Singapore is the smallest country in Southeast Asia and is located south of Malaysia. But even though it is a small country, it is a real world city. There is also plenty to do during a visit to Singapore.
1. Marina Bay
The Marina Bay is the bay in the center of Singapore. Here you can walk along the water during the day and take beautiful pictures of the city skyline with, among other things, the famous hotel with the ‘boat’ on it. And in the evening there is a big light show here and the city looks completely different again. This is really the tourist center of the city so you can also watch people here and avoid selfie sticks.
2. Infinity pool at Marina Bay Sands Hotel
The hotel that everyone knows in Singapore is Marina Bay Sands. This is where the famous infinity pool is on the roof, with a view over the city. If you want to swim in this impressive swimming pool you have to stay in the luxury hotel. You can buy a ticket for the observation platform. From there you have a beautiful view of the whole city and surrounding islands and you still get a bit of luxury.
The Merlion is the national symbol of Singapore and is a statue of half lion and half fish. It is located on the bay and is a very popular attraction. Everyone who goes to Singapore seems to take a picture with this symbol but due to all the crowds you sometimes have to wait until there is room for your photo. Incidentally, from here you also have a nice view over the skyline.
4. Orchard Road
If you want to shop in Singapore, you have to go to Orchard Road. This is the shopping area of the city and you will find more than 20 shopping malls. All with air conditioning of course so here you can escape the heat and shop at all known chains and luxury fashion brands.
5. Gardens by the Bay
You have city parks and you have Gardens by the Bay in Singapore. This special city park is located in the center has been laid to bring more green in the city. You can have fun here for a day. Stroll through the SuperTree Grove (also fun in the dark when everything is lit up) and across the Skyway. That is a walking path at 22 meters altitude with a beautiful view over the rest of the park.
6. Singapore flyer
The Singapore flyer is a large Ferris wheel in Singapore of 165 meters high. This was once the largest in the world, but since 2014 it has been cast out by the throne by an even bigger wheel in Las Vegas . A ride in the Singapore flyer takes about 30 minutes and you can walk around freely in the cabin during the ride. You will probably not be alone because there are no less than 980 people in this ferris wheel. With good weather you can see the coast of Malaysia and even Indonesia!
7. River tour
The city is also beautiful to see from the water. Several tours depart from the Marina Bay, both during the day and in the evening. Such a boat trip usually takes half an hour and gives you the chance to see the city in a different way.
8. Take the red top
Singapore is full of skyscrapers and with all those tall buildings there are also many rooftop bars. Alcohol is pricey in Singapore but if you still go for an expensive cocktail, do it from a nice roof terrace. Highly recommended is 1-Altitude on the 63rd floor on the roof of the Raffles hotel. Expensive but then you also have something. Singapore Sling, please!
Singapore consists of a mix of population groups and a Chinatown can not be missed. The streets are taught with Chinese characters, temples and red lanterns. Nice to walk through and eat at a Chinese restaurant. This is also a good (and cheap) place to buy souvenirs.
10. Little India
Little India is the Indian quarter of Singapore. Many colors, busy markets, flowers, fragrant herbs and henna tattoos are what you encounter here. This district is completely different from the CBD of Singapore and that’s how it feels like you’re on vacation. Do you like Indian food, then you’re all right here!
11. Kampong Glam
Kampong Glam is the Arab quarter in Singapore and is also a colorful neighborhood. Especially Arab Street and Baghdad Street are fun to walk through and soak up the Arab atmosphere. And do not skip the hipster street ‘Haji Lane’. Here you can enjoy shopping, visit hip cafes and smoke hookah.
Because Singapore is such a mix of population groups, you can also eat fantastic food here. Restaurants are reasonably pricey but you often eat the best food in the cheap ‘hawker centers’. In these street food markets you can choose food from all corners of Asia or typical local dishes. ‘Chicken rice’ is the most popular dish in Singapore. Simple but also delicious if you have a good catch.
13. Sentosa island
Sentosa is located south of the city and is a kind of entertainment island where everything is built especially for tourists. You can go there by cable car (or simply by taxi) and on the spot you can chill out on one of the landscaped beaches or visit a theme park. Actually, this entire island is a big amusement park. A bit over the top but nice for young and old! Welcome to Singapore 😉
14. Singapore Zoo
Do you love zoos and do you have the time, then it’s nice to visit the Singapore Zoo. The zoo is located just outside the city in a green environment and the natural habitat of the animals is imitated as much as possible. You can easily combine a visit to the Singapore Zoo with the ‘night safari’ where you go on a safari in the evening in search of nocturnal animals. The Sea Aquarim (on Sentosa) is also recommended!
15. Walking in nature
Walking in nature in Singapore? Yes, that’s possible! The city is growing fast, yet there is still a lot of greenery outside the city. For example, visit Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve. You can make beautiful walks here and you can even spot the lizards and monkeys on the way! A nice trip if you just want to escape the busy city.