Singapore is an eclectic mix of delights; on the one hand, you’ll find a very expensive lifestyle and designer togs everywhere. On the other hand, you have scintillating street food and budget shops that offer everything from fashion to electronics at low prices. We took a good look at Singapore and what’s best to do here, and we’ve piled our suggestions for you. Read on and know how to enjoy Singapore like never before.
Unique And Fantastic- River Safari In Singapore
The River safari Singapore is more than just a trip down the river in a boat. There are more than 5,000 aquatic and land animals that live here, curated from world’s most iconic river habitats. On the river safari, you’ll get to meet the famous giant pandas, Kai Kai & Jia Jia as they go about chomping on bamboo in their beautiful forest sanctuary. On the Amazonian Adventure, you’ll meet the wildlife that lives by the waters and sail into the cave of the Singapore Jaguar, keeping a stealthy eye out for the wild creature. Enjoy spotting Singapore’s picturesque quays – the Boat Quay, Clarke Quay, and Robertson Quay while on the river cruise.
Tip: Sign up for the night river safari to enjoy the reflection of the city’s beautifully lit up skyline and the LED show at Marina Bay Sands.
Not-to-miss Singapore Night Safari!
As dusk falls, more than 2,500 nocturnal animals brush off the grit in their eyes and start looking for their morning coffee. We’re kidding, of course. Sign up for the night safari walking trails and the exciting tram safari to explore each of the seven geographical wildlife regions. There are also some free-ranging creatures which trot up to the tram and say hi to the safari goers. Apart from the wildlife safari, the night safari Singapore includes tribal performances, fire performances and even a meal onboard the tram.
Tip: Be sure to sign up for the Singapore Zoo’s most unique treat – Breakfast with the Orangutans, for a truly unbelievable experience!
Visit The Singapore Botanic Gardens
The Singapore Botanic Gardens, one of the top Singapore attractions is free to the public from 5 A.M. to midnight. This cool, bucolic retreat offers just the most perfect stretches of virgin rainforest which makes for a lovely trek. Be sure to explore the National Orchid Garden’s multi-hued collection of over 1,000 orchid species and 2,000 hybrids. The Botanic Gardens organizes children’s educational tours and gardening tips and many other programs.
Tip: When you’re done with your exploration of the Botanic Gardens, enjoy a traditional Singaporean breakfast in the food court near Tanglin Gate.
Be Sure To Visit the Horror-Filled Haw Par Villa!
Located on Pasir Panjang Road, Haw Par Villa is a free park that is based on a philosophical theme. It is all about sin and the righteous punishment meted out to sinners. How is this theme represented? Haw Par Villa has more than 1000 statues and intricate dioramas that graphically depict exactly what you’re due for you don’t pay your tax, cheat during your exams, cheat on your spouse or eat more than your share of food. The park is based on Buddhist, Taoist and Confucian principles and is one of the coolest places to visit in Singapore.
Tip: The park is not suitable for children under 12, given that some of the statues are very graphic in content.
Shopping On Orchard Road
You cannot visit Singapore and come away without shopping on Orchard Road, an entire street dedicated to shopping malls. On this one street you’ll find 22 shopping malls and six large department stores that stock items from over 5,000 brands. You have malls selling designer wear from Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Dolce Gabbana and others. You have malls selling high-street brands and malls selling cheap electronics and fashion. The best part about Orchard Road is that it is connected to the MRT line, making transport easy. The shopping is so good in Singapore, that it’s well worth obtaining Singapore visa just for that!
Tip: Bargaining is not allowed in the bigger malls, but you can certainly bargain for goods in street shops and in smaller stores.
Visit The Singapore Zoo!
The Singapore zoo is the largest rainforest zoo in the world. It is beautifully laid-out, and has world-class amenities for visitors including sanitary facilities, restaurants and play areas for kids. Let your kids enjoy watching otters, pygmy hippos, giant crocodiles, lions, zebras, and rhinoceroses in their natural habitats. Sign them up for regular educational programs on wildlife conservation and wildlife protection.
Tip: The best part of the Singapore Zoo is the ‘Breakfast with Orangutans’ program where you can actually sit and eat with these intelligent primates!
Visit Pulau Ubin
Pulau Ubin is a beautiful island that’s easily accessible via boat from Changi Village. It’s the best escape from the hustle and bustle of Singapore. The abundance of wildlife you’ll find here is unbelievable. The landscape is comprised of granite rocks, grass-strewn plains, old abandoned villages and gaming stations and more. Bike along the lovely, picturesque cycling paths and enjoy the wonderful landscape. The waters around the island are just perfect for kayaking as well. Dive or snorkel at Chek Jawa, a 5000-thousand year old coral reef and swim amongst a variety of marine wildlife here, including sea squirts, octopuses, starfishes, sea hares, sand dollars, fishes, sponges, cuttlefishes and nudibranches.
Tip: The entire island is a protected zone. Be sure to stay on specifically marked trails, and swim where it’s allowed.
Visit The Marina Bay Sands SkyPark
The Marina Bay Sands SkyPark has an observation deck on top of the 57th floor. This is where you head to for scintillating views of the city. There’s also a stunning infinity pool here on the top, just perfect for a dip on hot afternoons, if you’re a guest at the SkyPark hotel. You’ll need to buy a ticket to visit the Observation Deck, but it is totally worth it.
Tip: Don’t miss checking out the lights and sounds digital show put on at Marina Bay Sands in the evenings. The best place to watch it is from top of the Faber Peak.
Take Your Kids To The Jurong Bird Park
Jurong Bird Park located in Jurong Hill has what probably is the largest collection of birds in Asia. Be sure to take your kids to check out the over 5,000 birds across 400 different species at the park. There’s the exciting Waterfall Aviary, 13-stories high and 2 hectares wide. It’s a mysterious realm where 600 free-flying birds belonging to 50 species live and love. The Jurong Bird Park has been charming visitors since its inception in 1971. It’ll take you an entire day to explore all the delights this fabulous bird park has to offer.
Tip: Be sure to participate in the Lory Feeding program, where you can actually walk amongst the rainbow-hued chattering birds and feed them at the world’s largest Lory Flight aviary.
Take A Historical Tour Of Singapore
Enjoy Singapore’s ethnic cultural history as you stroll along historic Clarke Quay, taking in the colonial architecture. Also be sure to visit Little India, a real slice of India in Singapore. Explore its vibrant streets full of shops selling ethnic Indian wear and jewelry. Chinatown is a slice of China, where you can purchase authentic Chinese souvenirs and experience Chinese culture firsthand. Be sure to check out the Sri Mariamman temple, the oldest temple in Singapore.
Tip: Pay the Chinese Heritage Center a visit for an authentic slice of Singapore’s history.
Fly Up High In The Singapore Flyer
If you’ve not seen the London Eye yet, you won’t miss it. Get into one of the glass-enclosed luxurious capsules of the 165-meter-high Singapore Flyer, and you’re all set to see the world from the highest point in the city. For 30 whole minutes, you’ll be moving slowly up the Flyer, spending several minutes at the top to enjoy breathtaking views of the entire city, all the way to the coasts.
Tip: The best time to take a trip on the Flyer is during dusk, when the city is lit by the glow of the setting sun and the lights come on far and wide.
One of the best experiences in Singapore is going on a foodie tour. Singapore’s hawker centers offer a huge variety of mouthwatering local dishes including spicy curries to fusion foods. As far as shopping goes, don’t restrict yourself just to Orchard Road. Check out the hip fashions in Haji Lane as well as street shops that offer tremendous bargains.
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