On October 2018, our family of 4 decided to go on a 14 day vacation in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. We stayed in downtown Singapore for 7 nights at Oakwood Premier OUE Singapore, and 3 nights at W Singapore-Sentosa Cove.
There isn’t a particular season that’s better for sightseeing in Singapore and Malaysia compared to other destinations. However, certain events and holidays increases the crowds as well as high hotel prices. Avoid going between May and September (May and June in particular), because heat is at its peak and the smoke and haze that is produced from clearing fires that burn in Sumatra beginning may cause eye and throat irritation; many residents wear masks when particle levels climb to dangerous levels. Humidity is to be expected no matter when you go. Plan on packing light clothes with breathable material. Singapore is such a kid or family friendly country – from having a different room for diaper change and pumping for mothers. My family would definitely go back for another Singapore adventure.
Here is the list of what we did when we were in Singapore:
GARDENS BY THE BAY a man-made urban oasis in the midst of the city center, and Singapore’s best garden attraction! It features a collection of outdoor gardens and lakes, the signature Flower Dome and Cloud Forest cooled conservatories as well as the iconic awe-inspiring Supertrees capture imagination.
- CLOUD FOREST
- A mysterious world veiled in mist showcasing plant life from the wet and cool highlands around the world. Admire the view of fascinating orchids, delicate ferns, colorful bromeliads, dazzling begonias and carnivorous pitcher plants.
- FLOWER DOME
- Special thematic exhibitions at the Flower Domes namely Dahlia Dreams (January-February), Sakura Matsuri (March), Tulipmania (April-May), Rose Romance (May-July), Orchid Extravaganza (July-September), Mid-Autumn Festival (August-September) and Poinsettia Wishes (November-December).
- Supertree Grove
- Best time to visit is at night — from the 22-meter high OCBC Skyway, watch the light and music display that is presented daily at the Supertree Grove.
***The 3 year old favorite things: Water Park/Play located in the Far East Organization Children’s Garden and the light and music display at night at the Supertree Grove***
Open Hours: 09:00 – 21:00 daily except for Supertree Grove which is open 24/7 For more information click here: http://www.gardensbythebay.com.sg/en.html
UNIVERSAL STUDIO located in Resorts World Sentosa Island, southeast Asia’s first and only Universal Studios theme park, featuring 24 rides, shows and attractions in seven themed zones.
WHERE TO EAT: Inside UNIVERSAL STUDIO (there are plenty of restaurants and places to eat and the best laksa I had in Singapore is here)
Transportation:Here are three ways to get to Universal Studio or Resorts World Sentosa from downtown Singapore
1. Take North-East line or Circle line to HarbourFront station.
2. Take Exit E to VivoCity and proceed to level 3 to board the Sentosa Express. Alight 1 stop later at Waterfront station.
3. Walk straight till you see Chili’s Restaurant on your right. Turn right and head towards the Universal Studios Globe.
1. Take North-East line to HarbourFront station.
2. Proceed to the bus stop either outside VivoCity shopping mall or Merril Lynch Harbourfront and board the RWS 8 bus into Resorts World Sentosa.
3. Once you have dropped off outside the Casino Entrance, walk in, turn left and take the escalator up. Turn left again and head towards the Universal Studios Globe.
Taxi price range will depend on the day and time of travel.
By Cable Car
***The 3 year old twins favorite things: Elmo and friends mascot,Sesame Street Spaghetti Space Chase, the dinosaur ride, safari merry go round ride and Madagascar a crate adventure***
TIPS: Go on weekdays to avoid the crowd and book the tickets online to get discounts and promotions.
For more information click here: https://www.rwsentosa.com/en/attractions/universal-studios-singapore/explore
MARINA BAY located in the Central Area of Singapore surrounded by the perimeter of four other planning areas, the Downtown Core, Marina East, Marina South and Straits View. The area surrounding the bay itself, also called Marina Bay, is a 360 hectare extension to the adjacent Central Business District. It is also the new downtown of Singapore built on reclaimed land. Here you can find the following landmarks:
- HELIX BRIDGE
- SINGAPORE FLYER
- ART Science MUSEUM
- HOURS: 10am – 7pm daily
- Future World takes visitors on an exciting journey of discovery through these key narratives – Nature, Town, Sanctuary, Park and Space.
- SANDS SKY PARK OBSERVATION DECK
- ENTRANCE: Hotel Tower 3 exterior
- SPECTRA – A LIGHT AND WATER SHOW
- HOURS: Mon to Thu: 8pm & 9pm Fri & Sat: 8pm, 9pm & 10pm
WHERE TO EAT: Marina Bay Sand Food Court
***The 3 year old twins favorite things: Art Science Museum especially the slide, the park including the sketch people and animals and light ball orchestra*** The immersive Sketch People & Animals installation allows people to color in different people or animals and watch them come to life in a virtual grassland. The light ball orchestra touch any ball to change the color and sound of the balls around it, creating a resonating effect throughout this dazzling environment.
For more information click here: https://www.visitsingapore.com/see-do-singapore/places-to-see/marina-bay-area/
CLARKE QUAY is a historical riverside quay in Singapore, located within the Singapore River Planning Area. The quay is situated upstream from the mouth of the Singapore River and Boat Quay. Things to do in Clarke Quay:
- Central Fire Station & Civil Defense Heritage Gallery
- Boat QUAY
- Hong San See Temple
- Singapore RIVER
For more information click here: http://www.singapore-guide.com/top10/top10-attractions-clarke-quay-and-riverside.htm
ORCHARD ROAD is truly world famous as a shopping destination of note. The collection of cutting-edge shopping malls, flagship designer boutiques and plentiful restaurants and entertainment options mark Orchard Road out as one of Singapore’s most in-demand neighborhoods
NATIONAL ORCHID GARDEN/BOTANIC GARDEN
Nestled in the center of the Singapore Botanic Gardens, the National Orchid Garden is a world leader in orchid hybridization, research and conservation. A must-visit for nature-lovers as the garden is filled with over 2000 displayed orchids.
WHERE TO EAT: Orchard Road food court
***National orchid garden/botanical garden are near orchard road. We visited all these three places in one day***
For more information click here: https://www.visitsingapore.com/see-do-singapore/places-to-see/orchard/and here: http://www.singapore-guide.com/area-guides/orchard/
For more information on National Orchid/Botanic Garden click here: https://www.nparks.gov.sg/sbg
Singapore Zoo is one of the highlights if you are visiting Singapore with kids. The mood is a natural rainforest environment and is an ‘open zoo’ concept.
Singapore Zoo breakfast with the orangutans is probably one the highlights here.
Singapore Zoo feeding times is throughout the day with live commentary of fun facts about the animals. You can feed the animals including the elephants, giraffes, goats and white rhino in Singapore Zoo with an extra fee. My 3 year old twins loved feeding the animals.
Four fun Singapore Zoo shows to watch: the Splash Safari stars a Californian sea lion, who will wow you with his Frisbee-catching and ball skills; the Elephants at Work and Play (demonstrates the gentle giant’s ability to both work hard and have some cheeky fun); the Rainforest Fights Back has otters, snakes, macaws, lemurs and spider monkeys; and the Animal Friends show features the more familiar dogs, cats and cockatoos. We love the Splash Safari and Elephants at Work and Play. Each show has both a morning and afternoon session.
There is a water-play area in Rainforest Kidzworld which the twins absolutely love. There are water fountains, water slides, water guns and the jumbo water bucket that releases a deluge of water on everyone’s heads at regular intervals.
Operating Hours-àDaily: 8.30am – 6pm
WHERE TO EAT: Inside Singapore Zoo – there are plenty of selection to choose from.
Transportation: TAXI (this the best way to get to the Zoo)
For more information click here: https://www.wrs.com.sg/en/singapore-zoo.html
Sentosa Island is a man-made island that was built for fun and recreation. The many attractions offer at Sentosa include the expansive Resorts World, Universal Studios Singapore, Tiger Sky Tower, Singapore Butterfly & Insect Kingdom, and one of the largest collections of aquatic animals in the world, SEA Aquarium, all of which continue to draw repeat visitors from all over Asia.