Singapore is an island country neighboring Malaysia in Southeast Asia. Comprised of over sixty islands in all, Singapore is one of the richest countries in Asia and ranks in the top five of the richest countries in the world. Singapore’s technology industry and its thriving port are the major players in the country’s vast wealth. Today, the uneducated traveler would have no idea this bustling metropolitan country got its start as a quiet fishing village at the mouth of the Singapore River. If you’re planning to join the millions of tourist that flock to Singapore each year, here is a list of the top ten attractions that you do not want to miss during your stay.
Top 10 Must See Places in Singapore
1) Hawker Center
A must do in Singapore is savor local fare at one of many Hawker Centers. These open-air food stalls are inexpensive and provide some of the most authentic and delicious food in Singapore. While there, be sure to sample chili crab, chicken rice, and char kuay teow, some of Singapore’s most famous dishes.
2) Singapore Botanic Gardens
The Singapore Botanic Gardens are open daily from 5 a.m. until Midnight. There is no admission fee, unless you take a trip to the National Orchid Garden, home to over 1,000 species of Orchids. Take advantage of the early and late hours, to avoid visiting during the heat of the day.
Chinese make up Singapore’s ethnic majority, and a visit to Chinatown will feel like you are in a different city. It is full of restored shophouses that sell anything from jade Buddha, to clothing, to Chinese herbs. It is a food lover’s paradise, full of traditional and modern dining options. Try to visit during a traditional Chinese festival to see Chinatown come to life.
The Riverside area is a part of the Central Business District. It is a great place to visit museums such as the Asian Civilizations Museum. Thrill seekers will enjoy a ride on the G-Max reverse bungee. There are also many dining, drinking, and nightlife venues in the Riverside area.
5) The Singapore Flyer
The Singapore Flyer is a giant observation wheel. It stands over 40 stories high and is comprised of 28 air-conditioned compartments. Each capsule can hold up to 28 people and a complete trip around the wheel takes about 40 minutes. The cost for adults is S$29.50, children S$20.65, and seniors S$23.69.
6) Night Safari
The night safari is the world’s first nocturnal zoo. In a city with an average high of 29.9C (86F), it is wonderful to find attractions that are available in the cooler nighttime hours. It is home to over 100 exotic species of animals. You can take a tram ride through the jungle and watch nocturnal animals in their natural habitat.
7) Little India
This ethnic neighborhood is a great destination for Tamil food or clothing. If you visit during festival times, such as Thaipusam, you will see devotees pierce their entire bodies with sharp objects and parade through the street. Visit one of the many shops and restaurants and enjoy the culture of this neighborhood in Singapore.
8) Raffles Hotel
The Raffles Hotel is a colonial hotel, named after Singapore’s founder Sir Stamford Raffles. It is a lavish hotel, home to much Singapore history. Supposedly, the last tiger in Singapore was shot there and made extinct. It is also home to the Singapore Sling, the world famous cocktail. While there, take a relaxing visit to the spa or luxurious shopping arcade.
9) Orchard Road
This major attraction is home to the best shopping in Singapore. It is the place to visit for the hottest clubs, restaurants, and cafes. Ngee Ann City is the largest shopping mall on Orchard Road.
This island is located off the southern tip of Singapore, and is a tourist destination full of amusement parks, resorts, and beaches. The best way to access the island is by monorail train, although there are ferries that shuttle passengers from the city to the island. Visit the Casinos or Universal Studios or spend a relaxing afternoon at Tanjong Beach.