(September 11, 2015) Singapore
Our flight to Melbourne leaves at 9 PM, so we
have almost the entire day to explore Singapore.
Our thought for this first day on this city is to
walk by the streets of Muslim, Indian and Chinese districts and, of
course, viewing Marina Bay.
The spots marked at map are:
0- Ibis Singapore on Bancoolen
1- Kampong Glam
2- Little India
4- Sentosa Island
5- Changi Airport
6- Marina Bay
7- Zoo and Night Safari
We’ve slept too much, we even check out later than
the limit time, but with only 15 minutes past 12 PM we’ve got no
problems. We’ve rested and probably passed the worst of the jet lag,
but the morning is out now.
We go to the Bagis metro station but, in our way,
we find two busy temples together, just sharing a wall: one Chinese and
We take the clean metro for the two stops until Bayport station. We’ve
paid 1,60 SG$ for each single ticket. We follow the indications to
Gardens by the Bay but once outside we’re welcomed by the colossal
Marina Bay hotel. Maybe the most popular building in Singapore, with
its three towers holding a huge platform shaped as a boat.
We soon find the shuttle service which takes us to
the visitor center by 2 SG$ the return trip. Once there, we pay 28 SG$
for the tickets for the two futuristic domes they have here: Cloud
forest and Flower dome.
We get first into Cloud Forest one and the first
sight we get is a green mountain covered by tropical vegetation with
some falls and the cold that we are glad to feel after being so hot
We explore the place, first at ground level, and
then taking the lift to the top and making our way down through the
floating platforms around this particular structure linking its levels.
We love this special display of rainforest vegetation where the natural
is treated in an artificial way, but just to emphasize it.
When our visit is over we get into the only
restaurant here: a Chinese one which is going to close the kitchen in
ten minutes. We order several things knowing at 3 PM we cannot order
anything else from the kitchen and we enjoy our meal alone until
getting really full. We pay 74 SG$ for that.
We get now into the Flower dome, a more usual
garden, where the vegetation is organized by areas of the world.
Decoration is fantastic and I’m amazed by the Madagascar area, with the
baobabs and the spectacular sculptures, as the dragon one.
When we leave from here we take the shuttle back to the
Bay area. We still have one hour and we decide to spare the big area
with the artificial trees for our next visit and go to the top Marina
Bay building. For that, we follow the platform we’ve seen gets inside
the building, but it is just to get the other side through it, so we
still must get down to the ground level and walk until the Tower 3
entrance because, besides it, there is the Sands Skypark, which is a
lookout part, site in the peak of this boat shaped structure of the top.
Somehow, to access it we must go downstairs from
ground level, where the ticket boxes are, and get our admissions by 23
SG$, then take the elevator there to floor 56 where we immediately get
magnificent views from the Gardens of the Bay we just left and the
ocean, where we can see a lot of big boats waiting their turn to the
busiest port in Asia.
Following the prow of this particular ship we can
sports area and the skyscrapers of the financial center. At the end, we
can see the famous swimming pool of this hotel, at the same edge we are
looking from. Access to it is only allowed to hotel guests.
We walk back to the metro station and then to the
where we take our baggage and a taxi to the airport by 23 SG$. We’re at
Jetstar counters by 6:40 PM and our flight is at 9 PM. Here, the
security control is at every boarding gate, when I was starting to
think I could get into the plane without being scanned.
We spend the night at the plane, where we alredy paid for the meals and
the use of the screen with the movies and games. The duration of this
flight is 7 hours and 45 minutes and let’s see if I manage to sleep
something coming from 12 hours slept last night.