5 Things to do in Singapore
Singapore is a fabulous city-state with so much to do and see. Known as the ‘city in a garden’, Singapore has much luscious greenscapes to explore, but it also has magnificent views, delicious food, and a mixture of cultures. I was blessed with the opportunity to explore Singapore for about five days and I’ve compiled a list of the top five things to do while visiting.
5-Marina Bay Sands
This hotel is the world’s most expensive hotel to construct, and it’s easy to see why! The magnificent boat structure stretches across three towering pillars containing hotel rooms. At the top of this iconic boat is the famous infinity pool. Views from this pool are truly breathtaking and make you feel like you’re seeing the entire city from an angled bird’s eye view. In order to gain access to the pool, you have to stay at least one night in the hotel - and I highly recommend it if you can! There is an observation deck though that everyone is allowed to access - guest of the hotel or not. The views from there are pretty spectacular as well, although shielded by glass.
4-Gardens by the Bay
This impressive attraction is composed of three main parts:
1) The SuperTree Grove
2) The Flower Dome
3) The Cloud Forest
During the day, we went on the Skyway which is the bridge between the massive trees. I’m scared of heights and still was able to get up there. The views from there were neat. Each evening, there is a light and sound show, and it’s truly amazing! We saw the show twice, once from a distance and once up close. From a distance, we were able to see the entire show, but we couldn’t hear the music; while up close, we could hear the music and appreciate the changing lights. The domes are so educational and boast over 200 species of plants and flowers. It’s so colorful and inviting. Each section was as stunning as the last and I’m so happy we had the chance to explore each one. My recommendation would be to give yourself plenty of time for the Gardens by the Bay because it is larger than it seems - especially the domes!
Are you in Singapore and haven’t been to China but kind of want to go? The next best thing to going to the country would be to head to Chinatown. It really feels like you’ve stepped into a new country. When I visited, they were getting ready for Chinese New Year, so everywhere was covered in red, gold, and pig decorations. It was fabulous to see! Also, make sure to try the cheapest meal from Hawker Chan, a Michelin-star restaurant. It’s definitely worth the wait! If you plan on getting the Hop On/Hop Off bus tour, check out the walking tour schedule. A local guide provides insightful information about the Chinese culture, and it may include demonstrations and samples.
Just like Chinatown, Little India feels like you’ve stepped into a different country. I haven’t been to India before, but walking through Little India made me feel as if I at least had a glimpse. The smells, the food, the decorations were all different. My favorite part was the bright, vibrant colors dominating the area. If you plan on getting the Hop On/Hop Off bus tour, check out the walking tour schedule. A detailed tour provides interesting insight into the Indian culture - I greatly enjoyed learning from the guide!
If you’re into rooftop bars with a view, then this is the place for you. Situated across from the Marina Bay Sands, it’s provides an optimal view of the nightly fountain and light show. In order to get in, you do have to pay a cover price, but that does include two drinks which you choose before entering. Then you head into an elevator that shoots you up to the roof, where you pick up your drinks, and where you can also order food. Most people were dressed pretty nice, so I would recommend at least business casual attire.
I hope if you have a chance to visit Singapore you do a lot more than these five suggestions, but at least I hope this gives you a starting point. You’re going to be blown away by how much there is to do in this country, and how much there is to learn and experience. Safe travels on your next journey, and may it one day lead you to Singapore!