Singapore – the wealthy island city country, that has a wonderful mix of everything you wish to live for. A hard-working population and the iconic Lee Kuan Yew are responsible for the Singapore you see today. The country is tiny and densely populated, still wondering what you can explore here? Here, we have put together a list of 22 things you can do in this island nation.
Tips & Recommendations for Singapore
1. Catch an interesting show at Esplanade – Theatres by the Bay
Located very close to the Marina Bay, right next to the Singapore River, the Esplanade Theatre is shaped like the durian – a tropical fruit which is regarded as the King of Fruits in South East Asia. There is something in store for everyone since arts have no restrictions – a child to an octogenarian can indulge in arts – be it performing arts or visual arts, it is for everyone.
2. Dinner on top of Marina Bay sands
The iconic Marina Bay Sands is a resort cum casino, located at the Marina Bay. It became famous for its architecture and design. The infinity swimming pool is one of the highlights of this hotel. Several restaurants are functioning at the top most floor, a dinner at such a location will only be a memorable one! There is a light show in the evenings that you will not want to miss.
3. Veeramakaliamman temple at Serangoon Road
One of the oldest Hindu temples in Singapore, this one is located in Little India. This temple is dedicated to the Goddess Kali. A harmonious confluence of religion and cultures is what makes Singapore – unity in diversity.
4. National museum
A must visit when you are in Singapore – it is said to be the oldest museum in Singapore with a history dating back to 1800s. Learn about how Singapore grew from being a British Colony, how it moved away from Malaysia and how it came to where it currently stands – political history, freedom history. There are shows as well that you might want to check out. There are free guided tours in different languages at different times in the day. There are several themes that are covered in this museum so check it all out.
5. Singapore Flyer
As the tagline for this goes, “A moving experience at every turn” It is rightly so! You will see a change at every turn, every direction. Modelled similarly to the London Eye, the Singapore Flyer is the largest Observation Wheel in Asia. You can see all around the island nation, what lies in which direction – and hear it all as well! Now you can not only dine while inside the Flyer, but you can also exchange vows and say “I do!” Yes, this is a recent addition to the things you can do inside the Flyer. Isn’t it interesting? A novel way to get married, we say! Tickets priced at SGD 33 (approx. USD 24) for adult and SGD 21 for children (approx. USD 15)
6. Stay at Fullerton hotel
Located very near to the CBD (central business district) in Singapore, this hotel was once the General Post-Office earlier and has been converted into an upscale hotel. The rooms are posh, the views are incredible, and all the interesting sites are very close-by. One night’s stay at least in this luxury hotel to take in all the aesthetically pleasing architecture is recommended. A perfect blend of the old and the new, history and elegance, the Fullerton Hotel is an authentic historic spot not to be missed.
7. Shopping at Bugis Street
Shopping needs no introduction, and especially if they were street markets or flea markets. Affordability with no compromise on quality – the best shopping location for those hunting for bargains in an expensive place like Singapore. Bugis Street happens to be the largest street shopping location in Singapore. Opens at 11 am in the morning and on till 10 pm. It is fully air-conditioned and very close to the Bugis MRT station, also accessible by bus. So ladies, if you are looking for a place to shop at, Bugis is the answer. Get the latest fashion – be it daily wear or trendy chic stuff, you name it Bugis got it!
8. Sentosa island
Sentosa is a popular island resort that has several interesting spots to check out. These include a beach – Siloso Point; a golf-course; Resorts World Singapore; Butterfly Park; Insect Kingdom; Madame Tussauds; name it you have it all here. From the Imbiah Lookout, you could check out some of the nearby attractions such as Tiger Sky Tower, an observation tower; Sentosa Merlion; catch the Wings of Time show – a very visual treat; Singapore Nature Discovery to name a few. The island is accessible from the mainland via a cable car that starts at Vivocity Mall.
9. Pet a dolphin at the under water world
Right near the Imbiah Lookout, you have the Underwater world where you can get to see all types of marine creatures ranging from fishes to sting rays to crabs to jellyfishes. They are all there in this Underwater world. Also, do not forget to catch the live feeding show, pet a dolphin or a seal at the show. It is a treat for kids and adults alike; tickets cost SGD 29.90 per adult. Make sure you are there at the feeding time so that you won’t miss the action!
10. Meet the Orangutan at Singapore Zoo
The world’s best zoo, an open zoo where animals move around freely. Especially the orangutans (these are exclusively Asian species of apes, native to the Borneo region) There are several different places you could see in this zoo – Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari, River Safari – do one of these or do multi-park hopping. A visit to the zoo, if not the others is highly recommended. You can get to see animals that you might have not even heard of, they exist. The orangutans roam about freely in the zoo and they are such soft species, remember Dunston Checks In, yeah, very cute and cuddly animals. You will certainly love this one!
11. Peranakan museum
Want to learn everything about the Peranakan culture – Baba-Nyonya, their clothes and their food. You must head to the Peranakan Museum located in Armenian Street. This building was a Chinese school converted into the museum it is today. You can reach this place either via bus or MRT, the nearest station being City Hall or Bras Basah. Entrance tickets priced at SGD 6 per person, there is a discounted fee on Fridays so plan your visit accordingly!
12. Cruise on Singapore river
Any trip to Singapore is incomplete if you don’t do a cruise down the river. Also, don’t miss a photo opportunity with the iconic Merlion, from which Singapore derives its name. You can cruise on bumboats that were used to ferry passengers and goods to the riverbanks earlier. The cruise is best enjoyed on these traditional boats that were used in the 1600s, but if you prefer a real “cruise” boat, you can have it. They are priced differently, so it is advised to check at the jetty regarding the costs and timings. The cruise lasts around 40 minutes, and you can get to see many landmarks on the way. So keep your cameras ready!
13. Merlion Park
Now a photo opportunity with the Merlion is mandatory because that is where the country’s name is derived from. You could choose to visit this place either during the day or night time. It is equally beautiful all through the day. If you arrive there in the evening, you can watch the laser light show on Marina Bay Sands from here, on this side of the river. Altogether a beautiful experience, not to be missed.
14. Universal Studios
Ever wanted to know what it is like to make a movie, ever wondered how certain “sets” are created for movies, how they actually look in person before the movie is released on the big screen? To get answers to these questions, you must visit the Universal Studios Singapore. Located on the Sentosa Island, you can find yourself in a totally different world – be it with Shrek or somewhere in Ancient Egypt… Name it you have it here. A day’s pass costs around SGD 74 per person (approx. USD 54)
15. Quirky shopping at Haji Lane
A hidden gem in Singapore is what you can call it. Be it cafes, clothes shopping, artefacts shopping, you can get it in this quirky little tiny lane called Haji Lane. There are some cool places to see, purchase from, and eat at, on a hot and sunny day in Singapore. This stroll will surely appeal to those who do not enjoy shopping or even going to a Mall. You will be amazed to see the graffiti on the walls of this lane, simply works of art.
16. Jurong Bird Park
Wish to interact with colourful creatures skin to skin? Jurong Bird Park is the place to go! Be it lorikeets or penguins or flaming flamingos, or the Borneo Hornbills, you can meet them all here. Kids to adults all will enjoy it alike – feed the birds or hold them, they love it and so will you! Booking tickets online give you a 30% discount on the usual price of SGD 28 for a single park visit for a single day, comes to approximately USD 20. This is one of the must visit places when in Singapore, so don’t think twice!
17. Shopping at Mustafa
Mustafa – this is one place that is quite popular among tourists, from all countries, for shopping. Located at Syed Alwi Road, Little India, the outlet is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week! You can find it jam packed on Sundays when expats living in Singapore shop here on their off days, so avoid Sundays at Mustafa. You can find anything under the sun at Mustafa’s – gold, electronics, daily use products like soaps, shampoos, perfumes to clothes, even retail grocery and that too with what variety! So if you are adventurous, try to shop at midnight at this store!
18. Botanical Gardens
More than 1.5 centuries old, this beautiful and huge patch of green in the already green Singapore is certainly a jewel in the crown of the country. Located near the main shopping area of Singapore (Orchard Road), this garden is a UNESCO Heritage Site. There is so much flora here, you will go dizzy seeing the types of species available and how well- maintained the garden is. A must visit for nature lovers, has an entry fee of SGD 5 but absolutely worth every penny you pay, because it is all going for the maintenance of the garden – you can see it!
19. Gardens by the Bay
One of the latest additions to the already long list of tourist spots in Singapore, this enthralling garden built on reclaimed land will leave you awe-struck. The tagline – City in a Garden so aptly suits Singapore, which is referred to as Garden City. There are three water-front gardens namely the Bay East Garden, Bay Central Garden and Bay South Garden. Each one houses different park themes, and each is a treat to the senses totally! Not to be missed as well! There are different entry fee packages, offers and promotions are ongoing, and the latest ones can be obtained from their official website.
20. Munch Noodles at Chinatown
Singapore’s Chinatown has a variety of gastronomic delights to satisfy every palate. Be it Yong tau foo or Meng Kee roast duck, you will find it all here in Chinatown. Beef noodles are one dish to try out without fail if you eat meat because of the delicious taste of the Hainanese style noodles made here. Alternately you could also try the fabled Singapore noodles or Mee Siam, which is rice vermicelli with various accompanying ingredients like vegetables, and different types of meat.
These are just a few options that you must do when you are in Singapore. There are a whole lot of other things you could do. Want to know more? Let us know what you are looking for. We will try and put it together for you, just for you! Have a happy holiday in the sunny country of Singapore!