For such a tiny nation, Singapore is jam-packed with exciting things to do. Whether you are interested in Singapore’s unique blend of Asian cultures, dream of exploring steamy jungles or just want to sip fancy cocktails at some of the world’s best bars, you’ll find something to tickle your fancy.
Here are some must-dos that are unique to Singapore.
Gardens by the Bay
18 Marina Gardens Drive Singapore 018953
Gardens by the Bay is an urban park like nothing you have ever seen. The park is dominated by futuristic supertree structures which look like they belong in a science fiction movie. At night, the supertrees light up and treat visitors to a show complete with music. To get there, take the MRT to Bayfront MRT Station and then follow the signs to Gardens by the Bay.
There is much more to Gardens by the Bay than the supertrees. Visit the Flower Dome, where flowers from a variety of climates bloom, or the Cloud Forest, with its waterfall and mountain vegetation. Elsewhere in the park, you’ll find manmade lakes, a Chinese-inspired garden and a water playground for kids.
Escape the urban jungle by taking a bumboat ride to Pulau Ubin, an idyllic tropical island that has managed to remain unsullied by shopping malls. To get there, simply take the MRT, Singapore’s subway system, to Tanah Merah station, then hop on Singapore Bus No. 2 and alight at Changi Village Terminal. From there, the ferry terminal that will take you to Pulau Ubin by bumboat is just a short walk away.
Renting a bicycle is a must on Pulau Ubin. Explore the Chek Jawa Wetlands, where you can enjoy the breeze while strolling on the seaside boardwalks and marvelling at the mangrove ecosystem.
Joo Chiat and Katong
The Peranakan architectural style is one of Singapore’s most striking. The eastern neighbourhoods of Joo Chiat and Katong are the heart of Peranakan culture. There you will find rows of heritage shophouses painted in all the colours of the rainbow.
The area is also home to many of Singapore’s most authentic Peranakan eateries, so grab the chance to sit down to a bowl of Katong laksa or try the various kueh, snacks and desserts that frequently feature coconut, glutinous rice and pandan.
Buddha Tooth Relic Temple
288 South Bridge Road, Singapore 058840
There are Chinese temples aplenty in Singapore, but the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple is without a doubt one of the most sumptuous. It is located in the heart of Chinatown within convenient reach of the excellent Maxwell Food Centre, as well as a short walk from MRT stations Chinatown and Tanjong Pagar.
Do not forget to explore the upper floors of the temple, accessible by lift. You will find a museum, a beautiful rooftop garden as well as the Buddha tooth relic itself, housed in an elaborately-decorated room and flanked by meditation spaces.
Universal Studios Singapore
8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island Singapore 098269
The famous theme park’s Singapore iteration is located on Sentosa, an entire island dedicated to entertainment. Predictably enough, it is a hit with the kids thanks to its dizzying roller coasters and mascots from popular films like Shrek and Despicable Me.
If you still have energy left over after a day at Universal Studios Singapore, visit one of Sentosa’s beaches or try one of the island’s other adventure activities on offer, such as bungee jumping or indoor skydiving.
Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple
141 Serangoon Road, Singapore 218042
Little India is one of Singapore liveliest and most atmospheric areas. Don’t miss Sri Veeramakalaliamman Temple, dedicated to the goddest Kali. The Hindu temple is one of Singapore’s oldest and hosts regular events such as yoga classes and prayer sessions. The temple is within walking distance of Little India MRT Station.
After marvelling at the cacophony of colour and the evocative statues, treat yourself to an authentic Indian meal at one of the many eateries on Serangoon Road, where you will find cuisine originating from various parts of India and served in an unpretentious setting.
Save money on some of Singapore’s best attractions and activities with the Discover SG card. The card doubles as an EZ-link card, which you can use to pay for rides on the MRT and buses. You also receive personal accident insurance and outpatient benefits from HL Assurance, one of Singapore’s most trusted insurers.