Singapore with my Son

Diane Breton on 26 June 2019
After my Son finished his exams, I decided to take him on a Mum and Son break to Singapore for 5 days. Neither of us had been before and I was desperate to see what the country had to offer.

We stayed at the Park Hotel Clarke Quay which was in a great location for all the sights. I decided to book us into a club room which allowed us access into the club lounge where complimentary breakfast was served and on an evening, drinks, cocktails and a great selection of snacks, ranging from local delicacies to cheese and crackers, this lounge was a lovely way to relax after a hard day sightseeing and chat to other like-minded guests if you wish to.

Before we went Ryan and I planned where we wanted to visit, on our to do list was Singapore Zoo to have breakfast with the orangutans, Gardens by the Bay, Marina Bay Hotel Observation Deck, China Town, Sentosa Island via the cable car, Botanical Gardens, an electric scooter tour, Fort Caning Park and the Battlebox – can you guess which my choices were?!

We managed to fit all of these attractions in…the zoo was amazing. The gardens by the bay should be visited on a night time for the stunning light display they have along with the Marina Bay Hotel which has a light show and at weekends a stunning firework display. Sentosa Island has more of the theme park attractions on it along with Madam Tussauds – we didn’t do these but had a good look around the island and had a bit of time out on the beach. If you are interested in history and the war I recommend a visit to the Battle Box at Fort Canning Park - The Battle Box is the popular name of the Fort Canning Bunker, formerly known as Headquarters Malaya Command Operations Bunker, constructed under Fort Canning Hill, Singapore, as an emergency, bomb-proof command centre during the Malayan Campaign and the Battle of Singapore. The electric scooters were hilarious and great fun once I had mastered the throttle and break!

We dined in a wide selection of restaurants from fine dining to street food – if I’m honest, being waited on was lovely but the street food in down town Singapore and China Town was delicious, nothing quite like seeing your food being freshly cooked in front of you and eating where the locals do.

All in Singapore exceeded my expectations, the streets are immaculate, people are friendly and we felt very safe while walking around. I would return again in the future to explore more of this beautiful country.