Singapore Day 1Posted: September 10, 2015
My previous travel posts are always organized by content, but this time I thought it would be easier to separate them by days. Hopefully it would be helpful as a sample itinerary too.
At first, I almost booked the trip just for 1.5 days because I thought there was nothing at Singapore that interested me. But in the end, I figured, I’ve never been there before, so I might as well see some of the sights. I spent a lot of time Googling “free things to do in Singapore” because I didn’t want to spend more than I already had, and lucky for me, Singapore has plenty of those. So, here’s what I did on my first day.
7 PM: Arrived at airport and took a shuttle to my hostel. I stayed at a tiny place; more like crashing on somebody’s couch than a hostel, but it’s really nice. Also a plus – there are always free bread, peanut butter, jam, and Nutella, so if I was really cheap, I could survive just on PB&J sandwiches (I didn’t though).
8 PM: After a quick dinner (I’m never an adventurous eater when I’m traveling since the last thing I want is an upset stomach, so no food porn photos, sorry!), I grabbed a map and headed into town via the Metro. Public transport in Singapore is cheap and super efficient. Even somebody who is terrible with directions like me couldn’t get lost!
I know I wanted to see Gardens by the Bay this first night, so I got off at the nearest station. It turns out to be one stop too soon, but it’s OK because it took me to Singapore downtown and the Marina promenade, which are amazing.
9 PM: Walking along the promenade and enjoying the view.
10 PM: Found the garden! During the day, it costs about S$30 to go inside and see everything, but the grounds are always open, you can walk around for free, there are light shows at 8:45 PM (I missed it) and it’s less crowded at night.
11:30 PM: I know the Merlion statue is across the promenade, but I was too tired to drag myself there, so I went back to the hostel and crawled into bed. Yes, I missed that one touristy thing in Singapore, but I saw so many awesome things that I didn’t regret it.