A vibrant metropolis, Singapore has been one of the top-listed destinations when visiting Asia. Even though Singapore might not be big in size, it makes up with a rich diversified culture. Stroll along Chinatown to feel the blend of old and new with historic temples and hip bars located along the street. Bargain for some nice souvenirs or enjoy some great food in the streets and alleys at Little India. Besides being a multicultural city, Singapore also offers world class architecture and attractions, UNESCO recognised hawker centres that serve all kinds of local food, exciting nightlife, and many more. This “Lion City” has surely covered every visitor’s needs.
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Most of the iconic landmarks and tourist attractions are situated in the central area. Treat yourself a retail therapy at the famous shopping precinct Orchard Road or experience the life of modern luxury at Marina Bay. Pay a visit to Chinatown and Little India for a diverse cultural experience. If you are interested in knowing about Singapore’s history and traditions, you can discover some of the significant monuments and memorials in the Civic District. You may also consider exploring the vibrant neighborhood, Kampong Gelam, home to the golden-domed Sultan Mosque and rainbow-bright Haji Lane.
Ready to go on adventures and have some fun during the trip? Sentosa Island in the South has got all you want. Spend an afternoon chilling at the pristine beaches and surround yourself with the tropical landscapes, or have a blast with your family and friends at the exciting attractions on the Island. If you are looking for some alternative options besides visiting the usual tourist attractions, then you must check out the adventurous activities here at Sentosa Island.
Located in the East, the Jewel Changi Airport is more than just a transportation hub. Not sure what to do during the last day of your trip? Spend some time at the airport where you can find great attractions inside such as the world’s tallest indoor waterfall, Rain Vortex, or bring the kids to play around at the Mirror Maze or the Bouncing Net. Another neighbourhood located in the East is Joo Chiat, filled with Peranakan culture and heritage. Feed your social media some nice pictures at the colorful heritage shophouses. Be sure not to miss out the famous Katong laksa there!
The Singapore Zoo, Night Safari and River Safari are located in the Northern part of Singapore. The Jurong Bird Park will also relocate to the North Area in near future, making the four zoological parks to become an eco-tourism hub. Here you can have a unique experience with the wildlife animals well preserved by the city.
The Holland Village in the West is a popular shopping and dining neighbourhood among the young locals and expatriates. It is a fusion of the European and Singaporean culture. Some of the popular food chains in Singapore are also located here, providing various food options that suit different lifestyle trends.
Known as the “Garden in the City”, the award-winning Gardens by the Bay composed of three big waterfront gardens is certainly worth visiting. The world’s largest glass greenhouse, the Flower Dome, has got every floral species you could name of. At Bay East you will find the stunning view of the Singapore skyline, so be sure not to miss the sunset here. Besides the beautiful botanical gardens, check out the popular Singapore Zoo and the Safari. Feeling exhausted after walking the entire day? Then you should join the Night Safari by hopping on the 30-min tram ride to get a closer look with the nocturnal animals of different geographical regions. Or you may even explore the River Safari, a river-themed wildlife park with species from the iconic rivers around the world.
Orchard Road is the most famous shopping precinct in Singapore. From luxury brands to high street fashion, you can find them all at the large shopping complex ION Orchard. There’s also a double-storey observation deck at the top where you can take a good glimpse of the whole shopping belt. If you are interested in the local brands, then you should check out the Design Orchard, showcasing local craftsmanship and brands.
Food plays an important part in Singaporean’s daily life. You can enjoy a wide culinary experience from the historic hawker food centres to Michelin star-winning restaurants. Hawker centres are like a melting pot of food cultures with stalls selling authentic and local specialties originated from different cultures, such as Hainanese Chicken Rice, satay, or laksa, a rice-noodle curry and coconut soup famous in Peranakan culture. Don’t miss out on the traditional coffee shops selling kaya toast, paired with runny soft-boiled eggs served with local coffee or tea. Fancy for some fine dining experience? You can also pick one of the many Michelin star winners in Singapore and enjoy the feast prepared by the celebrity chefs.
Ready for some city escape? Spend a few days of your trip at Sentosa Island where you can find exciting attractions and pristine beaches at the famous Resorts World. Hop on some fun and thrilling rides at the Universal Studios or have a blast with the kids at the water park and the SEA Aquarium. Besides the theme parks, spend a relaxing afternoon at the Palawan Beach or the Tanjong Beach. You may also enjoy some fun water activities such as wakeboarding or jet blading here.
In Singapore, there are many kids-friendly activities that can keep the kids occupied all day long. Visit the Science Centre, the Art Science Museum or the National Gallery for some fun interactive experiences to cultivate the little scientists or artists. Experience the life of the Superman with the indoor skydiving at iFly. When you are at the Changi Airport, bike around the Changi Jurassic Mile where kids can see life-sized dinosaur exhibits; or let them run around at the mazes, bounce on the nets and slide down the art sculpture at the Jewel’s Canopy Park for some fun energy burning time.
Ranging from luxury 5-stars hotels, boutique hotels or a budget guesthouse, Singapore has got a comprehensive range of choices that will suit your needs. You can stay at the iconic Raffles Hotel filled with historical nostalgia for a one in a lifetime luxury experience where some of the world legends such as Charlie Chaplin and Michael Jackson have stayed in too. If you wish to experience the vibrant nightlife of Singapore, then you should stay at the Quays with a lot of dining options and late night partying. Most of the beautiful boutique hotels in Singapore are located in Bugis and Kampong Gelam area, a great choice if you are travelling on a budget. If you are travelling with kids, then be sure to plan a few days staying at Sentosa Island where you can stay at the top-notch resorts there and get to all the popular theme parks on the Island at no time.
The MRT train system in Singapore is the fastest way to get around the city. You can easily access most of the popular attractions by MRT. Don’t forget to get a Tourist Pass which is a MRT day pass with unlimited travels, and you can easily pack as many attractions in a day as you want. Another option is getting around by taxi if you want to visit places that are not covered by the public transport network. The city’s shared bikes are also a good option to get around as Singapore has established a well-connected network of cycling paths.
Singapore is warm and humid all year round, and there will be usual downpours in between the day. Be sure to bring an umbrella with you during the trip. The best season to visit is between February and April, with the least chances of downpours.