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 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
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
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?