What’s cool and cultural in Singapore, from chilli crab to hanging out at the zoo, here are 12 places to go in Singapore.
11-Marina Bay Sands
It’s longer than the Eiffel Tower and big enough to fit 41/2 A380 jumbo jets. Singapore’s SkyPark at Marina Bay Sands (10 Bayfront Avenue) is a boat-shaped wonder that is suspended 200m above the ground.
It has three hotel towers and a tropical oasis with a stunning infinity-edge rooftop pool. You can access the Observation Deck for a fee.
Hanging out with the animals at Singapore Zoo is a hoot and the Night Safari (80 Mandai Lake Rd,) is something the locals rave about.
It’s the world’s first wildlife night park. The 40-minute tram ride showcases eight geographical regions and wildlife such as striped hyenas and Asian lions.
This is Singapore’s mascot, a mythical creature with a head of a lion and a body of a fish. The lion head represents the lion and the fish tail symbolises Singapore’s humble beginnings as a fishing village.
Actually, there are five Merlions in Singapore but the one most people photograph has a backdrop of Singapore’s skyline at Marina Bay.
Look beyond chilli crab and head for the open-air hawker centres in Chinatown, where local eateries dish up mouth-watering staples like Hainanese chicken rice, satay and nasi lemak.
There’s the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, Hindu Sri Mariamman Temple and Jamae Mosque.
This is a cool spot with trendy restaurants, bars, emporiums, galleries, fashion and antique shops. Try the 2am:dessert bar, which has beautiful desserts. It’s very casual and very hip. It’s the place to rub shoulders with locals and expats.
Looking for a spot of shopping? Orchard Road has great shops and a buzzy atmosphere at the top end of town.
77-Esplanades by the Bay
One of the best things to do in Singapore is to catch a show at the Esplanade Theatres on the Bay, which is a funky bay-front complex known as ‘the durians’ for its resemblance to the spiky tropical fruit. Gardens by the Bay has guided tours and self-guided trails.
Pulau Ubin is a hidden gem about 10 minutes by boat but a world away from the soaring skyscrapers. The old timber houses, country roads and coconut palms of Pulau Ubin have a village feel.
There’ are lots of attractions for families on Sentosa Island, including beaches, golf courses, a yachting marina and the island’s first integrated resort.
Resorts World Sentosa has a heap of entertainment and shows and several themed hotels.
1010-Singapore Art Museum
The Singapore Art Museum’s (8 Queen St) is a hotspot for home-grown and international art. The museum also has an collection of Southeast Asian Nanyang-style art.
Soak up the ambience of Malay, Chinese and Peranakan (Chinese traders who married local women) culture. The Peranakan Museum (39 Armenian St,) offers an interactive peep into this unique heritage.
1212-Go for a walk
Explore Singapore’s green spaces. Take a walk to MacRitchie Reservoir. The Mount Faber walk goes along a path over bridges and treetop boardwalks ending in Horton Park.
Capella Singapore (1 The Knolls, Sentosa Island) attracts Asia’s high society such as actor Jackie Chan.
Marina Bay Sands Hotel (10 Bayfront Avenue).
InterContinental Singapore (80 Middle Road).
Wanderlust is a quirky 29-room designer boutique hotel (2 Dickson Road).