Best Places To Visit in Singapore
Singapore has always been a small country with big ambitions. It built itself up from nothing, and today, it is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. With a population of around fifty seven lakhs, this island nation in southern Asia provides the perfect blend of culture, nature and technology. It has one of the most stable economies in the entire world, and with its rich culture and captivating history, a trip to the land of the lions definitely deserves a place on your bucket list. So, here are the top ten things to do in Singapore:
- Go on a spin with the Singapore Flyer: If you have ever wanted to ride on a 165 meters tall Ferris wheel, the Singapore Flyer is the perfect opportunity. Built over two and a half years, it first started taking passengers in 2008. It contains 28 capsules, each air-conditioned with the capacity of 28 people, and is the largest Ferris wheel in the entirety of Asia and the second largest in the whole world. If not for the thrill, riding the Singapore Flyer is worth it just for the breathtaking view you get at the top of the wheel. The ride approximates about thirty minutes, and provides the facility of aerial dining with special packages.
- Go on a Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour: If you want to go sightseeing across the whole city, the Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tours are perfect. There are various Hop-on Hop-off Bus tours to choose from, but the best of them are the Big Bus Singapore Hop-on Hop-off Tour, which includes a three hour night tour, the City Sightseeing Tour, which offer an in-depth overview of Singapore, the Big Bus Singapore Classic Tour, an hour long tour with four routes, and the two day Singapore City Pass, a one-time pass to all the major attractions in the country. Booking a private tour is also an option, but they tend to cost more than the public tours.
- Wind down at the Merlion Park: The Merlion, a mythical creature with the head of a lion and the tail of a fish, has been Singapore’s mascot since 1966. The fish represents Singapore’s history as a fishing village, and the lion stands for Singapore’s original name, Singhapuram, or lion city. The Merlion Park was built in 1972, and honors Singapore’s history and culture. The masterpiece of the park is the 70 ton statue of the Merlion, spouting water from its mouth, overlooking the Marina Bay. It also houses a smaller statue, called the Merlion cub, weighing around three tonnes. If you are planning a trip to Singapore, meeting the Creature of the Legends should definitely be on your list.
- Dropping by Sentosa Island: Located by the Southern Coast of Singapore, Sentosa Island is a small, human made island accessible using a tiny bridge from the mainland Singapore. Sentosa runs on one common theme: fun. The Sentosa beaches, full of palm trees and beach bars, the Adventure Cove Waterpark, complete with the Rainbow Reef that lets tourists to interact with thousands of different aquatic creatures, Singapore Butterfly & Insect Kingdom, home to more than 3,000 diverse species of insects, and Sentosa Golf Club, which houses two huge golf courses are all testimony to this. Sentosa Island never gets monotonous, and a day here is sure to be full of amusement.
- Wander among the trees at the Southern Ridges: Stretching around 10 kilometers, the Southern Ridges are a set of connecting trails over some of Singapore’s most famous gardens. If you are looking for a respite from the city, the Southern Ridges are perfect for the job. The green, open space provides for an amazing spot for going on a hike, bird watching, or even simply taking a walk.
- Go for a ride (or a few) at the Universal Studios: Though they are a part of the Sentosa Island, the Universal Studios deserve their own section. They are the second Univeral Studios theme park in Asia, and are divided into seven parts: Hollywood, constructed to reflect the Hollywood Boulevard of 1970s, New York, filled with models of New York City landmarks, Sci-Fi City™, built to reflect a city from the future, Ancient Egypt, filled to the brim with Egyptian Architecture, The Lost World™, themed after Jurassic Park, Far Far Away, named after The Kingdom of Far Far Away from the Dreamworks movie Shrek, and Madagascar, which follows the theme of the Dreamworks movie by the same name. When you enter, you are handed a map that helps you navigate the entire park, and you can go section to section, enjoying the numerous attractions the place has to offer.
- Celebrate the country’s culture by visiting the various temples: Singapore is home to countless temples with gorgeous architecture, mostly built under the influence of Tamil immigrants. Some of the most beautiful of them are Sri Thendayuthapani Temple, a temple devoted to Kartikeya with a dazzling gatehouse tower, Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple, dedicated to Ganesha, featuring an elaborate gold and white gopuram, Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple, a national monument devoted to Vishnu, Sri Sivan Temple, an elegant peach colored temple dedicated to various deities, and Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, honoring Kali with its stunning and unique Dravidian architecture.
- Go on a Night Safari: First opened in May, 1994, Singapore’s Night Safari is the world’s first nocturnal zoo. It has over 900 animals, and more than 100 diverse species. The most famous part of the Night Safari, the Tram Safari winds through six different geographical zones: The Himalayan Foothills, home to the Himalyan tahr, the Marshlands, full of flamingoes and otters, the Indian Subcontinent, a deer habitat, Equatorial Africa, home to the Axis Deer, Cape Buffalo, Hippopotamus and the White African Lion among animals, the Asian riverine forest that is a replica of the rainforests of Malayasia, the Nepalese River valley, home to the Great Asian Rhinoceros and the Sambar Deer, and the Burmese River valley, where you can see the Malayan tiger and the Asiatic black bear.
- Go for a walk and enjoy the street art and food: There are tonnes of neighborhoods in Singapore that are bursting with a mix of traditional and modern culture. The contemporary art on the street and rows of food stalls make up for a wonderful evening. One of the most amazing neighborhoods is Little India, a replica of an Indian neighborhood. It is known for its Indian food, temples, and quirky cafes.
- Go shopping: Singapore is one of the best places to shop, mainly because of its variety and affordable prices. Spend a day shopping at the Orchard Road or Marina Bay, or go to different boutiques on Haji Lane. Singapore is surrounded by both local and international markets, so you should not have any trouble finding what you are looking for.
There you have it, the top ten things to do in Singapore. But Singapore is much too diverse and beautiful to sum up in this list. If you’re thinking of packing your bags, you can count on us to help you plan the best possible vacation with top of the notch itineraries. And as always, keep up the wanderlust.