Singapore is celebrating its 50th year of independence and was named as the Top destination in 2015 by Lonely Planet. This little red dot has plenty of awesome things to offer from your usual sight seeing activities to an ultimate adventure. Here are the things to Do in Singapore.
Check out some of the cool and cheap tours you could do in Singapore.
Singapore has a world class infrastructure, Changi airport bagged several awards including Best Airport in the World by World Airport Awards. Going around the city is very convenient by using their public bus system and the MRT. Buy an EZ link card for a convenient access to public transportation.
Here’s our 7 Awesome Things to do in Singapore
1. Go Green at Garden’s by the Bay
Being a city in a garden, Singapore has maintained a balance between nature and its massive modern infrastructures. Just behind the iconic Marina Bay Sands, this project that is worth over $1 billion is an enormous landscaped park, with different outdoor gardens and 2 conservatories (Cloud Forest and Flower Dome). Visiting the outdoor gardens is free, you need to buy a ticket to visit the conservatories. Start your trip from Bay Front MRT Station and walk towards the entrance of the park. Follow the walking paths going around. Take your time and make sure to witness the glowing and dancing lights of the Super Trees at night.
How to get there: From Bay Front MRT Station, follow the signs and walk towards Gardens by the Bay. From Marina Bay Sands, take a an escalator or lift to the connecting bridge towards Gardens’ by the Bay. Checkout the current ticket prices at: www.gardensbythebay.com.sg
2. Chill at a Rooftop Bar
Singapore has a very busy and vibrant night life. With several pubs, clubs and chic lounges, there’s no better place to have a sip of your favourite cocktail or house brewed beer than a rooftop bar. Level 33 craft-brewery is a perfect place for an ice cold beer and amazing views of the city. No door charge, the reception will walk you through and you can order your drinks from the waiters or the bar. If you’re on a party mood try the other roof top bars (One Altitude, Ku De Ta Club and Lantern Bar) all located just nearby.
How to get there: Close to Downtown MRT station, exit at Marina Bay Financial Center Tower 1 and take the lift to Level 33.
3. Unleash Your Inner Foodie – Hawker Crawl
Hawkers are a huge part of Singapore culture. These are open-air food courts with several stalls selling variety of local and international cuisines. For $3 dollars you can get a plate of chicken rice or a bowl of minced meat noodle. The best way to experience the hawker culture is by a hawker crawl. Quite similar to pub crawl, you will visit a hawker center and try their best dish, then move to the next closest hawker center and have a bite of their best food. Walk on to the next place until you’re satisfied and full. In the city area, you can start in Lau Pa Sat, have some delicious and fulfilling Char kway teow (stir-fried rice noodles). Walk or take a bus towards Chinatown Food Street and try the popular Chinese street food, Fried Oysters. Very close to chinatown is the famous Maxwell food center where you can have a Hainanese Chicken Rice from Tian Tian. This place defeated Gordon Ramsay in his Hawker Heroes Challenge.
How to get there: Alight at Telok Ayer, Downtown or Raffles Place station. Follow the signs and walk towards Lau Pa Sat Market.
4. Shop til you drop at Orchard Road
Singapore is a shopper’s paradise. The presence of popular luxury brands in every corner of the city proves this. Orchard road is Singapore’s answer to London‘s Oxford street. The whole strip is for shopping. For all purchases over $100 in a single receipt, most shops offer a 7% GST refund. During Christmas season which usually starts at the end of November, Orchard road turns into a festive of lights. Elegant Christmas decorations and lights illuminates and uplifts the Christmas Spirit of everyone.
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How to get there: Alight and exit at Orchard Station and walk towards Dhoby Ghaut for the best shopping experience.
5. Be Adventurous in Sentosa Island
Sentosa is a favorite playground for Singapore residents and tourists alike. Visit Universal Studios Singapore and experience their incredible rides such as: The Mummy, Transformers and the recently reopened battle Star Galactica. For a perfect sunny day, you can check out the beautiful manmade Siloso beach, Palawan beach or Tanjong beach. If you are thirsting for more adventure, you can try the Megazip adventure or Sentosa’s skyline luge.
Check out some of the cool and cheap tours you could do in Sentosa.
How to get there: Take a train to Harbour Front station and transfer to Sentosa Express. You can also take a bus or walk to the Island via Sentosa Boardwalk. Taking a cable car from Mount Faber is an awesome way to reach the Island. Checkout out their website for current rates and promotions: www.sentosa.com
6. Cycle around Pulau Ibin
Many didn’t know that Singapore has many small reserved islands waiting to be explored. Pulau Ubin in the north east near Changi is a former quarrying site for granite . Some people say that this is how Singapore looked like some 50 years ago. Cruising around the island is best with a mountain bike. The trails are well marked and surrounded by trees, it’s one of the best in Singapore. You can the Chek Jawa wetlands, among the last few places left with natural rocky shore. Park your bike and walk along the boardwalk up to the mangroves and viewing deck. This is a perfect spot for plane watching due to its close proximity to Changi airport.
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How to get there: Take a bumboat from Changi Jetty (now called Changi Point Ferry Terminal), which is near the Changi Village Hawker Centre.
7. Go Michelin Star
You don’t need to go as far as France to try some of the World’s most celebrated chefs’ restaurants. Singapore is a melting pot for Michelin star chefs. If you have a budget and wanted to celebrate a special occasion, why not make a reservation in one of their restaurants in this tiny red dot. L’Atelier De Joel Robuchon, this multi-awarded winning restaurant with branches in Paris, Las Vegas and Tokyo also has marked its place here in Singapore. Located in Sentosa Island, it offers a very unique culinary experience. The stunning Japanese-inspired counter is open to the kitchen where superb modern French classics are created before your eyes. There’s a close interaction between chefs and diners. Their 3-course meal starts at $68 before GST. Bread Street Kitchen by Gordon Ramsay which has a branch in London just recently opened its branch here in Singapore, located at Marina Bay Sands.
You can visit Singapore’s tourism website for other interesting things you can do in this awesome island nation.
About the Writer
Jaypee Licudan is a Filipino Expat based in Singapore. He’s a traveller and writer for Two Monkeys Travel Group – Community Travel Blog and has been to over 30 countries across 4 continents. He’s major long term goal is to go back to the Philippines for a long time travel to discover the hidden gems of his home country. Follow his personal blog: The Rustic Nomad
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