I have wanted to check out the region around Kota Kinabalu for a while, so when an oppurtunity came up over Easter break I booked a trip to Malaysia with a stopover in Singapore.
It’s always a challenge booking a trip on short notice during a peak holiday time like Easter. I had a number of destinations in mind like the Philippines and Indonesia, but quickly settled on KK for price reasons.
Using Skyscanner I checked various combinations of flights to get there, settling on a combination of Singapore Airlines and Air Asia. Leaving Sydney at 2pm we arrived in Singapore at 7pm local time, and after checking into our hotel, grabbed a taxi and headed for the Esplanade area.
Esplanade Food Court
As you can see from the pictures above, the night scenes in the Esplanade/Marina area are amazing. Already tired and Jet lagged (it was way past midnight for us) our main goal was to find some interesting local food.
We had been told by some stewardesses that we could find good Singaporean Crab at restaurants such as Jumbo Seafood or No Name Seafood, so we headed to an area that had both. We wandered down to the Esplanade area, and found a great little outdoor foodcourt, where you could buy great local food at semi reasonable prices. We ended up having some fried noodles and Hainan curry chicken.
Singaporean Colourful Apartment Block
After a good sleep we ventured out into Singapore town looking for some breakfast, which we found in Kaya toast at Killiney Kopitam on Killiney Road. Kaya toast is a popular snack in Singapore and Malaysia, made with coconut jam.
After breakfast we grabbed another taxi to the Boat Quay area where we did a bit of mall shopping then walked along the Singapore river towards Anderson Bridge.
First Generation by Chong Fah Cheong
The walk along the Singapore River is a popular tourist trail. There are many restaurants, bars and shops as well as interesting things to see including colourful houses and a series of sculptures including First Generation.
At the end of the river walk is the famous Merlion Statue, a famous symbol of Singapore. There are a few Merlion statues in Singapore, the original is at Sentosa Island which is a little out of the way, which is probably why they build another more convenient one here. It was definitely popular with tourist groups passing by.
After our walk we grabbed some lunch at the Maxwell Food Centre, picking up some local noodle dishes at cheap local prices. Once again we took a cab, which with our limited time was a reasonable option, with most trips costing around $10.
We spent just under 24 hours in Singapore, but we got to eat some great food and see a few sights, so it was worth it. From Singapore we flew out to Kota Kinabalu on an Air Asia flight.
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