Immerse yourself in the vibrant city-state of Singapore, nestled in Southeast Asia. Explore its treasure trove of unforgettable experiences, from tantalizing culinary delights to awe-inspiring architecture. Marvel at futuristic skyscrapers like Marina Bay Sands, enjoy breathtaking views from rooftop infinity pools, wander through the enchanting Supertree Grove at Gardens by the Bay, and discover the beauty of UNESCO-listed Singapore Botanic Gardens, China Town, Little India and Sentosa Island’s pristine beaches.

One of Singapore’s greatest assets is its remarkable diversity. As you wander through its bustling streets, you will encounter a melting pot of cultures, with people from all walks of life coexisting harmoniously. From the colorful streets of Chinatown to the aromatic markets of Little India, each neighborhood offers a glimpse into a different world, allowing you to immerse yourself in a fascinating tapestry of traditions, customs, and cuisine.

Speaking of cuisine, Singapore is a true culinary paradise. Renowned as a food lover’s haven, this city-state offers an unparalleled gastronomic journey. From savoring mouthwatering hawker fare at vibrant food courts to indulging in Michelin-starred dining experiences, Singapore caters to every palate and craving. Prepare to tantalize your taste buds with various flavors, from savory laksa and aromatic satay to delectable chili crab and tantalizing dim sum.

Top Things to do in Singapore

The SkyPark at Marina Bay Sands – A life of Modern Luxury

A trip to Marina Bay is an absolute sensory treat. The area has undergone an incredible transformation, with reclaimed land becoming a hub of modernity and style. Here, you’ll find trendy dining spots and exciting leisure options that embody the epitome of contemporary allure.

One of the must-see attractions is the SkyPark, located on the top floor of Marina Bay Sands. It offers one of the most magnificent views in the world. Prepare to be amazed as you gaze out from the open-air lookout and take in the breathtaking sights. The SkyPark also features an incredible rooftop pleasure dome, complete with a mind-blowing 150-meter infinity pool. It’s a destination that no one should miss. Even if you’re not staying at the hotel, you can still visit the SkyPark. During my visit, the cost to access it was S$ 20.00.

A view of Singapore from Sky Park, on the rooftop of Marina Bay

Visit Santosa – Asia’s Favorite Playground 

With perfect weather on our side, we eagerly headed to Santosa, the renowned Resorts World in Singapore. Excitement buzzed around Resorts World Sentosa, known for its endless attractions and entertainment. From Universal Studios to the captivating Marine Life Park with its S.E.A Aquarium, the Maritime Experiential Museum, the enchanting Lake of Dreams, a casino, stunning beaches, diverse dining options, and more, there was something for everyone. Staying at one of the six uniquely themed hotels on Santosa Island added to the experience’s worth. It was time to turn those tales into real-life adventures and create unforgettable memories.

Santosa Island, Singapore

360 View from Singapore Flyer 

We took the flyer on a perfect day in Singapore. We were stunned by the spectacular view and moving experience at every turn. If it were not for the ever-changing magnificent views, you would hardly know you were moving. We were amazed and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
We paid S$ 29.50, and definitely worth a visit and should be on your must-see list.

View from Singapore Flyer
Beautiful view from the top of Singapore Flyer

Singapore Botanic Gardens

The Singapore Botanic Gardens is 0ver 164-year-old and the only tropical garden to be honored as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Whether you’re a nature lover, a photography enthusiast, or simply seeking a peaceful escape from the bustling city, the Singapore Botanic Gardens promises an enchanting and rejuvenating experience that will leave you with lasting memories.

Little India – A Buzzing Ethnic District 

A visit to Little India in Singapore is a captivating journey that celebrates the rich Indian heritage and offers a vibrant multicultural experience. Get ready to be enchanted by the colors, flavors, and warm hospitality that make this neighborhood a true gem within the city. Don’t miss the chance to visit the iconic Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, for a unique shopping experience, head to Mustafa Centre, bustling street markets and traditional Indian shops.

Indulge in delectable Indian cuisine, from flavorful curries and aromatic biryanis to crispy dosas and sweet treats like gulab jamun and jalebi. End your tour by savoring a traditional cup of masala chai or a refreshing mango lassi at one of the local Indian tea stalls. Sit back, relax, and soak in the lively atmosphere around you.

China Town – A Story of Chinese Heritage

I have been to China Town around the world, but Singapore’s historic China town got its own bustling mix of old and new that is unlike anywhere else. The cramped five-foot-ways, dingy alleys, and loud street hawkers are relics of Chinatown’s past. Yet pockets of history remain in Chinatown, along with more modern sights. So you could easily spend a few days wandering through these still-narrow streets. Best of all, there’s free Wi-Fi throughout the Chinatown area, so you can continue to be plugged in while you sightsee, shop and eat. In addition, a range of guided tours is available from the Chinatown Visitors’ Centre.

Orchard Road  – Every Shoppers Paradise 

It does not matter if shopping is not on your list while traveling or just traveling for shopping; Orchard Road is a place you should not miss. It is the heart of Singapore. Asia’s most famous shopping street is home to fashion favorites, specialist stores, and loads of other lifestyle choices. So whether you’re a first-time visitor or a seasoned shopper, Orchard Road, a 2.2km shopping belt, is the place for retail therapy, and you got to experience it.

Harbour Front – Gateway To The Seas

HarbourFront is the place to go if you’re hopping on a cruise from Singapore, taking a regional ferry, or simply want to eat, shop or relax.
We took the cable cars from here to Santosa Island. That’s HarbourFront, a bustling precinct where Singaporeans and visitors come to eat, shop, work, and play, thanks to Singapore’s largest mall, VivoCity, and its neighbor HarbourFront Centre. Next to the cruise terminal is the Regional Ferry Terminal for your island tours. This is where the ferries connect with the Indonesian Riau Islands, such as Batam.

A view from Barbour Front, Singapore
A view from Barbour Front, Singapore

Sail to the Offshore Islands

Singapore has lots of islands (other than Sentosa!) to explore. So hop on a boat and head out to sea to explore the pristine, unspoiled beaches of the neighboring Lazarus, Saint John’s, Kusu, and Sisters’ Islands. Ferry cruises to these destinations south of Singapore are available from Marina South Pier. A great way to bring excitement to your Singapore trip.

Sail to offshore destinations from Barbour Front, Singapore

Singapore River Cruise

This option is ideal for those who want a guided tour of the island, cheap entertainment, or a little break from walking around the city under the hot sun. I took the first cruise at 9:00 AM, starting from Riverside Point early in the morning. The 40-minute cruise down the Singapore River on bumboats was awesome and great experience the heart of the city. Although, I guess the best view would have been at night instead of early morning when all the buildings are lit up and reflecting off the water.

River Cruise in Singapore
Singapore sightseeing River Cruise

 Walking Tour

A great way to discover Singapore’s roots is from colonial trading port beginnings along the scenic banks of the winding Singapore River. I started my tour from Singapore Flyer, which allowed me to marvel at the modern developments around Marina Bay and venture off the beaten track onto a cultural trail to appreciate how the different races and religious communities co-exist harmoniously in our multi-racial society.

The heart of Singapore

A great way to enjoy the scenic views and nice photo opportunities, so don’t forget to bring a camera, Umbrella, a bottle of water, sunglass and a hat with you. Some places I have seen stand out, like Raffles Place, Fullerton Hotel, Cavenagh Bridge, Esplanade Park, Marina Bay, The Padang, St. Andrew’s Cathedral, Armenian Church, Waterloo Street, Sri Krishna Temple & more!

Tiong Bahru Market and Food Centre

Visit Tiong Bahru maket for roasted meats, then indulge your sweet tooth with French pastries at the Bakery. If you’re in Tiong Bahru on the weekend, have lunch at Bincho at Hua Bee, a Japanese yakitori bar.

Food Worth Trying

Chicken Rice Singapore’s ‘National’ Dish

This delectable dish can be found at almost every dining spot, from humble hawker centers to high-end restaurants. So when you see succulent cooked chicken hanging neatly in a row at a food stall, you are looking at one of Singapore’s national dishes – Hainanese Chicken Rice.

Chicken Rice Singapore's 'National' Dish
Chicken Rice Singapore’s ‘National’ Dish

The cooking method hails back to its Hainanese roots. The chicken is steeped in boiling water or blanched until it is fully cooked before soaking in cold water. In a local twist, the chicken can also be roasted or braised in soya sauce for a different taste.
In Singapore, the dish is infused with local Cantonese influences, which inspired the tangy red chili sauce dip and tender and young chicken.
It is, however, the rice and chili sauce that can make or break the dish. The rice is cooked in chicken stock with ginger and pandan leaves, with just the right amount of oiliness. And chili must have the right blend of spiciness and sourness.

The Most Iconic Seafood Dish: Chili Crabs

This is Singapores national seafood dish since 1950s, and guess what? The restaurant that invented it is still around. So is the chef — Mr. Hooi, now in his 80s. Mr. Hooi’s version of chili crabs marries a rich, spicy sambal with meat stock and lime.

Chili Crabs one of the best dish in Singapore
Chili Crabs one of the best dish in Singapore

Where to stay in Singapore

Furama RiverFront Hotel, Singapore

Located between the colorful Chinatown and Orchard Road, Furama RiverFront is a 30-minute drive from Changi Airport. Guests who opt for breakfast inclusions can enjoy an international buffet. Furama RiverFront stands along the banks of the Singapore River and is a 10-minute drive from Clarke Quay and Orchard Road. Kintamani Indonesian restaurant serves authentic Halal Indonesian cuisine. In addition, drinks and live entertainment can be found at the Waterfall Lounge.

Village Hotel Bugis, Singapore

Located at the crossroads of culture, Village Hotel Bugis is mere minutes away from Singapore’s Arab, Peranakan, and Indian heritage districts. In a single day, you can go from shopping for knick-knacks at the two-story conservation shophouses in Bugis Village to picking up fabrics and drinking the Tarik in Little India. Just a two-minute walk away, the charming Haji Lane and Arab Street feature cafes and artistic boutiques. Explore the nearby vicinity, where you can visit the Sultan Mosque and Malay Heritage Center in the historic Kampong Glam precinct.

My Opinion and Last Word

Have you been to Singapore? Any cool tips to share?

loved being in Singapore, and want to go back again. I hope my story has motivated you to visit Singapore.

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