Singapore definitely is one of the places you must see once in your life! It’s a colorful and living city surrounded by tropical rainforest.

You can do so many different things here, it’s rather hard to choose what to do during your stay. To help you out a bit you can find our favourites below, with some additional comments, including an approximately price.

Gardens by the bay

Located next to the famous Marina Bay Hotel you can find one of Singapore’s most astonishing gardens. It is divided into three parts. In each of them you can find tropical flowers and other plants depicting Asia’s nature. One of the highlights are the Supertrees: 12 of them are scattered throughout the area. They are between 20 and 50 meters tall and give you the possibility to see the gardens from a different viewpoint.

  • Open daily: 5am – 2pm
  • Outdoor gardens: Free admission
  • OCBC Skywalk: $8 ($5 for kids)
  • For other services see Hours & Admission

Sentosa Island

A small island, 10km to the south of Singapore where you can find artificial beaches, a theme park, one of the world’s biggest aquariums, the Universal Studios and a lot more. You can go there by cable car and enjoy a beautiful aerial overview of the island, or by bicycle, foot and public transport. The perfect place to enjoy a day on the beach or just the outsides the city. The island is very famous with the locals and they love to stay there during the weekend.

  • Open daily
  • No admission for the island itself
  • Admissions for the different attractions and fun-passes: Klick here

Marina Bay Sands

One of Singapore’s top-sights is the Marina Bay Sands Hotel and Casino. In addition to a shopping center, restaurants, bars and other attractions you can find the world’s most famous rooftop-infinity pool.
Observation deck: Open to the public, offering a breathtaking view, especialy at night – admission: $16
Infinity pool: Exclusively for hotel guests, no longer open to the public.

TIP: If the hotel is too expensive for you (it really is) you can also visit the Skybar on the towers. The elevator ride is for free, you just have to be dressed appropriately and pay for a drink.

Clarke Quay & Boat Quay

A historical riverside quay in Singapore, located within the Singapore River Planning Area. It is famous for its nightlife and home to over 170 dining and entertainment options.

After dining you can enjoy a walk along the riverside or a boat tour. On the other side of the Singapore river you can find the Boat Quay. Like the Clarke Quay it offers numerous dining options, food hubs and other entertainment. It is a little bit more family oriented and classier than Clarke. If you’re not sure where exactly to go don’t worry; there is a boat connecting Clarke and Boat Quay, so you can switch easely.

Singapore Zoo

The Singapore Zoo harbors over 30 species of mammals, birds and reptiles. It’s one of the biggest rainforest zoos in the world. You can also go for a jungle breakfast, visit one of the shows or join a wildlife tour. There is also a multitude of activities available for kids – the rainforest Kidzworld.

  • Open daily: 8.30am – 6.00pm
  • Admission Fee:
    – Adult: $33
    – Kids: $22 (3-12 years old)
    – Senior citizen: $15

Singapore Flyer

If it is for a romantic dinner, to view the sunset or just to enjoy a drink with a stunning view – the Singapore Flyer is worth a visit. It is the largest observation wheel outside the United States. The flyer has a maximum capacity of 28 persons per capsule, of which there are also 28. It takes about half an hour to do a full rotation. Near the wheel you can enjoy a fish spa, something I already did and it is a cool kind of pedicure. Definately would recommend. You can also visit the best local Chinese cuisine and the Singapore Sling – one of the nation’s best-known cocktails. There is also a flight simulator, a 6D motion ride and a lot of other things to do.

  • Open daily: 8.30am – 10.00pm
  • Admission fee:
    – Adult: $33
    – Kids: $21
    – Senior: $24

Orchard Road

For the ones who are Shopaholics like I am I can recommend the Orchard Road to you. The Orchard Road is something like the 5th Avenue in NY. It is a 2.2 km one-way boulevard flanked by shopping malls, restaurants and hotels. From high street fashion to famous brands, from exclusive restaurants to junk food corners – there is something for everyone and every budget. Simply said it is a shopper’s haven. If you have plenty of time and it is a rainy day – check out the Orchard Road.

 

Chinatown

A lot of colorful houses and historical attractions can be found in Chinatown as well as markets, good restaurants and museums. Along side a row of hawkers, restaurants and kiosks located along the Simth Street you will surely find something tasty.
If you have higher demands, you might wanna visit the Neil Road, Duxton Road or Keong Saik Road.
There you can find trendier tastes, chic restaurants and bars. For good vibes on Friday and Saturday nights visit the Ann Sing Road.

 

Markets in Singapore

Last but not least, I recommend a visit to one of Singapore’s markets. There are a lot of different markets: Some are only for food others are for clothes and the big ones are offering everything from food to clothes, watches, electronics and much more.

One with a wider range is the Chinatown Street Market (daily open 10am – 10pm). You can find a range of fashion items, souvenirs, electronics and much more. You will also find all the classic Singaporean food there.
Another must-visit market is the Bugis Street Market (daily open 11am – 10pm). This market is offering clothing and electronics for very low prices. Although it is not known as Singapore’s most cutting-edge fashion hotspot you can find good items if you look hard enough.

Singapore at night picture by Mike Enerio

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