Fashion is dynamic; it evolves with current trends, fads and styles. But some things never lose its old charm. They always stay in fashion. Like no matter how many times you watch the sunset, you can never get tired of it. Likewise, there are a few places in Singapore that are evergreen.
The best thing to do in Singapore after the sundown is ‘Party’! The Clarke and Boat Quay area turns into party hubs for all age groups offering extraordinary nightlife experience. Down by the riverside of the Colonial District, Clarke is lined up with most popular bars, pubs and nightclubs. On the other hand Boat Quay is where much of local Singaporeans have their fun with pubs perched on the edge of the Singapore River.
Tip for adventure lovers:
If your dance moves leave you a little to be desired, you can always get your thrills beyond the bars. Located at Clarke, the G-Max Reverse Bungee or GX5 Extreme Swing will definitely take your thrill factor a level up!
The ultimate heaven for the shopaholics, Bugis Street and Bugis Junction provides a wide range of shopping options. The former is excellent for street shopping while the later is for high-end brand lovers. So get ready to test your limits of holding maximum shopping bags as there is loads to shop and the time is always ‘too limited’! Don’t forget to recharge your energy with a wide range of fruit juice options available at Bugis Street at just SGD 2 at the local eatery area. Other equally exciting and popular shopping destinations are Chinatown and Orchard Road.
Tip for the shopaholics:
Though the smaller shops only accept cash, don’t carry too much of liquid currency. There are ATM machines located in the market area and you can always withdraw additional cash as and when require. And yes, no bargaining! Most of the shops have fixed prices but if you buy in bulk they might reduce the price.
You can enjoy the wildlife at Singapore Zoo and Singapore Safari during the daytime. However, Singapore has an extraordinary experience of the wild at night – the Night Safari which is excellent for thrill seekers and adventure lovers. Through the use of special lightning, the Night Safari allows you to observe what the nocturnal animals get up to after dusk. The 45-minute narrated tram ride is the best way to see the animals from the safety of your seat. For the brave hearts, there are dark walking trails to get a closer look of the wild animals.
I am indeed talking about the iconic Singapore Flyer! Though it is fun to ride this giant observation wheel, the best time to hop on is during the sunset. You will get to see the glittering skyline of Singapore which is undeniably charismatic.
Tip for Romantics:
For the love-birds, I recommend to try the sky dinning experience on Singapore Flyer. This one-hour ride will surely double your romance with delicious food, exclusive butler service and magnificent skyline views.
For a day, how about experiencing the daily lives of Singaporeans? Venture beyond the hub of the city to visit the suburban neighbourhoods where the local resides. Shop at the local stores and socialize at the local pubs and clubs. One such region – Toh Payoh features a bustling local mall as well as the grand Buddhist temple.
Tip for rural experience:
Head to Pulau Ubin – dotted with beaches and legendary old Malay houses, it is an excellent reminder of old Singapore. The best way to explore this area is on a bicycle which costs around SGD 3 to SGD 8 depending on the duration of rent.
One of the newest and popular attractions of Singapore – the Jurong Bird Park houses more than 8,000 birds from 600 species. Featuring multitude of exotic and endangered species, the biggest attraction of this park include the largest walk-in aviary in the world, where you will find a 98 feet long man-made waterfall and over 1,500 birds flying freely within the huge compound.
If you like your buffets in the company of cheeky primates don’t miss the Singapore Zoo’s ‘Jungle Breakfast with Wildlife’. It is best to book ahead, especially for weekends as it’s usually full. Your breakfast companions will include the zoo’s obscenely adorable orang-utans. If you miss out (the orang-utans are out until 10:00am), you can still get that happy snap shot with them at the zoo’s ‘Free Ranging Orang-utan Island’ (between 11:00am and 03:30pm) and ‘Free Ranging Orang-utan Boardwalk at 04:30om.
Singapore is an excellent holiday destination for families due to the world-famous Universal Studios and Sentosa Island. These action-packed adventure theme parks are fun-filled and each one requires one full day to experience every ride and attraction.
Tip for the selfie lovers:
Do keep your camera batteries fully charged as these theme parks offer excellent number of photo opportunities, each eligible to become your ‘Display Picture’. From Hollywood characters to marine life to adventure rides, you get the best backdrop to make your friends jealous.
One of the newly added attractions in Singapore, the ALIVE Museum offers excellent photo-op with 3D art and paintings. It allows visitors to pose in fun ways and become a part of the 3D painting.
Tip for the photo-lovers:
If you are in the town area (SUNTEC Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre) and have just few hours, opt for the ALIVE Museum. If you are visiting Sentosa Island, you can visit the Trick Eye Museum which offers similar experience.
Be it the S.E.A Aquarium at Universal Studios or the Marine Life Park at Sentosa Island; you will have memorable time with the underwater world. At S.E.A Aquarium, you start with the Maritime Experiential Museum and then proceed to encounter over 1,00,000 marine animals of over 800 species from over 49 different habitats.
Tip for experiential traveller:
According to your convenience, have either lunch or dinner at the Ocean restaurant located at S.E.A Aquarium which offers Singapore’s first aquarium dining experience. You can also visit the Adventure Cove Water Park to plunge into the water theme park. For Dolphin lovers, Sentosa Island has the Marine Life Park’s Dolphin Island which gives you an opportunity to interact with dolphins.
What better than pampering your senses after a day full of activities or shopping? Singapore offers some of the world-class spa facilities with unique settings. Though there are many spa centres with high and mid price card, you can opt for the ones suitable for your pocket and choice.
Tip for spa lovers:
For an all-day spa experience, visit the Spa Botanica located at Sentosa Island. If you are looking for an authentic Thai massage in Singapore, there is no better place than Benjaphan Thai Herbal Spa.
All you need is a Singapore visa and flight tickets and set off on a journey to create a story of your own. Simply follow this trail and plan your holiday like a pro. Tell me how you found this list of mine which I researched for, in the comment section.
I started my India travel blog, Travel Tales from India in 2005. In 2016 I realized Travel Tales from India and Abroad better reflected my writings. I love to walk and ride in metros around the world. I have not been everywhere, I am not even close, but it is on my list. I also quit my job as a professor in 2015, it was a happening year! I did a Ph.D. from IIT Kanpur ages ago!
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