From a secluded metropolis reserved for the rich and the carefree,
to the top travel destination that attracts millions of tourists from around the world, Singapore tourism has increased substantially in recent years. What’s most important is that it has everything you might need to live out an urban adventure of a lifetime.
From natural oases to urban gems and sightseeing spots, all the way to its thriving street-food culture embodied in its bustling Hawker centers around town,
Singapore is an exotic destination that never fails to mesmerize the first-time traveler.
And wait till we get to the shopping. Here are five places to visit in Singapore you need to add to your list for your next adventure, of course, #whenwecantravelagain!
Take a stroll around Chinatown
Singapore might seem like it’s all about the futuristic architecture and neon city lights, but the place is not without its cultural gems and heritage neighborhoods either. In fact, this whole place is a vibrant mixture of the old and the new, two seemingly opposing fronts that actually create a beautiful whole. One historic district you should definitely not miss is Chinatown.
Boasting a rich cultural heritage that spans nearly 700 years, Chinatown is a bustling neighborhood smack in the middle of the city center, just west of Marina Bay. Here, you will find heritage buildings in pristine condition, Buddhist temples as well as Mosques, and the Chinatown Heritage Centre where you will find preserved depictions of the early settlers and their life. Be sure to visit the more up-scale part of the district, called Ann Siang Hill to find fine dining opportunities and a thriving nightlife scene.
Discover the best street food in town
Singapore is famous among global foodie travelers, and for a very good reason – it’s one of the best places in the world to sample the finest and most delicious street food. And it’s cheap to boot! While there are plenty of fine dining opportunities around, the real soul and substance of the local way of life is contained in the bustling Hawker Centers around town.
The most popular Hawker Street in the world is located on Smith Street, also one of the most popular and populated streets in Singapore. And lucky you, it’s located in Chinatown! This is the place to sample true local cuisine and delicacies, ranging from the beloved Char Kway Teow (stir-fried rice noodles) to Bak Chor Mee (minced pork noodles) favored by the Chinese community. Sample the extremely-satiating Char Siew Fan barbecued pork with rice and don’t forget to top it all off with a steaming cup of freshly-roasted coffee beans.
Find the best local accommodation
When it comes to accommodation in Singapore, you have plenty of different styles to choose from. The city is dotted with private stays, hostels, as well as bed-and-breakfast joints, but with so many accommodation types at your disposal, you will need to do your research. The key focus here should be to combine comfort with the best location, along with eco-friendly travel.
Bear in mind that green travel is very big in the city-state, so look for eco-friendly accommodation such as the Carlton city hotel that emphasizes conservation and preservation in order to minimize your carbon footprint. After all, it’s good to know that all that traveling is not harming the environment. Be sure to complement green travel with a bit of style and luxury in order to experience Singapore in all its shining glory.
Enjoy shopping like never before
If you love discovering global shopping centers, then Singapore will be your most precious find. And even if you’re not that much into shopping, you won’t be able to resist the urge to experience the shopping culture in this bustling metropolis. Also known as the Mecca of shopping, Singapore is the place to indulge without hesitation.
Head over to Orchard Road to witness the grandeur of the 1.4-mile stretch of shopping malls that seem to go on forever. With more than 23 shopping centers to visit, this is an excursion that might very well take up an entire day, so be ready to shop to your heart’s content.
Revel in the beauty of the Singapore Botanic Gardens
And finally, Singapore boasts some truly mesmerizing natural gems you simply shouldn’t miss. One of these is the famous Singapore Botanic Gardens, a vast park in the city center spanning more than 74 hectares of gardens, walking trails, and beautiful flora and fauna.
This is also a whole-day excursion where you will get a chance to rest your body and mind from the hustle and bustle of the big city and enjoy some well-deserved peace in a grand natural oasis. Be sure to visit the Orchid Garden while there, in order to revel in the beauty of the world’s largest assortment of tropical orchids.
Singapore has become one of the most popular travel destinations for globe-trotters, business travelers, and casual tourists. With so much to see and do, be sure to experience the best Singapore has to offer by marking these places to visit in Singapore in your itinerary. The only thing left to do now is to go out on a Singapore adventure of a lifetime.
Marie Nieves is a lifestyle blogger and regular contributor to followsummer who loves unusual trips, gadgets and creative ideas. On her travels, she likes to read poetry and prose and to surf the Internet. Her favourite writer is Tracy Chevalier and always carries one of her books in her travel bag. Her free time at home is spent walking her Labrador Retriever, Max. She is an avid lover of photography who loves to talk about her experiences.