Between Thailand and Bali I couldn’t help but make a quick stop over in Singapore for a night. There were a few things that I wanted to check out, including some rooftop bars that offer some incredible views of the city. But first, a little history. I stayed at the New Majestic Hotel, which is a hop, skip and a jump from Chinatown.
On the walk over to Chinatown, I stopped at the Sri Mariamman Temple, which is Singapore’s oldest Hindu temple. This architecture was so impressive, and to be honest, this picture really doesn’t do the craftsmanship justice. Once you turn down Pagoda Street you will find the Chinatown Hertiage Center. Inside are diaramas that help you relive the days where Chinese migrants were coming to Singapore. Most people whizz through in 15 minutes, but if you take the time to read every label and watch all of the videos, you can learn a lot. It still only lasts about an hour, but the quick stop was one of the highlights of the day. Bonus: it only costs $10.
Once I was ready for the evening, it was time for a night on the town. I started with dinner with a fellow traveler at Esquina then headed to the Marina Bay Sands Hotel to check out Ku De Ta and the sunset. After Ku De Ta, we finished the night at 1-Altitude for some music and dancing with one of the best views in the city.
While I wish I could’ve spent more time in Singapore, my first 24 hours gave me a good preview of all the city has to offer, and now I can’t wait to go back.