Singapore is one city with something for everyone!
As the gateway to Asia, many of us transit Singapore enroute to somewhere else often never leaving the airport. Here’s a snapshot preview of 15 great reasons why Singapore is the best ever getaway!
A testament to the design and principles of Feng Shui, Singapore is a lush green city with many beautiful gardens and wildlife sanctuaries.
Steeped in history, this city has endured a somewhat dubious past and was once infamous for its seedy reputation during the early settlement of the British.
Today Singapore is a respected leader in world markets and boasts as one of the cleanest cities in the world.
Singapore is proud of its reputation as a diverse and harmonious nation and has frequently been described as a country where
“East meets West”.
With this in mind, I’ve put together 15 great reasons to venture out and get to know the real Singapore!
The History and Culture
The Cultural Melting Pot: Chinese New Year kicks off in February so why not plan your Singaporean adventure to visit for Chinese New Year!
The annual bazaar at Geylang in June leading up to Hari Raya Puasa and October is also an amazing time to experience the Hindu celebration of the festival of lights.
The Nightlife: There are a wide range of restaurants to go to but if you’re in party mode, head straight to the bustling night-life district of Clarke Quay where you can settle into a few drinks at the pubs, bars and clubs in the area.
Museums, Arts & Culture
The Arts Scene: Singapore’s growing art and theatre culture is adding to her character. Celebrate with artists and creatives and attend the arts festivals like St Jerome’s Laneway Festival, Neon Lights and the electronic party that is the ultra Music Festival. It’s an experience for everyone!
There’s even a Mint Museum of Toys for the younger ones!
The Iconic Architecture: Singapore’s skyline is as iconic as it is picturesque!
Skyscrapers such as the Esplanade and Marina Bay Sands are fine examples of modern architecture. Raffles Hotel is one of the most famous colonial buildings of the 17th century and certainly worth visiting, if just for a Singapore Sling. Try the walking tour through the historical Supreme Court and City Hall buildings, hosted by the National Gallery.
What to do
Explore the Precincts: Don’t miss the iconic precincts like Chinatown, Little India, Clarke Quay, Changi Village and the East Coast. Each have their own charm and you’ll love the unique traditional feel to each precinct. Try out some of the amazing walking tours through these areas to discover the history. They’re great fun!
Year-round shopping: Singaporeans love to shop! If you’re visiting mid-year, you will find yourself in amidst of the island-wide ‘Great Singapore Sale‘. Massive shopping complexes stretch underground beneath the high-rise towers and you can literally shop until you drop.
The Food: Singaporeans admit their favourite pastime is eating! The rich multi-cultural is evident in the wealth of food choices.
Do as the locals do and join the queues at the hawker centres to feast on delicious local foods, or discover the unique flavours at any one of the amazing restaurants in Singapore.
You must try Singapore Chilli Crab!
The River: Take a cruise down the historic Singapore River on a traditional bumboat. Listen to the tales of Singapore’s two famous quays, Boat Quay and Clarke Quay and enjoy the scenic views of the Marina Bay area as the boat cruises by. It’s the perfect way to enjoy an equatorial sunset!
Wildlife Zoos, Parks and Island adventures
The Parks: Don’t miss the Singapore Botanic Gardens and explore the UNESCO world heritage site on the Parks Heritage Tour. The Gardens by the Bay is the newest addition to Singapore’s green space – check out the Cloud Forest, Forest Dome or hop on a Garden Cruiser tram ride for a guided tour of the gardens.
The Wildlife: The zoo is not just for young ones! Animal lovers will love the Singapore Zoo with it’s innovative animal enclosures and surrounds.
Be sure to breakfast with the Orangutans and make sure you book in for the Night Safari!
Jurong Bird Park is one of the most spectacular bird habitats so don’t miss the Waterfall Aviary, one of the world’s largest walk-in aviaries.
Theme Parks: Thrill-seekers will enjoy the theme parks such as Universal Studios Singapore and Wild Wild Wet on Sentosa Island.
The original Singaporean theme park is Haw Par Villa is ‘not your traditional theme park’. Embark on a tour of the world’s only eclectic Chinese mythological park of its kind. Be warned … it’s not for the feint hearted!
The Islands: Enjoy some tropical island fun by heading to Sentosa Island for the day. Travel over on the cable-car and take the monorail around the island whilst you explore the attractions (this is where to find Universal Studios), wrap up your day by taking the ferry back to the main island.
Underwater World and Adventure Cove Waterpark can be found on Sentosa Island also.
Events & Festivals:
Sporting Events: Formula One Singapore Grand Prix has been held in the Marina Bay Street Circuit for the past 10 years – check out when it’s on next!
Look out for WTA Finals and the Singapore Rugby Sevens. Horse races in Singapore are a popular event enjoyed by locals and visitors alike.
Healthy Living: Get back to nature and take one of the scenic running and walking trails island-wide like the NParks Rain Forest tour.
Yogis can also head to Soulscape Festival where there are mass yoga sessions on the beach as the sun sets.
There are a few annual beach party events you might like to check out such as ZoukOut and the Siloso Beach Party for New Year’s Eve celebrations.
Whilst you’re visiting Singapore, be sure to treat yourself to a luxurious foot massage. Be sure not to bargain too hard on the price. For some bargaining tips see my earlier post Luxurious Foot Massages.
Singapore has always been one of my favourite cities! It’s a city with an amazing mix of culture, friendly people, great food and a city that’s always bubbling with energy.
There really is something for everyone and I can guarantee you will enjoy your visit!
Have you ever been to Singapore? What did you enjoy the most?