There are several countries in Asia that are excellent tourist destinations. But the one that is not only economically forwards, but also is enchanting enough to pull tourist crowds of all ages, from all over the world to visit it at least once in their lifetime. Singapore is considered to be among the most urbanized and developed Asian country, where you are likely to discover rich tradition, culture blended with modern technology. It is also referred to as Southeast Asia’s ‘Lion City’ and is the perfect place for adventure seekers, foodies and urban explorers. There are plenty of activities to undertake here during the trip.
Things to do in Singapore
- Gardens by the Bay: This place is among the recognizable and magical landmarks in the country. It is rather prepared like any alien home planet set. However, its SuperTree Grove along with 18 vertical gardens is its striking feature. The tallest of them is about 20 storeys. You should visit this place at night time and entry is free. It is open from 5am – 2am daily. Every evening there is held Garden Rhapsody and the ‘mushrooms’ or SuperTrees get lighted up to the musical rhyme that is played. Every detail has been tune perfectly so as to create an amazing atmosphere and to stimulate your mind.
- Singapore Zoo: This is definitely the delight for all children and adults alike. Covering an area of about 70 acres and being home to 300+ animal species, this zoo was inaugurated in 1973. It is appreciated for its intrinsic design and ‘open’ captivity model, so as to allow the animals to move freely and feel less restricted due to enclosures. There are different types of transportation facilities available inside including boats and trams to allow visitors to move around the grounds. You should visit this zoo after dark to indulge in something more unique for your Night Safari trip and find out animals’ behaviours during night.
- Water & Light Show: This is indeed a wonder that you should not miss out during the trip. The light show at Marina Bay Sands is stated to be a stunning choreography of projections and singing fountains shown on its splashes. Bubbles can be noticed everywhere, thus creating a holiday atmosphere. It is free to view. Do check out on the special events that take place here from time to time.
- Pulau Ubin for Island Hopping: Located to the north-eastern part of Singapore is Pulau Ubin, considered to be a small island, devoid of cars and skyscrapers. This island shows how Singapore looked like few decades ago. This island is also considered to be home to one of the last traditional villages in Singapore and its inhabitants are known to lead a simple life and their economy is supported by agriculture and fishing. You can rent a bike for exploring fully the island. Do check out German Girl Shrine along with other Singapore lore. From Changi Point Ferry Terminal, you need to avail a ferry to reach Pilau Ubin.
- Cloud Forest: This is entirely a new concept created by the Singaporeans, which includes artificial waterfalls and planted walls, something that is absolutely surreal. This should definitely be in your itinerary even though it is a one day trip. Here, you can get information on rare plants, enjoy the beautiful and stunning view of Marina Bay Sands, stroll around the place and take few pictures. There is also present a high hill of about 35m that is covered with lush vegetation also home to the tallest indoor waterfall of the world.
- Explore the Cultural Neighbourhoods: Few of the richest heritages here lie in the cultural neighbourhoods of Little India, Arab Street and Chinatown. You can avail self-guided walks offered around Little India by any of the National Heritage Board to enjoy its religious diversity. You can even have a plate of chicken rice that is a star winner of Michelin. Taste some Mediterranean food in Arab Street and spend the evening watching people indulging in their activities or having shisha.
- Street Art Hunting at Tiong Bahru: Check out the walls and corners of Tiong Bahru neighborhood and get to see few artistic treasures. It was at this place that Yip Yew Chong, the local heritage lover grew up with 3 murals scattered around that depicts clearly few of his bygone memories. Ernest Goh, the animal photographer had chicken fish series pasted upon the walls once. However, family comprising of three goats is visible these days around the market along with a colorful peacock having tail feather on inner air created by Makatron, the Australian artist.
- Local cuisine at the Hawker Centre: Tasting local cuisine is perhaps the best way to appreciate any country’s culture. Singapore does boast of having culinary influences from across the region and you can plenty of local eateries here. You can treat yourself with favourites like chicken rise, laksa or chilli crab or the Tamil, Chinese and Malay cuisine available throughout the city. find out where the locals have their food and visit the hawker centre to have delicious meal under $10.
- MacRitchie Treetop Walk: It is considered to be the main highlight of numerous long hiking routes at MacRitchie Reservoir Park. This long bridge is 250m in length and 25m above forest floor. It takes couple of hours to complete the entire journey. You need to wear good quality hiking shoes and carry along lots of water to drink to avoid dehydration. Once completed, stroll on the boardwalk that encloses the reservoir and spot a monkey family residing here.
- Marina Bay to capture the gorgeous sunset: Singapore is well-known for its stunning and beautiful skyline. To have an unhindered view, you can visit the boardwalk at Marina Bay Sands to get the very best city view. Visit during the evening at about 6pm to watch people and the glorious setting sun.
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