After a lot of thought and brainstorming going into it, we zeroed in on staying at the Hotel Boss which is centrally located in the city of Singapore. We are a group of 8 members with 5 of us being adults and 3 being kids. Lavender MRT station will be our base of moving around the city as it is 500 meters from our hotel. All directions given below will assume Lavender MRT as the home point. If you are staying elsewhere you simply need to get off at a different station of change a line and then get off the MRT.
We used Thai Airways although there was no direct option available. I have used Thai Airways in the past and am very impressed by their premium service and flight quality. We have a two-hour layover at Bangkok but that did not deter us. Adult tickets were bought for Rs. 28500 and Children got an Rs. 5,000 discount on that price. 30 KGs is the allocated baggage allowance. When you book from Thai Airways, I suggest you do it from their official website rather than an agent website, the reason being that when you have an issue and want to call them, issues are resolved easily.
6th May – Arrival
We arrive from India at 11:15. Assuming that baggage collection and the immigration will take an hour, we should be ready to start from the airport at 12:15.
With us travelling from the past night and reaching the hotel rooms at around 14:00-14:30. It would be wise to relax until the evening and plan to go out at around 16:30-17:00.
7th May – Gardens by Bay
After breakfast, the idea is to reach Gardens by Bay
Adult Ticket: $28 Child Ticket: $18
Garden Rhapsody at 7.45pm and 8.45pm (Daily) at the Supertree Grove.
8th May – Universal Studios Singapore
Fee: $76 for Adult, 13 Years below: $56 (Day pass) + Express Pass $50 per person, adult or child. Unlimited Express Pass $80 per person, adult or child.
Timings: 10:00 – 18:00
9th May – Singapore Botanic Gardens
Fee for Orchid Garden: $5 for Adult, 12 Years below: Free entry
The Singapore Botanic Gardens is a 183-year-old tropical garden located at the fringe of Singapore’s Orchard Road shopping district. It is one of three gardens, and the only tropical garden, to be honoured as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Timings: 08:30 – 19:00
The Singapore Zoo, formerly known as the Singapore Zoological Gardens and commonly known locally as the Mandai Zoo, occupies 28 hectares on the margins of Upper Seletar Reservoir within Singapore’s heavily forested central catchment area.
Timings: 08:30 – 18:00
Relax at the Restaurants watching Fire Show
The Night Safari is the world’s first nocturnal zoo and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Singapore.
If Possible River Safari
Fee: Singapore Zoo, Bird Park, River Safari and Singapore Zoo combined: $88 Child: $68
Jurong Bird Park
Fee: $30 for Adult, Child $20
Jurong Bird Park is an aviary and tourist attraction in Jurong, Singapore. The bird park, managed by Wildlife Reserves Singapore, covers an area of 0.2 square kilometres on the western slope of Jurong Hill, the highest point in the Jurong region.
Timings: 08:30 – 18:00
Public Transit: Take the East-West MRT line bound for Tuas Link, and alight at Boon Lay (EW27). From the Boon Lay bus interchange, take Bus No. 194, which will take you straight to Jurong Bird Park.
Time to spend: 3 Hours
Later part of the day to explore Marina Bay area like Merlion Park, Esplanade theatres, Raffles hotel, flyer etc. Try to reach The Gardens by the Bay till 3-4pm. After that, head to the Skylark at Marina Bay Sands hotels by late evening and enjoy the skyline as well as the free Light show from the Marina Sands hotel.
Marina Bay Boat Tour (Around $20 per person) (Approx 1 hour)
Spectra – A Light And Water Show (Free – 15 minutes)
Friday & Saturday – 8pm, 9pm and 10pm
Science Centre Singapore
Science Centre Singapore is dedicated to the promotion of science and technology among students and members of the public. As a leading Science Centre in the region, it has twelve exhibition galleries with more than 1,000 interactive exhibits.
Here are our top 8 things to do in Changi Airport:
- Enjoy a free massage: Massage chairs are dotted all throughout Singapore airport, go find one and enjoy! You’ll thank me when you do.
- Watch a movie: In both terminal 2 and 3 there’s a free 24-hour movie theatre. I know a lot of people say this place is a myth, but it isn’t, it really exists.
- Get your game on: Now this is cool, there’s a free gaming section where you can play your favorite games. There’s a selection of consoles too from xBox 360 to Kinect stations.
- Comfy chairs: I’m not sure you’ll find this on their website, but if you travel often you’ll know that airports usually have sucky chairs. They’re hard, have armrests so you can’t lie down and are designed for you to hate every minute of waiting for your next flight. Singapore airport has a variety of super comfy chairs that’ll have you chilling (or sleeping!) in peace and comfort.
- Free city tour: If you’re transiting through Singapore and have a minimum of 5.5 hours before your next flight you can jump on a free city tour. All you need to do is register at the Free Singapore Tour booths located within the transit area.
- Butterfly Garden: Located in the transit area of terminal 3 you can wander around the Butterfly Garden, home to over 1,000 tropical butterflies!
- Kids Play Areas: If you’re travelling with little ones, Singapore airport has you covered. Besides the entertainment section where you can plug them into their favorite video games, they’ve also got a cool kids play area. You can even check out The Slide in terminal 3, a 12-meter high slide (the slide isn’t free, however you could always use your free money vouchers!).
- Retail bliss: There’s a great selection of retail stores within the airport, enough to keep you entertained for hours! (Source)