16 May 2017
As one of the world’s favourite stopover spots, Singapore is a top destination to break up a longer flight or enjoy a mini break minus the jet-lag. As a commercial hub accustomed to welcoming visitors from near and far, Singapore is a good destination for everyone from travelling families to backpackers, seniors and honeymooners. Here are 8 things to do in Singapore while you’re there:
Gardens by the Bay
A visionary destination that has to be seen to be believed, Gardens by the Bay has fast become one of Singapore’s most popular places. Much more than just a garden, this multifaceted horticultural attraction incorporates innovative design, garden artistry and a repertoire of events, festivals and activities for the whole family. From admiring the Supertree Grove to Instagramming the Flower Dome and marvelling at the Cloud Forest, do not miss the spectacle of the Gardens by the Bay.
The Changi Museum
This small but comprehensive museum provides an excellent, in-depth look at what went on in Singapore during World War Two. While a sobering experience, anyone with an interest in history will be moved by the personal accounts of former prisoners of war displayed in the museum. Featuring artefacts, books, documents and photos from the era, this museum is free to enter with an optional paid tour on offer for visitors keen to learn more.
With people of many different nationalities and cultures calling Singapore home, this country isn’t dominated by a mono-culture but is an interesting mix of cultures from near and far. With brightly coloured Buddhist and Hindu temples, family-run eateries and merchants selling beaded jewellery, saris and Bollywood posters, Little India is worth a wander. While Singapore might be known for its chicken rice, chilli crab and ice cream sandwiches, Indian cuisine is also very good here so walk the streets of Little India and follow your nose to a curry house to taste the authentic flavours of India, in Singapore!
The historic Chinatown area of Singapore is where to head to get your fill of dumplings, steamed buns, egg tarts and duck. With a large variety of Chinese and other Asian eateries all packed into one compact place, there’s something for every price point here – from cheap eats made by roadside vendors to decadent banquets at exclusive restaurants. In Chinatown you’ll also find plenty of shops selling trinkets, antiques, tea and more – so bring your cash to stock up on souvenirs.
Singapore Botanic Gardens
As a city with many skyscrapers, it’s important for locals and visitors to have access to spaces where they can be immersed in nature. Singapore Botanic Gardens is an evergreen wonder filled with botanical treasures. Located only five minutes from the bustle of Orchard Road, these gardens are home to rainforests, lakes, sculptures, medicinal plants, ancient trees and manicured bonsai gardens. Take the time to wander the gardens independently or sign up for a guided tour to learn more about specific areas and the history of the gardens. With many shops, restaurants and cafes scattered throughout the gardens, this is the perfect place to wind down for a leisurely afternoon tea or lunch away from the hectic pace of the city.
Home to more than 2800 animals, this world-class zoo is suitable for everyone from families with small children to business travellers keen to spend some downtime in nature. A night safari reveals nocturnal animals in action while the Wild Discoverer tour provides a backstage, VIP experience that reveals what happens behind-the-scenes at the zoo. Offering the chance to have breakfast with the wildlife or even stay overnight for a camping safari experience, Singapore Zoo’s innovative program put the world’s wildlife within reach.
While not everyone can afford to stay overnight at the Raffles Hotel, stopping into the hotel bar for a Singapore Sling is an experience that is achievable for many. Sipping this historic cocktail in a grand hotel that has stood for more than a century is one of Singapore’s quintessential experiences and a top thing to do when you need to escape the humidity of the city.
This riverside area is the go-to place to brunch, lunch, drink and dine in Singapore. From starting the day with breakfast at a café to dropping in for a quick power lunch in between sightseeing to sipping on a cool beer while relaxing after a long day of exploring the city, Clarke Quay has an impressive range of eateries serving international and local flavours (and incredible river views to boot)!