As one of the most progressive nations in Asia, Singapore has become a popular tourist destination in its own right. This city-state, which boasts a population of more than 5.5 million in an area that is almost the same size as New York City, is one of the vibrant cultural and economic centers of the continent.
Singapore is attracting people not just from Asia but from all over the world. If cultural diversity, world class architecture, delectable cuisine, vibrant nightlife, endless adventure and ultimate luxury is what you want to experience in your next Asia trip, make sure you don’t miss out visiting Singapore.
Read on to find out the 10 best places to explore in Singapore!
Gardens by the Bay
Speaking of gardens, Gardens by the Bay is an innovative piece of green space that is drawing raves from tourists.
Built on reclaimed lands, the opening of the Gardens by the Bay reaffirms Singapore’s commitment to retaining sections of their land for flora and fauna.
For those who will visit Gardens by the Bay, make sure to drop by Cloud Forest Dome, where you will be able to view the tallest indoor waterfall in the world. Also worthwhile to check is the Supertree Groves, a bunch of futuristic structures for plants.
You probably have this mental image of Singapore as one big mixed-use urban development destination. While this is true to some extent, what people may not realize is the fact that Singapore also has great beaches.
A notable beach that is frequented by tourists in the island is Siloso Beach. Tourists will be able to play volleyball in the courts drawn on the sand. You also have the option to do kayaking or skim-boarding should you want to. One of the most recognizable symbols of Singapore, the Merlion statue, is also located in Sentosa Island.
If you are looking to be entertained in this part of the world, there is no better place to go than Resorts World Sentosa. This sprawling development has multiple hotels, restaurants and other entertainment venues that will satisfy any tourist craving for some break in the long day. It is also in Resorts World Sentosa that tourists will be able to visit the only Universal Studios theme park in Southeast Asia.
A big chunk of Singapore’s population is occupied by either Chinese-born or people with Chinese blood. Members of this ethnic group usually converge in Chinatown. It is pretty much the same to other Chinatowns in other urban areas in the world. It is just that the Chinatown in Singapore has this almost progressive feel due to the fact that you can see upscale restaurants side by side with local Chinese stores.
Singapore Flyer is one of the most remarkable attribute of the Singapore Skyline. This giant Ferris wheel was open in 2008 for general public. Having a height of 165 meters, this riding this wheel enable the visitors to have one of the best views of the entire Singapore city center. It has 28 air conditioned capsules each of which can accommodate 28 passengers at a time.
Buddha Tooth Relic Temple
More than 30 percent of the Singaporean population is Buddhist so there is bound to be one temple in this city-state that proves to be a hit among visitors. Buddha Tooth Relic Temple is arguably that structure.
What makes the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple unique is it lives up to its name as it is dedicated to and serves as home for a tooth relic from Siddhartha Gautama or Buddha himself. This is in contrast to other Chinese temples, which are usually built for some gods and deities.
Some tourists would rather look at the historical sites in the places they go to. If you are one of these people, you will likely enjoy going to the Raffles Hotel.
This historic hotel is already more than a hundred years old, dating back to when Singapore was still a colony of the United Kingdom. For a few decades, Raffles Hotel was the ultimate go-to hotel for those looking for luxury accommodation in the country.
Fans of 18th century architecture will also be impressed with the Victorian-era style with which the building was designed.
For people who like shopping, you will be hard-pressed to find a better shopping street in this part of the world than Orchard Road. Filled with shopping boutiques, malls, coffee shops and nightclubs, tourists will be able to fill out their shopping bags with upscale and trendy fashion items.
Orchard Road is also famous for the over-the-top and outrageous Christmas decorations that dot the street during the holidays.
Coincidentally, Orchard Road is also where the official residence of the Singaporean president is located. Called the Istana, it is probably one of the most beautiful homes for any head of state ever built.
Singapore Botanic Gardens
Singapore’s first UNESCO World Heritage nomination was received due to the gorgeous splendor of this urban garden. In this huge garden, a total of 60,000 species of plants and animals can be found, with some of them like the heritage trees already a few decades old.
A go-to part of the Singapore Botanic Gardens is the National Orchid Garden. As it name suggests, this section is filled with local orchids and has become a hit among the visitors.
Little India and Arab Street
Indians have been travelling to Singapore since the 1300s so it is not a surprise that there is a strong influence of this country in this newer city-state. In this enclave, you will be able to experience traditions and norms that are common among Hindus and Muslims in Singapore.
Recommended stops in this area are the Sultan Mosque and the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple. Plus, the hundreds of street food stalls and restaurants, of course.
Changi Chapel and Museum
Only a few know that Singapore was also a victim of World War II. Changi Chapel and Museum is where tourists will be able to get a look at how Singapore was during the Japanese occupation. The visitors can go on a guided tour in this respected museum.
Due to Singapore’s size and location, it is the perfect destination for those looking for a different urban environment. If there is one place on Earth that you will likely get to see various cultures and influences, Singapore is the place for you.
What are your top spots in Singapore? Let us know in the comments below!
If you are planning to enjoy the best of Asia, Singapore has to be one of the most coveted and popular travel destinations. While it is the most expensive city on earth, if you are an English native speaker, you can earn your living as an expat in Singapore as an English tutor.
You can teach any other subject you are expert at and earn good money to enjoy your stay in Singapore for an extended period of time. That’s why many travelers visiting Singapore consider moving to Singapore.
To learn more about teaching English abroad you can check out this post.