Singapore is one of the best places to visit in Asia. Even if you’re a first time visitor, you won’t get lost because of its very efficient transportation system. Everywhere you go can be reached by riding the MRT or by bus. Also, it’s so clean and safe here that you won’t have to worry walking on the streets at night. The only thing that you have to worry about is the cost of living. Just control your expenses and everything will be fine. Here are some of my suggestions on what to do in Singapore.
Bargain in Bugis Street
One of the best places to buy souvenirs in Singapore is in Bugis Street. From souvenirs such as keychains, miniature figurines, and mementos to local delicacies such as candies, beef jerkies, tropical fruit juices, everything can be found here.
The interior is also air-conditioned which makes it comfortable to shop around.
Various food choices like laksa, rice meals, and street food are available as well.
How to go:
Take the East West Line of MRT line and alight at Bugis MRT Station.
Gardens by the Bay
Are you a nature lover or someone who wants to explore amazing modern innovations of the world? Discover the Supertrees and how it works to help the environment. Not only it is instagram-worthy but you will also discover that Supertrees play an integral function in the ecosystem as well. Ready your cameras once you go here especially at night.
The garden is wide enough to stroll around. You can take a cart ride from the entrance to get to the domes for SG$2.
Within the gardens, you will find the two greenhouse domes, the Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest. Entrance tickets to the two domes costs SG$28.
This is the interior of the Flower Dome. The temperature is cool inside because it simulates the climate in Europe and North America in order for the plants to grow properly.
The Flower Dome is designed to have different themes from time to time. When I visited it, the theme was the color blue. Different species of plants with blue or blue-violet flowers were displayed.
Just right across the Flower Dome is the Cloud Forest. Once inside, I was amazed by the big artificial waterfalls which created mist and made its surroundings cool. The interior is also air-conditioned just like the Flower Dome. It’s like roaming around a real forest inside a big house.
At the top of the forest is the Cloud Walk. It’s a walkway bridge where visitors can walk around and explore plants located at the top. Also, you’d be able to see a bird’s eye view of the forest.
This is the part where different types of rocks are displayed and an educational video about nature and climate change.
How to go:
Take the Circle Line or the Downtown Line then alight at Bayfront MRT Station. Go to Exit B and follow the underground linkway. Exit and cross the Dragonfly Bridge or Meadow Bridge into Gardens by the Bay.
Eat authentic Singaporean cuisine
If you’re in Singapore, never miss trying out Singaporean cuisines. Everywhere around Singapore you’ll find Asian food villages such as Kopi Tiam and Food Republic, which is my favorite place to eat.
Don’t leave Singapore without eating Hainanese chicken rice, laksa, oyster omellette, carrot cake, bakuteh, popiah, rojak, and a lot more.
Hike around the nature reserve
For people who have not been to Singapore yet, it’s hard to imagine the highly-urbanized Singapore having a place where hikers can enjoy nature. Located at the center of Singapore are the nature reserves, particularly Bukit Timah and McRitchie Nature Reserve. People who love nature can hike here and breathe some fresh air.
Being a nature lover and a hiker as well, I went to the McRitchie Nature Reserve because of the Treetop Walk. It is long enough to enjoy a magnificent view of the nature reserve from the top. Just be cautious of your bags because there are monkeys hanging around the bridge.
A bird’s eye view of the nature reserve can be seen from the bridge.
It has an established trail which made it easier for hikers to walk around without getting lost.
Visitors won’t definitely get lost with directions in every checkpoint. Just be ready to bring enough water and a face towels due to the hot and humid climate.
Singapore Botanic Gardens
Considered as one of the UNESCO world heritage sites, this is a must-visit place when you’re in Singapore.
Different species of plants and trees can be found in the garden. This place has many picturesque views which are perfect for photography.
There are also restaurants and souvenir shops within the vicinity.
Somewhere in the garden, you can find the National Orchid Garden which houses various species of orchids and some of the most exotic plants.
There is also an air-conditioned greenhouse where you can see exotic plants such as the pitcher plant and the venus flytrap.
How to go:
Take the Circle Line or the Downtown Line then alight at The Botanic Gardens MRT Station. The nearest entrance is the Bukit Timah Gate.
Night life is alive when you’re in Clarke Quay. With many bars and restaurants to choose from, this is one of the best places to party or chill around.
However, keep in mind that beers and hard drinks are very expensive here. Nearby, there is a shopping mall called the Liang Court and hotels such as Swissotel.
How to go:
Take the North East Line then alight at Clarke Quay Station.
The Merlion is the symbol of Singapore. This place is a typical tourist attraction because having your picture taken here proves that you’ve been to Singapore. The great white statue of a lion’s head with a fish tail can be seen here. The statue spits water from its mouth.
From the park, you will see the beautiful Marina Bay Sands on the other side of the river, and the Esplanade nearby across the bridge. If you want to eat good food al fresco, just walk towards Gluttons by the Bay which is just beside Esplanade. Walking further you will find the Helix Bridge which goes all the way to Marina Bay Sands. I recommend going here at night to see the amazing look of the highly-urbanized Singapore.
How to go:
Go to Raffles Place Station. Walk along Battery Road toward Fullerton Road until you Fullerton Hotel. Merlion Park is just right across the street from Fullerton Hotel.
Sentosa is a reclaimed island which has been developed as a tourist attraction. First time visitors usually go to Universal Studios Singapore.
Strolling around the island, we were able to see the Madamme Tussauds wax museum, the Luge Ride, the Merlion Statue which is bigger than the statue near the Esplanade, the Siloso Beach, as well as the Resorts World Sentosa where people can shop, dine, or play casino.
How to go:
Take North East line or Circle line then alight at HarbourFront station. Take Exit E to VivoCity and proceed to level 3 to board the Sentosa Express.
Marina Bay Sands
This is one of the most famous buildings in the world, particularly because of its interestingly unique architecture. It consists of a triple tower with a common boat-like rooftop. You can do many activities in the rooftop such as swimming and partying. You can also have a great view of the city. Every night there is a water dance show performance which you should not miss out.
A mall is located just right across the street of the hotel. You might want to explore it as well.
How to go:
Take the MRT Circle Line going to Bayfront Station.