Top 10 Things to See and Do in Singapore

Singapore is one of my favourite metropolis city. It is one of the safest, cleanest most modern places I have been with so much to see and do. It’s ease of getting around is a bonus and although the city-state seems very westernised (which is preferable to some tourists) you will find its strong history and culture throughout your visit. Below are my personal top 10 things to see and do whilst visiting Singapore.

10th, Shopping at Bugis Street

For those bargain hunters Bugis Street is where the largest market is situated. Affordable garments, souvenirs and food can be found here. This area also has historic significance being the area for the mass gathering of transwomen around the 50s-80s.

Bugis Street only just makes it on my list as it is a simple place for tourists to come and obtain affordable products, dine on traditional foods whilst in the vicinity of historic significance.

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9th, Visit Little India and China Town

For the more culture focused visitors, little India and China town is brilliant locations with vibrant atmospheres. Its histories of how they came to be are interesting and both streets offer a wide variety of food and products from their respective regions.

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8th, Visit Singapore Zoo

One for the families with small children is a visit to Singapore Zoo including the Night Safari, Jurong Bird Park and the River Safari. Singapore Zoo is famed for its orangutans and white tigers which is a rare sight to see. Whilst the night safari is the worlds first nocturnal zoo and one of Singapore’s prized attraction. The river safari is also the first in the country but also the only river themed zoo in Asia. Lastly the Jurong Bird Park houses over 5000 birds from around the world making it an interesting visit. Collectively housing a plethora of species from around the world these attractions make and enjoyable and educational day out for all.

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7th, Dine, shop and socialise in Clarke Quay 

One of the better place for the older tourists to dine, drink and socialise. The Clarke Quay is the central area for bars clubs and nightlife. However it is also a place for tourists to visit Fort Canning Park, Singapore River, Raffles Place, Hong San See temple and so much more.

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6th, Singapore Botanical Garden

For those enthusiastic about botany Singapore’s Botanic Garden is one of the most significant around the world. The county’s first and one of only a few Botanic Gardens inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. This free attraction boasts its own tropical rainforest making Singapore only one of two major cities with a rainforest inside its city perimeter (other being Sao Paulo). So for those who want to see many plants and flower species spending a whole day here would be a pleasure.

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5th, Enjoy Sentosa Island and Resorts World Sentosa

Dubbed the ‘State of Fun’ Sentosa Island is one of the most popular area in the country. It is a place for the whole family concentrated in one island. Firstly Resorts World an integrated resort, includes one of Singapore’s two casinos, SEA life and Universal studios, Adventure cove waterpark and so much more. Elsewhere on Sentosa Island you can also find its many beaches, Fort Siloso, Dolphin Island and so much more. This Island which although admittedly is a bit more further and difficult to get to, is a fantastic place to take your family for a few days.

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4th, City Hop-on, Hop-off Bus

I believe that Singapore’s Hop-on, Hop-off bus’s are well organised and one of the easiest way to see the country at a faster pace. Nearly everything I have put in this top 10 list can be seen from a one of the variety of routes on these buses. However for Singapore Zoo and Sentosa Island an upgraded ticket maybe needed. Perfect for those who want to see as many attractions as possible with very little walking and without the headache of transport. Furthermore like all Hop-on Hop-off buses around the world the ride includes free earphones in which you will be able to get a very informative recorded audio tour. You are able to buy tickets for the duration you require (in days).

3rd, Walk, shop and dine around Orchard Road

For a more modern shopping experience, Orchard road is probably one to go to. Various malls, bars and markets for any budget are situated on this road. Furthermore the road is one of the more popular places to stay whilst in Singapore.

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2nd, Enjoy Marina Bay

Marina Bay is in my opinion one of the most popular and luxurious place in Singapore which is adored around the world . Like various points around Singapore this area has a concentrated amount of attractions. Lets start off with the beautiful Helix Bridge which is a pedestrian bridge modelled based on a human DNA. The bridge leads right in front of the Art-Science museum and its architecture is said to portray the welcoming hand of Singapore some say shaped as an opened coconut shell. Next to this is the Iconic Marina Bay Sands hotel which has one of the highest infinity pools around the world. Below this hotel is a luxury shopping mall and Casino and a short ride away you would find the Gardens by Bay which includes the man made super-trees which at night puts on a unique light show. Furthermore the Cloud Forest Houses situated within the gardens boasts what used to be the worlds largest indoor waterfall only to be beaten by its own country’s new feature in Singapore Changi Airport. Altogether this place is an outstanding and unique area to visit tailor made for tourism.

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1st, See the Merlion monument

Just like the Marina Bay area, in my opinion the Merlion Monument is one of the main and cant-miss attraction to see whilst in Singapore. The area surrounding the Merlion which is Singapore’s mascot has some of the best views of the country’s skyscrapers and the famous Marina Bay itself. Although the area has very little restaurants I still believe it is one of the best place to chill and relax for a short while. This makes it as my personal number 1 to see in Singapore as missing this would be like missing the Eiffel tower of Paris or the Big Ben of London, missing the country’s main and fundamental attraction.

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Singapore City

“Just why is Singapore a major destination for all?”

Type : City
Best Date : 
Expense :  Expensive
Things to do : Sightseeing, Food Tour, Theme Parks, Nightlife
Points of Interest: Merlion, Marina Bay Sands, Gardens by Bay, Universal Studios, Sentosa island, China Town, Little India, Orchard Boulevard ect

Brief

Singapore is a small city-state independently governed, where its creation dates back many years with an Indonesian prince who found this piece of land (which he loved) and made himself King, further more the modern Singapore was founded in 1819 where  Sir Thomas raffles negotiated trading treaties on the island. The Japanese did occupy Singapore within the world war 2 but then reverted back to British occupation by the end. Singapore became an independent republic in 1965.

Singapore is a largely multicultural nation and is known to have 4 different cultures, this includes the Malays, Chinese, Indians and Singaporeans with many other minorities included.  Malay is said to be the main language but English and Chinese are largely used in the state.

It is said that Singapore’s land is 30% reclaimed from the sea. Their main food is said to be ‘Haiainese chicken and rice’ which was a lovely tender steamed chicken slices, and chilli crab is said to be a huge. Moreover there is many different dishes from around the world which Singapore has enhanced.

The Place

Going to any of the south east Asian nations, you can expect heavy culture many under developed and profit from their rich natural attractions like beaches, islands, wildlife, waterfalls, jungles and many a like. However Singapore is the only country within the ASEAN (Association of south east Asian nations) which is different, fully developed like any western nation. Although Singapore still has its historic cultures and fundamentals, a more modern feel is what attracts major visitors every year.

In a tourism aspect, Singapore is divided into 8 different sections in the city for tourists to visit and all have their purpose and history in the city (these are Orchard, Bugis, Little India, Sentosa Island, City Hall, Marina Bay, Clark Quay and Chinatown).

Fi20171027_111943rstly one of the centre points of the city is Orchard Road which hosts many of the hotels and shopping in Singapore. In my opinion the best area to stay in Singapore because of its accessibility and convenience. Orchard road is a straight 30 minute walk from one end to another, the district also has plenty buses and around 3 MTR stations. The road is popular for its overall shopping experience, which has high end and affordable chains, this also goes for the restaurants spread across orchard. Mimicking that of Oxford street in London, the street also has Christmas decorations which is lit mid November each year. Lastly I cannot miss out Singapore’s Botanic Garden. This UNESCO world heritage site, which is situated at the edge of Orchard roads shopping district is remarkable for greenery lovers, with many different species.

Bugis is another shopping district however more popular for its bargains and food. The village used to be the area for mass gathering of transwomen around the 50s-80s which made it Singapore’s top tourist destination in that era. However now Bugis is the area with the largest markets in Singapore thus very popular for locals and tourists a like.

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Little India is a section given to the Indian migrants at the early stages of planning Singapore, this was the same for migrants from China and Malaysia each given a little part of the city. Here in Little India tourists can see the vibrant and colourful community, their role in Singapore along with the chance to buy many products and dine on their many traditional foods.

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City Hall home to the famous Raffles hotel, which is famous for the invention of the world popular alcoholic beverage the ‘Singapore Sling’. I’ve been told the beverage was made because in Singapore females were not allowed to drink alcoholic beverages. An innovative bar man mixed gin with fruit juice, which was acceptable at the time as gin was initially a medicine in those days. Medicine and fruit juice was deemed acceptable, this was firstly named the ‘Gin Sling’ until changing the name ‘Singapore Sling’ to build on its influence worldwide. Other notable place of interest near ‘City Hall are, ‘Suntec City’, the ‘chopstick monument’ which is has 4 chopstick looking sticks stood up together to commemorate the suffering of the 4 main communities (Malay, Chinese, Indian, Minorities) which suffered at the occupation of the Japanese in the World War. Lastly this is the area where the Merlion monument is found, the cover icon of the city and country.

Marina Bay (part of the reclaimed land), which is probably one of the most tourist invested area of Singapore is famous for being the home to many structures including the ‘Marina Bay Sands Resorts and Casino’ a 5 star luxury hotel which has the highest infinity pool across 3 standing towers and is also said to be the most expensive standalone casino. An iconic part of the bay is the Art Science museum,  which is a building shaped as a Lotus flower which collects rain water and light, across this is the ‘Helix bridge’ which is a nicely designed foot bridge made to look like the human DNA, this overlooks the Art Science museum and the Merlion in a distance. .  Another attraction iconic to at Marina Bay is the ‘Gardens by Bay’ which has 18 man made tree structures called ‘supertrees’, every night at 7:45pm there is also a light show which plenty of tourists plan to watch. In my own personal view the light show was a nice sight to see but it didn’t blow my mind. Lastly the ‘Singapore Flyer’ which was once the largest ferris wheel is also along Marina bay, here tourist can take a ride and view panoramic views of the city.

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Clarke Quay which is a small riverside area to dine and drink in the evenings, this is also the point where you can board the riverside cruises.

Just like little India,  China Town is also an area designated for the Chinese group of migrants. Like many China towns across the world, here there are many supermarkets, and food stalls and restaurants across this neighbourhood. At times there are traditional shows such as the Dragon/ Lion dance. Many tourists visit this section of Singapore to dine and shop in their many market stalls.

Finally there’s Sentosa Island which is full of modern amusements for the whole family and is said to be the most enjoyable area in Singapore. Her20171028_134538e you can find Resorts world, SEA life aquarium, Universal Studios and many more. Activities able to be done by the more frequent hobbyist such as golf and cycling can also be found here. Although not brilliant such as other ASEAN countries, the only beaches found in in Singapore are also on this island. However although very fun and enjoyable to visit Sentosa you may need to be with a group as it wouldn’t be very enjoyable as a solo trip. Furthermore if you are a traveller looking for cultural aspects then Sentosa is also not for you as many of the attractions found in the island can be found in other parts of the world.

When visiting Singapore all the tourist areas are very simple and accessible by their MTR system, buying a travel pass is very simple and cheap. However if travelling with the public rush is not your thing and you would like more of a sightseeing atmosphere the usual hop-on hop-off is an excellent alternative, with over 8 different lines, all points of interests is accessible whilst listening to valuable commentary of the city.

Conclusion

Overall Singapore is just an amazing place to visit as there is something for everyone. Kids can enjoy many of Sentosa’s many attractions such as SEA life aquarium and Universal studios whilst the adults can go shopping in Orchard road and enjoy the many luxurious brands such as Prada, Louis Vuitton, Armani and many more. Young adults may also enjoy the many bars and clubs which also include bar hopping arrangements, and foodies are spoilt for the choices around the whole city. As an explorer the city offers outstanding architectural structures with many stories to be told, although a modern setting covers Singapore the history behind is special. It is an expensive city for hotels, tickets, tours and products but travel and food are cheaper than I first thought, you just need to choose the right places. Singapore is a nice warm place to visit although it may replicate many richer cities across the world.