10 Things To See and Do in Singapore
Singapore is one of the popular destinations in Southeast Asia. This rich tiny nation-state is a hub where most flights make a stopover and many businesses put their regional offices. Small as it is, Singapore has many attractions that can get visitors get a blend of Asia, a bit of nature, and so many modern attractions.
If you plan to explore it for a few days, here are 10 places within Singapore that you can visit during your stay.
Sentosa is a children’s paradise. It’s a family’s haven. From the first time I visited it in 2006 to returning there in 2013 (READ: First-time in Sentosa), there are more improvements and developments within the recreational island. Universal Studios and Resorts Worlds have filled a few spaces in Sentosa. There are rides, parks, beaches, restaurants and other attractions that can wow kids and adults alike. It’s a place where you can relax and also get some action. Ticket details can be found at https://store.sentosa.com.sg/.
2.) Clarke Quay
This is one of my favorite spots in Singapore, especially at night. There are lots of eateries, street performers and one of the jump-off points for the River Cruise. But if you just want to hang out and not shell out as much cash, then you can enjoy the ambiance.
3.) Marina Bay Sands, Gardens by the Bay
Marina Bay Sands and Gardens by the Bay (READ: A Night at the Gardens by the Bay) were not yet around during my first trip to Singapore. The succeeding visits proved how Singapore can change its landscape for the better, with its modern architecture that can attract the attention of the world. These two destinations have become one of the postcard pictures of Singapore. These are places where you can enjoy modern amenities and nature.
Culture and shopping are fused in Chinatown. Singapore is a fusion of various cultures, a huge part of which is composed of the Chinese. It is in Chinatown where you can find a Buddhist temple, an Islamic mosque, and a Hindu temple. Spend exploring the various alleys and shops at Chinatown. Don’t miss savoring some of the delectable cuisines there.
5.) Singapore Zoo, Night Safari, Jurong Bird Park
If you are an animal junkie, then you can head to Singapore Zoo, River Safari, Night Safari and Jurong Bird Park. Although it’s quite an adventure to ride the tram at the Night Safari, it’s not a wow moment for someone like me who wants to capture good photos. But the darkness brings a thrill to it though. Singapore Zoo is bigger with more animals, including the polar bear. It is in the River Safari where we got delighted by the pandas. The Jurong Bird Park, although farther, has wonderful bird shows. It houses one of the biggest manmade waterfalls in an aviary.
6.) Botanical Gardens
This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Singapore. This 74-hectare property is home to various plant species. The good news is that entrance to the Botanical Gardens is free. Plus, it is accessible by MRT. It is a place of serenity where you can be one with nature.
7.) Orchard Road
Shopping, shopping, shopping. It’s an avenue of malls, restaurants and hotels. It’s a tourist attraction because of its goods. You can find the luxury brands here. And you can also get some cheap finds if you’re lucky and a great shopper. Walk its length, try the street food, and just watch the throngs of people walk the length of this boulevard. Experience Singapore at its finest here.
8.) Little India
It’s a colorful part of Singapore that shows another of its cultural side of the nation-state. Little India has various flavors, literally and figuratively. And we found a great shopping haven called Mustafa, where prices are reasonable. Walk around Little India and feel the vibrant ambiance of the place.
This is another shopper’s paradise. And there are great bargains, too. Bugis has a street market, covered bazaar, snack stalls and various entertainment attractions. If there’s Bugis street, then there’s also Bugis+, a 10-storey mall. Then there’s also Bugis Junction and Bras Basah.
10.) Haw Par Villa
While the spots above are more popular to tourists, not many know of Haw Par Villa. It’s an interesting site. And admission is free in this park. It is full of Chinese mythology and folklore. They are colorful and photogenic. It’s a good place to visit and it will whet your curiosity.
Where to stay:
1.) Rucksack Inn – Clarke Quay Area
If you want something that is totally cheap but accessible, then Rucksack Inn in Hong Kong St is your probable option. It is a walking distance to Clarke Quay, the MRT station and bus station. You can even explore the surroundings and walk to the nearby park. There are wi-fi, breakfast and other amenities. There are common shower rooms and toilet. It also encourages interaction among guests. Get into the hostel experience at Rucksack Inn. Check here for more info.
2.) Hotel 81 Orchid – Geylang Area
For those who prefer privacy and value-for-money, Hotel 81 Orchid in Lorong 8, Geylang is something to consider. The hotel is situated a bit away from the main street, providing a residential feel to its direct surroundings. It’s a short walk away to the highway, where eateries, shops and bus stations are to be found. It’s just quite a walk from the MRT. Old buildings are found in Geylang. It has a colorful history, however. A local informed us that this has been known as Singapore’s red light district. But it’s safe to walk around Geylang, especially towards Hotel 81 Orchid.
3.) Regency House – Orchard Road Area
Located in the posh Orchard Road, the Regency House is a classy place to stay when in Singapore. It’s Istana Park. It has a swimming pool and gym, plus great apartment service. It’s a walking distance to the MRT station and bus stops. Of course, the restaurants and shops in the malls are just a few steps away.