Singapore is often described as a playground for the rich and powerful. While its swanky cars, sprawling roads, monstrous high rises, and high living cost may underpin such a belief to some extent, Singapore is a lot more.
As a melting pot of diverse cultures and customs, Singapore is a beautiful modern city with carefully preserved remnants from history. You’ll get a sneak peek into the cultures and beliefs of ethnic groups like the Chinese, Indians, and Malays among others because most of them cling on to their traditions zealously.
In order to discover the city and all its little wonders, you should visit the following places in 2018:
1. Raffles Singapore
This iconic hotel from the colonial era is currently closed to the public as it is undergoing restoration. A grand opening is on the cards towards the end of 2018. However, if you do get a chance to visit this hotel, you’ll understand why this Singapore landmark is so special. It has hosted legends like Rudyard Kipling, Joseph Conrad, and Charlie Chaplin as guests since its opening in 1887. Located on Beach Road, this hotel has been named after Sir Stamford Raffles, the architect and creator of modern Singapore. Apart from the colonial spirit that hangs around this place, it’s also known as the place were Singapore sling, a gin-based cocktail, was invented. Currently, this drink is being served at a pop-up long bar adjacent to the Raffles Gift Shop on Seah Street.
2. Botanic Garden
Recognised as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2015, this tropical forest showcases a full gamut of Singapore’s verdant landscape. Founded in 1859 at its current site by an agro-horticultural society, it not only serves as a place for horticultural and botanic research and conservation efforts but also a break from the city’s concrete jungle. The boardwalks and elevated walkways within the confines of nature serve as a learning experience for many visitors. This is one place you shouldn’t miss in 2018 because it has a long list of planned events for the year. The National Orchid Garden serves as the main highlight of the place. Some of the attractions are currently closed due to enhancement work and will reopen in 2019.
3. Gardens by the Bay
Currently steeped in spring fervour, this is the place to be if you want to enjoy a quiet moment by a waterfront garden to observe and enjoy nature’s eccentricities. At Supertree Grove, you’ll discover some futuristic super-structures that promote eco-conservation and sustainability. The Cloud Forest Dome houses the world’s tallest indoor waterfall. Let your child experience bliss at the Far East Organisation Children’s Garden which is known for interactive games, educative programmes, and water-play features amidst a natural setting. Come in with your friends and family for a lovely outing.
4. Marina Bay Sands Skypark
Marina Bay Sands, one of the most expensive properties in the world and completed for a total cost of S$8 billion, houses a luxury hotel, a casino, a swimming pool on the 57th floor, and a skypark, is a must-visit even if you’ve not put up at the hotel. While the infinity pool is accessible only to guests, the skypark is open to all. You can not only grab drinks and food but rest your eyes on the ever-expanding city skyline. Don’t forget to check out the double helix bridge and the Gardens by the Bay, two of the architectural marvels that Singapore boasts of.
5. Orchard Road
No trip to Singapore can be complete without a visit to Orchard Road, equivalent to London’s Oxford Street, and you can make maximise use of your credit card on Asia’s most famous fashion street and. It houses some of the world’s best-recognised brands, along with affordable local produce, beauty salons, offices, and giant entertainment zones. It’s rare to return empty-handed from this 2.2-kilometre-long boulevard.
6. Siloso Beach
If you haven’t visited the most happening beach in the country, you have missed a lot! Whether you want to bask in the tropical sun or have a drink at one of the many themed bars along the beach, this place is almost always crowded. After sundown, this place comes alive with wild parties, music, and frolic. It also has some of the finest bistros and restaurants that you’ll find in the country. After an exhausting kayaking or skim-boarding session, you can grab a sumptuous meal and just relax.
7. Mount Faber Park
Gain a vantage point and get a panoramic view of the city’s lush-green landscape from Mount Faber Park. The ride in a cable car quite charming in itself. However, a stunning view of the surrounding peaks, Sentosa Island, other southern islands, some iconic residential properties, and unadulterated serenity is what brings most tourists to the place. If you’re a bird watcher, this place is a paradise for you. It also boasts of circuitous walking trails around the Mount Faber Park where you can discover nature in its most pristine form.
8. Universal Studio Singapore
If you’re a movie buff, you have to visit this movie-themed studio, the first of its kind, in Southeast Asia. You can take one of the 24 movie-themed rides, spend time in the waterpark or marine life park, or experience a different kind of life at the maritime museum.
To make your tour hassle-free, get a credit card that truly offers value. With a renewed focus on tourism from the local government, you can expect a truly pleasant visit to the city-state.