Singapore’s magic lies in the fact that the city offers an incredible mix of cosmopolitan and natural appeal to the tourist. The city offers a clean environment, superb architecture, excellent infrastructure, wonderful tourist interests and one of the best transportation systems in the world. The Singapore Botanic Gardens are a prime example of how Singapore has turned its jungles into beautiful gardens. The Singaporean imagination is all about bettering the natural, and the result is the beautiful SuperTrees in Gardens by the Bay. A true foodie capital, you’ll never feel homesick for your native cuisine while in Singapore. Hey, there’s much more to know about Singapore, so why not read on?
If you’re looking for something spectacular to see and do, head over to Singapore’s famed Marina Bay. The S$5.5 billion Marina Bay Sands complex is literally the bay’s focal point. Here you’ll find a fantabulous Science Museum, the self-named Casino, and several award-winning bars plus restaurants, clubs and more. Head to the rooftop with a drink in your hand exactly at 8 P.M., and get ready for the best light show in the world. The famous Marina Bay Sands light show illuminates the water along with several iconic landmarks around.
Another unmissable night hangout is the delightful riverside Clarke Quay, which is bustling with boutique shops, bars, and restaurants, nightclubs with live bands and more. The Quay is right alongside the most picturesque body of water that comes out of the Singapore River. You can sit at a table on the Quay and enjoy alfresco-style dining at one of the many eateries along the water’s edge, under the jelly-like roof. Enjoying a drink on the Quay is one of the coolest things to do in Singapore.
Universal Studios is a fun universe that contains several themed zones, aimed to provide entertainment to both kids and adults. All in all, there are 20 attractions spread out in zones such as Ancient Egypt, Lost World, Hollywood, Madagascar, Far Far Away and New York. With five thrilling roller coasters (two of which are the world’s tallest ‘duelling’ roller coasters) and two water-themed rides and several kiddie roller coasters, families can have no end of fun here.
Gardens by the Bay
The Gardens by the Bay is an enormous and colorful park located in the Singapore bay area. It’s been awarded the World Building Of The Year award at 2012’s World Architecture Festival, no less. The most famous of this park’s features are the huge, supertall Supertree structures that are connected to each other via an impressive skywalk. Check out the uber-sized seashell-shaped greenhouses which recreate cold mountain climates.
This hotel is not just a wonderful place for rest and food, but it’s also an interesting city landmark, dating back to 1887. Literally, every who’s who has stayed here. You name it – Elizabeth Taylor, Queen Elizabeth, Michael Jackson, and many others. The hotel has 103 suites and 18 fabulous restaurants and bars. There’s also a lovely arcade that houses more than 40 boutiques and stores, including names such as Tiffany & Co., and Louis Vuitton. The tops only. Singapore’s own distinctive drink, the Singapore Sling was invented here.
If you’ve never been to China, visit Singapore’s Chinatown! Don’t miss a visit to the Chinatown Heritage Centre on Pagoda Street to learn more about the lives that the Chinese immigrants who were the first to found Singapore. Be sure to check out the beautiful Thian Hock Keng Temple, which is Singapore’s oldest temple, and also the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple. One of the biggest attractions in Chinatown is the Maxwell Road Food Centre, so don’t miss a visit.
If you’re in the mood to shop, head out to Orchard Road, which is flanked on both sides by bespoke designer labels, streetwear brands and both local and international department stores. There are also many spas, hotels, nightclubs, tiny boutiques, restaurants, and cafes here, for a full day of enjoyment. , you could spend a whole day trawling the main thoroughfare.
The Singapore Flyer is 150 meters wide, 165 meters high, which makes it 30 meters taller than the London Eye. Enjoy the incredible panoramic views of the city and far beyond, all the way to the Indonesian islands. You can get great views of the Singapore River, Marina Bay, Raffles Place, the Padang and the Empress Place from the Flyer.
Have a day free and ready to party? Head over to Sentosa Island which offers a number of excellent manmade beaches, golf courses, shopping malls, theme parks, food courts and more. Sentosa throbs with excitement. Be sure to get to the island on the famed Singapore cable car.
Singapore Night Safari
At the Singapore Night Safari, you’ll get a unique glimpse into the nocturnal animal kingdom. Enjoy watching 1,000 animals including greater one-horned rhinoceroses, Himalayan griffon vultures, wildebeests, and gazelles. The ‘Creatures of the Night’ show offers a 20-minute overview of the creatures you’ll see at the Night Safari. The Night Safari is so darned good, you’ll be real glad you applied for your tourist visa for Singapore!
Singapore River Safari
The Singapore River Safari takes you through one of the world’s greatest rivers. You’ll see giant pandas, leopards and several other wild creatures on the River Safari. You’ll be punted up and down the river in a silent boat so as not to disturb the wildlife. Sign up for an evening River Safari and enjoy watching the sunset over the river.
Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve
Get ready to explore a fabulous wetland reserve comprising ponds and mangrove swamps which is home to 140 species of birds. Get on an observation hide and feast your eyes on egrets, sandpipers, plovers, kingfishers, herons, bitterns and other lovely birds. Explore the nature trails where you can spot monkeys, climbing crabs and mudskippers on the mangrove boardwalks.
National Gallery Singapore
Feast your eyes on some of Singapore’s fabulous collection of Singaporean and Southeast Asian art. The National Gallery once housed the Singapore Supreme Court. Now it displays 400 masterpieces by Nanyang artists such as Chen Chon Swee, Liu Kang and Georgette Chen and others.
Haji Lane is a cool hipster enclave, with many hole-in-the-wall cafés, watering holes, and charming boutiques. Be sure to check out the quaint neighbourhood of Kampong Glam district, which is lined with cool items that appeal to all age groups. You can enjoy an entire day here, exploring all the quaint little shops and outlets.
Enjoy the Treetop Walk at MacRitchie Reservoir, balancing on the 250m free-standing suspension bridge. This bridge connects the two highest points of this incredible nature reserve. It’s a breath-taking experience and the views are totally worth it. It’s one of the activities that Singaporeans reserve for lazy weekends.
We’ve only covered 15 items here, but there’s so much more to see and do in Singapore. If you have the time, do check out the Singapore Zoo, the Botanic Gardens and Jurong Bird Park.