Our expert shares her top 10 things to do in Singapore
A shopping, dining, and commercial hub, Singapore has a lot to offer whether you’re visiting for business or pleasure. It has also recently been hailed as one of the safest cities in the world, second to Tokyo. Wondering what to include in your itinerary when you visit? Here, our Southeast Asia expert Denise shares her top 10 things to do in Singapore.
1 – Shop at Orchard Road
One of the most famous shopping destinations in Asia, a walk along the Orchard Road is a must for anyone visiting Singapore for the first time. There are exceptional deals to be had on well-known luxury brands such as Louis Vuitton and Chanel. If you find the shops here are a little too steep for your budget, head to Little India or Chinatown instead and pick up tasty food, colourful textiles and cheap souvenirs.
2 – Hop on a cruise along Singapore River
A river cruise is the best way to see Singapore’s various quays, including the Marina Bay, and typically lasts 40 minutes. You can choose between a traditional bumboat tour or an ultra-modern bubble jet. I’d recommend getting a day pass which grants unlimited rides, allowing you to explore wherever takes your fancy.
3 – Wander around Singapore Botanic Gardens
Whether you’re a nature lover or just need to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city, take a stroll in the lush Botanic Gardens. These are conveniently open from 5am until midnight so you’re sure to find time to squeeze in a visit. The park is free to explore, except for the National Orchid Garden which costs $5 SGD for admission. It’s worth the fee though, as it showcases some of the best orchids in the world.
4 – Try some chilli crab
Have the ultimate culinary experience in Singapore and sample the city’s iconic dish, chilli crab. You can easily find this at the numerous food centres dotted around the city. For a classier ambience and a not-so-spicy chili crab, visit Jumbo Seafood restaurant at Boat Quay. It’s located by the riverside so you’ll be able to enjoy a spectacular view while you dine.
5 – Explore Universal Studios
The whole family will have a blast exploring one of the seven theme zones at Universal Studios. Experience The Lost World, Madagascar or Sci-Fi City! Each zone has its own rides, performers, shops and restaurants. Located on Sentosa Island, the theme park is part of the famed Resorts World Sentosa.
6 – Ride the Singapore Flyer
Similar to the renowned London Eye, yet taller, the Singapore Flyer is the world’s biggest observation wheel. Each ride lasts about half an hour and gives you a bird’s eye view of the city at 165 meters above the ground. Not for the faint hearted!
7 – Take in the Singapore skyline
Sitting atop the Marina Bay Sands Hotel is the Sands Skypark Observation Deck. Come here on the last night of your holiday and appreciate the amazing Singapore skyline. For a truly unforgettable evening choose from one of the two luxurious restaurants and dine in style.
8 – Explore Sentosa Island
Apart from several casinos and Resorts World, Sentosa Island is home to many man-made attractions such as the Butterfly Park, Wax Museum, Underwater World and Songs of the Sea. It’s easy to spend several days wandering about and still feel like you haven’t seen everything. Eat deliciously light dumplings at Din Tai Fung, lounge on one of the island’s three beaches and even inspect Singapore’s largest collection of WWII memorabilia at Fort Siloso.
9 – Visit Singapore Zoo and the Night Safari
Despite being a small country, Singapore has one of the best, and most beautiful, zoos in the world. Animals are encouraged to roam freely as they would in nature and are separated primarily by moats and shrubs. The world’s first nocturnal zoo, the Night Safari, is also well-worth a visit. Part of the experience includes taking a guided tram through different zones, exploring the rainforest and enjoying tribal performances.
10 – Check out Changi Airport
With world-class shops and eateries, you can indulge in some retail therapy and enjoy a gastronomic feast at Changi Airport. Explore the Enchanted Garden, the entertainment deck, the Butterfly Garden or the Sunflower Garden before boarding your flight. There is even a movie theatre and a rooftop swimming pool!
Whether you’re going to Singapore for a short visit or planning an extended stay, there are a limitless number of fantastic things to do and places to see. This small country packs a big punch and you won’t be disappointed by the wonderful sights, people and food you’ll encounter.