Nature, city, foodie, or luxury? No matter what kind of traveller you are, here are all the best things to do in Singapore.
An Introduction to Singapore
The Republic of Singapore is a sovereign city-state in Southeast Asia and is home to 5.6 million residents.
Singapore has many attractions that are perfect for nature lovers, history buffs, and people interested in religious sites. Almost all Singaporeans are bilingual with four official languages being spoken in Singapore. The most common is English, followed by Malay, Mandarin, and Tamil. The official currency of Singapore is the Singapore dollar, which is about at par with the Canadian dollar.
Top Attractions in Singapore
Parks and gardens are very popular in Singapore, and it is considered the greenest city in Asia. Attractions like the Gardens by the Bay, along with the National Orchid Garden and Singapore Botanic Gardens, make Singapore a great destination for nature lovers.
Gardens by the Bay spans 249 acres of reclaimed land and is the home of Supertree Grove that have tree-like vertical gardens that come alive at night with a display of light and sound. It sees 8.8 million visitors per year, making it Singapore’s most popular attraction.
Singapore has many historic and religious sites, including the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum, which is located in the Chinatown district of Singapore. Also open to the public are the Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Temple, a Buddhist temple in Bishan, and the Sultan Mosque, one of the most important mosques in Singapore.
There are also a number of historic sites in Singapore. One example is Lau PA Sat market, which is a historic building located in Downtown Singapore that was originally built in the early nineteenth century. It has since been relocated and renovated into the building it is today.
Another notable historic site is Chijmes, a historic building complex that can be found at Victoria Street in Singapore’s central business district. Originally a Catholic convent, it is now a commercial dining, shopping, and entertainment centre.
Other attractions include the Marina Bay Sands the commercial, residential, hotel, and entertainment areas, and the Singapore Flyer standing at 165 metres. There are things to do in Singapore for every kind of traveller!
Top Foods in Singapore
As a result of Singapore’s history and its large immigrant population, Singaporean cuisine incorporates influences from Malay, China, Indonesia, India, England, Portugal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and the Middle East. Some local food specialties include:
- Hainanese chicken rice: Steamed chicken served with rice cooked in chicken stock.
- Chilli Crab: Hard-shell crabs cooked in gravy with a tomato chilli base.
- Laksa: Rice noodles in spicy coconut curry soup with shrimp, fish cakes, egg, and chicken.
If you’re looking for food made by top-class chefs, you’ll find restaurants such as Colony, a high-end restaurant situated in the Ritz Carlton hotel that offers Asian cuisine. Rhubarb serves sensational French and European fare, and Fratini La Trattoria has great vegetarian and vegan options.
If you want a quick dinner that won’t stretch your wallet, try some of the easily found street food on offer in Singapore. Dining options include Old Airport Rd Food Centre and Maxwell Road Hawker Centre, where you will find a good variety of stalls.
Nightlife and Entertainment in Singapore
The nightlife in Singapore caters to a wide range of crowds, styles, and budgets. Clarke Quay is popular with the city’s executives and the laid-back bars around Orchard Road are frequented by the students of the city. Many rooftop cocktail bars offer incredible views over the iconic skyline.
Singapore really comes alive after dark and this is a side of the city that you really must see. The legal drinking age is 18.
There are plenty of options for transportation in Singapore. You can travel by rail, ferry, buses, or cable car. Singapore has a Mass Rapid Transit system that spans the entire city and a Light Rail Transit system that connects a few neighbourhoods, making the rail network a good transit choice.
As well, buses are a significant part of public transportation in Singapore, with more than 300 scheduled bus services in operation.
Regular ferries run between the mainland and nearby Malaysia and Indonesian islands.
If you choose to rent a car in Singapore, you will have to deal with traffic congestion if driving in the central area. Despite several initiatives to relieve traffic jams (tolls and expressways), expect delays if you’re travelling during peak commute hours.
Singapore has a typically tropical climate, with high rainfall, temperatures, and humidity all year.
Singapore’s climate is characterized by two monsoon seasons. The Northeast Monsoon runs between December and early March, causing widespread continuous moderate to heavy rain. The Southwest Monsoon between June and September brings occasional “Sumatra Squalls” with wind gusts of 25-50 mph and short-duration showers or thunderstorms in the afternoon.
With no distinct wet or dry season in Singapore, rain is likely every month. However, the driest month is February. Pack your suitcase and plan your activities accordingly, depending on when you’re visiting the city.
When to Go
Singapore is a year-round destination, but it attracts the most tourists between June and August, which falls right at the end of dry season. Chinese New Year is also an extremely popular time for people to visit.
Getting In & Out
Singapore Changi Airport is the primary airport for Singapore, one of the largest transportation hubs in Southeast Asia and one of the busiest airports in the world. It is located 10.7 miles from downtown Singapore.
With cheap direct flights from the U.K., the U.S., Australia, and most countries in Asia, Singapore is easily accessible.
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