One of the most favorite cities in Southeast Asia, Singapore is a mixed bag of cosmopolitan culture and ethnic diversity. It offers fantastic infrastructure, incredible food, and varied tourist attractions. Whether you are seeking fun and entertainment, nature or adventure, Singapore has something to offer every visitor. Not sure where to start? Read on to know what are the best things to do in Singapore.
Universal Studios is the first amusement park in Southeast Asia, which is based on the lines of its Hollywood counterpart. It houses the world’s tallest dueling roller coaster, the Battlestar Galactica. Some of the main attractions include the Lost World’s Waterworld, Human v/s Cylon, Transformers The Ride: The Ultimate 3D Battle, Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure and Sesame Street Spaghetti Space Chase.
With more than 20 attractions in seven themed zones, water slides, parks with special children theme based on their favorite cartoon movies such as Ancient Egypt, Minions, Madagascar, Puss in Boots’ Giant Journey in Far Far Away and the likes, this park is worth a visit for the entire family. It brings all your favorite characters to life. While you are there, don’t forget to enjoy some fine dining experience at their restaurants. And also check out the shops for some film merchandise and fun memorabilia.
This 1020-hectareisland is home to Singapore’s last village, also known as Kampongs and Chek Jawa Wetlands, one of Singapore’s rich ecosystems. Pulau Ubin or the Butterfly Park is a small island northeast of mainland Singapore. There are more than 50 species of plants on this island. Thousands of colorful butterflies can be seen fluttering from one plant to another.
Hop aboard one of the bumboats for a 10-minute boat ride from the Changi Ferry Terminal at mainland Singapore to travel to this beautiful island. With ample lush greenery and abundant wildlife, this is one of the most scenic areas in Singapore. Visit some of the abandoned quarries or go bird watching, explore the Ubin Fruit Orchard or climb the 20-meter tall Jejawi Tower for a bird-eye view of Ubin. There are plenty of options to spend a lazy day here.
This is the world’s first safari park where you can witness wild animals, many of which are endangered, in their most natural habitat at night. It is also one of the leading conservations and research centers in Asia. Located right next to the Singapore Zoo, this 40-minute tour takes you around seven themed geographic areas from equatorial Africa to the Himalayan foothills.
The park is open from 7:30 pm to midnight. You can see around 120 species of animals such as tigers, one-horned rhinoceroses, gazelles, Asian elephants, alligators, antelopes, and fishing cats. The Creatures of the Night show gives you a 20-minute overview of the animals in a safari. It is one of the most popular ones among the tourists. This fascinating experience is not to be missed while you are in Singapore.
Overlooking the water near Marina Bay is the second -largest observation wheel in the world. This 165-meter tall Ferris wheel gives a breathtaking view of Marina Bay, Raffles Palace, Singapore River, the skyscrapers of Central Business District and some of the historic buildings of the Colonial District.
Touted as Asia’s largest giant observation wheel, this 42-floor tall flyer is a must in Singapore things-to-do list. And can you believe it? It is taller than even the famous London Eye. Hop into one of the 28 fully air-conditioned glass pods on a 30-minute journey of spectacular visuals. It is claimed that on a clear day, visitors can view Sentosa Island, Changi Airport and neighboring Malaysia or Indonesia from the highest point of the wheel.
Buddha Tooth Relic Temple:
The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple is a sprawling museum complex right in the heart of Chinatown district of Singapore. The design is based on the Tang dynasty architectural style. The temple was constructed for the public veneration of the left canine tooth of Lord Buddha, believed to be discovered during the restoration of a collapsed stupa in Myanmar in 1980.
This majestic temple has four floors, with a Buddhist Cultural Museum located on the third floor. Visitors can view the relic on the fourth floor, where it is housed in a gigantic 320 kg gold stupa. Above the fourth floor is a roof garden, where visitors can spend some calm and peaceful time away from the crowd. The temple complex also has the Eminent Sangha Museum, a theatre that hosts cultural performances and screenings. You can take free guided tours to understand Buddhist culture and the history of this incredible temple. It is considered as one of the most photogenic attractions in the world.
Dubbed as Asia’s Favorite Playground, Sentosa Island resort is located off the southern coast of Singapore. It features some of the most amazing tourist attractions such as Universal Studios Singapore, Adventure Cove Waterpark, the S.E.A Aquarium, and Tiger Sky observatory. There is a golf course, several restaurants, shops, and theme parks on this island.
For adventure seekers, there is IFly Singapore, Mega Adventure and The Flying Trapeze. You need some time to unwind and relax, then stroll along the Palawan beach or any of the other beaches and enjoy the peaceful environment around. For some fun, try your hand at gold at the links. For a touch of history, head over to Fort Siloso that displays old guns, canons, and other war memorabilia.
Acclaimed to be the world’s best rainforest zoo, it is home to around 300 species and over 2800 animals. This facility is divided into eleven different zones with twelve exhibits giving you a close view of the fascinating wildlife. Head to Wild Africa and Cat Country to see leopards, cheetahs, lions, giraffes, and zebras, and Forest Lodge to see a rare white tiger. Check out the Frozen Tundra to catch a glimpse of wolves, bears, and raccoons.
There are many shows to witness the unbelievable talent of these wonderful animals like Splash Safari and Elephants of Asia. Breakfast with the Orangutans while feeding them yummy tidbits. And don’t forget to click a selfie with these friendly animals. You can take guided wildlife tours and also feed the animals. This amazing experience will last with you for a lifetime.
Gardens by the Bay:
Spread over 250 hectares of reclaimed land, this is an urban jungle located in Central Singapore. The park is divided into three sections: bay East, Bay South, and Bay Central, of which Bay Central is the largest. Winner of innumerable architectural awards, the gardens futuristic concept wonderfully merges nature and modern technology.
The Supertree Grove is the most prominent landmark of the garden. The Flower Dome displaying numerous types of plants and flowers is the largest greenhouse in the world. Cloud Forest is home to the world’s tallest indoor waterfall and a 114-foot tall mountain. The splendid beauty of this garden will transport you to fantasy land and give you enough reasons to apply for your Singapore tourist visa.
A visit to this lively neighborhood is a must in Singapore. It is popularly known as Tekka in the Indian Singaporean community. Primarily inhabited by the Tamilian Indians, this area is full of colorful shops, Indian spices, fragrant flower garlands, and souvenir shops. The beautiful Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple is located here.
A walk along the Serangoon road that is filled with traditional India restaurants and family kitchens, malls, temples, and mosques are highly recommended. Do plan a trip here if you are fond of Indian food and curries, and we assure you that you will not be disappointed.
One of the most famous waterfront walks, the Marina Bay area is adorned with posh restaurants, elegant boutiques, and luxurious skyscrapers. Stroll through the 3.5 km long promenade to get enjoy a beautiful view of the bay. Considered to be the center of Singapore tourism, the bay houses some of the most iconic landmarks of this beautiful city such as the Merlion Park, Singapore Flyer and Gardens by the Bay.
There are other points of attraction like the ArtScience Museum and The Float at Marina Bay (the world’s largest floating stadium). But the best attraction here is the renowned Marina Bay Sands Hotel complex which is probably one of the most iconic buildings here. In the evenings, the hotel stages a free nightly sound and light show called Spectra, which illuminates the water and transforms the bay into a delightful extravaganza.
Jurong Bird Park:
Spread over 20 hectares, the Jurong Bird Park is heaven for bird lovers. The bird sanctuary was opened in 1971 and has more than 400 species and over 5000 birds. Managed by the Wildlife Reserves Singapore, this magnificent aviary is home to many exotic birds such as macaws, flamingoes, and spoonbills.
King of the Skies and High Flyers are some of the most popular attractions here. Two guided tours provide information and fun facts about avian life. They offer half-day or overnight camps to children under 14 years of age, where they can observe and experience the amazing world of these avian creatures.
Bukit Timah Nature Reserve:
Located around 8 miles from Singapore’s city center, is this 400-acre reserve. Named after Singapore’s highest hill Bakit Timah, this reserve is full of dense foliage, plants, and animals. Cyclists can enjoy the wonderful but challenging 6.5 km mountain biking trail.
It is one of the largest patches of tropical rainforest in Singapore. There are pathways for hiking, running and strolling. Visitors can also trek up to the top of the Bukit Timah hill for a remarkable experience.
Overlooking the Marina Bay, the Merlion Park houses the most iconic landmark of Singapore. Depicted as a mythical creature with the head of a lion and body of a fish, it spouts water from its mouth into the bay.
At a height of 28 meters, this statue represents the city’s first name Singapura, which means Lion City in the Malay language. The fishtail and body is a symbol of Singapore’s old days as a fishing town. The entry to the park is free and it is open 24 hours throughout the year.
Bustling with bars, swanky restaurants, and vibrant nightclubs, Clarke Quay is one of the busiest areas in Singapore. This is a favorite hangout of the working professionals from the nearby Central Business District. It is an ideal spot to unwind after a hectic day at work. For tourists, it is the best way to witness the amazing nightlife of Singapore. Crazy Elephant, Zouk, and Attica are some of the most famous places to visit.
The historic riverfront district is named after Sir Andrew Clarke, Singapore’s second Governor. The once upon a time warehouses have been converted into blocks of bars and restaurants that attract innumerable party animals throughout the year.
A visit to the famous China Town can transport to China. It is full of narrow lanes filled with colorful red lanterns and family-run shops and teahouses. Discover the fantastic Chinese heritage and culture, among its old temples, museums and local shophouses. The famous Buddha Tooth Relic Temple is also located here.
If you are tired and hungry after strolling through these alleys, head out to one of the food stalls to gorge on some authentic and yummy street food like noodles, crispy duck and dim sum. Want to buy some reasonably-priced mementos to take back home? Shop at one of the souvenir stores on Pagoda Street. Visit the Chinatown Heritage Center to get a glimpse of the rich history of old China Town. In contrast, there are many posh hotels and restaurants, high-end boutiques and swanky bars that add a touch of modernity to this charming town.
You have to visit this memorable island-city at least once in your lifetime to experience the various adventures and entertainment it has to offer. And we promise you that you would never want to pack your bags and leave.