April 2018, By Eri Dansa
Though small, Singapore is a mega city of excitement, discovery, food, shopping, green space, and much more. Each district has a unique flavor, and there is no dull moment when walking the streets. Whether you find yourself spending time in Little India or snapping pictures of mosques, temples, and skyscrapers, you are in for a treat. But what are some of the best things to do in Singapore? Here are 5 different attractions to check out during a 4-5 day trip to Singapore.
One day of your trip to Singapore should be devoted to checking out some of the green spaces. One of the best is the UNESCO World Heritage Site Singapore Botanic Gardens. The garden is over 150 years old and is the perfect destination for both single travelers and groups. Bigger than anticipated, you can spend several hours amongst the foliage, picnicking, and lounging by the ponds. There is a National Orchid Garden, Evolution Garden, cafes, fountains, and the Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden to enjoy as well.
Another green space that is perfect for a stop during your trip would be the Chinese Garden. Since this is located in Chinatown, you can experience some Chinese temples, Chinese food (on Chinatown Food Street), and other elements of Chinese culture before stopping by the gardens. Here, you can walk 13.5 hectares of beautiful bridges, stone lions, tea houses, pagodas, a Japanese bonsai garden, and other features brought in from Malaysia, China, Taiwan, Japan, and other SEA countries. Kids will also love the Living Turtle and Tortoise Museum. Don’t forget to come from the Chinese New Year celebration and Mid-Autumn Festival if you have the chance.
Walking the streets of these two famous party spots is something you can do every single night during your stay in Singapore. You will see something new every single time. Along the water’s edge, you can look out at the shimmering lights, listen to music, grab a drink, go dancing, and much more. Boat Quay and Clarke Quay are both perfect for a romantic evening walk, especially if you do the entire circuit, or get some dinner at a restaurant before moving onward to Gardens by the Bay.
Some places to stop for nightlife include:
Located along the Marina, Gardens by the Bay is one of the most famous attractions in Singapore. The walk to the garden should start from Raffles Place, taking you along the Bay, around the Promontory, and through a bustling shopping zone. Once you reach the gardens, you are welcomed by a zone covered in night illuminations and magnificent “super trees” that feature air-purifying plants and blinking lights. Take a walk through the park day or night to experience dozens of mini-attractions (like the Flower Dome or Cloud Forest) or simply enjoy the light shows and greenery.
If you want to hit a dozen different attractions in one day, head towards Fort Canning Park, which is close to the Peranakan Museum (beautiful exhibitions and an on-site handicrafts store), National Museum of Singapore, Singapore Philatelic Museum (excellent choice for children), National Gallery Singapore, and Asian Civilisations Museum. Within the park, you can see multiple remnants of Singapore’s history, including a 19th century gate, colonial style buildings, a replica of the Raffles spice garden from 1822, and much more.
No doubt, wherever you go in Singapore spells “fun.” There is something to do for everyone, whether you seek to mix outdoor activities with museums and temples, or if you want to eat yourself into a food coma while lounging on the beach. Now that you know where to go, all that’s left is to get to Singapore!
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