Travel Tuesday; What to do in Singapore? 

Singapore is obviously known for it’s shopping and food paradise, but there is more to do in this small country then just that. At first the city looks to be made out of sky scrapers and companies, however when you look a little bit further you see some lovely areas around town which make you realise that you are most definitely in an Asian city. Besides that, the city has been working hard for the past several years to create some new attractions, such as the Singapore Flyer, Universal Studio Singapore at Sentosa Island and many more.

Merlion in Singapore

Below is a list of our favourite “touristy” things to do in Singapore:

  • Hop-on Hop-off tour by DUCK & HiPPO:
    DUCK & HiPPO tours organize great tours through Singapore, such as the Amphibious Fun Tour that drives you around land and sea and many others. However I think their best tour is the Hop-on Hop Off tour. And it’s definitely the best hop-on/off tour in town, as they really give you information on the city and the areas where they make a stop {compared to other tours that will just highlight the next stop and the shopping malls next to it}.
    With the full day touring pass you can enjoy unlimited rides along the city and the heritage tours. In this way it’s easy to get to know Singapore and the different areas around town. Highlights of the tour for me included the Botanic Gardens, Chinatown and Little India. Would recommend doing this the first day you’re in town, so that you can get around all areas easily.
    Location:  3 Temasek Boulevard, #01-330 Suntec Shopping Mall, Singapore 038983
    Opening hours: 9AM to 6:30pm daily
    Admission fee: SGD$33
    Website: http://www.ducktours.com.sg
    Other info:  DUCK & HiPPO have  All around town, however it’s easiest if you buy your ticket at Suntec as it’s easy to get there and it’s one of their main locations and gives easy access to boarding the bus.
  • Singapore Botanic Gardens:
    Singapore Botanic Gardens
    I love this beautiful garden which is situated in the middle of the city, close to top of Orchard Road. You can wander around here for hours at a time. My favourite place to visit are the Orchid Gardens, where you can see many different types of orchids that have been ‘handcrafted’ by the Garden’s horticultural staff. Many of which are named after famous people who have visited here.
    Besides that there are often events organised in the park, where you can sit back and enjoy a relaxing picknick listening to the most amazing music. Check their website for more information on ongoing events not to be missed.
    Location: 1 Cluny Road, Singapore 259569
    Opening hours: 5AM to 12 Midnight daily {some parts of the gardens, such as Orchid Garden, have different opening hours. Check their website for more info}.
    Admission fee: Free {Orchid Gardens have an admission fee of SG$5}
    Website: http://www.sbg.org.sg
  • Night Safari at the Singapore Zoo:
    OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABefore hearing about the Night Safari, I never thought I could be excited again to go to a zoo; at one point you have seen a couple and you think you’ve seen them all. However it is quite exciting to go the a zoo at night. The Night Safari at the Singapore Zoo is a beautiful zoo with 35 hectares of secondary forest, which is home to more then 2,500 animals and 130 species. You an take a 35 minute tram ride through the zoo, while you visit each part of the world and their wildlife. It’s a great way to spend the evening, especially with kids.
    Location: 80 Mandai Lake Rd, Singapore 729826
    Opening hours: 7:30pm – 12midnight daily
    Admission fee: SG$39.00 for adults / SG$25 for kids (3-12yo)
    Website: http://www.nightsafari.com.sg
    To note: Call a taxi before you want to leave, as it can be quite difficult to find a taxi to bring you back to the city.
  • MacRitchie Reservoir Park:
    View over MacRitchie Park This park is a piece of jungle lined with old rubber trees and surrounded by lush vegetation, just outside the city centre of Singapore. It’s amazing to walk here, having the feeling that you’re in the middle of a jungle even though you know that the many shopping centres are only minutes away. I always love doing the TreeTop Walk – a 250-metre aerial free standing suspension bridge between the two highest points in MacRitchie – which is a walk of about 12km seeing monkeys and some amazing nature.
    Location: MacRitchie Reservoir Park, Singapore 298717
    Opening hours: 7am to 7pm daily
    Admission fee: free
    Website: http://www.nparks.gov.sg/cms/macritchie.php?option=com_visitorsguide&task=naturereserves&id=49&Itemid=75
    To note: Not feeling to make the entire walk, but you do want to enjoy the tree top walk through the jungle? Ask the taxi driver to drop you off at the Singapore Island Country Club Golf course (Bukit Location), it’s only a couple of minutes away from the start of the tree top walk. Also make sure to book a taxi for your return.

 

  • Areas in town:
    05. Areas Singapore
    Singapore exists of several areas {China Town, Little India, Orchard Road, East Coast}; I always see them as small villages within the city. For me the most interesting place to visit would be Little India, especially the area around the Mosque (Arab Street) as they have lots of bars, restaurants and smaller kind of shops. You can buy great scarfs and silk items here. Should you go here for dinner, note that there are many places around the mosque area that don’t sell alcohol.
    Another place I loved was China Town, as they have a great night market and lovely old buildings. In the evening Smith Street is closed off, and you can find food stalls everywhere.
    And if you still want to go and shop, you have to visit Orchard Road, which offers many high end shops {I think its the highest amount of Louis Vuiton shops on one single road, I counted 5 the other time I was there} and normal range shops such as Zara, Massimo Dutti, Gap and more.

Hope you’ll enjoy Singapore as much as we always do. Don’t forget to let me know if you have anything to add to my list. Always interested to visit new places when coming to Singapore. 

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