While small in size, the city-state of Singapore has no shortage of things to do with world-class shopping, dining, attractions and vibrant neighbourhoods to explore, all easily accessible on public transport. Known as Asia’s world city for the confluence of cultures, traditions and religions that have shaped this Southeast Asian locale, Singapore also houses a surprising number of green spaces and vibrant multicultural neighbourhoods full of eclectic and colourful architecture. Whether you visit for a stopover or extend your trip to explore more of Singapore, there’s plenty to whet your appetite for a holiday in this exciting nation.
There are more things to do in Singapore than the city’s compact size would suggest. Join the animals enjoying the warm weather at Singapore Zoo, or head into the air-conditioned comfort of Orchard Road’s endless shopping centres. Your next exciting activity is never far away in Singapore, and neither is your next delicious meal – don’t miss your chance to sample the world-famous hawker centres which offer a large variety of cooked foods across many stalls.
Ask a local where to eat in Singapore and they’ll likely point you to the streets. Hawker centres are the name of the dining game here, serving tasty street food including curries, noodles, and seafood. The only thing more delicious than the dishes are the prices. Alternatively, for a meal that’s more refined, head to Marina Bay, Clarke Quay, or perhaps the high-end restaurant strip of Sentosa Island.
If you visit Singapore without buying something new, have you really visited Singapore? This city is renowned worldwide for its retail scene. Anyone shopping in Singapore would rightfully start on the sprawling Orchard Road, likely in Takashimaya Square or Paragon Shopping Centre. However, save some of your time (and money) for less commercial shopping oases like Ann Siang Road, Chinatown, Haji Lane, and Bugis Junction.
Knowing what to see in Singapore is easy. It’s finding time for it all that’s difficult. See extraordinary creatures at Singapore Zoo, as well as the adjoining Night Safari and River Safari parks. View the cityscape from up high on the Singapore Flyer, or get closer during a river cruise. Immerse yourself in Sentosa Island with its Universal Studios, S.E.A. Aquarium, Trick Eye Museum, and other attractions.
You might guess that an island with so many people and so little land would be lacking when it comes to green spaces, but Singapore’s parks and gardens would prove you wrong. The Gardens by the Bay are a must-visit, especially if you’re staying across the road in the Marina Bay Sands, and the Singapore Botanic Gardens are a lush, tropical green space where you can escape it all (they even have their own train station).
Singapore’s arts and culture scene is a glorious amalgamation of Malay, Chinese, and Indian influences. The best way to discover and appreciate the city’s unique history and customs is to visit its myriad museums. Why not start your cultural escapade at the National Museum of Singapore, or the Asian Civilisations Museum? Then explore the latest exhibitions at the ArtScience Museum or admire Southeast Asian artworks at the National Gallery Singapore.