As far as size goes, Singapore is not a very big country. However, this tiny island state has multi-cultural influences from many countries in the east like India, China, Korea and Malaysia. People who visit Singapore immediately notice the cultural diversity there.
Singapore is bursting with amazing sights and a variety of exciting activities that can keep you hooked for days on end. You can spend as much time as possible in Singapore and still find entertaining things to do there.
Here are some things that you shouldn’t miss seeing and doing while in Singapore.
1. Little India
Little India is a good place to begin your journey in Singapore. Little India is a like a smaller version of India in Singapore. If you want to know more about India, just study Little India.
You’ll find everything you wanted to know about India at Little India. Here you’ll find things that Indians are quite familiar with such as Indian temples, clothing, buildings and shops.
While here, you can shop for gold, try out some Indian clothing and taste the large variety of food available. Drop by the famous Mustafa Centre for an extravagant shopping experience.
Chinatown shares its similarity with Little India, as it too is a tiny piece of China within the city of Singapore. That’s how you’ll feel about it when you’re there. Chinatown is a great place to shop for pristine and authentic Chinese products ranging from medicinal herbs to beautiful Chinese silk.
You can also visit a number of religious institutions like the Buddhist Temple and the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore, the Sri Marimman Temple. Explore Sago Street, Trengganu Street and Pagoda Street, for the best shopping experience in Chinatown district.
While you’re there, check out the excellent food at Amoy Street Food Centre, Maxwell Hawker Centre and Chinatown
3. Gardens By The Bay
Gardens by the Bay combines nature and artifice together to form an extraordinary place that you’ll remember forever. The unique Cloud Forest houses a 35 meter tall mountain that is veiled in mist and covered in verdant vegetation.
Within the enclosed space is one of the tallest man-made waterfalls in the world. The Flower Dome houses many endangered plants from around the globe.
Walkways are built over supertrees using metals, wood and other materials. At night, you can watch a spectacular lights and water show that makes the place look like a scene from the movies.
4. Orchard Street
The orchard street is a 2kms long stretch that is a boon for shopping enthusiasts. If designer and branded goods are your thing, then you’ll be in heaven the moment you set your foot on Singapore’s Orchard Street.
This is place filled with department stores, shopping malls and chain stores selling all the latest fashion clothing and accessories. The shopping here is so fantastic, you’ll want to get Singapore visa just to shop at Orchard Street.
5. Kampong Glam
Kampong Glam used to be owned by the Malay royalty; it is now part of Singapore’s heritage district. Visit the Masjid Sultan (Sultan Mosque), a monumental and very impressive structure.
Indulge your foodie side and try the murtabak which is similar to a stuffed pancake or pan-fried bread. This dish is a specialty in Kampong Glam district. Once you’ve had your fill, learn more about the Malayan Culture from the Malay Heritage Centre.
Check out the colorful murals and artsy shop houses on Haji Lane. You can buy souvenirs here to take back home such as cool leather bags, clothes and so on.
6. Tiong Bahru
Tiong Bahru is an old part of Singapore, where most of the art & deco architecture was built during the 1920s. Explore the picturesque cafes and be on the lookout for beautiful art murals on the walls.
Follow the heritage trail to quainter parts of the district like the Bird Singing Area. This is an alluring and mesmeric district that’ll bring out the nostalgia in you for times past.
7. Singapore National Museum
If you want to know more about Singapore’s history there’s no better place than the National Museum. If you can spare the time, do visit the museum and enjoy a comprehensive overview of the history of the place.
The interactive exhibits and collections in this museum tell a tale that will keep you intrigued and engrossed for hours. You can learn about how Singapore was founded, along with its colonial history, its achievements, its multi-cultural diversity and much more.
8. Marina Bay Sands Light Show
Don’t miss out on the spectacular light and water show called Spectra at the Marina Bay Sands at night. It’s a dazzling show, which is best viewed from the top of the Marina Bay Sands Complex, from where you can enjoy a mind-blowing view of the whole area. This is one place that you should not miss when you visit Singapore.
9. The Bukit Timah Nature Reserve
If you’re in the mood for something adventurous, all you need is a trek to the highest peak that Singapore can offer, the Bukit Timah hill. Choose whether you want an easy trek or a more challenging one depending on your comfort level. If trekking isn’t your thing, there’s always the option of riding a mountain bike up the trail.
After you’ve walked or biked your way through the 1.3 kms stretch up the 163 meter high summit, you’ll have a refreshing feeling of being one with nature.
10. Singapore Night Safari
The Singapore Night Safari is located in a lush rainforest next to the Singapore Zoo. It’s divided into multiple zones in which nocturnal creatures are housed behind transparent barriers. You can sign up for a tram safari or the foot trails that meander in and out of the zones.
There’s a Fishing Cat Trail, a Leopard Trail and several others. It’s a fairly long trek, and you’ll come face to face with delightful creatures such as wolves, leopards, Asian elephant, Palm Civet and many others.
Singapore is an exciting, inspiring country that’s full of fun activities and beautiful sites to soak in. There’s so much to do and see that it can be overwhelming at times.
The people of this country are proud of their nation and it shows in the way they take care of the city they live in. Visit Singapore during the annual Shopping Fest or Foodie Fest and you’ll never want to go back home.