We have recovered from the honeymoon and before we forget any details, I wanted to share our favorite parts of the trip! Our honeymoon was to Singapore and Thailand. Let me start here and say that it takes a REALLY long time to get there. 31 hours of travel is no joke, but really it was so much easier than I expected. There is also an almost 12 hour time difference in Singapore, but we adjusted with no problem. (Coming home is a whole different story.) So, let’s start with Singapore. Singapore is super clean, safe, and really easy to get around with public transportation. English is one of their most spoken languages, so communicating was a breeze.
We spent 3 night in Singapore at the beginning of our trip (2 full days) and then one more night before returning to Chicago. At the beginning of our trip, we stayed at the Hotel Jen OrchardGateway. It was in the middle of a great shopping area, easy transportation, the pool had great views, and the Wifi was the best of our trip.
The first day, Tae had big plans for all of the food he wanted to eat. Food was definitely the driving force of our time in Singapore. So much so, that he is going to do his own blog post JUST on the food.
We decided that the best way to hit the food spots and see a bunch of the city was to do our favorite thing – find the double decker tour bus! We had no problem finding a company and decided to get our tickets to last two days. Some of our favorite non-food stops the first day were:
Marina Bay Sands is famous for it’s architecture and the amazing infinity pool that spans the top of the building. We took the elevator up to the rooftop restaurant and bar to share a drink and get a glimpse of the pool.
I’m going to let Tae tell you more about this one, but it is the place to get the famous chicken rice, carrot cake, and much more. It’s sort of a cafeteria, all of your food is served on plastic dishes, and then there are people walking around clearing plates and cleaning tables.
The architecture of Singapore is amazing. No two buildings look alike and my favorite is that several buildings have all sorts of plants growing on them.
On Day 2, we headed back to the bus to finish the tour route. After our experience the day before at Marina Bay Sands, we knew that we wanted to see the gardens. I’m so glad that we did, because this was SO cool.
We walked through the gardens and decided to pay for The Cloud Forest. You get to walk through an indoor rain forest, there is a waterfall, you walk around all sorts of elevated platforms, it is truly amazing.
After the Gardens, Tae spotted a golf course that did not look too far away and he really wanted to get a souvenir. We decided to walk from the gardens through a park area to the golf course. As a reminder to us all, what looks close when you are staring down 650 feet in the air, may in fact, not be close at all. You might end up on a quick detour that takes up at least an hour of your day. But, we made it!
After the golf course, we spent more time finding Tae food to getting back to the bus and riding around the city. We didn’t stop here, but I hear the Singapore Botanic Gardens is well worth it.
At the end of our trip, we were back in Sinagpore for an afternoon and the night before heading home. Our main goal was to try the Chilli Crab that is a famous dish in Singapore. We went to No Signboard Seafood after hearing several recommendations. One of my favorite parts of our dinner was that the restaurant is on the water and we got to hear a concert in the outdoor pavilion and see the laser light show from Marina Bay Sands!
We spent the last night at the Carlton City Hotel Singapore. While we were barely there, it was a great place to stay and I would highly recommend it! The bathroom here was by far the most luxurious of our trip. Seriously, some of the other bathrooms were practical and tiny!
Overall, Singapore was mostly about the food for us during our visit. We missed many of the recommended stops, but we hit everything we hoped to see. If you are looking for Singapore food recommendations, Tae will be posting soon!