With even just five days in Singapore, you can accomplish a lot. The excellent and convenient transportation system connects you to several key locations and makes getting around the city a breeze.
Recently, I spent five days in Singapore and here are just a few of the things that I enjoyed on the trip.
1. Visit the Marina Bay Sands.
This iconic hotel always seems to be within view regardless of where you are in the city. Their decks offer an incredible glimpse of Singapore. It also hosts a shopping center, museum, spa, food court, several restaurants, clubs, and a casino.
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2. Take a Safari at the Night Zoo.
The Night Zoo is about an hour outside of the city, but you can still get to it by the metro and a bus that goes directly from the station to the zoo. The Night Safari is interesting and the animals are much more active at night than they are during the day.
3. Eat chili crab.
Singapore is famous for several dishes – and there are two you definitely can’t miss. The first is chili crab, a sweet yet spicy seafood dish that goes well with rice. The second is kaya toast, a delicious breakfast dish popular amongst both tourists and locals.
4. Enjoy the local coffee culture.
Our favorite café was Tolido’s where we indulged in truffle scrambled eggs and pandan waffles with a hearty scoop of coconut ice cream.
5. Visit Gardens by the Bay.
The Gardens by the Bay spans 250 acres of reclaimed land near the Marina Reservoir and serves to enhance life with added gardens and greenery around the city.
6. Visit the Skywalk.
A part of the Gardens by the Bay is the Skywalk. Pro tip: visit before sunset to enjoy the view during the day and at night.
7. Take a spin in the Singapore Flyer.
When visiting Singapore, there are two structures that stand out – the Marina Bay Sands hotel and the Singapore Flyer. Both offer breathtaking views of the city, and both are, on their own, amazing sights. At 541 feet, the Singapore Flyer was the tallest Ferris wheel in the world, until the High Roller in Las Vegas snuck in at 550 feet.
8. Sip a Singapore Sling at the Raffles Hotel.
Drink the iconic beverage invented by a former bartender at the colonial style Raffles Hotel – the Singapore Sling.
9. Stroll through the Botanic Gardens.
Home to more than 10,000 species, the Botanic Gardens are one of the only three gardens honored as a UNESCO World Heritage Site are the Botanic Gardens in Singapore. And the’re only tropical garden with the title.
10. Explore Little India.
Incredible food, a lively atmosphere, colorful buildings, and detailed temples – what more could you ask for.
11. Enjoy the local street foods.
Three word: delicious and diverse. The street foods offer dishes with a wide range of influences and there’s something for every palate.
12. Check out the temples.
Singapore has a wide range of temples dotted throughout the city and each are gorgeous in their own way.
13. Watch the sunset (or rise) over the water.
Thanks to jetlag, I was up to enjoy the sunrise each morning. The colors and the scenery made for an enjoyable breakfast experience.
14. Visit the Merlion.
A symbol of Singapore, the Merlion fountain is worth a visit. You’ll see the Merlion decorated on much of the touristy souvenirs, but nothing compares to seeing the real thing.
15. Visit Orchard Road.
Orchard Road is the equivalent of the Champs-Elysées in France with one big difference. Many of the shops lining the streets aren’t just single shops, but massive malls with hundreds of stores within. If the commercial highlights of the street are overwhelming, you can skirt off into one of the side streets where you can admire the local homes and sidewalk cafés.
16. Head into Chinatown.
Chinatown was one of my favorite places to shop for souvenirs for those back at home (and yes, okay, I’ll admit it – myself). The district includes vendors with handmade goods, to cheap souvenirs, to delicious snacks.
17. Eat like Harry Potter at Platform 1094.
Looking for a magical dining experience? Then head to Platform 1094, a Harry Potter-themed restaurant known for lighting its food and drinks on fire.
18. Get Lost.
Sometimes just wandering and letting yourself get a little lost is a great way to discover new places.
What about you?
Have you visited Singapore? What are some of the things you most enjoyed visiting?
Planning to go to Singapore? What would you love to see or do?
I’d love to hear from you in the comments
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My name is Shannon Kennedy and I'm the language lover, traveler, and foodie behind Eurolinguiste. I'm also the Resident Polyglot at Drops and the Head Coach of the Fluent in 3 Months Challenge.