Singapore is finally becoming one of Asia’s top tourist destinations. So when you visit, which you must, you need a bucket list! This hot destination has something for everyone but Singapore is most famous for the island resort of Sentosa, the Botanical Gardens and the Singapore Flyer. There are so many amazing things to experience here, particularly the clean and orderly streets. Be warned; don’t jay walk or drop litter in this hip and modern Asian city/state. So without further ado, here is what we consider to be the top things to do in Singapore, worthy of being on your Singapore Bucket List anyway.
Here’s our pick of the top things to do in Singapore
This Island resort has top entertainment and activities for kids and adults alike. For some family-friendly fun raid the Adventure Cove Waterpark or Universal Studios Singapore. If you are looking for an adrenaline rush, iFly Singapore, The Flying Trapeze or Mega Adventure will be worth checking out. For relaxation, hit the man-made beaches.
The Marina Bay district is the focal point of all the tourist activities in Singapore. It has some of the main tourist attractions like the Art Science Museum, The Float at Marina Bay, the Singapore Flyer, Merion Park, Gardens By The Bay and some of the best views of the city overlooking the bay. In the centre of the bay is the Marina Resort with a world class Casino, several nightclubs, shops, performance halls and fabulous accommodation in case you don’t want to leave.
Wander away from the mainland and head to Little India about two miles northwest of Marina Bay. It has a dense network of shops and streets selling almost everything from spices to garlands to fabric. When you get tired of walking, visit the beautiful Sri Srinivasa Perumal temple and relax in its tranquility.
Singapore Botanical Gardens
The Singapore Botanic Gardens is a 160-year-old tropical garden located at the fringe of Singapore’s Orchard Road shopping district. Spread over 60 acres, it is one of three gardens, and the only tropical garden to be declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The garden is enormous so for those who want to explore the entire garden, ensure that you have at least a couple of hours.
Visit the National Gallery
The historic city hall and the Old Supreme Court buildings of Singapore collectively form the spectacular National Gallery. It houses a world-class collection of Modern and 19th Century South East Asian Art kept in two main areas, the UOB Southeast Asia Gallery and the DBS Singapore Gallery. The former highlights the greater Southeast Asian region while the latter displays a detailed overview of the Singaporean Art from the 19th century to the present day.
Singapore’s China Town
Since Singapore is a melting pot of many ethnicities, it also has many ethnic enclaves, China town being the largest. This province is divided into five districts and has so many things to do. You will find the shops, food stalls and eateries constantly buzzing with tourists and locals. For souvenirs, head towards Pagoda Street. For a night out, head towards the Tangong Pagar district which has a large number of pubs, bars and Karaoke lounges. To chill out, visit the Telok Ayer district.
Asian Civilization Museum
This incredible museum features Pan-Asian artifacts. Explore the history, religion and culture of China, Southeast Asia, Islamic West Asia and the Asian Subcontinent. The museum underwent a significant transformation in 2015 and the displays now emphasize the cross-cultural connections developed due to the history of Singapore as a port city. The Tang Shipwreck Exhibit has a display of nearly 500 pieces of valuables that were recovered from the wreck.
The Singapore Zoo, formerly known as the Mandai Zoo is set on 28 hectares on the margins of Upper Seletar Reservoir within Singapore’s heavily forested central catchment area. A mix between a zoo and a botanical oasis, Singapore Zoo houses various species like orangutans and Malaysian flying foxes. Spend an entire day here.
Ride the Singapore Flyer
The Singapore flyer was inspired by the Ferris Wheel built in Chicago in 1893 and the London Eye built in the year 2000. This 42 stories tall giant wheel never fails to lure tourists of all ages. It gives a 360-degree incredible panoramic view of the urban landscape of the city and you can even see Indonesia and Malaysia from the very top.
Gardens by the Bay
Among the most visited landmarks in Singapore. Based in the Marina Bay, the garden gives its visitors a taste of nature without the trek. It is a perfect blend of urban and natural and features enticing landmarks like The Super tree supporting the OCBC Skyway, the largest waterfall in the world and the world’s largest greenhouse. When you are in Singapore, visiting Gardens by the Bay is a must.
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There is so much more to see and experience in this amazing country. Plan ahead so that you can take your time exploring and be prepared to be flexible because sometimes travelers you meet along the way will have the best suggestions for undiscovered gems and awesome things to to do.
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