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2 Day Singapore Stopover Itinerary

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We were delighted to arrive in Singapore for our stopover on the way to New Zealand. It is such an interesting and bustling metropolis to discover. Loads to see and do.

The first thing we did was hop in a taxi from Changi airport and made our way to our accommodation. We were pretty wrecked after a long flight with our 2 babies aged 3 and 8 months. We had booked in to the Hotel Jen Orchard which is in the main hub central Singapore.

 

The traffic was mayhem due to it being the middle of rush hour but we were occupied by watching all that was going on around us.So many fantastic building structures, the architecture is really modern and you immediately notice that this is a rich city.

There are lots and lots of restaurants with just about every cuisine imaginable! We were excited to try out some yummy specialities. By 6 in the evening we were booked in to our lovely modern hotel with its stunning rooftop pool. We were able to use our air miles to get a voucher for the restaurants here and the pool really sold it for us! We couldn’t wait to check out the pool but we were tired and hungry so we decided to lie down for a bit and relax in the room. Then we dressed and went down to one of the restaurants below.

  

The decor of the hotel looked very modern and expensive. The restaurant wasn’t that decadent but the kitchen was amazing! It was completely visible all around for the customers to watch them cooking up a storm. We both decided on the Laksa with prawns which is a spicy soup with fresh water prawns and I have to say it was absolutely divine! I was really impressed with the food and we vowed to come back, it was just so good.

We decided to go straight to bed even though we had intended to go to the rooftop pool. We knew we could go the next day so that was all good. Had a great sleep in our comfy bed, all four of us haha! They did provide a baby cot but that always happens with my 2. Luckily the bed was a good size.

Next morning we slept in due to jet lag but it did us the world of good. We woke up fresh and decided to set off to the Botanical Gardens. We had decided not to plan an itinerary as its hard to stick to with kids and we wanted to be spontaneous. The Botanical Gardens was only a short train ride away from where we were, like 15 minutes in total. The train was 2 mins walk so really a handy spot be staying. The hotel is attached to a big shopping centre which had everything we needed. We headed down to grab some lunch as it was almost midday and we were starving.

 

We had recently watched a cooking programme on tv about ramen noodles and we were both keen to try them. We spotted a nice place for ramen noodles and settled down for lunch. We were again delighted with the food standard as the noodles were amazing. A great choice and also a rice dish which we ordered for our 3 year old was delicious. We had a beer each since we were on holidays so that set the holiday mood nicely. Just the one though haha. Then we needed to go in search of a swimming togs for himself. Luckily there was a Quicksilver across the mall and we were able to grab those and go since shopping was not on the agenda thankfully. Shopping with babies is a disaster so that was all good.

  

The only thing we couldn’t find was baby milk. We had to go out and across the road to another shopping centre with a chemist but it was literally 3 mins away so no complaints there. Had a good look around and got some street photos on the way there. Lots of interesting streets.

 

We headed to the train and made our way to the stop for the Botanical Gardens and made one transfer which was super quick. Everyone in Singapore speaks English so it was very easy to communicate. I was surprised to hear it is their first language when talking to a nice lady on the train. They are lovely people and they love babies. So many people were cooing over my 2, they loved all the attention. Very child friendly indeed.

            

We got off the train and it was just a short walk to the gardens. We were impressed with the sculptures as they were huge metal mushroom shaped creations that light up at night. We arrived in the afternoon but as we were leaving they were all lit up. There was a huge water feature and lots of fountains with paved gardens and wooden sculptures of all kinds. We made our way to the ticket office where we paid to get into the main areas.

The first part was a huge glass house with an amazing structure. Obviously no expense spared here. We walked around and observed all the beautiful plants and foliage along the way. There were just so many, I couldn’t include all the pics since there are way too many.

We walked around to the kids area after that but we couldn’t go in as we didn’t know to bring swim gear and its a water park. We vowed to come back again though and I’m sure we will take advantage of that next time. Looked like great fun for toddlers and young children.

The best part of the experience was the indoor waterfall in the main building. It was really spectacular and a huge highlight for us. It is a manmade giant cascade with live botanicals including giant waterlilies. It was a spectacular sight and the gardens were all around it as you took the tour via lifts and walked around the massive structure. There were loads more beautiful plants along the way and exotic botanicals.

    

Our walk back was lovely as the scenery went from day to evening and the lights came on all around. The big wheel was visible from the roadside too so we had some great photo opps with the family. We got back to the hotel and decided to check out the pool by night and have a cocktail and an evening swim. It was the perfect time as it was still lovely and warm but not hot and the pool did not disappoint!

      

We enjoyed our beachy cocktails and our toddler loved the coconut juice which came in a real coconut. We all got in for a swim and the water was lovely and warm. We really loved our evening and decided to finish it with a lovely meal in our hotel restaurant from the night before. We still had a voucher so decided to splash out on a good wine too. The meal I had was a green curry salad starter and a pad Thai which were really tasty. There was an ice-cream bar for dessert that was a great idea but I was too stuffed and our toddler fell asleep!

We retreated for the night and had a great sleep. Next day was spent around the main centre as we left our luggage at the hotel on check out. We only had a couple of hours so we went to another ramen bar and headed to the airport. Changi airport is voted best in the world so we didn’t mind having to wait around. All in all we really loved Singapore and we will definitely be back. Cant wait !

      

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