Singapore, the island nation is a place that has captured the imagination of people from all over the world. This tiny city-country has established the Asian name on the world map. Singapore is indeed a fast-growing, very hi-tech country in Asia. For the limited resources that they have, Singapore has come a long way in showing the world what and how to make use of the available resources efficiently. We have been to Singapore quite a few times and A had to almost day-trip to Singapore at one point, that it was becoming boring. From our multiple visits, I have put together a list of activities that you can do in Singapore. The area is small, so depending on what you like you can cover the entire place in 3 days. So here is a list of things to do, in absolutely random order…
Public transport is simply outstanding in Singapore, so if you are going to be here for a few days, I suggest you get yourself an EzLink Card. You can use this everywhere, very simple to use and saves you the hassle of handing over change to get your tickets. Taxis are not very expensive in Singapore so you can rest assured you will not be emptying your wallet if you get into a cab. The maps are available in every station, buses and MRT is very convenient and as we all know, everything is regulated in Singapore. So fear not, it is one of the safest places on earth. Enjoy your stay there!
Let us begin our tour!
Singapore Flyer is a rotating observation deck, built similar to the London Eye. You can view the whole island from this flyer, total duration is about 30 minutes and you get a 360 degree view of the entire nation. Now, you can even exchange vows, eat dinner on those capsules in the flyer. For more info regarding rates, visit the official site
Marina Bay Sands
Yet another architectural/engineering marvel, the hotel with the infinity pool. You can dine at the topmost level, or if you are on a splurge, why not consider staying at this hotel!
Gardens by the Bay
One of the latest awe-inspiring thing to do in Singapore. With the opening of this garden, Singapore is no longer a garden city, instead they prefer to call it “City in a Garden”
Honestly, it seems like a forest in the middle of the city. There is so much to see inside these gardens, for more info on pricing, visit the official site
One of the best places for adults and kids to be, the Singapore Zoo.
Loads of animals, birds; interesting things to do – visit the zoo in the morning or in the night for Night Safari.
I would not recommend the latter because you might not see most of the nocturnal creatures, one thing it is dark, secondly the animals might not come out of their homes due to our presence, instead you can opt for the day activity. You have orangutans, white tigers, tapirs, penguins, polar bear, lion, giraffe, rhinos, and a lot many more animals to see. For tickets, visit their official site
Singapore Botanical Gardens
The Botanical Gardens are more than a century old and still going strong.
Very well-maintained, yet another green lung for the fast-paced city right in the centre of the city. This is surely a must-visit for nature lovers, we took our little girl and she simply loved it, well so did we!
Jurong Bird Park
You will find a kaleidoscope of colours here in this aviary. Enjoy taking pictures of you holding the colourful parrot species, watch the graceful flamingoes and loads of other birds. Visit their website for more information. Must-do activity for kids and adults alike.
Sri Mariamman Temple
Visit the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore. Located in the bustling chinatown area, this temple is very well-maintained and a must-visit when you are in the country. You could also visit the Veeramakaliamman temple in Serangoon Road.
National Museum of Singapore
For those interested in getting to know the history of the place they visit, national museums are a must-visit. The National Museum of Singapore is one of the oldest and filled with loads of information about how the city country came to be, the leaders, the politics and how it has become the country it is, today. Very informative, highly recommended. Their website has more info on tickets/visiting hours, do check it out.
Haji Lane in Singapore is one of those “hidden gems” – if you love to shop for quirky, elegant, chic stuff, and if you are not a fan of the malls, you must come here.
It is located in the Kampong Glam neighbourhood near Ophir Road and has some middle-eastern cafes nearby on Arab Street.
Shopping at Bugis Street
Bugis Street is famous for the shopping experience it provides. Cost-effective, great choice of clothing, handbags, a flea-market of sorts. It is fully airconditioned and a fun thing to do in Singapore.
Orchard Road Shopping
If you are looking to shop at malls, for branded stuff you need to head to Orchard Road. There are plenty of choices for shopping and also great food choices inside the malls.
If you are staying at a hotel near Orchard Road, the hotel might offer free shuttle services to the malls at Orchard Road, so hop on! There might be some sale going on, so why not explore!
The Esplanade Theatre is yet another place you must visit, just to see the way it is built! Shaped like the Durian which is the most popular fruit in Malaysia and Singapore, indigenous to the South East Asian region, the Esplanade Theatre is a performing arts centre. So if you love to watch theatre, performances you must do it.
Take the train from Vivocity Mall and enter a world that is altogether different from where you came. Sentosa Island offers a lot of interesting activities to do – Underwater world, Beaches, Butterfly Farm, Universal Studios, ResortsWorld Singapore and a lot many more!
Dont be fooled by this Merlion, the original one is in the city and not Sentosa Island!
Need I say more? Check out their website for pricing and timing information
Merlion – the real one!
Well, we all know the legend of the famous Merlion after which the country Singapore is named. For those who do not know, Singa in tamil means Lion. The country is said to have started prospering after this Merlion was found in the river. Check out Wikipedia for related information.
Last but not the least, a visit to Little India, shopping at Mustafa at midnight, and relishing the amazing Indian food here is surely a must-do!
This is how the area is lit-up before Diwali or Deepavali.
So, have you decided on your dates to fly to Singapore yet?? Do it now!
Have anything more to add to this list? Let me know, leave a comment and I will get back!