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This publish was initially revealed in August 2016 and was up to date in March 2019

Don’t you hate it when final guides grow to be not so final? I hope to keep away from that destiny with this listing of issues to do in Singapore — certainly my two years as an expat within the Lion Metropolis makes me one thing of an authority. Does it need to be ranked as the last word, greatest, most superior listing of issues to do in Singapore although? You determine…

Observe — I haven’t included instructions to the locations under. is a wonderful information for getting round Singapore — simply sort in the place you need to go and comply with the steps.


Issues to do in Singapore: Vacationer Points of interest

Go to Singapore’s world class zoos

Singapore Zoo is true up there with one of the best zoos on the planet and is certainly value a go to, particularly in case you’re travelling to Singapore with youngsters. The Night time Safari is the right place for a date in Singapore and is a very distinctive zoo expertise. It’s probably the greatest issues to do in Singapore at night time — don’t miss it! Birds of all shapes, sizes and hues hang around at Jurong Chook Park. The parrots are all the time a spotlight at these sorts of locations, but in addition look out for the large (pretend) waterfall. Pandas are the primary attraction on the River Safari, and in case you’ve by no means seen one earlier than it’s a fantastic place to do it. You can even see a lot of flamingos and numerous different wildlife.

Spend a day at Common Studios

A day at Common Studios is all the time entertaining. The rides are nice and it’s enjoyable to walk by means of the themed zones, together with historic Egypt, New York and Hollywood. Go on a weekday to keep away from the native crowds.

See the well-known Merlion

This half fish half lion statue is the image of Singapore. It’s not all that fascinating however the views of Marina Bay and surrounding skyscrapers makes it a very good place to go, particularly at night time.


Go to the highest of Marina Bay Sands

For those who’re not a visitor on the lodge, you’ll be able to nonetheless see the superb views on the prime Marina Bay Sands on the Remark Deck. It is going to set you again $23, however seeing the town unfold out earlier than you is a priceless Singapore expertise.

The place to Keep in Singapore

Luxurious  – Marina Bay Sands

Mid-Vary  – Lodge Yan

Boutique  – Lodge 1929

Price range  – Perfume – Lodge Riverside


Go to the highest of the Pinnacle@Duxton

The Pinnacle at Duxton is a residential constructing, however for $5 you possibly can go to the highest for panoramic views of the town. It’s cheaper and rather a lot much less touristy than Marina Bay Sands, though the view isn’t fairly nearly as good.

Experience the Singapore Flyer

The view of Marina Bay surrounded by skyscrapers from the Singapore Flyer is likely one of the most superb issues to see in Singapore — don’t miss it!


Go on a river cruise

A ship journey down the Singapore River at night time is among the most romantic issues to do in Singapore. The glittering skyline of downtown Singapore makes for an ideal backdrop as you slowly drift down the river.

Issues to do in Singapore: Parks and Gardens

Spend a few hours at Gardens by the Bay

One among my favorite issues to do in Singapore is watch the Supertree Symphony at Gardens by the Bay. These futuristic tree skyscrapers pulsate with colors each night time at 7.45 pm and eight.45 pm. Gardens by the Bay’s two domes are additionally nicely value a go to. The Cloud Forest Dome contains a big indoor waterfall (the most important in world) and the Flower Dome is residence to ever altering shows (it was filled with tulips, windmills and clogs once I visited). For those who don’t need to fork out for the domes you’ll be able to nonetheless take pleasure in a stroll via the surreal landscapes of Gardens by the Bay.

READ MORE: Gardens by the Bay, Singapore: The Coolest Gardens within the World?


Go to Labrador Park

This small park by the water is a pleasant place to hang around within the late afternoon. There are additionally a number of WW2 relics to hunt out.

Chill out on the Chinese language / Japanese Gardens

These aspect by aspect gardens type probably the most enjoyable inexperienced areas in Singapore. It’s the perfect place to go to in the event you’re tiring of the large metropolis tempo.


Stroll round Bedok reservoir

One other inexperienced area in suburban Singapore, Bedok Reservoir is a superb place for a stroll. You can too deal with the treetop journey course or head out onto the water in a dragon boat or kayak.

Discover the Botanic Gardens

You can spend hours strolling across the botanic gardens. There are such a lot of sections, together with the well-known orchid backyard. The final time I visited the Botanic Gardens I noticed Kristen Stewart filming scenes for a brand new sci-fi film, which might have been superior if I used to be a Twilight fan woman.

See the views at Mt Faber Park / Henderson Waves

This hilltop park is the start line for the cable automotive to Sentosa Island. The views are superior from up there and you may also stroll to Henderson Waves, a singular bridge that’s typically crawling with monkeys. That is additionally a part of the Southern Ridges mountaineering path.


Issues to do in Singapore: Exploring the town’s Historic Aspect

Stroll the streets of Kampong Glam

This historic suburb in Singapore options rows of vibrant store homes, numerous Turkish / Center Japanese eating places and a stupendous mosque. It’s certainly one of my favorite areas in Singapore and is a superb place to go to day or night time.

READ MORE: Exploring the Historic Districts of Singapore


Go to the final kampong (village) in Mainland Singapore

This small rural village is totally misplaced within the surrounding concrete jungle. It provides you an concept of what Singapore should have been like earlier than the skyscrapers arrived.

READ MORE: The Final Kampong in Mainland Singapore


Discover Chinatown

Chinatown is a superb place to eat, drink and store within the shadows of historic store homes. It’s one of the crucial vibrant areas of Singapore and is value at the least a few hours of exploration. It’s additionally value testing the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, which dominates central Chinatown.


Hunt down Singapore’s beautiful colonial buildings on the Civic District

The civic district is house to heaps of previous colonial buildings which have been brilliantly restored. The most effective is the Victoria Theatre and Memorial Corridor.


Stroll the streets of Little India

The streets of Little India are lined with vibrant store homes and eating places promoting scrumptious Indian meals. Little India is among the metropolis’s most fascinating previous suburbs to discover – it’s undoubtedly a should see in Singapore.


Stroll round Geylang

You’ll see heaps of previous store homes and probably a couple of prostitutes (that is Singapore’s purple mild district in any case) whereas strolling the streets of Geylang. Additionally attempt the salted egg prawn, apparently it’s actually good.

Go to Raffles Lodge

The colonial grandeur on present at Raffles Lodge invokes visions of the previous, earlier than the speedy modernisation modified Singapore ceaselessly. Attempt the well-known Singapore Sling on the Lengthy Bar or simply stroll across the hallways and gardens of this colonial gem.


Go to Fort Canning Park

This little park near Clarke Quay options stays from WW2, together with canons and tunnels. It’s a pleasant place for a shaded stroll when the Singapore solar will get too intense.

Stroll up Emerald Hill

Emerald Hill, a bit of suburban zone off Orchard Rd, is filled with transformed store homes. It’s one of many nicest assortment of streets in Singapore and there are some cool bars close by.


Stroll round Katong / Joo Chiat

This historic Singapore suburb is much less touristy than Little India, Chinatown and Kampong Glam. There are some lovely store homes, wonderful eating places and it’s solely a brief stroll from East Coast Park.

READ MORE: Photographing Singapore’s Historic Store Homes


Issues to do in Singapore: Getting out into Nature

Hang around on Sentosa Island’s seashores

Don’t let the pretend sand and manufactured really feel of Sentosa Island’s seashores put you off — they’re nice locations to loosen up, eat and drink. My favorite is Palawan Seashore — I even thought-about swimming there, till I remembered how polluted the ocean round Singapore is.

READ MORE: The Greatest Seashores in Singapore


Hike at Macritchie Reservoir

Macritchie Reservoir is the right place for a jungle stroll. You’ll see monkeys, birds and turtles in addition to a lot of timber. It’s additionally value looking for out the Treetop Stroll, a barely scary cover walkway.

READ MORE: The Greatest Walks in Singapore: From the Forest to the Metropolis

Cycle round Palau Ubin

One other slice of rural paradise, Pulau Ubin is likely one of the greatest locations in Singapore to discover by bicycle. The views are good and should you go on a weekday it’ll be actually quiet. It’s also possible to see some wildlife, together with wild boars and monkeys. You’ll need to cross via Changi Village to get to Pulau Ubin – it’s value taking a look round as there’s a good seashore there and a few good locations to eat.

READ MORE: A Day Journey to Pulau Ubin: Escaping Singapore Metropolis


Hike the Southern Ridges

This 10 km city hike and takes you thru many various sections, together with parks, bridges and a cover boardwalk.

Go to East Coast Park

You possibly can experience a motorcycle or stroll alongside the beach-side street at East Coast Park. It’s extra of an area spot than the seashores on Sentosa Island and the seashore is surprisingly good.


Spot Wildlife at Sungie Buloh Wetland Reserve

This wetland reserve in western Singapore is house to birds, big monitor lizards and probably even crocodiles. It’s a pleasant place to get out into nature whereas visiting Singapore.

READ MORE: Looking for Crocodiles at Sungie Buloh Wetland Reserve


Hike at Bukit Timah Nature Reserve

Numerous biking and mountaineering trails might be discovered at what can be one among Singapore’s largest nature reserves. It’s present process repairs in the mean time and solely a small part is open, and it’s solely accessible within the weekends.

Go Island hopping

There are many little islands off Singapore and you may discover a couple of of them on an island hopping journey. Catch the boat from Marina South Pier. The islands are fairly good and it makes for a enjoyable half-day exercise in Singapore.


Stroll alongside the Punggol Waterway Park

This riverside stroll in north-eastern Singapore is among the few issues on this record that I haven’t carried out but, however I’ve heard it’s good.

Hike the inexperienced hall

This previous railway hall used to attach Singapore and Malaysia, however now it’s top-of-the-line locations to hike within the metropolis. The Inexperienced Hall is very large however you possibly can simply do small sections.


Go to the wetlands and seashore at Pasir Ris Park

The little mangrove swamp at Pasir Ris Park is an effective place for a stroll earlier than enjoyable at one in every of Singapore’s greatest seashores.

Stroll round Tampines Eco Inexperienced

I used to go to this place quite a bit as I lived simply across the nook. It feels such as you’re actually out within the jungle, and also you’ll have it virtually all to your self at sure occasions of the day (you may see some birds and monitor lizards although).

READ MORE: Tampines: Life in a Singapore Suburb


Go to little Guilin (Bukit Batok City Park)

Guilin is a metropolis in China surrounded by lovely limestone mountains. This little park isn’t fairly as spectacular as its namesake, nevertheless it’s an fascinating little piece of nature in Singapore.

Issues to do in Singapore: Consuming, Consuming and Buying

Go for drinks at Clarke Quay

A well-liked hangout for locals, expats and vacationers alike, Clarke Quay is a cool place to eat, drink and hang around by the river.


Have a drink at a rooftop bar

There are fairly a number of rooftop bars in Singapore. 1-Altitude and the bars at Marina Bay Sands have the perfect metropolis views — they’re nice locations to seize a drink and be surrounded by the glowing lights of Singapore’s skyscrapers

Eat at a hawker centre

Hawker centres are the place locals go to eat their favorite Singaporean meals, in addition to dishes from additional afield. Lau Pa Sat is common with vacationers however head out to the suburbs for the most effective meals and the perfect offers. I lived in Tampines and I nonetheless assume the hawker centres there are the perfect within the metropolis.


Go to a mall

Buying obsessed vacationers will discover themselves in good firm — Singaporeans love to buy! There are dozens of malls, and fortunately most have meals courts filled with native dishes.

Store at Orchard Street

I hate buying so I all the time tried to keep away from Orchard Street, nevertheless it’s an enormous magnet for vacationers trying to spend some cash in Singapore.

Discount Hunt in Malaysia

For those who’re on the lookout for bargains it is best to contemplate a day journey to Johor Bahru, the Malaysian metropolis simply over the border from Singapore. Every little thing is cheaper over there, particularly electronics.

Eat and Drink at Chijmes

Throughout colonial occasions this beautiful set of historic buildings was a monastery. Now it’s a picturesque place for a meal or a number of drinks in downtown Singapore.


Go clubbing

It undoubtedly isn’t low cost, however an evening out clubbing in Singapore is a whole lot of enjoyable. I didn’t actually go clubbing a lot in Singapore however I’ve heard that Zouk and Ce La Vi are good.

Issues to do in Singapore: Artwork and Tradition

Be creeped out at Haw Par Villa

Singapore’s most weird attraction must be Haw Par Villa. When you’re looking for distinctive issues to do in Singapore then look no additional.

READ MORE: Haw Par Villa: The Weirdest Vacationer Attraction in Southeast Asia?


Go to a Museum

There are many museums in Singapore — my favorite is the Asian Civilization Museum. This fascinating museum is housed in a grand previous colonial constructing by the Singapore River. It’s value wanting inside, particularly in the event you’re planning on visiting different nations in Asia.

See a live performance on the Star Theatre

Singapore’s superior new music venue is a superb place to observe a live performance. I noticed Tame Impala play there just lately and the acoustics have been actually spectacular — it was in all probability the perfect sounding live performance I’ve ever been to.


Go to an Artwork Gallery

The Nationwide Gallery Singapore opened lately so I haven’t had an opportunity to go to. It claims to supervise the most important assortment of Southeast Asian / Singaporean artwork (over 8000 items). It sounds prefer it’s an awesome factor to do in Singapore. Different good artwork galleries in Singapore embrace FOST Gallery and Artistry.

See road artwork at Haji Lane

Singapore isn’t precisely recognized for its road artwork, however the space round Haji Lane (in Kampong Glam) does function some spectacular items. There are additionally some cool bars, cafes and eating places within the space.


Different Issues to do in Singapore

Go to a pub quiz at Boat Quay

I used to do that most Tuesday nights on the Prince of Wales and it was lots of enjoyable — should you’re bored on a Tuesday night time why not give it a go.

Watch the Method 1

In the event you’re visiting Singapore whereas the F1 is on (it’s held in September annually) you must contemplate getting a ticket. I’ve by no means been however I did as soon as attend the Melbourne Gran Prix which was superior.

Stroll alongside the Quays

Strolling from Robertson Quay to Marina Bay (by way of Clarke Quay and Boat Quay) is likely one of the greatest issues to do in Singapore. There’s a lot to see, together with colonial buildings, previous store homes, large skyscrapers, museums and the languid Singapore River.

READ MORE: The Quays to the Metropolis: Exploring Downtown Singapore


Hang around at Changi Airport

Changi is likely one of the greatest airports on the earth — there’s a lot to see and do there that it’s truly develop into a little bit of a vacationer attraction.

Are these actually the most effective issues to do in Singapore? Did I miss something? Let me know within the feedback under!

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