|Gardens by the bay
|Malaysian Cuisine at
Ipoh Lou Yau Bean
|World's tallest indoor waterfall
Day 1: We reached our hotel, after a couple of connections on the train and a bus, at about 10 am. However, we were told the check-in was at 3 pm, so we ended up staying, and freshening up & catching up on some sleep, at another hotel which offered rooms at $50 SGD for 3 hours.
After checkout at around 2:30 pm we headed back to our original hotel for check-in.
After getting settled into our hotel, we headed out to the Gardens by the bay, a huge, colorful, futuristic park in the bay area of Singapore. The famous Supertree structures offer an impressive skywalk over the gardens, over-sized seashell-shaped greenhouses recreate chilly mountain climates and there are hundreds of trees and plants to discover, making this destination great fun for both kids and adults.
Day 2: The next day, we started with a trip back to the Gardens. This time to see the 2 attractions - Cloud Forest and the Flower Dome. They are both indoor glasshouse like environment with various plants and other tropical habitat. The cloud forest also has the world's tallest indoor waterfall at 35 meters.
We continued our itinerary by moving on to Arab street and little India, and rounded off the evening with a visit to the Merlion park in downtown, a ‘must-see’ for tourists visiting Singapore. The fish body represents Singapore's origin as a fishing village when it was called Temasek, which means "sea town" in Javanese. The lion head represents Singapore's original name—Singapura—meaning "lion city".
|Lunch at Arbora
|View at Mt Faber view point
As evident from the pic on the right, it started raining almost immediately as we left the viewpoint, so we had to wait and admire the beautiful Singapore rains the next hour or so. We wrapped off our day with visits to the beach, and the southernmost point in contiguous Asia. On the way back we visited the Buddha tooth relic temple in Chinatown, before calling it a day.
|Buddha Tooth relic temple