Things To Do In Singapore

During our week in Singapore, we found it to be a very exciting place to visit.

The country has gone to many lengths to encourage tourists to visit, and since everything was so easy to reach you could manage to do a lot of things in a short period of time – in other words, a perfect place to visit for only 1 week.

A modern metropolis, Singapore is incredibly well-structured, organised and yes, it is true that you get fined for spitting on the street, littering and chewing gum on the train!

What you would think is just common sense, is a strict law in Singapore, but because of this the city is cleaner and greener than any other cosmopolitan city we’ve visited in South East Asia.

You’re not even allowed to drive a car that’s older than 10 years, so everything truly is brand new.

Here are some great things to do in Singapore…

Go On A Shopping Spree

One of the main reasons people choose Singapore as a holiday destination is because of its shopping opportunities – and you can take full advantage of these on a short break or stop-over.

Orchard Road is considered the most famous shopping district with haute couture labels and fantastic window displays.

If you happen to be in the country during a major celebration, then store sales will definitely be in your favour.

Due to the tropical heat, Singapore has plenty of mega malls which will have you shopping hours on end without breaking a sweat.

Although, we all know that local markets are much more authentic and exciting.

The best time to visit the markets is in the evening – walking through the market in China Town in midday is like a sweaty concrete jungle and with the smell of Peking duck and smoked pork, it can get a little overpowering at the best of times.

For cheaper alternatives, Little India has some shopping malls, markets and boutiques that are worth a look.

Explore The Cultural Diversion

With a wide variety of different cultures, it is the people that really make the city what it is today as flickers of traditional designs and customs still peek through this modern day metropolis.

With Little India, Chinatown and Arab Street, you feel like you’re exploring several different countries in one day – only a cleaner version of “the real thing”.

All of these areas have their own charm, delicious food and local handicrafts typical for their culture – my favorite, however, was Arab Street and its surrounding alleys, absolutely amazing!

Take In The Awesome Architecture

With the city growing and updating itself at rapid speed, the trend for modern buildings, including unique holiday accommodation, is forever increasing to new levels.

The newest instalment to the city’s skyline is the Marina Bay Sands Skypark. Or as I like to say, ‘The Floating Boat’.

A hotel, casino and club, this is where people are starting to base themselves for a long night out.

Walk along the bay, and watch the “laser light and water show” at night, which aims to capture the essence of Singapore (Sunday to Thursday at 8pm and 9:30pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, 9:30pm and 11pm).

Visit The Parks

Capturing the skyline of Singapore is definitely a “must-do”, but you’ll find that the city is much more than just high rise buildings.

There are a huge number of green parks around the city, and the amazing Botanical Garden was one of our favorites to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

For those who are in the city for less than a day, Singapore’s tourism industry has put together a bus tour around the city’s major sights.

Although the airport is ranked as one of the best in the world and more than equipped for those who are on quite a long stop-over, having a quick city tour set up is great.

We did the Hop On – Hop Off tour to faster get around the city to the places we wanted to explore, and we found it to be very useful.

These are just a few things scratching the surface of everything that Singapore offers, what do you love most about Singapore?

12 Responses to Things To Do In Singapore

  1. Waegook Tom June 28, 2012 at 8:09 am #

    Singapore! One of my stops on my RTW next year (if only to use the swimming pool on the roof of the Marina Bay Sands Resort!) Some great tips here, thanks for sharing. I’ve not heard of Arab Street before, only Chinatown and Little India really, so that’s something to add to the list!

    Nice tip about the mega-malls and escaping the heat, too. It’s how I didn’t melt into a puddle in neighbouring Kuala Lumpur!

    Friends have said that the Night Safari is amazing & worth checking out, too :)

    • Sofia @ As We Travel July 1, 2012 at 3:51 am #

      Yeah I’ve hear a lot of great things about the night safari too, but we didn’t have time for it this time – maybe next time. :)

      Great to see you’ll be including Singapore on your trip, it’s really a great city, you’ll love it!

  2. serina June 28, 2012 at 1:03 pm #

    My favorite thing to do in Singapore? Definitely spend an afternoon baking in the sun by the pool with a yummy glass of cocktail at Tanjong Beach Club or Ku De Ta!

    • Sofia @ As We Travel July 1, 2012 at 3:52 am #

      That sounds pretty sweet! WIll make sure to check out that place next time we visit Singapore.

  3. Aggy June 29, 2012 at 1:41 am #

    Singapore is definitely one of my fav cities in SEA – clean and green. I think that there is also a law in spitting your chewing gum in streets, they say if you do it they’ll charge you quite a big fine.
    I’ve been there several times and love the diversity and of course the food!

    • Sofia @ As We Travel July 1, 2012 at 3:53 am #

      Yeah I think so too, there are so many small laws it’s hard to keep track of them 😉

      I loved how many different types of cuisines you could try in the same day, that was just awesome!

  4. Daniel McBane June 30, 2012 at 12:55 pm #

    What to do in Singapore? Eat, eat and eat some more! It’s my second favorite city to fatten up in, after Tokyo.

    In terms of parks, I read somewhere that Singapore is one of only two cities (Rio de Janeiro being the other) that has an old-growth rainforest within the city limits. I can’t remember what it’s called, but it’s the gigantic reservoir area in the north of the city and it’s a wonderful place to spend a day walking in the jungle. You’ll quickly forget you’re even in a city.

    • Sofia - WinterStays July 5, 2012 at 3:43 am #

      Yeah there is a lot of varied cuisine in Singapore, and the quality is amazing. 

      Thanks for the tip about the rain forest, might check it out next time we visit!

  5. Jemma - Philippine Travel August 5, 2012 at 1:01 pm #

    What is the exact name of the park shown in the picture? I really love calm and relaxing places.
    Another thing to do in Singapore is to try Singaporean food. The oyster omelette or hao jian is really delicious. I can’t live without it!

  6. Wajahat August 12, 2012 at 8:32 am #

    I think you have missed out some thrilling places like Singapore Flyer, Sentosa Island and it’s beaches, Universal Studios etc. Singapore Zoo and Night Safari are the most recommended places to visit in Singapore

    • Sofia August 12, 2012 at 1:13 pm #

      Yeah we didn’t have enough time to see everything, but I guess that’s a good excuse for us to come back! 😉 thanks for the input.


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