Best things to do in Singapore
There are multiple things to do in Singapore – one of the most modern, clean and safe cities in the world.
Due to efficient government and strict law Singapore managed to grow from a third world country into a powerful and an ultra-modern metropolis in just several decades.
Today Singapore is a multi-cultural and multi-religious city-state with even four official languages: Mandarin, Malay, Tamil and English.
Here, in Singapore, mosques and churches are located next to each other and people of different races and beliefs celebrate traditional holidays together.
Flights from Europe to Singapore
Singapore is one of the largest transportation hubs in Southeast Asia. It is conveniently located and is close to such popular tourist destinations like Krabi, Bali, Kuala Lumpur and many others.
Most of the tourists fly from Europe to Singapore during the European winter period. The cheapest month to fly from Europe to Singapore is usually April.
It is good to know that Singapore Changi Airport has been recognized as the best airport in the world. Along with multiple shopping and dining selection, it offers its visitors a free of charge entertainment area, a movie theater, a butterfly garden and even a rooftop swimming pool. It is conveniently located within city limits and has a great connection with the city center by train.
Learn the rules
Strict rules and high fines help to keep Singapore clean and almost crime free.
Before visiting Singapore be aware of certain rules to avoid financial penalties for an undesirable behavior.
Crossing the roads in not-designated places, smoking in certain areas, littering and even not flashing the toilet is prohibited in the city. Drugs, vandalism and bringing chewing gum into the country are a very serious offense.
A number of ultra-modern and unique buildings make Singapore’s architecture very special. Sightseeing and simply walking around is definitely one of the most interesting things to do in Singapore.
Below is a short list of the most distinctive landmarks of the city which are worth every visitor’s attention:
- Gardens by the Bay – a unique nature park with an unusual landscape and famous Super Trees.
- The Helix bridge – a pedestrian bridge which resembles the structure of DNA.
- The Merlion statue at the Marina Bay waterfront.
- The Art Science Museum building, which resembles a lotus flower. The museum itself is a world-class museum of art, science, innovations, design and is a great place for both adults and kids.
- The School of Arts Eco building with a swirling green roof.
- Marina Bay Sands hotel – home the world’s highest public swimming pool.
- Clarke Quay riverside area – the center of the nightlife of the city.
- The Arab Quarter – an atmospheric place with colorful streets, cozy coffee shops and a Mosque calling to prayer.
- Chinatown – another must-visit area in Singapore famous for colorful markets, Chinese street food and Buddha Tooth Relic Temple.
Free light shows
Free of charge sound and light shows are one of the best things to do in Singapore.
Every evening the city offers its visitors even three great shows:
- Famous metal Super trees in the Gardens by the Bay come alive with an impressive show every night filling the entire park with lights and music.
- A light and sound show at Marina Bay offers its visitors a 15-minute story projected on the wall of water by advanced lasers and accompanied by inspiring orchestral soundtracks.
- A crane dance at Sentosa island is a love dance of huge steel cranes accompanied by dramatic music.
Countless shopping malls, outlets and boutiques make Singapore a true shopping paradise. Singapore has entire areas and roads covered by shopping malls only.
Start with the Orchard Road, one of the Asia’s longest and most famous shopping streets. It is literally covered by shopping malls each offering an endless selection of stores and restaurants.
Do not forget to keep your receipts to get your 7% tax back when leaving from Singapore Changi Airport.
Eat at the Hawker Centers
Singaporean cuisine is as diverse as its people. I has been influenced by Malay, Chinese, Indian, Indonesian, Thai and Western food cultures. Today Singaporean cuisine can offer endless dining choices for every taste and almost every wallet.
The best places to try Singaporean cuisine are hawker centers, which are open-air food courts with a wide variety of local dishes offered at affordable prices. At the hawker centers the food is displayed on the stalls and visitors can see what they order before they pay.
When in Singapore do not miss the chance to visit Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle food stall. It is one the world’s first street food stalls awarded a Michelin Star. The place sells a soy sauce chicken at only 2 EUR per portion.
Visit Sentosa Island
Visiting Sentosa, a city integrated fun and leisure island, is one of the best things to do in Singapore with kids.
The island is located half a kilometer from Singapore and can be reached by a cable car, the Sentosa Express Monorail or by foot via the Sentosa Boardwalk.
Besides the only sandy beaches in Singapore, Sentosa is home to many famous attractions and museums, among which the most popular are the following:
If you wish to visit several attractions, visit TripAdvisor for sightseeing tickets and passes which combine several tickets into one at a lower price.
When visiting Sentosa make sure to have a full day to spend there.
Singapore Zoo has been recognized as the world’s best rainforest zoo.
Located in a rainforest environment, Singapore Zoo is home to over 2,800 mammals, birds and reptiles. It is an open concept zoo which allows to get up close to the animals.
The park offers interesting animal presentations, very informative feeding sessions, photography with animals and an absolutely amazing water playground for kids.