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Singapore, Singapore

Singapore
Photo by Win Paing Soe

Days 8-13 of our 13 day, 1233 mile Bangkok to Singapore by Train trip starting in Bangkok, Thailand going all the way to Singapore.

The small island country of Singapore was founded as a British trading colony in 1819 and, since independence in 1965, has become one of the world’s most prosperous countries.

Day 8

In the morning, we took the monorail to Sentral Station to continue our train journey on the 8:00 AM train 13 to Singapore.

We arrived in Singapore at the Woodlands Train Station at about 2:45 PM and took bus 950 to Marsiling MRT Station. We then took the MRT to Farrer Park MRT Station, a short walk from our hotel. The efficient Mass Rapid Transit system is great for getting around Singapore!

Checked into Asphodel Inn (94 SGD / 72 USD per night) – We loved this quiet, conveniently located hotel! After settling into our hotel, we took the MRT to explore the Marina Bay Sands area.

Singapore

Day 9

We were very excited to meet up with Win, a friend we made while traveling in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. She lives in Singapore and was a fantastic tour guide!

Singapore

We returned to see and explore the fantastic Marina Bay Sands (free) in the daylight. We took the MRT to Promenade MRT Station, a short walk from the hotel.

Marina Bay Sands - Singapore

Located behind Marina Bay Sands, The Gardens by the Bay (access is free, admission fees apply to attractions), is beautiful and relaxing.

The Gardens by the Bay - Singapore

Har Par Villa (free) – Located next to Har Par Villa MRT Station, this eerie theme park depicts scenes from Chinese mythology, folklore, legends, history, and illustrations of various aspects of Confucianism.

Har Par Villa - Singapore

The Ten Courts of Hell feature gruesome depictions of Hell in Chinese mythology and Buddhism.

Har Par Villa - Singapore

Day 10

In the morning, we went to Changi Museum (admission is free, audio tour is 8 SGD / 6 USD each) – We took Bus 2 from Tanah Merah MRT Station. Although the museum has been moved from the original site, it does a fantastic job of telling the story of the prisoners of war and civilians interned at the infamous Changi Prison during the Japanese Occupation.

After visiting the museum, we finished the morning exploring the residential areas of Singapore.

Singapore

Sentosa Island (1 SGD / .75 USD walk-in entry fee each – NOTE: does not include entrance to individual attractions) – We took the MRT to Harbourfront MRT Station and walked across Sentosa Boardwalk.

This island resort has something for everyone! Attractions include Universal Studios, beaches, zip-lines, and on-and-on…

Sentosa Island - Singapore

We spent the evening at Resort World’s Casino. To enter you must have your passport to prove that you are not a Singapore permanent resident. Singaporeans and Singapore permanent residents must pay a levy of 100 SGD to enter.

Sentosa Island - Singapore

Day 11

Labrador Nature Reserve (free) – This pleasant walk starts at Labrador Park Station and ends at Harbourfront Station. Labrador Park is one of the parks connected by a 9 km stretch of inter-connected open spaces known as the Southern Ridges.

Labrador Park offers a fantastic mix of history and nature. The guns at Labrador Battery played a part in the Japanese invasion during World War 2.

Labrador Nature Reserve - Singapore

There is good signage and historical information throughout the park.

Labrador Nature Reserve - Singapore

The promenade offers great views of the sea.

Labrador Nature Reserve - Singapore

After Labrador Park, we spent the evening exploring and eating our way through Chinatown!

Chinatown - Singapore

Day 12

We originally planned to spend the day exploring the East Coast Park area by bicycle, utilizing the Park Connector Network (PCN). Unfortunately, they will not rent without surrendering your passport. They refuse to accept any other form of identification or a cash deposit. As a result, we did not rent the bicycles and, instead, explored by foot.

New Year’s Eve celebration in Singapore! We met up with Win to get front row seats for the huge firework show at Marina Bay.

Marina Bay - Singapore
Photo by Win Paing Soe
Marina Bay - Singapore
Photo by Win Paing Soe

Day 13

In the morning we took the MRT to Changi Airport for our return flight to Bangkok (4242 THB / 133 USD each).

Trip Details

  • Time of Year: December 2014
  • Length of Stay: 6 Days, 5 Nights
  • Singapore Visa Information:  Singapore Immigration and Checkpoints Authority, U.S. citizens do not need a visa to enter for stays of 90 days or less. The passport must have at least six months validity remaining to be allowed entry.

GPS Coordinates:  Click to expand

Day 8
Woodlands Train Station @ 1.437094,103.786484
Ferrer Park MRT @ 1.312428,103.854315
Asphodel Inn @ 1.31503,103.857269
Marina Bay Sands Event Plaza @ 1.284251,103.858297

Day 9
Supertree Grove @ 1.281678,103.863995
Har Par Villa @ 1.283761,103.781783

Day 10
Changi Musuem @ 1.362179,103.974014
Harbour Front MRT @ 1.265868,103.818756
Sentosa Island @ 1.256721,103.820692

Day 11
Labrador Park @ 1.263484,103.804810
Chinatown @ 1.284440,103.843376

Day 12
East Coast Park @ 1.300784,103.912187

Day 13
Changi Airport @ 1.357372,103.988835
Suvarnabhumi Airport @ 13.693281,100.750802

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*Disclaimer- ALWAYS verify locations, transportation routes, GPS coordinates, etc. Errors are made, routes changed, sometimes we are just plain wrong. No one knows what you like more than you. If the trip is worth doing, it is worth doing right! Do your homework.