips, requires a 10 cent deposit which you recover by your third trip and will eventually save you 10 cents on the last ride. Our understanding is that you add money to the ticket each day for your specific trips, but you can’t leave money on the ticket as the value expires each day.

Singapore EZ Link Card

Whether taking the bus or metro, we recommend getting an EZ link card for the convenience and to save 10 cents per ride, especially if you’re in Singapore for more than a couple days. You can pick up the EZ link card at any 711 for 10 SGD; 5 SGD is for the card and you get 5 SGD credit to start your travel. One downside to the card is the 3 SGD minimum credit needed to ride and you need to top up at a shop or at any metro station (plan ahead if you tend to ride the bus over the metro).

A bonus however, is being able to use your credit card to top up at the metro machines, though you’ll have to do it in increments of $10 at a time. Note that though the name of the service says “transit” – we noticed that Chase Sapphire categorized them as shopping and we weren’t getting transportation/travel points for it – a quick call and they were willing to look into it and give us the points.

Changi Airport

We flew Silk Air as part of Singapore Air, which we can highly recommend. They provided us with the immigration form so we were ready when we arrived – if your airline doesn’t give you the form, make sure to grab one and just fill it out while waiting in line. We had high expectations for the famous Changi Airport and was rather shocked by the wait time to go through arrival immigration (passport check), which took almost two hours. Changi Airport’s free WiFi requires SMS texted code or scanning your passport at a kiosk, which is not everywhere. We found that rather inconvenient for such a highly rated airport.

What to expect at a Hawker Center

The awesome part about Singapore being a multicultural country, is that everyone is multilingual. While most hawker center stalls are Chinese and Malay, we were relieved to find that the stalls had English, photos and numbers on their menus, which really simplifies ordering. We did find that sometimes using the number wasn’t always understood – but at the very worst you’d just have to point at the menu to clarify.

A possible question you might get after placing your order is “for here or take away” – in a variety of languages. We struggled with this one because when we were asked, they didn’t seem to know how to clarify the question beyond repeating themselves but luckily someone nearby helped us translate. Luckily most of the time they’ll assume you’re eating there though. The other possible question is whether you want it with spicy sauce or chilies, though that one will usually be clarified as they point to sauces and chilies.

In some hawker centers there are service people that walk around the food court to help take orders. We found it a little confusing though as there wasn’t any sort of identifiable uniform and with the language differences and the uncertainty if that service required a tip or extra cost, we simply stuck to ordering directly at the stalls ourselves. There are also people that come around to clear off the tables, so it’s completely acceptable to leave your dishes once you’re done. Some of the bigger centers have racks for returning your tray and there are usually signs that let you know.

It is also very common to share tables with others, so don’t be surprised if someone sits down next to you and likewise don’t hesitate to join a table. Napkins are never to be found at these food courts so be sure to bring your own tissues or a handkerchief (also useful for wiping sweat or drying hands after washing).

Hungry but Lazy? Deliveroo vs Grab

Using Deliveroo for food will definitely save you for the times you’re over sweating all day and don’t want to venture back out for food. We found that Deliveroo was much more reliable than Grab as they just don’t have as many drivers as Deliveroo, which is probably why Grab doesn’t charge as much for the delivery fee. Before finalizing your order always check online for promo codes, there’s always a ton of them which can save you $3-8 per order!

 sign that reads "no durian allowed on hotel premises, fine $500"
Common fine signage for durian, found in hotels and even on the trains


Currency: 1.37 SGD = 1 USD
Tipping in Singapore is not expected.

Daily Budget

$70-80/person: This was for 16 evenings in Singapore in a somewhat centrally located hotel. Breakfast was included with our stay and we ate primarily at hawker centers (which is how to stretch your dollar the farthest in Singapore) and frequented cafes (fairly expensive) to catch up on work. We visited the Jurong Bird Park (save by purchasing tickets online) and the Gardens by the Bay. We took the MRT often and to advantage of EZ link cards.

Some typical costs

  • An espresso drink at a cafe: 7-9 SGD
  • 2 chicken rice sets and drinks at Joo Seng Food Place: 9 SGD
  • 2 bowls of ramen at Ichikokudo: 35 SGD
  • Gardens by the Bay attraction combo: 46 SGD pp
  • ibis Styles Singapore: $81/night

How to Save Money in Singapore

The biggest costs for traveling in Singapore will be your stay, eating out, and the most popular attractions, like the Gardens by the Bay. Here are some ways you can stretch your budget:

  1. Eat at hawker centers. Not only is this the most significant way you can save, but we also found it to be the most consistent in quality compared to restaurants in malls and it’s the best way to rub elbows with the locals. You’ll spend at least 3-4 times more eating anywhere else.
  2. Visit the free attractions. Luckily not everything costs money in Singapore – visit the Botanic Gardens or check out the free parts of Gardens by the Bay like the Supertree Grove and not the conservatories.
  3. Buy online and look for promos. If you must purchase tickets, always check online for promotional deals or codes. Many attractions, like the Jurong Bird Park, will offer a small discount if you pre-purchase tickets online. If you flew in via Silk Air or Singapore Airlines, keep your boarding pass for a 10% discount at the conservatories. This also goes for using Deliveroo or Grab for food deliveries – there’s almost always a promo code you can find with a quick Google search.
  4. Use Public Transportation. Singapore has a great public transportation system. We recommend using it over taxis or Grab unless you’re a larger group of people. Consider using an EZ link card if you’re visiting for more than a handful days.

Staying in Malaysia instead of Singapore

While looking at the high costs of stays in Singapore, we did a little research and saw that there were tons of cheap AirBnBs in Malaysia just north of Singapore and wondered whether it was feasible to base ourselves in Malaysia instead. Most advised against it because though it is easy enough to travel between the two countries, the checkpoint would take a good couple hours each way, which wouldn’t really be worth it if you were visiting short term. We decided against the hassle of going inbetween the two countries since we’ve never been to either. At the end of our 16 days we did wonder if we might have been able to work that out after all, perhaps next time we’ll give it a shot. If you’ve used this strategy, please let us know how it went in the comments below.


Hawker Centers

MacPherson Market & Food Centre, 89 Circuit Rd, $ – Hawkerfare center, try smoothies from Mum Mum juices and Chinese noodles from Tian Tian Jian noodles

Joo Seng Food Place, 1 Upper Aljunied Ln, $ – Hawkerfare center, our favorite stalls were the Fish Soup stall for all the noodle soups and dumplings and Chicken Rice stall for the chicken rice set.

Maxwell Hawker Center, 20 Maxwell Rd, $ – Rather than waiting super long for the most popular chicken rice at Tian Tian, we waltzed past the line and grabbed some at Ah Tai Chicken, which was super tasty and practically instant satisfaction.

Geylang Serai/Malay market, Geylang Serai, $ – Large marketplace that has both food and vendors. We came to try the Netflix famous putu puring from Traditional Haig Road Putu Piring. If you’re in town during the summer, there is also the Geylang Ramadan Bazaar held in the same marketplace.

Food & Restaurants

Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice Noodle,, 335 Smith St, #02-126 Complex Market & Food, $ – Michelin star hawker far that started in a center but now as its own restaurant. Delicious hawker fare with the original price in an air-conditioned setting!

Tong Heng Delicacies,, 285 South Bridge Rd, $-$$ – Famous Chinese bakery – try their signature egg tart, made with both pie crust and filo sheet for an extra crisp and light tart. We also tried their coconut egg tart, Lotus Pastry, and Red Bean Pastry, but found the bao shaped pastries crusts too thick and dry.

The Alley Luxe,, 8 Grange Rd, Level 2, $-$$ – One of our favorite boba chains in the world, we first had them in Busan and fell in love with their super chewy hand-kneaded bobas. Try their signature Brown Sugar Deerioca for an experience of high quality ingredients simply and perfectly arranged.

Ichikokudo Hokkaido Ramen,, B1-135 (North Wing) Suntec City Mall, 3 Temasek Blvd, $$-$$$ – Get your straight from Japan ramen fix here in the Suntec Mall with a bowl of Hokkai Big Hotate Ramen or Hokkai Jigoku Ramen. They import many of their ingredients from Japan. The ramen is very tasty but quite expensive.

Seoul yummy,, 2 Orchard Turn, #B3-22, $$ – One of the more affordable options of lunch in the malls with their lunch specials menu, but we found the food to be mediocre, especially for the price.

Suriya Curry House, 502 Upper Serangoon Rd, 536, $$ – Super flavorful Indian cuisine, we ordered from them twice on Deliveroo. Try their butter chicken, fish curry, and palek paneer.

JiBiru Japanese Craft Beer Bar,, 313 Orchard Rd, #01 – 26, $$ – Cute outdoor restaurant with craft beer. The food was only ok but they do offer a nice variety of beer. Try the Gweilo beer “lobstromonous peach mango”, refreshingly fruity without any hoppiness. Their udon was ok and tuna don were decent.

Park Bench Deli,, 179 Telok Ayer St, $$-$$$ – Popular but fairly expensive gourmet sandwich shop. Seating is very limited. We had the mushroom melt and the fried chicken, both were very tasty but the fried chicken sandwich was super tiny.

Jurong Point,, 1 Jurong West Central 2, $-$$ – If you’re stopping at Boonlay Station, which is on the way to Jurong Bird Park, this connect mall is a good place to eat. There’s tons of Japanese restaurants and shops and also a Chinese street food court area that was bustling, but unfortunately there were no photos though and the menus were written in Chinese. Their prices seemed cheap so it seems like a good place if you can understand Chinese. Try some Japanese ice cream at Betsubara: the black sesame was pleasantly nutty and the strawberry was like sweet like a shortcake. They have a deal for 3 cones/cups for $10!

Tongue Tip Lanzhou Beef Noodles,, Multiple locations, $$ – Good hand-pulled noodles! You can choose from a variety of noodles and soups, we recommend eating at the restaurants as their takeaway portions look much smaller.

Old Street Bak Kut Teh,, Multiple locations, $ – Ordered some bak kuh teh on Deliveroo, excellent peppery soup and noodles!


The Dark Gallery,, 9 Raffles Boulevard, #01-K5 Millenia Walk, $-$$ – For the distinguished chocolate lovers, this is the place to get your fix! They offer gelato made from various specialty chocolates ranging from the darker chocolates like Sur del Lago 88% to the Dulcey 32% White Chocolate. The little cafe is more of a stand but there is limited seating.

Joe & Dough,, 9 Raffles Boulevard, #01-86/87 Millenia Walk, $$ – One of the several cafes in the Millenia Walk mall, they offer both coffee and tasty ready to eat sandwiches, various seating and good internet. This cafe is a good option for a work day.

Knots Cafe and Living,, #01-07, 160 Paya Lebar Rd, $$-$$$ – Modern and cozy restaurant cafe and boutique shop. Very popular and slightly upscale, you’ll find truffles on their menu and they do a delicious Triple Stack Ham & Cheese sandwich and Carbonara. Their prices are reflected in the high quality of the food. You can also come just to grab a coffee and do some work, though the seating is not that particularly comfortable.

Grids & Circles,, 200 South Bridge Rd, $$ – One of our favorite cafes in Singapore to work at. They have tasty drinks and food, though on the more expensive side, the brand is modern and fun and the space is a creative collective building with art on the walls, a cozy reading nook, and plenty of seating. Wifi was good most days though one day it was nonexistent. We recommend working here but maybe saving on money by eating at the nearby hawker centers.

Adler Cafe & Bar,, 265 South Bridge Rd, $$ – Small hostel cafe, with a short drinks menu. Try their muddy matcha (espresso + matcha) for a tasty and powerful caffeine boost. Possible workspace as there’s wifi and outlets, but very limited seating and there are nicer cafes to go to nearby.

Group Therapy,, 49 Duxton Rd, #02-01, $$ – Good option for working, though not our favorite. We came twice, once during their lunch hour which was quite busy. Their sundaes are small personal sizes and frankly not worth it, the best thing we had there was the pink lemonade.

Five Oars Coffee Roasters,, 39 Tg Pagar Rd. $$ – One of the few cafes that are open late. Modern industrial space with lots of open light. The chairs have a cushion on them, not benches though, so it’s potentially comfier here. Sadly the mocha is not as rich as Grids.


Orchard Gateway,, 277 Orchard Road – The mall also has a special for tourists and those with birthdays in that month, among other discounts. Bring your passport to the visitor information to get a voucher.

library@orchard,, 277 Orchard Road, Orchard Gateway, #03-12/#04-11 – On level 3-4 of the Orchard Gateway Mall. A strikingly designed little library great for photos, an afternoon working, reading a book, or getting inspired by an exhibit or workshop. Not a lot of tables but there are plenty of nooks and seating. They have a large magazine collection and books come in a variety of languages, including a section on learning languages!

we the people,, 9 Raffles Boulevard, Millenia Walk #01-42 / #02-57, $$-$$$ – Boutique shop that carries all the best products backed by crowdfunding.

watson,, Multiple locations, $$-$$$ – Major chain for any cosmetic or health and personal care needs.

Harvey Norman,, No 9 Raffles Boulevard, #01-59 to 63, #02-37 to 41, #03-02, $$-$$$ – Australian superstore/department store that also has a decent electronic department should you have the need. We were trying to buy a computer mouse while in Singapore and found electronic stores to be few and purchased our mouse here.


Singapore Botanic Gardens,, 1 Cluny Rd, Free, the National Orchid Garden has an entrance fee of 5 SGD – The park is fairly large and could easily take more than a day, lots of people come to run or take their dogs. Bring lots of bugspray, I was eaten alive! The National Orchid Garden is small but worth a visit if you’re an orchid aficionado!

Gardens By The Bay,, 18 Marina Gardens Dr, $$ – The famous gardens of Singapore, there are free spaces but the conservatories are a little expensive. Both spaces are incredible, if you can only choose one – the Cloud Forest is the tropical space with the iconic waterfall and also has an incredible collection of orchids, while the Flower Dome focuses more on Mediterranean plants and has a variety across the more arid lands. We went while they had the Floral Fantasy exhibit, which was really was like a flowerland dream.

Jurong Bird Park,, 2 Jurong Hill, $$ – A stunning zoo of birds. We appreciated the many enclosures instead of just pure cages, allowing us an uninterrupted view of the beautiful birds. Purchase tickets online to save! If you’re visiting during your birthday month, you can also get a special discount.

MacRitchie Treetop Walk Trailhead & Treetop Walk,, 1 Venus Dr, Free, Treetop Walk is closed Mondays – Treetop Walk is one of the iconic hikes in Singapore, located within the MacRitchie trail area. Find macaques there and make sure to bring bug spray and lots of water. Though most of the hike is moderate, there are a few significant uphills to get to the Treetop Walk. We took the bus to Opp Flame Tree Pk stop and started at the MacRitchie trailhead. Plan ahead as the Treetop Walk is closed on Mondays.

Merlion Park, 1 Fullerton Rd, Free – While the waterfront area is quite beautiful and the spray from the Merlion fountain makes the air refreshing, we found this park to be much too crowded with tourists.

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