Singapore is one Asian city that has something for everyone!
As the gateway to Asia many of us transit Singapore enroute to somewhere else often never leaving the airport. So with this in mind, I’ve put together 15 fantastic reasons to venture out of the airport and experience the real Singapore!
A lush green city, with many beautiful gardens and wildlife sanctuaries. Singapore is a testament to the design and principles of Feng Shui.
Steeped in somewhat dubious history, Singapore city has endured a shady past and was once famous for its seedy reputation during the early settlement of the British.
A totally different perspective today, as the city is recognised as a respected leader in world markets and boasts one of the cleanest cities in the world.
Singapore is proud of its reputation as a diverse and harmonious nation. Singapore has frequently been described as a country where “East meets West”.
The History and Culture of Singapore
The Cultural Melting Pot: Chinese New Year kicks off in February 2018 so plan your Singaporean adventure now as it’s a great time to visit! The annual bazaar at Geylang in June leading up to Hari Raya Puasa and October is the time to experience the Hindu celebration of the festival of lights.
The Arts Scene: Singapore’s growing art and theatre culture is giving the country character. Celebrate with artists and creatives and attend the arts festivals like St Jerome’s Laneway Festival, Neon Lights and the electronic party that is the ultra Music Festival. There’s an experience for everyone!
The Museums: Singapore Art Museum houses some extraordinary art collections and you can learn about the country’s history at the National Museum of Singapore. There’s even a Mint Museum of Toys for the younger ones!
The Iconic Architecture: Singapore’s skyline is as iconic as it is picturesque! Skyscrapers such as the Esplanade and Marina Bay Sands are fine examples of modern architecture.
Raffles Hotel is one of the most famous colonial buildings of the 17th century and certainly worth visiting, if just for a Singapore Sling. Try the walking tour through the historical Supreme Court and City Hall buildings, hosted by the National Gallery.
Healthy Living: Get back to nature and take one of the scenic running and walking trails island-wide like the NParks Rain Forest tour. Yogis can also head to Soulscape Festival where there are mass yoga sessions on the beach as the sun sets.
What to do in Singapore
Explore: Don’t miss the iconic precincts of Singapore. Chinatown, Little India, Clarke Quay, Changi Village and the East Coast area are popular places to visit. Each have their own charm and you’ll love the unique traditional feel to each precinct. Try out some of the amazing walking tours through these areas to discover the history. They’re great fun!
Year-round shopping: Singaporeans love to shop! Visiting mid-year will be right in the midst of the island-wide ‘Great Singapore Sale‘. Massive shopping complexes stretch underground beneath the highrise towers and you can literally shop until you drop. You will find bargains everywhere!
The Food: Singaporeans admit their favourite pastime is eating! The rich multi-cultural is evident in the wealth of food choices.
Do as the locals do and join the queues at the hawker centres to feast on delicious local foods, or discover the unique flavours at any one of the amazing restaurants in Singapore. You must try Singapore Chilli Crab!
The Parks: Don’t miss the Singapore Botanic Gardens and explore the UNESCO world heritage site on the NParks Heritage Tour. The Gardens by the Bay is the newest addition to Singapore’s green space – check out the Cloud Forest, Forest Dome or hop on a Garden Cruiser tram ride for a guided tour of the gardens.
The River: Take a cruise down the historic Singapore River on a traditional bumboat. Listen to the tales of Singapore’s two famous quays, Boat Quay and Clarke Quay and enjoy the scenic views of the Marina Bay area as the boat cruises by. A beautiful way to enjoy a sunset!
Fun Activities in Singapore
The Nightlife: There are a wide range of restaurants to go to but if you’re in party mode, head straight to the bustling night-life district of Clarke Quay where you can settle into a few drinks at the pubs, bars and clubs in the area. There are a few annual beach party events you might like to check out such as ZoukOut and the Siloso Beach Party for New Year’s Eve celebrations.
Sporting Events: Formula One Singapore Grand Prix has been held in the Marina Bay Street Circuit for the past 10 years – check out when it’s on next! Look out also for WTA Finals and the Singapore Rugby Sevens. Horse races in Singapore are a popular event enjoyed by all.
The Wildlife: The zoo is not just for young ones! Animal lovers will love the Singapore Zoo with it’s innovative animal enclosures and surrounds. Be sure to breakfast with the Orangutans and make sure you do the Night Safari at the zoo!
Jurong Bird Park is one of the most spectacular bird habitats so don’t miss the Waterfall Aviary, one of the world’s largest walk-in aviaries.
Theme Parks: Thrill-seekers will enjoy the theme parks such as Universal Studios Singapore and Wild Wild Wet on Sentosa Island. The original Singaporean theme park is Haw Par Villa is ‘not your traditional theme park’. Embark on a tour of the world’s only eclectic Chinese mythological park of its kind. Not for the feint hearted!
The Islands: Enjoy some tropical island fun by heading to Sentosa Island. Take a cable-car ride over, enjoy the monorail around the island whilst you explore the attractions (this is where to find Universal Studios) finish your day by taking the ferry back to the main island. Underwater World Singapore and Adventure Cove Waterpark can be found on Sentosa Island also.
Whilst you’re visiting Singapore, be sure to treat yourself to a luxurious foot massage. Be sure not to bargain too hard on the price. For some bargaining tips see my earlier post Luxurious Foot Massages – Singapore style.
Singapore has always been one of my favourite cities! A fantastic mix of culture, friendly people, great food and a city that’s bubbling with energy.
There really is something for everyone and I can guarantee you will enjoy your stay!
Have you ever been to Singapore? What did you enjoy the most?