Singapore is one of the most wish-ed for vacation destinations there is. It’s not hard to see why either, because this location combines a warm and friendly culture, with great weather, fabulous food, and exotic plants and animals. In fact, there is so much to do, the problem you will have where to start with your planning. Fortunately, below you will find a rundown of all the essential things you won’t want to miss off your Singapore-must list. Keep reading to find out more.
Sites and buildings to see
When traveling to Singapore, there is no shortage of things to see and places to visit. In fact, in the center of this city-island -state, you will find some of the most architecturally polished and sophisticated buildings and structures anywhere in the world.
The pinnacle of this is the Marina Bay development, which is not only where one of the most famous Singaporean hotels is located but also the downtown hub of the whole city.
There then are the spectacular cultural locations such as the gold and red Buddha Tooth Temple. A stunning traditional Chinese style Buddhist temple that is said to house one of the actual teeth from Siddhartha Gotama himself. The monks that tend this space also offer meditation classes. Just check their website if you fancy giving it a try.
Oh, and don’t forget the supremely fun Universal Studios Singapore either. In fact, much like its sister parks in the USA Universal Studios, Singapore is choked with rides and amusements for the whole family.
Adrenaline junkies can give the HUMAN vs. CYLON™ roller coaster a go. While rides like the Sesame Street Spaghetti Space Chase are set at a much more gentle pace and so suitable for little ones that don’t want to miss out on the fun.
Types of accommodation
There is a vast range of accommodation on offer in Singapore, so much so that the issue that most people have is deciding what type would suit them best.
Of course, there are plenty of hotels to suit all budgets with the Hilton Garden Inn Singapore Serangoon charging a very reasonable £59 a night. While the somewhat more ostentatious Marina Bay Sands Singapore in around £320 a night.
However, these two hotels in Singapore do have something in common. They both provide access to swimming pools. A benefit that can be welcome indeed in a client that does tend on the humid side. Although, of course, the infinity pool at the Marina Bay Sands is probably a bit more spectacular and #Insta-worthy.
There are some fairly spectacular private rentals available through companies like Airbnb in this destination too. In particular, look out for the opportunity to stay in a converted shophouse in Singapore and the surrounding area. Traditional style buildings that have a narrow frontage and internal courtyards, open stairwells, and skylights to bring light into the interior.
Food and restaurants
Singapore, as is the case with so many Southeast Asain countries, is very well regarded for its delicious food. Something you absolutely have to sample if you plan on visiting the area.
In fact, you will find that there are three main gastronomic scenes to get your teeth into in Singapore. The first is the street food, which is legendary the world over. This is sold from street carts, stalls, or open shop fronts and includes dishes such as Fried Kway Teow, Fried Prawn Noodle, and satay. Guan Hin Homemade Carrot Cake is also a specialty that you must not miss.
The second foodie scene in Singapore is that of family-run, homely restaurants. You’ll find that in such places, the decor is clean if not extravagant, and the food is authentic and reasonably priced. Try The Coconut Club on Ann Siang Road. The Nasi Lemack gets rave reviews.
Finally, in such a wealthy city, you would expect there to be at least a few high-end restaurants. Happily, Singapore does not disappoint. In fact, if you fancy splashing some cash, there are several options to consider. With Restaurant Labyrinth serving sophisticated fusion cuisine with a Singaporean twist. While the trendy Mezza 9 is packed with seafood and vegan dishes that have a more international flavor.
Park zoos and nature
If flora and fauna are your things, you will find plenty to keep you amused in Singapore. First off they have the most beautiful zoo with animals such as Tigers, seals, and monkeys. They also open the zoo at night and do guided moonlight tours, which allow you to experience a totally different side of this attraction. You can even choose to have encounters with the animals. One of which is eating breakfast with a family of Orangutans.
Then there is Jurong Bird Park, which is a wide-open green area that the public can visit. It is, of course, home to a myriad of tropical and exotic birds, all of which are free to roam the park at will. (A massive net over the top of the trees in the park keeping them all in). Humans are also free to roam the park, and it’s a trendy picnic spot for couples and families alike.
Finally, one of the most spectacular parks in Singapore, if not the world, contains the solar trees that line Supertree Grove. Thes being vertical gardens linked by walkways that light up at night powered by the solar energy that they collect during the day!
Generally, Singapore is known to be a safe travel location. The city laws are strict; however, so make sure you familiarize yourself with them to avoid any unnecessary hassle.
Tap water is drinkable in Singapore too. Something that means you don’t have to splash out on the bottled variety if you don’t want.
Finally, if you plan on traveling to Singapore, you need to understand that it gets really hot and humid. Something that non-locals can struggle to get used to. With that in mind, be sure to pack light cotton and linen clothing. Also, do allow yourself enough time to explore the city at leisure as you won’t want to be rushing around too much in all that heat. Then you will be able to truly enjoy your trip to Singapore to its fullest!