An island nation on the tip of the Malay Peninsula, Singapore is a great cosmopolitan city blended by Chinese, Indian, Malaysian and European cultures with glitzy high-end shopping malls and colonial buildings. As a cultural melting pot, Singapore offers diverse colorful ethnic quarters; squeezes flavor, color and character into every other street corner. Singapore is a rich, safe, clean, vibrant and bustling city full of innovative architecture and exciting shopping opportunities. To make sure you get ahead before you visit take a look at our Top 10 Things To Do In Singapore.
ArtScience Museum – Located on the marina bay waterfront, this iconic museum will take you to a journey through art, science, design, media, architecture and technology. Enjoy these incredible temporary exhibits that the museum offers.
Maxwell Road Hawker Food Centre – Singapore is a foodie’s heaven and visiting the Maxwell Road Hawker Food Centre is a must, it is well known for its affordable, tasty and huge variety of local hawker food. You can find all kind of Asian and Western food. Our favorites are Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Ric and Zhong Xing Fu Zhou Fish Ball & Lor Mee.
Marina Bay Sands SkyPark – The Sands SkyPark offers guests the best view of the city from its observation deck. This unique structural masterpiece, designed by the architect Moshe Safdie, floats atop the three soaring Marina Bay Sands hotel towers 200 meters (656 ft) in the sky. The park includes a few restaurants and a luxurious 150 meter (492 ft) infinity pool.
Raffles Hotel – Featuring graceful colonial-style architecture, top-notch accommodations and opulent surroundings, the Raffles Hotel is one of the most famous hotels in the world. Sipping on a cherry-red Singapore Sling at the Long Bar in Raffles Hotel is perhaps the most iconic thing to do in Singapore, this is the place where the drink was invented in the early 1900s. A dress code applies indoors, so avoid wearing shorts and sandals.
Clarke Quay – Clarke Quay is a historical riverside quay in Singapore, located within the Singapore River Planning Area. Walk along the river and enjoy a veritable smorgasbord of restaurants, hip cafes, bar, clubs and colorful buildings housing antiques. Head down here in the evening, the entire zone is a sight to behold with all five blocks of restored warehouses lit up and beamed with an array of a quirky alternative to mainstream clubs.
Chinatown – Chinatown in Singapore gives you a nice mixture of beautifully preserved heritage shophouses, shop for souvenirs amongst the street stalls, tiny boutiques and many temples dedicated to Singapore’s different religious groups.
Botanic Gardens – The more than 150-year-old Singapore Botanic Gardens are the most-visited botanic gardens in the world. It possesses an array of botanical and horticultural attractions with a rich history and a wonderful plant collection of worldwide significance. It is also the only botanic garden in the world that opens from 5 am. to 12 midnight every single day of the year, and does not charge an admission fee.
Little India – Walk around this small neighborhood filled with the smell of spices, flowers, and food from across India. Paired with blaring music and multi-coloured buildings, it makes for an intoxicating mix. No visit to Little India would be complete without a trip to a one of the many temples; Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam all run through the core of this multiethnic, multicultural community. Explore the many temples and shrines before a visit to 24-hour shopping mecca Mustafa, the gigantic department store where you’ll find everything from perfume to peranakan trinkets.
Singapore Zoo – Singapore’s zoo is a beautiful, award-winning wildlife park, where animals can roam freely in their natural habitats. Set in a rainforest environment, Singapore Zoo’s world famous “open concept” offers the opportunity to experience and be inspired by the wonders of nature. Home to over 2,500 specimens from 316 species.
Universal Studios – “Go beyond the screen and Ride The Movies™ at Universal Studios Singapore. Only here can you experience cutting-edge rides, shows and attractions based on your favorite blockbuster films and television series, including TRANSFORMERS The Ride: The Ultimate 3D Battle, Sesame Street Spaghetti Space Chase, Shrek 4-D Adventure, Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure™, and more!”. Enter the thrilling world of movie magic as you Ride the Movies on roller coasters and other movie-themed attractions. Be dazzled and delighted by an immersive entertainment experience that brings the silver screen to life.
Just So You Know…
- Singapore is a city, the capital and the state simultaneously.
- Singapore is a very safe country. The local mafia (“Triad”) was brutally suppressed, the crime rate is extremely low.
- Singapore is known for it’s big dollars fines: there are 500$ fine for spitting on the ground or smoking in a public space.
- The Great Singapore Sale – Every June-July, experience eight weeks of fabulous shopping and enjoy great deals on just about everything, everywhere – from fashion to watches, jewelry, electronics, toys and more, all over Singapore.
- Singapore Food Festival – An annual event, taking place from the end of June to July. This eating celebration offers a wide variety of delicious culinary experiences. Food lovers will be able to taste new dishes as well as signature plates by the country’s top chefs.
- Singapore Dragon Boat Festival – If you want to be immersed in Singaporean culture, then don’t miss the Singapore Dragon Boat Festival. It is fun for all ages and an event that’s been an age-old Asian tradition for a long time, now sponsored by the Singapore Dragon Boat Association (SDBA). Spectators can come watch the race for free, located at the Bedok Reservoir from July 11-July 12 2015.
- Thaipusam 2015 – Thaipusam is a Hindu Festival that is celebrated every year in the 10th Tamil month. The festival is a traditional holiday celebrated in the Tamil community of Singapore, where participants walk 5 km holding milk pots and wooden Kavadis. There are a lot of cultural ceremonies that can be seen here, including piercings and hooks in the back skin.