Long dismissed as little more than a sterile stopover, Singapore has reinvented itself as one of the world's hot-list destinations. Steeped in Peranakan Culture; bustling skylines but well maintained with mind-blowing green spaces; world-class shopping experiences that will fix your retail crave; Singapore sure has lots to offer. That said, Singapore has successfully attracted visitors from the globe but lucky for folks in Malaysia, getting to Singapore is surprisingly easy and affordable. Hopping onto the next 707 bus from different destination in Malaysia will get you to Singapore easily. Let’s see what Singapore has to offer in the following details.
1. Singapore Flyer
First on the list for you fine folks to check out is going to be the Singapore Flyer. What makes this stand out to me? It’s basically a giant observation wheel. What’s cooler than that? It allows you to check out Singapore’s beautiful skyline, and you can even chose from their selection of options to wine and dine or even be pampered. If you want a little R & R, then I definitely suggest checking out the Singapore Flyer first on your list as well. Flights only last a half hour so it’s a short journey, but you’ll feel pretty relaxed that’s for sure and you get to see the amazing skyline.
Next on the list is a classic destination anywhere. It’s Chinatown. Chinatown is always a vacation classic because you can do everything from shop and family run stores, to getting amazing cuisine, and it has upscale boutiques you can shop at too. There’s something for everyone here, and it’s always a fun experience. It’s also known for its amazing red lantern displays.
3. Raffles Hotel
This hotel is seriously a beauty. It’s an old school colonial building that is seriously breathtaking. It has amazing architecture and it was the last grand 19-century hotel so it naturally has a lot of history to go along with it. I also love the white and orange color scheme it has to it. This hotel is also a historic site in Singapore, and you can find this beauty in the Colonial District.
4. Sentosa Island
Are you a beach lover who’s craving some vitamin D? Well then you’re definitely going to want to check this place out. It gives you your beach satisfaction craving that’s for sure. You can get your fix of volleyball, kayaking, and they have many choices of water sports you can pick from. All in all a good pick for anyone who wants a little sun and relaxation.
5. Clarke Quay
Is known for being one of the busiest hubs in Singapore, and it’s legendary for an obvious reason. You can catch a river taxi for your convenience; you also have many options for eating on the waterfront property out and for some fun nighttime entertainment especially when you will be spoiled with the myriad options for a good bar hopping experience.
6. Fort Canning Park
For a nerd for anything Military related, this could be your very top of the list. Fort Canning was a vital site for Singapore’s defense in the 1859’s when it was first built. It’s still an original building, and now its home to various events in the area. Some of those events include festivals, concerts, picnics, even theater performances.
7. Orchard Road
If shopping is your #1 hobby, then you’re definitely going to want to check this out and spend a few hours or even a day here, as there’s literally nothing to do but shop till you drop at this hot spot. It’s known for having a selection of high end stores, and you’re going to be in shopping heaven. After you’re shopping till you drop, you’re going to need to re-fuel and you can do that from picking from its many restaurants.
8. Gardens by the bay
This fantasyland of space-age bio-domes, high-tech Supertrees and whimsical sculpture is surely a masterpiece that will strike you will awe. This is perhaps the closest architect marvel to the likes of Avatar. Take a walk at the OCBC skyway that connects two of the Supertrees where you will get knockout views of the gardens, city and South China Sea.
9. Changi Chapel and Museum
If museum’s are more your speed, then you’re defiantly going to want to check this out. World War 2 is being honored in this museum by displaying drawings, photographs, letters, and other personal items that were found in the aftermath. You can get a tour of the museum as well, and they also offer audio tours.
10. Arab Street
Part of the culturally rich Kampong Glam heritage trail, Arab Street is Singapore’s historic Muslim quarter. Indie boutiques, street arts, restaurants and bars are what make the street continue to be thriving and bustling after all these years. Arab Street actually refers to the area that include Bussorah Street, Haji and Bali lanes and Muscat Street. The Masjid Sultan Mosque is the heart of Arab Street, with a history that reaches back 200 years.
Hope this list helps those who are traveling to Singapore for the first time.
Have a great travel