Singapore is a bit of an anomaly when it comes to comparing popular tourist destinations in Southeast Asia. Not only is it a city-state (one of only three independent country city-states in the world; the other two being Monaco and Vatican City), it has also been ranked as the most expensive city to live… in the world. Quite a contrast to the ‘backpacker haven’ cities in neighbouring countries like Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia! Another major differences is that English is one of the four official languages. For Canadians like us, it’s easy to track spending: the Singapore Dollar is almost on par with the Canadian Dollar.

There are many unique things to see and do on the island. With only four days to explore, we feel like we barely scratched the surface. An obvious highlight was Gardens by the Bay: Cloud Forest is breathtaking, and the Supertrees are absolutely magnificent!

A cultural melting pot, Singapore offers foods and flavours from all over Asia. While slightly more challenging, we were still able to find plenty of inexpensive food options (our favourites were in Little India). There are also ‘hawker centres’ (open-air complexes that house a multitude of inexpensive food stalls) located throughout the city.

In terms of public transportation, visitors have the option of buses, taxis, Uber, GrabCar, or MRT (train). Singapore also has a number of bike-sharing programs, with bicycle available nearly everywhere we visited.

Next up: Krabi, Thailand!

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11 thoughts on “Singapore 1.0

  • Linda McPhie March 1, 2018 at 4:42 pm Reply

    Looks interesting. Unfortunately the video did not work properly, constantly freezing and not in time with the audio. Hope you get to see Bobby and Noni and the boys some time when you are in Thailand.
    Have fun.
    love Lindy

    • Kristen & Andrew March 2, 2018 at 1:58 am Reply

      Thank you for letting us know! We’re working on re-uploading the video now. Not sure why the first one wasn’t working. Fingers crossed!

      We’re planning to visit Northern Thailand (and Bobby, Noni & the boys) in May or June.

      • Kristen & Andrew March 2, 2018 at 5:14 am Reply

        The video should be good for everyone now! It was working at 1080p only but was glitchy at lower resolutions for some reason.

  • Dominika Grzelak March 2, 2018 at 3:01 am Reply

    Just curious, what is “the budget” for you guys?

    The video worked fine for me!

    • Kristen & Andrew March 12, 2018 at 3:37 am Reply

      Thanks for letting us know! Sorry to take so long to respond.

      We’re aiming to spend around $20CAD per night on accommodations, which has been fairly doable so far. We’ll send you a private message with more budget details.

  • Scott March 8, 2018 at 2:25 pm Reply

    Video works perfectly now. Following you two gives me a mixture of anger, jealousy and excitement! 🙂

    Dan Buettner – author of “The Blue Zones” has indicated that Singapore is one of the happiest places on Earth, with one of the highest number of people living over the age of 100. How would you rate Singapore in terms of being a healthy and happy place to be?
    Apparently it’s a place that promotes being part of a community, and body movement (instead of driving everywhere).

    It looked really relaxing and peaceful in the footage you showed.

    • Kristen & Andrew March 12, 2018 at 3:30 am Reply

      Thanks, Scott! The video issue seemed to be only with a few of the resolution settings, still not sure why. Glad to hear it’s working fine now.

      We’ve been getting a combo of ‘living vicariously’ and ‘jealousy’ feedback, haha.

      Didn’t realize that Singapore is one of the “Blue Zone” countries, but we’re not surprised. The air quality is much better than in many other SE Asian cities, and there are plenty of green spaces. Like you said, there also seems to be a push towards physical activity and alternatives to driving. We did noticed that the ‘rat race’ mentality seemed pretty similar to at home though. Lots of people work long hours and lead really busy lives. Not as laid back as some of the other places we’ve visited. We can imagine the high cost of living would be stressful too!

  • Steve and Marianne March 9, 2018 at 5:58 pm Reply

    It looks so beautiful and still by our standards not so expensive. It’s snowing and blowing here, so seeing the lush gardens was a welcome respite. You are missing nothing here (except hopefully us).

    • Kristen & Andrew March 12, 2018 at 3:39 am Reply

      Singapore is definitely the cleanest city/country we’ve visited! The air quality is excellent, and the green spaces are a plus as well. We were surprised to be able to find such ‘cheap’ meals options… it’s definitely easy to blow the budget on food & drink there!

      We do not miss the snow, but we do miss you! Xo

  • Linda McPhie March 10, 2018 at 1:28 am Reply

    worked well this time, thanks, I love this armchair travel.
    love Lindy

    • Kristen & Andrew March 12, 2018 at 3:32 am Reply

      Glad to hear it! Still perplexed as to why the first video upload had glitches. We have two more videos in the works, so plenty more armchair travel coming up soon! 🙂

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