For a relatively small country, Singapore really packs in a lot for visitors who want a range of terrific things to see and do. Although many people allow just a few days to race round the main Singapore sites, you’ll certainly find enough to keep you busy for much longer! Time permitting, make sure that you try and venture off the main island too to enjoy even more of this mighty Asian country.
Some highlights of Singapore include:
The premier island for pure fun, Sentosa Island has many things to suit people of all ages and interests. Take in the sweeping views from the Tiger Sky Tower and be completely swept away at the top quality shows of Wings of Time and Voyage de la Vie. Step into the world of film at Universal Studios Singapore, explore the ocean deep at Underwater World, learn more about the island’s history at Fort Siloso, and enjoy a flutter at the country’s first casino. If all the excitement becomes too much simply head to one of the beautiful beaches to chill out on the soft sands. The island also offers beautiful botanical gardens, world class golfing, superb dining, a lively night scene, an exciting luge and cable car, a Merlion replica, great shopping … and even more as well!
The original Merlin is located in Merlion Park. An iconic symbol of Singapore, this half-lion half-fish creature stands looking out over the water, spraying water from its mouth. A backdrop of skyscrapers reminds you that you are in Singapore, one of Asia’s most successful countries. There are smaller statues that you can get up close to for the perfect pictures.
A Singapore legend, Raffles has played several roles throughout the country’s history. A favourite stomping ground during the days of British colonialism, it is also reportedly the place where Singapore’s last surviving wild tiger was shot dead. Commandeered by Japanese troops during WW2, it was restored to its former glory and is now a popular tourist attraction. The relocated Long Bar is often high on visitors’ lists – relax with a Singapore Sling in the place that it was invented as you nibble on monkey nuts and soak up the oldy-worldy vibe.
Sitting next to the waterfront, the Singapore Flyer is the tallest observation wheel in the whole world. You can take a ride during the daytime for amazing views over Singapore and the harbour, and at night time you can enjoy the many twinkling lights as you enjoy a completely different view of the area. You can easily see the mega architectural achievement of the Marina Bay in all its glory, with its huge ship perched atop the towers. There are several exhibitions and shops at the bottom of the Singapore Flyer.
Singapore Food Trail
Those who enjoy sampling the different tastes and wonderful cooking aromas when in a new country will love the nostalgic Singapore Food Trail. Dine on delicious traditional fare prepared from old recipes and take a peek at the various goods on offer from the different hawker sellers.
Chinatown, Little India, and Arab Street
Home to different ethnic communities in Singapore, each of these areas offers a glimpse of the many different faces of Singapore. Filled with interesting attractions, a visit to each is sure to be a great experience. In Chinatown you can see the old traditional shop houses and learn more about the early Chinese community’s struggles at the heritage centre. There are several magnificent temples too, including the Sri Mariamman Temple, the Buddha Tooth Temple, and the old Siang Cho Keong Temple. Highlights in Little India include the Kali Amman Temple and the bustling Serangoon Plaza. Arab Street is home to the large and impressive Sultan Mosque.
Gardens By The Bay
By daytime, the large trees offer plenty of shade as you stroll around admiring the many different types of plants and flowers that have been used to create these stunning vertical gardens. The area really comes to life at night time though when the trees are spectacularly lit up and illuminated in all their glory. A spectacular sight, make sure you don’t miss out on exploring the Gardens By The Bay!
This is just a small sample of the many excellent things that you will find in Singapore … it really does offer lots of diversity and fun!