When I visited Singapore for the first time I instantly fell in love with this city-state: its futuristic design, the combination of different cultures and the diverse food. I was lucky to meet Jaclynn Seah there, who is from Singapore and writes on her blog „The Occasional Traveller“. She showed me around and we had a great time. She tells you her insider tips for the Lion City — the best time to travel there, accommodation, restaurants and sights.
Jaclynn is The Occasional Traveller, a Singaporean girl with a full-time day job who loves to travel. She started her blog in 2010 to encourage fellow deskbound wanderlusters like herself to remember to take that time off and get away. She is always looking forward to that next trip!
Here are her insider tips for Singapore:
Why should everyone travel once in a lifetime to Singapore?
There’s nowhere in the world quite like Singapore!
When is the best time to visit it?
Singapore is hot all year round and we hardly have any seasons. Year end tends to be cooler but also more rainy, though really it can rain any time of the year.
June and December are school holiday periods in Singapore so your tourist attractions will be more crowded with families, so you might want to avoid those periods.
Which attractions of Singapore are worth to see?
The Marina Bay area (which you usually see on TV during the F1 Grand Prix in September) is a tourist hotspot but for good reason — Singapore is prettiest in the evening when the buildings are all lit up.
I recommend starting from the Esplanade, walking clockwise around the bay area across the Helix Bridge until you reach Marina Bay Sands.
Other tourist attractions that I think are worth seeing are Gardens by the Bay (18 Marina Gardens Dr) — the alien-looking Super Tree Grove is mostly free (unless you want to go on the Skywalk, a rickety walkway suspended near the top of the tree structures).
But it is worth going into the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest as well — beautiful and cool, a good way to spend your time ‚indoors‘ if Singapore is being all humid or rainy.
If you want a proper outdoor garden, Singapore Botanic Gardens (1 Cluny Rd) is centrally located in the downtown area and was just awarded a UNESCO award.