There are so many exciting things to do in Singapore that it can be very difficult to decide what to do. One of the benefits of travel is learning about different cultures, and Singapore is a melting pot of many different cultures. While one of the health benefits of traveling is the psychological boost that comes from planning a vacation with so many activities to enjoy, it is easy to embrace a healthy lifestyle the whole time you are in Singapore. Here are 12 things that you will want to consider doing in Singapore.
Take a Night Safari
Embark on a guided night tour of the Singapore Zoo. Ride on a golf cart as you see elephants, tigers, fishing cat, binturong, and pangolin. Leave time to watch the otters, binturongs, civet during a 25-minute show where you will come face-to-face with these animals. Learn about conservation and educational efforts that are occurring in Singapore and across the region. Scientists know that spending time in nature is a great way to recharge your batteries, so taking a night safari is not only fun, but you will enjoy health benefits of travel when embarking on this activity.
Learn more about taking a Night Safari in Singapore by As We Saw It.
Wander through Green Spaces
Wandering through green spaces is one of the most relaxing things to do in Singapore. View over 60,000 orchards at the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Singapore is home to the only botanical garden listed as a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation site. Additionally, visit the three domes at Gardens of the Bay. In all, the three domes contain more than 1 million plants. Stroll through one of the largest greenhouses in the world. Additionally, take the cable car ride from Sentosa Island or HarbourFront to the summit of Mt. Farber. Then, wander along the nine kilometers of hiking trails located throughout the secondary rainforest.
Learn more about wandering through green spaces in Singapore by Expat Living.
Singapore has many exciting places to shop,, so you can enjoy the benefits of retail therapy along with the benefits of travel. While Orchard Road is just over 1.2 miles long, it is loaded with high-end fashion and knock-offs making it one of the most exciting places to clothes shop in Singapore. There are also four large malls around Marina Bay that you may want to check out. Ride a gondola through the Shoppes of Marina Bay when you check out the 300 stores located there. Showcasing Singapore’s rich cultural past, the colorful shops in the Gayling neighborhood are fun to explore.
Learn more about shopping in Singapore at Visit Singapore.
Thrill on the Theme Park Rides
Singapore is home to at least 13 theme and water parks. Universal Studios is one of the most popular amusement parks in Singapore. The 49-acre park includes at least 14 rides designed just for this park. As of 2018, the park includes the tallest pair of dueling roller coasters. Adventure Cove Waterpark is another popular destination. Ride Asia’s first hydro-magnetic coaster. Walk on the ocean bottom while only an acrylic panel separates you from sharks or scuba dive among manta rays, leopard sharks, and groupers.
Learn more about getting thrills on theme park rides in Singapore at Thillophilia.
Explore the Ocean
Feel like you have visited more than 50 unique marine habitats where over 100,000 marine animals belonging to more than 1,000 different species live with a trip to the S.E.A. Aquarium. Experience different educational programs set up for every member of the family. While preschoolers can participate in a 60-minute session learning more about a special fish called Mia and her friends, high school students can experience a feeding frenzy and study the ocean’s tiniest organisms under a microscope. This is one of the largest aquariums in the world, and you will definitely want to experience it.
Learn more about exploring the ocean in Singapore at Travel Yourself.
Step Back in Time
By the 14th century, Singapore was a significant trading settlement. Exploring the historical sites around the city is a fascinating adventure. Learn about when Malay sultans ruled Singapore and then follow the tale to see how many different influences came together to form modern-day Singapore at the National Museum of Singapore. Climb Fort Canning Hill where Sir Stamford Raffles claimed the area for Great Britain in 1823, and stroll through the nearby museum to learn the story of the largest capitulation in British military history, Contemplate the impact that Peranakans have had on the region’s development at the Peranakan Museum.
Learn more about stepping back in time in Singapore at Honeycombers.
Hear Birds Sing
People share Singapore with approximately 350 different species of wild birds. Grab a pair of binoculars and head to the as there Sungei Buloh Nature Park that serves as a major stop on the East Asian Flyway, You can also hear birds sing at the Labrador Park, Dairy Farm Quarry, and the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. One of the best places to hear birds sing, however, is at the Jurong Bird Park that is divided into three zones showcasing birds from around the world. Riding the train around this park gives you easy access to hearing all these birds sing.
Learn more about hearing birds sing in Singapore at Fatbirder.
Go on a Cruise
While major cruise lines have ports of call in Singapore, going on a day cruise is a great way to explore Singapore. Choose from many different types of day cruises. Some cruises include stops in Little Italy and Chinatown while other cruises feature the unique architecture of the area’s bridges and Marina Reservoir. You can choose to go on a private day cruise or opt for a public one allowing you to experience meeting new people as you cruise along. Some stay on the water the whole time while others make frequent stops allowing you to explore other interests in Singapore.
Learn more about going on a river cruise in Singapore at Travel Triangle.
Eat Street Food
Singapore street food varies widely, so everyone is likely to find a new favorite. Consider frog porridge where the frog meat is marinated in soy, spring onions and wine before being served in a light porridge. Try bah kut teh where pork ribs are simmered in cinnamon, cloves, fennel, dang gui, star anise and garlic before being served. Dine on barbecued stingray cooked in banana leaves. Contemplate eating stir-fried mud crab. Discover your favorite variety of durian and learn how to eat this spiky fruit. The vast variety of street foods available in Singapore is surprising.
Learn more about eating street food in Singapore at The Culture Trip.
Party Like a Local
There are many great nightclubs in Singapore where you can party almost all night. Lay on opium beds surrounded by silk drapery while enjoying peaceful light provided by silk lanterns. Sip on a vodka-inspired drink while sitting on a low sofa with gorgeous views of the Singapore River. Experience the thrilling action of watching beer prices rise and fall like the New York Stock Exchange at the Beer Market. Dance the night away to alternative music, Top 40s, pole dancing and rock. While most of the nightclubs are located in the Clarke Quay neighborhood, others are scattered throughout the city.
Learn more about partying like a local in Singapore at The Singapore Guide.
There are many outstanding places to see art in Singapore. Explore Singapore’s designer trends in fashion and accessories at the National Design Centre. Many small-time artists show their work in the Bras Basah Complex which is also a great place to find art supplies. View graphic and illustrative art in the Middle Road neighborhood. Be astonished at the reclaimed art created in the Tiong Bahru neighborhood. Experience Singapore’s antique arts with a visit to Tan Boon Liat. You may also want to visit Singapore’s art schools including the Singapore Institute of Technology, Nanyang Technological University, College of Arts and the Academy of Fine Arts.
Learn more about experiencing art in Singapore at Artitute.
Visit a Festival
Italian, Indian, Chinese and Malaysian immigrants have each brought their own festivals to Singapore. Over the years, many of these festivals have taken on their own vibe in Singapore. Christmas, Vesak Day, Deepavali and Hari Raya Puasa are all celebrated. There are also many non-religious festivals like National Day celebrated with a huge parade, the Singapore Food Festival where you can learn to cook many local favorites and the Dragon Boat Festival where local and international dragon boats compete.
Learn more about visiting festivals at Guide Me Singapore.
With so many wonderful things to do in Singapore, you better make your reservations soon because you do not want to miss exploring the Lion City.