If you’re looking to travel to and around a place that is entirely different from where you live, yet at the same time in many parts the same, then Singapore could be for you.
Yes, this sovereign city-state is just about as Western a place you will find in Southeast Asia, and it is English speaking and embraces many aspects of the English speaking world without losing a distinctly Asian feel.
So, if you want to feel a new culture without feeling like a complete alien, then Singapore could be for you. Therefore, when it comes at what to see while in Singapore, make sure to read on.
Top Things to Do in Singapore
Grab a bite at a hawker market
Hawker markets are open-air complexes that are dotted around the whole of Southeast Asia and sell only the most delicious local delicacies, and a trip to the one in Singapore for a bite is a must.
It is a must because, quite frankly, the food here, which includes the likes nasi lemak and dim sum, is fantastic. And, what makes these markets even better is that they are not extortionate when it comes to pricing either.
Get a taste of Vegas at Marina Bay Sands
Marina Bay Sands, Singapore’s newest and best five-star attraction, really has everything you could want. Yes, the Sands can provide you with everything you’d expect from a trip to Vegas without actually heading to Sin City.
Within the vast complex, you’d find a casino that is itself huge, shows and performances of real quality, a shopping mall and even a canal that offers gondola rides. Oh, and who can forget the main attraction, the infinity pool that rests atop three 57 story skyscrapers that are quickly becoming one of the world’s biggest attractions.
Get a bit wild at the Singapore Zoo and the Night Safari
For those of you that love getting up close and personal with wildlife, then fear not as there is plenty of chance to do so in Singapore. Yes, by heading to either the Singapore Zoo or the Night Safari you would allow yourself to get as up close and personal with wildlife as you can thank the open enclosures and the tours on offer. So, if you’re a wildlife lover, make sure you do it!
Embrace the greenery of Singapore
Similarly, if you’re the type of person that loves to be up close and personal with the wonders of nature and greenery, then Singapore offers plenty of opportunities to do that as well. You could head to the Singapore Botanic Gardens where you’ll find a rainforest, lakes, a selection of different plants from around the world and several various gardens and exhibitions, the best of which indeed being the seven-acre Orchid garden that is the home of over 60,000 different orchid plants.
Or, you head to the Gardens by the Bay, a 250-acre area that allows you to see exotic flora and fauna from this part of the world as well as the shimmering Supertree structures which will only enhance your nature of Singapore experience.
Get arty at the Ritz-Carlton
The Ritz-Carlton is a hotel, but it is no ordinary hotel. You see, this is a hotel that lays claims as being not only a hotel but a museum of the art exhibition. It is not just any old museum of the art exhibition; it is one of the best museums of art in the world. Upon a visit here, straight away, you are met with a Frank Still installation.
You’ll then see crystal class sculptures, you’ll then see work by Andy Warhol and David Hockney, and you’ll then be able to see contemporary Southeast Asia artwork. And, the best thing of all is you don’t have to stay in the hotel to visit this artwork, and better still there is no charge for anybody to attend it.
Head to the Arab Quarter
For those of you that visit Singapore to see, feel and embrace its rich Arab culture, then you should most definitely head straight to the Arab Quarter. Here you’ll find Haji Lane, and here you’ll specifically find different things to see and visit from the unique design dressmakers to Persian carpet designers to hookah shops to the golden-domed Sultan Mosque. , you’ll find many things here that you need to see when you head to this part of the world. It would quite literally be rude not to.
Go up on the Singapore Flyer
The Singapore Flyer is Southeast Asia’s answer to the London Eye, and what an answer it is! Standing at a whopping 541 feet tall, this Ferris wheel, when boarded, will give you the chance to get an excellent 30-minute bird’s eye view of the city of Singapore and is simply a must when you visit here. You’ll be pleased to hear that demand for boarding the Flyer is not high thanks to the detest many of the locals have for it, so you won’t have to wait too long in the queue to board it.
Get on down to Geylang
Geylang may not be appropriate for all audiences (think Amsterdam’s Red Light District) but for those of you that are old enough and mature enough to visit it most definitely should. And, a visit here doesn’t have to mean doing or seeing things you are uncomfortable with seeing or doing, either.
You see, Geylang has more to offer: it is adorned with period architecture and plays host to some of the best food you’ll find anywhere in Singapore. So, don’t be so quick to blacklist from Geylang from your Singapore itinerary!
Head down to Chinatown and Little India
Singapore is an amalgamation of different cultures, two of these cultures being the Chinese and the Indian. And, by heading down to either Chinatown or Little India (or preferably both), you’d be able to see and experience first hand the importance of these to cultures in this sovereign city-state.
In Chinatown, you’ll see everything from the traditional ‘shop house’ to the locals playing chess to rooftop bars and restaurants. In Little India you’ll see temples, smell spices, fast, delicious food, hear blaring music and visit Mustafa, the world famous department store.
Eat at the White Rabbit
The White Rabbit is one of, if not the most famous restaurants that Singapore has to offer, and it is so for a good reason. First of all, the beautiful interior of the restaurant leaves most that visit it fixated. Second of all, the cuisine on offer is truly to die for; on the menu, you’ll find excellent Wagyu carpaccio and tagliatelle dishes that are not found anywhere else as well as a deconstructed cheesecake that is not worth missing.
As you can see, there are plenty of things to do to keep all sorts of people entertained in Singapore during a stay there. But why stay there? If you love this sovereign city-state so much, why not do the unthinkable and up sticks and move there? There are plenty of options for property for rent in Singapore, so why not? Doing so might give your life the breath of fresh air that it needs and give you the chance to live abroad, and that is something everybody should do at least once in their life.
Whether you move out to Singapore or visit there on your travels, remember all of the points above and remember to make your time in Singapore as memorable as it indeed can.