Planning on travelling to Singapore? Whether you’re there for two days or two months, there are so many things to do. The city is bursting at the seams with exciting attractions, engaging activities, and plenty of day trips for everyone to enjoy. Not only does the town boast an impressive skyline made up of the famous Marina Bay Sands and the Singapore Flyer, but the island state also offers a land of culture and contrasts including Chinatown and Little India, which are both gastronomic and shopping hubs in their own right, representing the incredible ethnic diversity of the country. Check out this list for the best things to do in Singapore:
When you see people’s photos from their trip to Singapore, the likelihood is that they’ve been to Marina Bay, one of the most popular places to visit. With the S$5.5 billion Marina Bay Sands complex being the focal point of the bay, and many of the great things to do and see in the area revolving around this grand building and resort, it is no surprise. There is a Science Museum, Casino and various shopping, dining and nightlife options and if you arrive at Marina Bay around 8pm, you’ll catch the spectacular light show, which illuminates the water as well as several iconic landmarks you’ll probably recognise from postcards.
A delightful riverside development, Clarke Quay is packed full of bustling bars and restaurants, boutique shops and wicked nightclubs. It’s a great place to go and enjoy some alfresco-style dining with an endless number of eateries set around the water’s edge.
If you want to go and check out somewhere very new and modern, then have a look at Singapore’s first new-generation neighbourhood centre which officially opened in Punggol recently. It offers residents access to a variety of amenities ranging from a supermarket, a food court, a 24-hour fitness centre as well as various shops and food and beverage outlets. It is also the first neighbourhood centre in Singapore to be integrated with a polyclinic and a childcare centre. Punggol hdb is situated by the 4.2km-long Punggol Waterway which is now one of the most recognisable landmarks in the town allowing residents and visitors to take part in a gamut of leisure activities along the waterway and enjoy the scenic views as they walk along the landscaped promenade. In the past, Punggol was a fishing village occupied predominantly by Malay settlers and has come a long way from its days as a village where poultry, pig and vegetable farms were located.
Singapore Night Safari
This is indeed a unique and magical attraction. It’s not only an exciting place worth a visit but a leading conservation and research centre in Asia. As a zoo, it offers an unusual glimpse into the nocturnal animal kingdom, with more than 59 exhibits and 1,000 animals to be seen from around the world. These include Himalayan griffon vultures, greater one-horned rhinoceroses, wildebeests and gazelles. You can start with the ‘Creatures of the Night’ show for an excellent 20-minute overview of the animals to be seen here.
Chinatown is not only great for shopping (the best and cheapest place for souvenirs), but also it offers amazing attractions and plenty of authentic Chinese food to choose from while you learn about Chinatown’s history from the Chinatown Heritage Centre on Pagoda Street.
One of the city’s most iconic streets, Orchard Road is similar to London’s Oxford Street or Hong Kong’s Nathan Road. On both sides of the road, you’ll find local and international department stores, tiny boutiques, offices, spas, beauty salons, hotels, entertainment spots, restaurants, and cafes. Shopping malls along Orchard are stocked with practically everything under the sun. Plus, there is always some fair or activity taking place in the malls and shopping centres, so there are probably more things to do Orchard than anywhere else in Singapore.
Universal Studios Singapore was the first amusement park of its kind to open in Southeast Asia with now more than twenty attractions in themed zones including the Lost World, Ancient Egypt, New York, Hollywood, Madagascar and Far Far Away. There are two water-themed rides and five roller coasters as well as various live shows, a kids’ roller coaster and a merry-go-round.
Gardens by the Bay
A vast, colourful, futuristic park in the bay area of Singapore; Gardens by the Bay has won countless architecture awards. Featuring the famous Supertree structures which offer an impressive skywalk over the gardens and over-sized seashell-shaped greenhouses that recreate chilly mountain climates, there are also hundreds of trees and plants to discover, which makes it great fun for both kids and adults.
This luxurious colonial-style hotel has become one of the most important landmarks in Singapore. Its famous guests include Elizabeth Taylor and Queen Elizabeth II. Many people visit the hotel for the Raffles Bar experience where you can enjoy the best Singapore Sling in town – at the place where it was invented, so with almost 100 years of experience at making them; you won’t be disappointed.
The world’s largest observation wheel is one not to be missed. A one-of-a-kind experience and built over a three-story terminal building, the Flyer is 150 metres in diameter, 165 metres high, and travels at 0.21m per second making it over 30 metres taller than the famous London Eye. Enjoy breathtaking panoramic views that are entirely different during the day, and at night, so you might want to go twice. You will get to see such city sights as the Singapore River, Raffles Place, Marina Bay, Empress Place and the Padang.
A purpose-built island off the southern tip of Singapore which was built with leisure and relaxation in mind, Sentosa offers a collection of beaches, theme parks, golf, shopping, dining and more are all available on this strip of reclaimed land that can be reached by road or cable car. It’s not authentic, but if you want a few days of fun, then Sentosa’s a great place to do it.