I recently went to Singapore for a week and decided to spend my time exploring all of its landmarks.
Singapore is known for its urban landscape: Marina Bay Sands, the Singapore Flyer and the Merlion—all of which I can finally see in person.
What tourists rarely know is that Singapore is a land of duality; where contemporary and tradition, forest and city, ‘kopi’ and coffee, merge to form a bustling island more exciting than what it’s advertised to be.
For this trip, I knew I couldn’t follow a tour group. I had to explore every nook and cranny of Singapore—so I decided to bring my CarryMe compact foldable bike with me. It was perfect.
I rode the CarryMe folding bike on roads, pavements, along alleys, brought it inside trains, museums and even restaurants. I was seeing every bit of Singapore thanks to the help of my travel bike.
To see Singapore from a local’s perspective, make sure to visit these places with your CarryMe folding bike next time you’re in the Lion City.
1. Marina Bay Sands / Gardens by the Bay
Your trip is not complete without visiting Marina Bay Sands and Gardens by the Bay, a perfect example of how places of greenery can be weaved into a cityscape. There are cycling routes surrounding Gardens by the Bay so you can get around the area easily.
You can enjoy the urban cityscape by cycling to Marina Bay Sands and along the boardwalk, where you’ll see the ArtScience Museum and the Raffles Place skyline.
Alight at Bayfront station on the Downtown Line and/or Circle Line, and push your folded CarryMe micro folding bike to the correct exit which will lead you to either Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands or Gardens by the Bay.
Once you’re outdoors, you can cycle around and explore the vicinity.
2. The Singapore River
The main attraction isn’t the riverside view itself (although that’s pretty incredible as well), but the many places of interests that you’ll discover when cycling along it.
Some notable landmarks include the Esplanade Theatres, notorious for resembling the foul-smelling durian; the Cenotaph, a war memorial erected in honour of the fallen soldiers of WWII; and the line of bars, clubs and restaurants located along Boat Quay and Clarke Quay.
Most establishments along the Singapore River welcome cyclists with foldable bicycles. Some museums offer locker services where you can store your bikes while you browse the museum exhibits. Restaurants and bars typically have open air sections for you to drink and dine with the CarryMe micro folding bike beside you.
Do take note that museums typically close at 7pm while restaurants may only open for dinner, so plan your cycling route accordingly if you want to see all the attractions.
Starting from the Esplanade Theatres, cycle down a slope to Esplanade Park where you can then see the Singapore River. Simply cycle along the river and enjoy the fantastic attractions along the way.
3. Keong Saik Road
Formerly infamous for housing brothels, Keong Saik Road is now bustling with hip cafes, swanky bars and high-end restaurants.
It’s best to cycle here after hours, where all the shops come alive—so make sure to equip your CarryM compact folding bike with the appropriate front and rear lights and wear a helmet; you’ll be riding along the road with the cars.
Upon reaching the destination, you’ll likely spend the night drinking and eating rather than cycling, so you can leave your bike folded for the rest of the night.
After all the fun, call a cab, store your bike in the trunk, and go home to rest. We don’t encourage drink-cycling.
Alight at Outram Park station and cycle along New Bridge Road until you see a temple—the entry to Keong Saik Road is right there.
4. Newton Food Centre
Your trip to Singapore would not be complete if you didn’t eat at a hawker centre. The best place to do that? Newton Food Centre. It gained popularity when it was featured in the box office hit, Crazy Rich Asians.
Newton Food Centre is an open-air food court with plenty of space so you can leave your travel bike by your table as you eat. Make sure to try some Chilli Crab with mantou, which are buns fried until they’ve turned into golden pillows; fried Hokkien mee or noodles stir fried with egg, pork and shrimp; and satay, barbequed meat that you dip in sweet peanut sauce.
There are many more dishes to choose from. To get the best experience, go in a group, buy dishes from different stalls and have a feast!
Hawker food is the perfect pick-me-up after a long ride on your bike.
You can go to Newton Food Centre by alighting at Newton station or by cycling there.
5. Bras Basah-Bugis Precinct
With museums, various art schools and Singapore’s biggest library all within the vicinity, it’s no wonder that the Bras Basah-Bugis area is indisputably Singapore’s art and cultural district.
When you’re cycling on your CarryMe foldable micro bike, make sure to stop by School of the Arts (SOTA) and La Salle College of the Arts for their futuristic campuses; the National Museum of Singapore and Singapore Art Museum to immerse in local art & culture; and the rooftop of Bras Basah Complex for some fresh air.
The area is surrounded by buildings with European-styled architecture, creating a picturesque scene that makes cruising on your bike an enthralling experience.
As and when you see something interesting, dismount from your bike and get a closer look to fully immerse yourself.
Alight at Bras Basah MRT (inarguably one of the prettiest MRT stations in Singapore) on the Circle Line and you’ve arrived in the heart of the district. Ride as you please and hit as many attractions as you can.
With your CarryMe compact foldable bike, you can visit all of these places without being hindered. You can ride, fold and store the bike virtually anywhere. The best part: you can bring it with you overseas, not just Singapore.
Get the CarryMe compact folding bike with its specially designed travel hard luggage case so you can check it in at the airport. This way, every trip can be as seamless as this Singapore trip.