Exhaustion comes to mind when I think about how I felt when I got out of bed on the morning of day four in Singapore. Through the first couple of days, I had walked well over fifty-kilometres in the distance, and my legs were feeling heavy as I pondered how the rest of the day was going to pan out.
Heavy legs, but not wholly weighed down.
There was no time to be weighed down, because, on day-four of Singapore Diaries, I upgraded hotels to the Nuve Urbane Hotel, where I was located much closer to the city centre and had a more significant opportunity to explore the heart of Singapore City.
Highlights of Singapore Diaries: Day 4 – Exploring the Heart of Singapore City
Checking into the Boutique Nuve Urbane Hotel
It was time to pack the old backpack, check out of the Fragrance Hotel in Geylang and move about four-kilometres west to a more central location of Singapore, and checked myself into the Nuve Urbane Hotel in Lavender.
Now, I am not a spokesman for the hotel, but it was the ideal boutique hotel for a solo traveller. My room only slept one, as it contained only a single bed, but the room had all the perks, a television, air-conditioning, private bathroom, real coffee and a free minibar that consisted of biscuits, chips and nuts. It was happy snacking while watching a movie during the evening.
Shopping at Bugis Street
Bugis street is excellent for travellers who love that vibrant street shopping where plenty is going on, and a bargain in Singapore can be found. Unless you step into the over-priced shopping mall that is in the same precinct.
Bugis street is full of market places that are stocked with clothing, souvenirs, bags, flowers, and a whole lot of items that are not of bad quality. Even if you want to have a bite to eat or purchase a cheap juice on the fly for about a dollar, it’s all there to have in Bugis Street.
If you love a professional massage, Bugis Street, has a handful of massage parlours available to the tourist (no naughty stuff, but can’t speak of them all), the women at front may try to be persuasive, but it’s all in good nature and an excellent way to relax after being on your feet for a few hours. Just keep in mind that in Singapore, a relaxing massage on Bugis Street doesn’t come cheap.
Step into Chinatown
I love Chinatown in Singapore, it’s a vibrant atmosphere, and it stacked with people of all nationalities who are looking for a good time out with this particular part of the city draped in Chinese decorations.
There are lots to see and do in Chinatown, especially from a food and shopping point of view. Inside is an abundance markets stalls, window shops and food places of either affordable snack food from vendors, or fine dining in a pricy restaurant.
If you want a bit of Chinese tradition within the town, you can marvel at the temples, with the most popular being the Sri Mariamman Temple and the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, very popular with the happy photographers out there keen to find the next shot.
The Magnificent Clarke Quay
We all know of Clarke Quay, and it is no surprise that is one of the most popular night spots in Singapore.
Located around the banks of Singapore River, tourists and locals flock to the riverside for nothing but to sit with their lover, eat ice-cream and watch ferries go by while admiring the colour and pleasant atmosphere around them.
If fine-dining with gorgeous views is to your liking, there are many riverside restaurants on offer that will cost a fortune, but sometimes it is just great to splurge while on holiday and cherishes the beautiful moments that you are experiencing.
After dinner, you can opt to take a pleasant stroll along the river, or see more of the beautiful Singapore City night lights with a romantic ferry cruise.
It’s correctly set up for a beautiful evening in Clarke Quay, the lover’s hub of Singapore.
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