8 Top Things To Do in Singapore

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.

Author: Meghana Agashe
Oscillating between reality and day-dreaming, Meghana is a journalist by education and a travel-blogger by profession. The eternal love for exploring different places and cuisines, the urge to interact with people across cultures and the thirst for a...

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  1. # 1 of 1337 Things To Do in Singapore | Added 31548 times in trip plans
    Gardens By The Bay

    Tags: Park

    Address: 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953, Singapore

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Explore the lush tropical vegetation, with over 2.5 lakh plants, tree grooves, and gorgeous pavilions. The gardens are sumptuous in appearance and exhibits dazzling views of the nature kissed surround...Read more

  2. # 2 of 1337 Things To Do in Singapore | Added 20826 times in trip plans
    National Orchid Garden

    Tags: Park

    Address: 1 Cluny Rd, Singapore 259569

    Timings: 08:30 am - 07:00 pm Details

    Enter the world of orchids where you can feast your eyes on over 1,000 species and 2,000 hybrids. National Orchid Garden is home to a ginger garden, a bonsai garden, and a cactus garden as well. At th...Read more

  3. # 3 of 1337 Things To Do in Singapore | Added 24608 times in trip plans

    Tags: Art And Culture, Entertainment, Architecture , Neighborhoods

    Address: 5 Banda St, Singapore 050005

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Chinatown continues to be one of the fascinating corners of the city. It is dominated by Chinese culture. However, the landscape is marked with various other cultural features as well.  Every cit...Read more

  4. # 4 of 1337 Things To Do in Singapore | Added 27863 times in trip plans
    Botanic Gardens

    Tags: Garden, Park, Botanical Garden, Entertainment

    Address: 1 Cluny Rd, Singapore 259569

    Timings: 05:00 am - 11:59 pm Details

    Singapore has an amazing array of natural wealth. The tropical climate makes the country a haven for the most beautiful flowering plants in the whole world. A beautiful experience of the plant life of...Read more

  5. # 5 of 1337 Things To Do in Singapore | Added 19571 times in trip plans
    Singapore Zoo

    Tags: Zoo, Entertainment

    Address: Singapore Zoo, 80 Mandai Lake Rd, Singapore 729826

    Timings: 08:30 am - 06:00 pm Details

    This is a very good model of ‘Open zoo’. Here, no cages are used. Glass fronts are used as boundaries for enclosures housing dangerous animals like leopards and jaguars that climb well. So...Read more

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    Tags: Park, Entertainment, Boating

    Address: Singapore

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    The Merlion is in the Merlion Park near the Singapore CBD and is a renowned tourist spot in Singapore. The original name of Singapore, ‘Singapura’ is represented by the lion head. Singapur...Read more

  7. # 7 of 1337 Things To Do in Singapore | Added 11479 times in trip plans
    Singapore Mass Rapid Transit

    Tags: Train Ride

    Address: Singapore 069112, Singapore

    Witness the major fascinations of the city in a jiffy. The Singapore Mass Rapid Transit (SMRT) is a super fast train that takes you around Singapore allowing you to enjoy the mesmerizing beauty of thi...Read more

  8. # 8 of 1337 Things To Do in Singapore | Added 11612 times in trip plans
    Marina Bay

    Tags: Hotel, River, Scenic Drive, Walking Area

    Address: Marina Boulevard, Singapore, Singapore

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Leisurely stroll around the entire bay and you’ll be awestruck with the gorgeousness of the city. Enjoy mesmerizing views of the Singapore River, Sea, Singapore Flyer, Marina Bay Sands and more ...Read more

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    Tags: Bar, Food And Drinks, Dine In, Restaurant

    Address: 1206 East Coast Parkway , 01-07/08 East Coast Seafood Centre, Singapore 098269, Singapore

    Timings: 05:00 pm - 11:45 pm Details

    Jumbo is a local dining seafood restaurant recommended specially for groups, after work hours or any business meeting. This place is a hangout place like other casual hangouts that offer Singapore&rsq...Read more

  10. # 10 of 1337 Things To Do in Singapore | Added 14307 times in trip plans
    Singapore Flyer

    Tags: Rides

    Address: 30 Raffles Ave, Singapore 039803

    Timings: 08:30 am - 10:30 pm Details

    A 165-meter-high Singapore Flyer is of course the world's largest observation wheel. You’re flying almost 42 stores high while on this fascinating ride. Enjoy 360 degree panoramic views of the c...Read more

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    Waterfront Promenade

    Tags: Waterfront, View Point, Walking Area, Restaurant

    Address: Marina Bay, Singapore

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Witness beautiful views of the river and unwind while you watch boats sail across. While enjoying the stroll here at leisure you’d come across modern skyscrapers, beautiful sculptures, old colon...Read more

  12. # 12 of 1337 Things To Do in Singapore | Added 12991 times in trip plans
    Marina Bay Sands Skypark

    Tags: Park, View Point, Entertainment, Leisure

    Address: 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956

    Timings: 09:30 am - 11:00 pm Details

    Enjoy incredible views of the city from the 57th floor at the remarkable Marina Bay Sands Skypark. The place is home to an infinity swimming pool from where you can enjoy views or also get on to the v...Read more

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    Buddha Tooth Relic Temple And Museum

    Tags: Religious Site, Temple, Museum

    Address: 288 S Bridge Rd, Singapore 058840

    Timings: 07:00 am - 07:00 pm Details

    This is a 5 story temple that has treasured the left canine tooth of the Buddha that was recovered from his funeral pyre in Kushinagar, India. Founded in 2002, the impressive Buddhist temple makes for...Read more

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    The Changi Museum

    Tags: Museum, History Museum, Historical Site, Specialty Shop

    Address: 1000 Upper Changi Rd N, Singapore 507707

    Timings: 09:30 am - 05:00 pm Details

    The Changi museum is quite an interesting place to visit as it digs through historic times narrating factual stories. The museum tells about the sorrowful history of Singapore wherein the inmates were...Read more

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    MacRitchie Reservoir

    Tags: Walking Area, Nature

    Address: MacRitchie Reservoir Park, Singapore298717, Singapore

    Timings: 07:00 am - 07:00 pm Details

    The MacRitchie Reservoir is a nature kissed place with more than one trails to explore the area. The serene MacRitchie Nature Trail is a long walking path with a high swing bridge that takes you throu...Read more

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