So this is it after spending way to much time in Singapore I'm going to leave the city today. This also means I'm going to leave Asia since my next stop will be Melbourne, Australia. Let's recap what I did in my 12 days here.
I'm going to start with Marina Bay. I spent quite a lot of time here as there is a lot to do and with all the great architecture I always found knew things to photograph. Especially at night when all the lights turn on it looks like a city out of a science fiction movie.
Over there you have the Marina Bay Sands Hotel with a gigantic swimming pool and observation deck on top which offers incredible views over the city. Once again make sure to get there after dark. In front of the hotel is a gigantic and expensive shopping mall and of course the ScienceArt Museum. It looks amazing from the outside and the exhibitions inside are actually quite interesting.
The best views of the hotel and the museum and the skyline as well can be found from the Helix-Bridge which crosses over the bay and is quite beautiful to look at by it self. As you can see from the photos I spent some nights in this area looking for the best shot.
On the other side of the Hotel is of course Gardens by the Bay. A huge areal with conservatories showing all kinds of flowers and plants. Or so I'm told, I never went in there. I spent my time outside around the gigantic artificial trees. These things actually light up and play music at night. An incredible sight.
But if you had enough of all the artificial wonders and want to see some of natures wonders you have to go to the Singapore Zoo. In the north of the city this very modern zoo shows all kinds of animals in what is very close to their natural habitats. With the orangutan habitat being the highlight. The monkeys actually live quite free and swing right over your head...almost like in the real world. You can spent all day there and surly won't get bored.
If you are more into people watching than animal watching the two districts to go to are Chinatown and Little India. Both of them over great food, interesting shops and beautiful temples. The most famous temple in Chinatown is the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple which as implied by the name showcases one of Buddhas tooth. And of course a lot of other statues and relics on its four floor...it's a very modern temple with A/C and lifts.
In Little India you will of course find the great Hindu temples, actually there is one in Chinatown as well. But the true experience is just going to the shops there on a Sunday afternoon, everyone just seems to be out that day. It's full and chaotic and every single store is playing Bollywood music. An experience you simply can not properly describe.
To have some fun after all the time in the city there is Sentosa Island. One of the two small Islands I visited, the other being Pulau Ubin. The main attraction on Sentosa is of course Universal Studios, which means it's expensive and crowded. I spent my time there just walking around on the Island instead of wasting my money on the parks. You can have some nice views of the island if you go up to the fort by the way. The beaches here seem to be loved by locals but with giant cargo ships passing by in just a couple hundred meters I found it rather uninviting. There definitely are better beaches in southeast Asia.
The other Island, Pulau Ubin, was actually a lot nicer. There you have actual nature in the Nationalpark and it's just nice and quiet. You can either rent a bike to get around or just walk around as it's quite small. While you only need 10 minutes by boat to reach it you will need almost 2 hours by bus to reach the boat. So consider this while planning the visit.
Finally if you want to visit something really off the beaten bath go to Haw Par Villa. This is just the weirdest most random amusement park you can imagine. The main attraction being the "12 courts of hell".
Well this is it for Singapore. I had a great although long time here but it was good to relax for a bit because I know the next month in Australia is going to be very stressful. Singapore is a great city, it's modern, it's clean, it's organized...actually if it wasn't for the people it would feel like you aren't in Asia at all. You should definitely visit it but never assume that it will give you a real insight into what Asia is...for that you have to go further north.