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100 Best Things to Do in Singapore | Best of Travel 2022

As of 2020, Singapore has a recorded total land area of 728.3 square kilometres. Pretty small for a country, right? But compact as it may be, Singapore is bursting with impressive attractions, unique architectures, Michelin-starred restaurants, high-class shopping centres, and 5-star hotels – a weeklong vacation may not be enough to visit them all. If you are a tourist in the Lion City, the Merlion statue would probably be your first stop. But what comes next? In our Best of Travel series, we have curated the latest 100 Best Things to Do in Singapore, providing quality recommendations to suit your travel needs and budget. Read on and enjoy!



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This post was last updated on 01 August 2022.

Table of contents 

  • Best Things to Do in Singapore For: (Summary)
    1. Families
    2. Adventure seekers
    3. Arts and culture enthusiasts
    4. Laidback travellers
    5. Big spenders
    6. Budgetarians
    7. Foodies
    8. Nature lovers

For Families

Kids and kids-at-heart will surely have their fill in Singapore.

1. Admire the magnificent marine world at S.E.A. Aquarium

S.E.A. Aquarium Best Things to Do in Singapore 
Source: Resorts World Sentosa

As Southeast Asia’s largest giant aquarium, S.E.A. Aquarium at Resorts World Sentosa is home to more than hundreds of thousands of marine animals representing 1,000 species in more than 45 diverse habitats. Get acquainted with marine species as you meet hammerhead sharks, bottlenose dolphins, and threatened ones like the manta ray and Napoleon wrasse on various interactive programmes that the aquarium has to offer.

Moreover, if you have little ones with you, explore the mysterious musical walkway that turns footsteps into the musical sensation ‘Baby Shark’ and learn more about the wonders of – you’ve guessed it right – sharks. Educational, immersive, and wonderfully fascinating – S.E.A. Aquarium is your ultimate marine life experience in Singapore.

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2. Have a splashing day at Adventure Cove Waterpark™

Adventure Cove Waterpark™ Things to do Singapore
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A thrilling aquatic adventure awaits every guest at the Adventure Cove Waterpark™. If you love to get your adrenaline pumping, the high-speed water slides – Dueling Racer and Pipeline Plunge – are your best bets. Southeast Asia’s first hydro-magnetic coaster, Riptide Rockets, is also within your reach!  But if you are more of a laidback person, you can just laze the day away while drifting on a lazy river, or snorkel with 20,000 tropical fish over a colourful Rainbow Reef. 

For visiting families, cruise down the Adventure River and journey through 14 different stunning scenes, which includes a tropical jungle garden and fantasy-like grotto with never-before-seen marine creatures.

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3. Embark on the ultimate land-sea sightseeing tour with The DUCKtours

The DUCKtours
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Similar to how a duck works, The DUCKtours boast an impressive hour-long adventure in both land and the sea. The tour starts by cruising through the historic Civic District, then splashes into the water for a picturesque harbour voyage – all aboard a single vehicle! Yes, the guests will ride a pretty unique vehicle, one that has wheels and can float like a boat. Even the front part of the boat looks like a duck, so overall, the experience is wacky and fun. Perfect for kids and adults alike! 

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4. Journey into the wild at Singapore Zoo

things to do Singapore Singapore Zoo

Just like any other zoo on the planet, the Singapore Zoo is home to thousands of animals that roam freely in open enclosures resembling their natural habitats. Mammals, birds, reptiles – see representatives of every single class from the Animal Kingdom inside the zoo! Don’t worry, animals here are all well-taken care of. In fact, you can feed them yourself for the ultimate wildlife experience! Not the African Lions, of course, but animals like elephants, giraffes, goats, and white rhinoceroses. 

Singapore Zoo is pretty spacious, so if you easily get tired, hop on a guided tram and journey the zoo’s six different zones while listening to an exclusive commentary along the way. 

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5. Interact with nocturnal animals at Night Safari

Night Safari
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In case a whole day is not enough to meet all the fascinating animals at Singapore Zoo, you can wait until dusk falls and go on an exciting adventure at Night Safari. As the world’s first nocturnal wildlife park, this experience is definitely one for the books. Embark on a guided tram ride that will take you to 7 geographical regions of a wide range of animals where 2,500 nocturnal animals will literally be within your reach. You can also opt to explore the walking trails for an even deeper journey into the wild!

After meeting all the animals in the wild, see otters, civets, and other species show off their talents during the famous Creatures of the Night show. 

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6. Go on a fun water adventure at HydroDash Singapore

HydroDash Singapore
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One might think that he or she is too old to play. However, if the playground is a floating aqua park – the first one in Singapore – well, you may need to think twice. At HydroDash Singapore, you will literally dash through four zones of thrill-seeking floating obstacle courses. Looking for more fun? Leap off the 3M-tall Springboard or off the Action Tower! We also love how the inflatable playground has something to offer for different ages – the most perfect place for some exhilarating fun with the whole family in Singapore.

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7. Spot gigantic dinosaurs at Jurassic Mile, Changi Airport

Changi Airport Jurassic Mile
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Changi Airport is already a jewel of its own, but the all-new Jurassic Mile makes it better than it already is. Imagine, seeing life-sized dinosaurs (replicas, of course) right next to an airport! From a towering Tyrannosaurus Rex to giant dinosaur eggs, you’d spot more than 20 pre-historic creatures from nine different species in an entire 1-kilometre stretch. So if your kids loved watching Jurassic Park, it is definitely a must to bring them to Jurassic Mile! 

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8. Experience Urban Jungle at Pan Pacific Singapore

Pan Pacific Singapore
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For the grandest family staycation in the Lion City, book an Urban Jungle Suite at Pan Pacific Singapore. Your kids will never run out of things to do inside the suite and the entire hotel vicinity, especially with their newly launched children’s play area – the Urban Jungle Village. Jam-packed with fun, activity zones, kids will get the chance to go down animal-themed slides, climb an indoor treehouse, play in cute little teepees, and a whole lot more. And if they ever get hungry after all the fun, picnic and campfire-inspired snacks such as marshmallows and hotdogs are served.

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9. Beat the heat at Wild Wild Wet Singapore

Wild Wild Wet
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You no longer need to go to the Wild Wild West when you can just enjoy the Wild Wild Wet in Singapore. A haven during the summertime, Wild Wild Wet is one of Singapore’s largest water parks with 16 exhilarating water slides and attractions. Float away in a lazy river, hop on an inflatable raft, experience one of Asia’s longest free fall water slides, and a whole lot more! There’s also a Kids Zone here so you can be sure that everyone in the family will have a fun splashing time.

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10. Stay in Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa 

Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa 
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If you’ll visit Singapore in the summertime, your family will surely appreciate a night (or a week) at Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa. Nestled right next to the famous Siloso Beach, the views and vibes are really perfect here. Plus, booking a room would also give you access to the nearby Nestopia, a unique open-air play space in Siloso Beach for an adrenaline-filled, family experience. Water slides, swimming pools, and playgrounds on a sandy beach – the perfect recipe for the best summer vacation!

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11. Meet Giant Pandas at River Wonders

River Wonders
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No one’s ever too old for Giant Pandas! River Wonders Singapore is home to Kai Kai and Jia Jia – two super cute (and super huge) pandas from China. And just last 2021, these two are now proud parents to Le Le after years of trying, so you will get to meet an entire family of Giant Pandas! After meeting them, explore other attractions in the river-inspired park (the only one in Singapore!) such as the fish exhibit at the Congo River, ancient-looking creatures at the Nile-inspired River of Life, a boat ride at the Amazon River Quest and so much more.

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12. Discover the fun in learning at Science Centre Singapore

Science Centre Singapore
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Kids are naturally inquisitive, so don’t miss the chance to visit Science Centre Singapore. Acclaimed as one of the top science centres in the world, a visit here is the perfect chance to inspire the next generation of scientists. Who knows, maybe the future Einstein is right beside you! Science Centre Singapore boasts more than a thousand interactive exhibits spanning 14 galleries, but its main highlights include the Butterflies Up-Close (Singapore’s first indoor butterfly sanctuary), Professor Crackitts Light Fantastic Mirror Maze, and Omni-Theatre Fulldome.

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13. Enjoy winter in a tropical country at Snow City

Snow City
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Unfortunately, Singapore doesn’t have winter. But then, you can still surprise your kids with winter in the tropics at Snow City Singapore, the island’s first permanent indoor snow centre. Here, every winter dream is possible – slide down a snowy slope, play snowballs, visit an igloo, make snow angels, and so much more. You can even marvel at thematic ice and snow sculptures, all carefully crafted by Singapore’s well-renowned ice sculptor veteran, Jeffrey Ng. And, for the best family photos, everyone can rent some matching winter gear and clothes before striking a pose in front of the beautiful sculptures.

For adults who are kids at heart, make sure to not miss out on Snow City’s latest attraction – Singapore’s first-ever Sub-Zero Shooting Arena!

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14. Reminisce at the MINT Museum of Toys Singapore

MINT Museum of Toys Singapore
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This may be a hit and miss for the kids, but the parents will surely love reminiscing their childhood days at the MINT Museum of Toys Singapore. Here, you will find an expansive collection of world-class vintage toys, collectibles, and board games – the largest of its kind in Southeast Asia. Most toys here have their own stories to tell since they are from the mid-19th century to the mid-20th century, so it is better if you get a guided tour. But if the guide is too pricey for you, then you can just share all sorts of stories from your childhood as you go back to memory lane with your little ones.

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For the Adventure Seekers

The best things to do in Singapore are not for the fainthearted.

1. Get your adrenaline pumping at the Universal Studios Singapore

Universal Studios Singapore Best Things to Do in Singapore 
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Travelling with kids or not, Universal Studios Singapore is definitely not something that you should miss while visiting the island. A massive theme park with 7 movie-themed zones and 24 unique rides – it’s your happy place in Sentosa island. Thrill-seekers, make sure that you don’t miss out on screaming your heart out while riding the world’s tallest duelling roller coaster, Battlestar Galactica: HUMAN vs. CYLON™ or the indoor coasters Revenge of the Mummy and TRANSFORMERS The Ride: The Ultimate 3D Battle. 

If you have your family with you, get ready for some festive meet and greets with the stars from Illumination’s Despicable Me, Sesame Workshop’s Sesame Street, and DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls. And of course, enjoy kid-friendly attractions like a river crate adventure with friends from Madagascar, a space spaghetti chase with Elmo, and soaring up the sky while riding a friendly dinosaur. 

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2. Enjoy gravity-fuelled rides at Skyline Luge

Skyline Luge Best Things to Do in Singapore 
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Embrace your inner child and enjoy a gravity-fuelled ride at Skyline Luge. The first of its kind in Southeast Asia, guests will hop on a three-wheeled type of sled and then descend a 1.2m track by pulling or pushing handlebars to brake or accelerate. Imagine riding a go-kart, but down a thrilling race track with various slopes, corners, and tunnels! Choose your own adventure from four themed tracks: Kuppu Kuppu Trail, Expedition Trail, Jungle Trail, and Dragon Trail. Each track also varies in terms of difficulty level, so riders of all ages and experience levels can enjoy this unique experience.

After you arrive down the track, you can head right back up for the next run. Simply board the Sentosa Skyride – a fun open-cabin trip with a bonus of scenic panoramic of the beautiful Sentosa

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3. Try Bungy Jumping at Skypark Sentosa

Skypark Sentosa 
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Bungy jumping is certainly not for the faint-hearted. But if you are up for that extreme once-in-a-lifetime experience, drop by the AJ Hackett Bungy Jump platform at Skypark Sentosa. Then, take the drop from 47m high up the ground! Due to the brilliant designs of the jump decks and overhead roof, you can try bungy jumping in different styles – fall forward, backward, basically, anything to get that adrenaline running. Bonus is that you get to enjoy the awe-inspiring views of Singapore’s Siloso Beach as you free fall from the sky!

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4. Fly over Sentosa at Mega Adventure

Mega Adventure
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If you think that bungy jumping is too much for you, maybe zip-lining at Mega Adventure, Sentosa may be the better option for you. Zip through the air at speed of up to 60kph – hands-free, Superman-style, or upside down  – while being surrounded by the spectacular view of Singapore. The entire zipline course spans 450m, so you will fly over the jungle, beach, and sea in just minutes! It really is a nice experience, definitely a must-try while you are visiting Singapore. 

On top of the zipline, there are three additional activities for you to try at Mega Adventure. Embrace your inner acrobat and bounce up to 8m high at MegaBounce, navigate a 15m high rope obstacle course at MegaClimb, and experience a thrilling free fall jump at MegaJump. 

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5. Dare to walk around Bukit Brown Cemetery

Bukit Brown Cemetery
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Feeling a bit braver than usual? Try exploring Bukit Brown Cemetery – the city’s largest cemetery with more than 100,000 traditional Chinese graves. It is quite interesting walking around the cemetery since you will spot the graves of some Singaporeans whose names are literally part of the city today. To learn which graves to really check out, feel free to join one of the guided cemetery walks. Moreover, if you are into bird watching, you can hang around further to see over 90 resident and migrant species of birds, including the critically endangered white-bellied woodpecker.

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6. Put on your detective hats and play the Murders game in Chinatown

Chinatown Murders Game Tour
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Imagine playing Clue-do in real life. Chinatown Murders is probably the most fun and exhilarating way to explore and learn all about Singapore’s Chinatown, not to mention all the friends you get to meet along the way! Basically, participants would be solving puzzles all over Chinatown, in order to uncover the mystery of a serial killer on the loose. Then, a tour guide will be sharing some fun facts about every Chinatown area you visit. Really informative, too!

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7. Throw axes at Axe Factor

Axe Factor
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If you’ve already tried archery, then you are now ready to take the next level: axe throwing. According to some, axe throwing feels more exciting and satisfying since you will hit a bullseye using a thrown weapon that relies purely on power and rotation. You’ve probably seen these things happen in only action movies before, so Axe Factor is here to provide you with an experience of a lifetime. Don’t worry, you will be guided by a professional and veteran axe thrower who will teach you the proper and safest way to throw an axe at a target as well as teach you the physics behind a successful throw.

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8. Experience Singapore’s highest open-air panoramic ride at SkyHelix Sentosa

SkyHelix Sentosa
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At 79 metres above sea level, SkyHelix Sentosa is Singapore’s tallest open-air panoramic ride to date. It is named after a distinct helix structure and is humongous, so feel free to let your hair down and dangle your feet into the air as you soar off from the ground. As a bonus, you will also get a spectacular 360-degree view of Sentosa and the Southern islands. Oh, and if you are feeling a bit parched, you can also complement your ride with some nice drinks from the Snack Bar. 

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9. Play all day at Adventure HQ

Adventure HQ
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Adventure HQ is not your typical playground, but a wonderland for adults under all levels of adrenaline thrills. Spanning across four storeys, the 2,800sqm Adventure HQ features 10 kaleidoscopic adventure installations, including Singapore’s longest 14m indoor slide, largest 2-tiered 16-elements rope course, first indoor roll glider, first 165m long indoor artificial cave, and so much more. Loads of fun await!

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10. Spend the night bar hopping all over Singapore

Singapore Pub Crawl Half Day Tour
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Singapore is also an amazing place to have a fun night out. In fact, there are so many bars just along the Singapore river where you can grab some drinks, meet new friends, party and dance around until you literally drop.

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11. Release pent-up stress at The Rage Room

The Rage Room
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Release all your inner frustrations at The Rage Room, the first of its kind in Singapore. Now, this may not be your kind of therapy but you’d definitely feel lighter and better after smashing stuff inside. So, grab a bat (or any other smashing tool you prefer), get your hands dirty, and try to destroy as many everyday items as possible!

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12. Shoot with NERF guns at NERF Action Xperience

NERF Action Xperience
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NERF Action Xperience is probably the best place to feel like you are in a real-life shooting game, say Valorant or Call of Duty, except with NERFs. There are plenty of activity zones inside, designed especially for a family or squad of adrenaline junkies and adventure seekers. Each game takes only 15 mins so it won’t take up much of your time, but we won’t judge you if you stay there for an hour or so. 

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For the Arts and Culture Enthusiasts

Gigantic museums, cultural performances, street murals, historical hubs – Singapore is undoubtedly an arts and culture hub.

1. Explore modern Southeast Asian art at the National Gallery Singapore

National Gallery Singapore
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With over thousands of artworks inside, National Gallery of Singapore is the most perfect way to discover the best of Singaporean and Southeast Asian art. It is actually one of the largest art museums in entire Asia, with so many galleries to explore, so be sure to spend at least a whole afternoon there. And even before you get inside, you can already have photo ops from the outside as the National Gallery of Singapore is housed in the iconic restored Supreme Court and City Hall buildings, built in 1937 and 1926 respectively.

Don’t worry too much about being tired after walking around the huge building, since the museum is also home to a range of art-inspired venues including a suite of specially curated dining and retail spaces. Reward yourself with what you like best – food and shopping! Our top picks for food are Odette, ART, and Smoke & Mirrors.

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2. Discover local history at the National Museum of Singapore

National Museum of Singapore

If you wish to know more about the Lion City, then the National Museum of Singapore is the place to be. Even though it was established way back in 1887 (making it the country’s oldest museum!), you won’t ever get bored by the way they creatively describe the 700 years of Singapore’s legacy and development through immersive galleries. Basically, you will get to experience the latest cutting-edge display techniques in such a traditional-looking museum! Make sure that you check every exhibit in detail – you will literally be transported back in time.

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3. Enjoy amazing performances at Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay

Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay

You haven’t really been to Singapore if you ever forget to visit Marina Bay. And of course, the famous Esplanade. Fondly called “the durian” by the locals, Esplanade is one of the busiest arts centres in the world with about 3,000 performances presented yearly. There’s an Outdoor Theatre right on the Marina Bay waterfront, as well as a 1,600-seat Concert Hall and a  2,000-seat Theatre for all sorts of events, be it free or paid. But of course, before catching a performance, make sure to grab a bite (or a cup of coffee!) first at the nearby 3-story Esplanade Mall. Maybe you can even squeeze in a shopping session!

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4. Uncover the secrets of the Battlebox

The Battlebox Tour
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History buffs – this might be the most perfect thing to do in Singapore for you! The Battlebox in Fort Canning Bunker is where Lieutenant-General Percival and his senior officers directed the Battle of Singapore in World War II. There is an authentic underground command centre (located 9 metres below) and the area is laden with many wartime artefacts – you will surely learn a lot. Feeling really bold? You may also step into the Fort’s 1930s war bunker and explore it on your own, with no guides or whatsoever!

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5. Learn all about science, arts, and technology at ArtScience Museum

Things to do Singapore ArtScience Museum

A place where Art meets Science, ArtScience Museum is an iconic cultural landmark (thanks to its lotus shape!) in Singapore where the future is reimagined. This one-of-a-kind museum boasts 21 gallery spaces spanning nearly 5000 square metres, with every gallery showcasing the most fascinating exhibits in Singapore. Honestly, all your senses will be ignited here and you will definitely fall in love with art and science more :)

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6. See dinosaurs at Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum

things to do Singapore Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum
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We don’t mean Jurassic World-type of dinosaurs here, but more of their fossils. At Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum, visitors will travel back in time to witness the beginning of life on Earth. That, of course, includes seeing dinosaur fossils. This museum is a majestic 7-storey building covering a floor space of 8,500 square meters, so it won’t be just dinosaurs. There will also be plants, amphibians, mammals (and more!) from the old age, which you can all explore in the museum’s 16 thematic zones.

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7. Unleash your inner creativity through an Art Jam Session at Cafe de Paris

Art Jam Session at Cafe de Paris
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France can be so far away, but the good news is – you can have just the sweetest time at Cafe de Paris. Located just along Orchard Road, enjoy the chill vibes of a Paris-inspired cafe while you unleash your inner artist, paintbrush at hand! Yes, this cafe offers a free-and-easy art jamming session where you can feel like a Parisian artist painting the day away! The best part? All art supplies are provided, plus a complimentary drink, too!

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8. Snap photos with celebrities from all over the world at Madame Tussauds

Madame Tussauds Singapore
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You no longer need to visit Hollywood (or South Korea!) just to meet all your favourite celebrities and idols. Better get your cameras fully charged as the world-famous wax museum – Madame Tussauds – is now in Singapore. Aside from the celebrity wax figures, Madame Tussauds also offer plenty of exciting experiences including a Marvel 4D cinema, a stunning “Spirit of Singapore” indoor boat ride, and a whole lot more.

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9. Feast your eyes and tummy at the Museum of Ice Cream Singapore

things to do Singapore Museum of Ice Cream Singapore
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A sweet tooth’s wonderland, the Museum of Ice Cream is a world where anything is possible. Get ready to rediscover the kid in you by learning all about ice cream and its history across 14 multi-sensory attractions, playing in a unicorn playground, or taking a dip in a pool filled with millions of sprinkles. And of course, no visit would ever be complete without having a taste of the museum’s superstar – ice cream! Did we mention unlimited, too? After all the exploring, wind down and relax at the verdant outdoor bar and try MUIC’s signature ice cream flavours, pink cocktails, milkshakes, and much more.

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10. Immerse yourself in Peranakan Culture at The Intan

The Intan
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The Intan is definitely the best place to learn all about Peranakan Culture in the heart of Singapore. Basically, The Intan is just a private home turned into a small museum, but it is packed with over 1000 amazing artefacts from Peranakan culture. The museum owner, Alvin Yapp, is super nice as well, and will directly share some of his Peranakan knowledge with visitors, including his collection of intricate beadwork and embroidery. After the tour, enjoy tea and homemade refreshments inspired by the culture, too.

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11. Explore contemporary art in Little India

things to do Singapore Little India

Little India is one of Singapore’s most vibrant districts to date. From mosques and Hindu temples to a 24-hour open shopping centre to indie street markets and food stalls (try the fish curry and vadai!) – there is a bit of everything for anyone at Little India. Even if you don’t plan to buy anything, walking around is already rewarding, especially with the array of magnificent murals on almost every corner. After all the walking, make a beeline to Komala Vilas, which is one of Singapore’s heritage brands and one of the oldest Indian restaurants on the island. Their signature spicy masala and unique paper thosai are definitely a must-try!

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12. Visit the National Library of Singapore

National Library of Singapore

Bibliophile or not, you’ll surely love the National Library of Singapore. It is beautiful inside and out, with millions of books packed on various floors and sections. It also won’t cost you a thing to visit here, and there are also galleries upstairs where you can check out interesting exhibits for free!

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For the Laidback Travellers

You don’t have to be always on the go to have fun. Sometimes, it is best to take it slow…

1. Be enchanted by the flowers at Gardens by the Bay 

Gardens by the Bay Best Things to Do in Singapore 
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Gardens by the Bay is not your typical garden. Yes, there are lush greens and colourful flowers, but the garden is way more massive than you expect. This popular spot presents the plant kingdom on a whole new level – a music and light show of giant Supertree domes, iconic cooled plant conservatories, a cloud forest with the world’s largest indoor waterfall, an orchid haven, and so much more. There is even a flower dome where flowers never stop blooming – a dome that’s as large as 75 Olympic pools! With attractions for both grown-ups and children, Gardens by the Bay in Singapore ensures that everyone will have a day well-spent.

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2. Spend a night at Andaz Singapore

Andaz Singapore Best Things to Do in Singapore 
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For the ultimate relaxing stay in Singapore, book a room at Andaz Singapore. Take a dip in the hotel’s luxurious rooftop infinity pool, exercise at the 24-hour fitness centre, satisfy your foodie cravings with the ingenious culinary selection in the hotel’s wide array of restaurants. The best part about Andaz, though, is that it is located near some of the must-visit sites in Singapore. You will be one stroll away from Marina Bay, Little India, and National Gallery Singapore! 

Too tired to go out? Well, you can admire the best of Singapore’s skyline views even when you’re locked up in your room – thanks to the top-to-floor windows inside!

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3. See breathtaking, panoramic views at the Singapore Flyer

Singapore Flyer
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Savour Singapore’s stunning skyline and soar aboard Asia’s largest giant observation wheel, the Singapore Flyer. Guests will ride in a fully air-conditioned capsule situated 165m above ground level, so you can only expect that the view would be phenomenal. Not only will you get to see the entirety of the Lion City, but also you will get a glimpse of other neighbouring countries as well! Whether you want to spend a romantic sky date with your partner or just a fun day tour with your kids – you can never go wrong with the Singapore Flyer. 

Right now, the Singapore Flyer is also home to Time Capsule, a multisensory attraction of Singapore’s rich 700-year history, heritage, culture and landscape. You get to meet R65 (not the one from Star Wars!), your time-travelling companion, and then discover the country’s past, present, and future. After all, it is always nice to know more about the country you are currently visiting.

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4. Hop on a mountain bike at Chestnut Nature Park 

Chestnut Nature Park 
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By now, you are probably pretty aware of how Singapore has so much to offer when it comes to nature. And if you want a full-blown nature experience, try mountain biking at Chestnut Nature Park. Right now, it is Singapore’s largest nature park, with a total area of 81 hectares. Breathe fresh air as you enjoy the native tree species and local wildlife that await you at the mountain bike trail. Or perhaps take a moment to rest and watch some birds! Not a fan of cycling? Take the separate hiking trails instead. You may also opt to cycle at East Coast Park, especially if you are in town with your family.

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5. Experience the best night views of downtown Singapore atop a real double-decker bus

Big Bus Singapore Night City Tour
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You no longer need to visit Europe just to ride a real double-decker bus, because you can do just that in Singapore. The night tour is highly recommended as you will get to see famous sights and other hidden gems that you will appreciate more under the city lights. The night-time views at Marina Barrage and Gardens by the Bay are absolutely splendid! After the tour, you might also want to try iconic Singapore dishes at Lau Pau Sat, which is just perfect for dinner.

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6. Play putt at Holey Moley Golf Club

Holey Moley Golf Club
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Instagrammable spots + mini golf + good food = it can’t get any better than a day at Holey Moley Golf Club. With 27 unique holes, each with their quirky themes, so you’d definitely be on your toes all day. And if you want to make the experience even better, grab a drink (or two!) at Holey Moley’s indoor bar.

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7. Chill out with felines at the Catopia Cafe

Catopia Cafe
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Cat person or not, you’d definitely feel cosy and chill in the all-new Catopia Cafe. As you can probably see from the cafe’s name, you won’t just be having coffee and pastries here, but also get to hang around with cute cats. It’s the most pawsome cafe in entire Singapore!

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8. Walk around Changi Bay Point

Changi Bay Point
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Need a breather? Perhaps walking around Changi Bay Point will melt all your woes away. This attraction is part of the newly-opened Changi Bay CPC, which is a 3.6km-long stretch connecting Changi Beach Park to East Coast Park. If you love to cycle, you can also do so – all while admiring the scenic and tranquil waterfront view.

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9. Indulge in a therapeutic massage session at Kenko Wellness Spa

Kenko Wellness Spa
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Walking around Singapore is no simple feat – there’s just too much to see and so. So, after a long day, reward yourself with a therapeutic massage session at the award-winning foot reflexology and spa chain, Kenko Wellness Spa. They have multiple outlets located all over Singapore, so it won’t cost you much effort just to find one. Moreover, you can choose among several relaxing packages, but if you truly want to ease your sightseeing body pain away, Kenko’s full one-hour massage is the way to go.

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10. Hang out with F.R.I.E.N.D.S at Central Perk

Things to do Singapore Central Perk
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If you are a fan of the famous 90’s show, then a visit a Central Perk is something you should never miss out on. The whole cafe’s vibe and interiors are just like what you see in the show, from the iconic couch to the bar where Rachel used to make bad coffee. Even the menu is entirely F.R.I.E.N.D.S. inspired, too! But what really sets this Central Perk apart is its unique Chandler Edible Helium Balloon – a dessert that comes with a side of fun.

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11. Meet adorable doggos at We Are the Furballs

We Are the Furballs
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Love dogs? Head over to We Are the Furballs to meet and hang out with some furry friends without having the need to own one. This dog petting cafe is home to 9 insanely adorable fur babies. Pro tip: bring dog treats so they will come to you! These dogs are already used to people giving them love, so make sure that you know how to stand out from the crowd. In addition to good company, entrance to this dog cafe also comes with a standard drink, which will perfectly quench your thirst after an hour of playing and cuddling with your new furry friends.

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12. Go glamping at Constant Wind

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Tick off another item on your bucket list by going glamping at Constant Wind. The experience is definitely something to look forward to, especially if you love the outdoors but hate the feeling of being grimy. At Constant Wind, glamping tents already consist of amenities including a queen-sized bed, an air conditioner, pillow, and blanket to make your stay more comfortable. You probably won’t even mind about the place not looking like a 5-star hotel because the view there is already mesmerising. Make sure that you don’t miss the sunset, and perhaps grab a drink to enjoy the scenery further. 

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For Couples on a Romantic Trip

Nothing is more romantic than exploring the Lion City with your loved one!

1. Go on a unique superyacht experience with Royal Albatross Sunset Sail

Royal Albatross Sunset Sail
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Take date nights up a notch by onboarding Royal Albatross Sunset Sail. Dinner by the bay with your loved one is already pretty romantic, but a dinner while sailing through Singapore’s calm port waters? That’s something you will forever cherish! This unforgettable journey begins as you board the region’s only luxury tall ship from Resorts World Sentosa and sail as the sun heads for the horizon. Take in the sea breeze while sipping your favourite drink from the premium bars on deck as you sail past Sentosa’s white-sand beaches. And next thing you know, the island’s familiar landmarks are now dazzling jewels in the darkness!

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2. Take unique couple photos at the Trick Eye Museum

 

The internationally-acclaimed 3D museum from South Korea is now in town! The Trick Eye Museum museum boasts a huge array of hand-painted art exhibits, all made with a special art technique called Trompeoil so that the 2D art is brought to life. Step into the world of optical illusions and go crazy trying out different poses with your loved one!

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3. Have a unique dining experience in the sky

Cable Car Dining Singapore
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Spending time together with your loved one on the famous Singapore Cable Car sounds romantic already. What more if you will also be served dinner up there? Experience romantic cable car dining 100 metres above sea level with Fly Me to Japan and have the most unforgettable night in Singapore. You can already hop on the cable car by 6 pm, so it is the best time to watch the sun setting on Mount Faber Park. All while savouring an exquisite 4-course Japanese dinner served in authentic bento boxes! A complimentary glass of house wine will also be provided to make your dinner extra romantic.

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4. Be mesmerised by the romantic river view at The Fullerton Hotel

The Fullerton Hotel things to do Singapore
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Set in a former post office built in 1928 and overlooking the Singapore River, The Fullerton Hotel is definitely one of the most romantic spots in the Lion City. Make sure to bring your best cameras also, because there are quite a lot of IG-worthy spots there. It will be like you are transported back in time! For dinner, have a refined dining experience at The Fullerton’s very own Jade Restaurant, where you and your partner can have the best of Cantonese cuisine while being all glammed up!

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5. Get a couple’s massage at Elements Wellness

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Feeling tired after all the sightseeing? Cap off your day by getting a couple’s massage at Elements Wellness. You can try their usual massages and spa treatments, but what we really recommend is their Couple Koymaki Onsen. By booking this, you and your partner will get to experience the time-honoured Japanese bath ritual in a handcrafted Koyomaki wood tub, which is then followed by a 60-min Ocha massage and a 40-min Koyamaki Onsen Therapy in a private suite. The experience is definitely one for the books!

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6. Watch a Cinewav movie in the sky

Cinewav Movies in the Sky
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Before, outdoor cinemas meant huge parking lots and watching movies inside the car. Now, things are more modern and you can watch a Cinewav movie in the Sky! Basically, the audience will watch the movie on a large outdoor screen, while the audio will be coming from their phones. So, in a way, Cinewav movies are like those you can watch from a drive-in outdoor cinema. A world-first technology, this is such a unique experience to try and the best part is – you can do it right on top of the iconic Marina Bay Sands!

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7. Ride a traditional bumboat on the Singapore River

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Board a bumboat in Clark Quay and enjoy a 40-minute cruise on the Singapore River, which is said to be an iconic way of exploring the river for both locals and tourists alike. You can just sit back and relax as you marvel at the popular landmarks on the riverside. Or, if you are curious, you can listen to a guide sharing interesting commentary about the rich past of Raffles Landing Site, The Merlion, the Esplanade, Marina Bay Sands, and so much more.

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8. Experience a retro roller date at Hi Roller Indoor Skating

Hi Roller Indoor Skating
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Another date idea: roller skating! Bring back this fun activity from the 50s and 60s and enjoy indoor roller skating just like your parents did. Don’t worry, you can just rent your skates there (either roller or inline skates), so it won’t matter if you are just a first-timer or not. The most important thing is to have fun! They often schedule themed nights – Coachella, Prom Night, Disco Night – so be sure to check their social media before going.

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9. Embrace your inner child at AIRZONE

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You’re never too old for a day at AIRZONE. An indoor playground suspended six levels above the ground, you can dive into a ball pit, zoom through some slides, bounce on nets – and experience zero gravity in general. Kids and kids-at-heart will definitely have the time of their lives here! Don’t worry, if you get dizzy after all the playing, you can sit on some swings – still suspended above the ground.

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10. Grab some drinks at Coastes Sentosa

Coastes Sentosa
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Situated along the golden stretch of Sentosa’s Siloso Beach, Coastes is a lovely place to unwind after a long day in the city, with a drink or two at hand. Coastes offers this rustic charm that exudes a laidback beach vibe, which is just made better with delicious beach food, premium beers and beach cocktails. We highly recommend dining by the beach, as in literally by the beach, on deck chairs that flow right into the water’s edge. Definitely the best spot if you ask us!

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For the Big Spenders

Our top picks for those who want to spend the most luxurious vacation in Singapore.

1. Book a room at Dusit Thani Laguna Singapore

Dusit Thani Laguna Singapore Best Things to Do in Singapore 
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Just 10 minutes away from Changi International Airport, Dusit Thani Laguna Singapore is a luxury urban resort that offers hallmark experiences served with touches of Thai hospitality. The hotel comprises 198 tastefully decorated rooms and suites, where you can have a restful sleep before heading out for some fun adventure in Singapore. 

After a long day of exploring, guests can make use of the hotel’s three swimming pools, three tennis courts, a gym and a Thai-inspired spa. But as much as we loved the hotel amenities, what really makes us happy is the filling breakfast that comes with every booked room. There’s a lot of variety to choose from and every single dish is deliciously good – just what we need to start the day right!

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2. Stay at the iconic Marina Bay Sands 

Marina Bay Sands Best Things to Do in Singapore 
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No visit to Singapore will ever be complete without catching a glimpse of the iconic 3-tower building of Marina Bay Sands. And if you have the means to splurge, book a room at the hotel for one of the most luxurious staycations you will ever get to experience. Imagine diving into the world’s largest rooftop infinity pool – all while gazing down at the impressive Singapore skyline. 

Then, explore the seemingly endless entertainment options that the hotel has to offer. Shop ‘til you drop and check out the floating Apple store and one-of-a-kind Louis Vuitton outlet inside. Or perhaps visit the ArtScience museum – Singapore’s most futuristic place. But what you never miss out on is visiting the SkyPark Observation Deck, where a bird’s-eye view of Singapore’s cityscape, Gardens by the Bay and amazing sea view awaits.

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3. Set sail to nowhere onboard the Gateway Cruise by Dream Cruises

Gateway Cruise by Dream Cruises
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Can’t get enough of Singapore’s amazing bay views? Cruise to nowhere with the Gateway Cruise by Dream Cruises! As of now, the cruise ship is sailing to nowhere with no port-of-calls, but that doesn’t mean that it won’t be as fun as you expect. Even while onboard, guests won’t ever run out of things to do. Enjoy exciting amenities like thrilling waterslides and rock climbing courses, immersive VR Experience lab, world-class shows, plus relaxing beach clubs and swimming pools – all while admiring a breathtaking view of the ocean! Not only that, the ship boasts over 35 F&B dining concepts, so you can eat to your heart’s content as you enjoy a perfect two (or three) day holiday on a cruise!

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4. Pamper yourself at Ikeda Spa in Bukit Timah

Ikeda Spa in Bukit Timah
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With so many things to do in Singapore, you may get a little tired from a whole day of exploring. So, after all the fun activities, we suggest that you also enjoy a day of relaxation and pampering at Ikeda Spa in Bukit Timah. An award-winning luxury spa specialising in the traditional Japanese Onsen experience, all guests will surely get to reinvigorate their mind and body in every signature treatment that they offer.

Also, what’s great is that the spa uses real hinoki in their onsen, a highly-prized type of cypress wood in Japan that was once reserved only for royalty. Not only that, the entire spa is filled with pleasant and soothing scents of essential oils. So even if you haven’t had your treatment yet, the peaceful and serene ambience will calm you at once.

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5. Go outlet shopping at IMM

Singapore is almost synonymous with shopping, so if you are looking to haul some branded finds, one of the best places for you to visit is the IMM. As Singapore’s largest outlet mall, you will have access to over 100 outlet stores offering up to 80% discount all year round. Literally, shop ‘til you drop! IMM Outlet Mall also offers an array of dining and entertainment options, so make sure to leave some cash, too, to have your fill. For more high-end brands, head over to Orchard Road for Singapore’s finest luxury malls.

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6. Hop on the largest cruise in Asia – the Spectrum of the Seas

If you truly want to level up your vacation in Singapore, book a stateroom in Asia’s largest and first Quantum Ultra Class cruise ship – Spectrum of the Seas. This Royal Caribbean cruise ship is packed with a myriad of adventures on board, which are all specially designed for Asian guests in mind. Enjoy gastronomic indulgence in the sea, watch world-class performances, feel on top of the world inside the SkyPad®, chill on the pool deck, and a whole lot more. As for the itinerary, the cruise starts in Singapore, and could either head to Penang, Kuala Lumpur, or Thailand. 

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7. Escape the city and discover Singapore’s Southern Islands

Contrary to popular belief, Sentosa is not the only island you’d see in Singapore. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city through an island hopping tour in Singapore’s Southern Islands, namely St. John’s, Lazarus, Kusu, and Seringat-Kias. A tour guide will share trivia all about these islands throughout the tour, and you might even spot flora and fauna that you won’t be seeing in the city. In between island visits, you can also go swimming on breezy beaches and have a picnic!

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8. Relax with an afternoon tea at Intercontinental Singapore

Fancy a cuppa? Head over to The Lobby Lounge at Intercontinental Singapore for a refined afternoon tea experience in the charming setting of a naturally sun-lit space. It’s the perfect place to hang out with your Singaporean friends and travel buddies as you unwind for the day! Take a pick from the variety of treats – both sweet and savoury – that come with your pot of fine loose tea. The best part? There are unlimited scones, too!

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9. Board a Vespa sidecar for a scenic Singapore heritage tour

Looking for a more unique way to explore the city? Hop on a Vespa sidecar and your friendly driver will take you on a heritage tour around four distinct districts and neighbourhoods in Singapore. You may opt to cruise down Joo Chiat, Kampong Glam, Tiong Bahru, or the Civic District, and uncover hidden gems all over town. Be sure to pay attention to your driver because it is 100% likely that he will share interesting facts and personal stories at every location you visit. 

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10. Indulge on a night at Raffles Singapore

A Singapore icon since 1887, Raffles is easily one of the most popular hotels in the Lion City. In fact, it was named after Singapore’s founding father, Sir Stamford Raffles, and has provided service to many noteworthy personalities such as Michael Jackson and Queen Elizabeth II. Situated in the heart of Singapore’s business and civic district, this hotel is super hard to miss, especially with its striking Neo-Renaissance architecture reeking of immaculate grandeur. Inside is just as beautiful, more so if you book your own suite and enjoy the most exquisite Raffles experience.

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For the Budgetarians

You can still explore Singapore without spending too much!

1. Wander around one of the world’s best airports – the Jewel Changi Airport

Jewel Changi Airport
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The fun starts as soon as you land in Singapore. Jewel Changi Airport is unlike any other – it will take hours just for you to explore all the nature-themed entertainment and eye-catching attractions inside. Catch a glimpse of the Rain Vortex, the world’s tallest indoor waterfall. Then, take the refreshing garden trail at Canopy Park, where you will see lush greenery and creative floral installations along the way. You can also opt to traverse through the vibrant Hedge Maze and be rewarded with a bewitching view of the entire course as you arrive at the watchtower at its core. 

The Jewel Changi is not all about nature, though – there are also exciting activities for you to try. Test your perception (and get dizzy!) at a Mirror Maze, bounce around inside the Manulife Sky Nets, cross the exhilarating Canopy Bridge, and so much more! Make sure that you use your time wisely, since there’s still a lot of things in store for you in Singapore as soon as you step out of the airport. 

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2. Hike the Southern Ridges and the Gorgeous Henderson Waves 

Southern Ridges and the Gorgeous Henderson Waves 

Situated 36 metres above the ground, Henderson Waves is the highest pedestrian bridge on the island. But what makes it really stand out is its artistic, distinct wave-like design – hence, the name. The best way to explore the bridge, though, is by hiking through Southern Ridges, a five-kilometre trail that includes the gorgeous Henderson Waves along the way. Again, if you are a nature lover, you’d have the time of your life in Singapore since Southern Ridges is also home to a wide variety of tropical flora and fauna. At the same time, you’d be able to enjoy panoramic views of the city, harbour and the Southern Islands. 

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3. Have your photo taken with the Merlion

Half-fish and half lion, you’ve probably seen a photo of the iconic Merlion at least once in your life. It is actually the country’s natural icon and has a public park of its own in front of Singapore, so it’s really worth visiting. But before going there, make sure that you understand why the Merlion looks that way. A mythical creature, its fish-like body symbolises Singapore’s origins as a fishing village while its lion head represents the city’s original name of Singapura (which is “lion city” in Sanskrit).

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4. Visit St Andrew’s Cathedral

This gigantic, neo-gothic architectural spot is something that you can’t possibly miss while walking around Singapore’s Civic District. Although cradled right in the middle of a busy urban area, St Andrew’s Cathedral is actually surrounded by some greenery, so it’s a nice place to rest and to have your photos taken.

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5. See Thian Hock Keng 

Just a heads-up: you can’t take photos inside Thian Hock Keng. So if you’re someone who’s all about IG-worthy shots – this place is not for you. Also known as Tianfu Temple, it is Singapore’s oldest Chinese temple dedicated to Mazu, the Goddess of the Sea. Feel free to admire its remarkable architecture in the traditional southern style, complete with dragons and phoenixes. Amazingly, not a single nail was used in the original construction of the temple! It’s even more beautiful inside with all the intricately-done carvings and sculptures.

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6. Shop for bargain clothes and souvenirs at Bugis Street

Of course, you can’t visit Singapore and leave without shopping for souvenirs. Allot at least half a day for shopping at Bugis Street, which is famous for being one of the most affordable places in Singapore for souvenirs, clothes, and other everyday items. You may also get to haggle here so be sure to brush up on your haggling skills! After going through a seemingly endless maze of street stalls, reward yourself with some good street food and drinks. Especially if you stay ‘til the night!

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7. Take a stroll at Kampong Glam

Muslim or not, exploring Kampong Glam (Kampong Gelam) is definitely a must-do while in Singapore. This vibrant district used to be Singapore’s Muslim quarter back in the 1800s, but it has long evolved into a place where age-old traditions and trendy lifestyles come together. While you’re there, make sure to visit the majestic Sultan Mosque, Malay Heritage Centre housed in a formal palace, the famous Haji Lane, and so much more. Kampong Gelam is also lined with endless stalls of heritage food and exotically printed textiles – just like a street bazaar!

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8. Go yacht-viewing at Quayside Isle

Quayside Isle is Sentosa’s premier waterfront retail and dining destination. But more than just a mall, Quayside Isle is where Singaporeans dock their private yachts. In fact, you can even rent them out to explore the waters in the most luxurious way possible! Do note that rental costs are not cheap, so if you are strapped in cash, you can just enjoy the breathtaking marina view while having lunch on the waterfront and then take a romantic stroll on the marina afterwards. 

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9. Soak your feet at Sembawang Hot Spring Park

Sembawang Hot Spring Park is probably the closest that Singapore has to an authentic and natural Japanese onsen. It’s open to the public, too! Before, Sembawang served as a recreational area for soldiers to get thermal baths. But now, it has become a popular place for locals (and tourists!) to get relaxing foot spas in its cascading pools. Be sure to bring your own buckets, though. Aside from having a soak, you can also try cooking Onsen eggs at the park’s Egg Cooking Station.

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10. Try draft beer at Smith Street Taps

Another gold from the heart of Chinatown is Smith Street Taps, a place where you can get draft beer that is absolutely phenomenal. Aside from your usual Heineken or Tiger Beer, this all-taps beer hawker stall would let you try over 20 premium local and international craft beers. All are affordable, too, so bring some friends along, sip some beer, and relax!

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For the Foodies

Singapore’s vibrant local food scene is just amazing. Make sure that your stomach has enough room to try out everything!

1. Explore the flavours of the world with The Line at Shangri-La Singapore

The Line Shangri-La Singapore Best Things to Do in Singapore 
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Shangri-La Singapore is probably one of the most sought-out hotels on the island. But other than spending the night, we suggest that you book a table at The Line, a sumptuous international buffet restaurant right inside the hotel. Deemed as one of the best in Singapore, guests can enjoy mouthwatering dishes showcasing authentic flavours from all over the world. Dishes are made a la minute, so not only will tummies be filled, but also eyes will be satisfied by a delightful show of talented chefs creating masterpieces in action. 

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2. Experience exquisite French fine dining at Odette 

Odette 
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Securing 8th place on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants, Odette offers a true French dining marvel to every guest. Inspired by the grandmother of owner-slash-chef Julien Royer, this restaurant prides itself on only using the purest ingredients, so you can only expect French dishes that are pretty remarkable. Moreover, the restaurant is elegantly housed inside National Gallery Singapore, the prime art destination on the entire island. So before your tummy is satisfied by the carefully crafted (and plated) dishes, your eyes will first enjoy a visual feast of stunning interiors and artworks inside the restaurant. 

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3. Dine at Burnt Ends

Burnt Ends
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If fancy French fare is not your cup of tea, maybe dining at Burnt Ends is a better option for you. Also included in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants, Burnt Ends is known for using custom-made wood-fired scorching ovens for cooking their meat selection. Hence, expect that your meat may come with a lovely charred outer while also being tender and juicy on the inside!  Short ribs, lamb chops, beef tenderloin, deboned grilled chicken – Burnt Ends is definitely a carnivore’s happy place on earth. Make sure that you book your reservation ASAP though, as it can often take months to get a seat! 

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4. Embark on an ultimate local food adventure

If it’s your first time in Singapore, going on an ultimate foodie tour is probably one of the best ways to explore the local food scene. The tour starts with a hawker centre visit early in the morning (try curry puffs and popiah for breakfast!), then you will be taken to a local wet market where you will get to learn all about local ingredients and when and how to use them. For lunch, you will get to see the BTS of Singapore’s food industry, like vendors creating curry from scratch or a popiah-rolling session. To end the day on a sweet note, the final stop of the tour would be the local favourite putu piring stall where you can sample Singapore’s famous rice cakes. 

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5. Start your day right with an authentic Singaporean breakfast from Tong Ah Eating House

You’re already in Singapore, so might as well try an authentic Singaporean breakfast from Tong Ah Eating House. This quaint restaurant in Chinatown has roots in the early 1930s, so you can only expect to have the best Kaya toast here. For more sinful bites, get their scrumptious French toast with Kaya and pair it with their Kopi. Really an amazing gastronomic experience! Be sure to go early though to avoid huge crowds and long lines. 

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6. Fuel up on Hawker food at Maxwell Food Centre

You can’t miss out on stuffing yourself with some delish Hawker food while in the city, especially if a plate will cost you only more or less $5. For one of the best (and cheapest!) Hainanese Chicken Rice in town, head over to Maxwell Food Centre to try Tian Tian’s. This quaint hawker centre in the middle of Chinatown is also home to Maxwell Fuzhou Oyster Cake, Jin Hua Fish Soup, Hum Jin Pang for the best dough fritters, and a whole lot more true blue Singaporean food. There are around 100 hawker stalls just in this food centre, so it will probably be overwhelming to decide what to eat. But if you ask us, the safest choice would always be chicken rice and dim sum!

If you have the time, do also check out other Hawker centres, such as the Old Airport Road Food Centre, Amoy Street Food Centre, and Tiong bahru.

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7. Discover everything about Singapore’s famous Tiger Beer

Singapore is incomplete without Tiger Beer, and what better way to have this famous beer than go to its actual brewery, right? When you book a brewery tour, not only will you learn all about the process of creating Tiger Beer (from preparing the ingredients to packaging!), but also discover its history and how it made its name on the international scene. Afterwards, kick back and relax at the Tiger Tavern, where you will get to sample an assortment of some of the best and freshest beer in the world, including ABC, Guinness, Heineken, and of course, Tiger.

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8. Savour a seafood dinner at The Dancing Crab Singapore

A paradise for seafood lovers, The Dancing Crab is the perfect place to have your seafood fix. They offer almost every shellfish dish you can think of, from Boston Lobster to Dungeness Crab to Singapore’s famous Chilli and Black Pepper Crabs. To complement the delectable dishes, The Dancing Crab also makes it a point to keep the restaurant’s atmosphere lively and vibrant. There are some cocktails and important beer, too!

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9. Go on a Durian crawl at Geylang Road 

Geylang Road won’t be the most aromatic place in Singapore, but it is definitely the best place to see and taste Durian. You’ll find different variants of the King of Fruits there, including Musang King (probably the most popular), Thai Durian, and rarer Golden Phoenix. Be sure to visit Geylang in the afternoon so you will get fresher deliveries and not leftovers from yesterday. Explore the area first as well and do not buy the first durian you see because there’s a huge chance that you’ll be duped with the price.

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10. Have a unique dining experience at Smith Marine Floating Restaurant

Catch the freshest catch in Singapore’s first floating restaurant and enjoy some of the best seafood in Southeast Asia with the sparkling ocean view.  Not only that, but since this is a floating restaurant, you will still need to hop on a ferry from Changi Point Ferry Terminal, so it feels like a half-day getaway in Singapore. It is a Halal-certified seafood restaurant, too!  

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For the nature lovers

Singapore may look like your typical urban jungle, but it is actually home to many public nature parks and reserves – all filled with local flora and fauna!

1. Visit the Singapore Botanic Gardens – the first UNESCO Heritage Site in Singapore

Singapore Botanic Gardens Best Things to Do in Singapore 
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If greenery is really your thing, make sure that you also visit the Singapore Botanic Gardens, a UNESCO Heritage Site with roots since 1859. It is open from 5 am up to 12 midnight daily with no admission fees, so there’s no excuse for you not to drop by.  Basically, Singapore Botanic Gardens consist of many different gardens packed in a 74-hectare space  – all of which housing their own distinct set of plants. What’s also great is that there is a garden specifically designed for children – the Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden – offering little ones a space dedicated to exploration, adventure, and play. 

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2. Enjoy a picnic at Marina Barrage

Marina Barrage
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Marina Barrage is actually a dam designed to help with water storage and flood controls in Singapore. But nowadays, the dam doubles as a recreational space for locals and tourists alike. The rooftop park at Marina Barrage is especially popular for picnics, kite-flying, and basically, just relaxing on the grass while admiring the city skyline. Marina Barrage is only a few minutes away from Singapore’s well-loved attractions like Garden by the Bay and Marina Bay Sands, so make sure that you don’t forget to stop by after all the sightseeing. Better yet, stay until dusk and witness a stunning sunset in Singapore. 

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3. Meet and interact with thousands of colourful birds at Jurong Bird Park

As Asia’s largest bird paradise, Jurong Bird Park is home to over 5,000 colourful birds from 400 species, spread over 20.2 hectares of exploratory landscapes, naturalistic environments and giant walk-in aviaries. You can meet these feathered Jurong residents – flamingos, ostriches, pelicans, lorikeets – through feeding sessions. Or see their entertaining antics at one of the daily interactive bird shows! And while you’re there, make sure to see the Waterfall Aviary as well, which houses one of the world’s tallest man-made, indoor waterfalls (equivalent to a 13-storey building!).

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4. Paddle through the wilderness at Palau Ubin with Nature Kayak

Join Nature Kayak to uncover the hidden treasures of Pulau Ubin Island and take a break from the busy city. The kayak trail is pretty easy for beginners, and it’s just a bonus that you will get a glimpse of the wildlife there, including mangroves, eagles, hornbills, and some fascinating fish species like the pink dolphin. Not only that, you will be kayaking with the company of passionate, good-humoured guides, so maybe you’ll get to go home with some interesting bits about the locals, too!

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5. Relax and play at Jurong Lake Gardens

Known to be the People’s Gardens, Jurong Lake Gardens is Singapore’s newest national garden in the heartlands. It packs a little bit of everything in its 90-hectare land area, including a Lakeside Garden, a Chinese Garden, and a Garden Promenade. What’s also great are their cycling and walking trails, so you can go around and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature as you do so. For families with kids (and kids at heart!), Jurong Lake Gardens is also home to different species from the animal kingdom, including reptiles, amphibians, and some mammals.

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6. Learn all about urban gardening in an Edible Garden

It may not be explicit at first, but Singapore loves agriculture and gardening, too. In an Edible Garden right at Kok Fah Technology Farm, discover a side of Singapore that’s all about urban gardening, and learn how to plant greens (and microgreens!) while staying in the city. You will even get to take home DIY kits, so you can dig into your inner green thumb and explore your talents in gardening back home

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7. Go on a mangrove trail at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

Get your walking shoes ready because a visit to Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve would mean a super long hike. As Singapore’s largest nature reserve and the first ever ASEAN Heritage Park on the island, Sungei Buloh provides a whopping 202-hectare sanctuary for flora and fauna. There are different walking trails here, so you could select one that fits your mood and fitness level, but the main highlight is probably the guided tour on the unique mangrove wetlands. Aside from mangroves, catch sight of migratory birds, resident reptiles, as well as swamp animals such as mudskippers and alligators.

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8. Enjoy scenic views and bird watching at Labrador Park

Thriving with wildlife, Labrador Nature Reserve aka Labrador Park is a favourite among nature lover locals who are looking to play and unwind. This park is home to a variety of bird species, so make sure to keep your eye out for the Oriental Magpie-Robin, Black-Naped Oriole, and the White-bellied Sea Eagle in action if you are really lucky. To top it all off, Labrador Park boasts the only rocky sea cliff on the mainland, so it is also a great place for sightseeing. You can actually have a picnic with the entire family here – just book a spot at the campsite and in one of the many BBQ pits! 

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9. Embark on a kayak fishing trip

Kayak fishing has easily become one of the most popular outdoor activities in Singapore today. Perhaps mainly because it is great for beginners, too, and you don’t need to bring anything on the fishing trip. Just you, a hat to help beat the heat, and the grit to get a catch! The kayak fishing trip comes in three experience levels, as well as an English-speaking fishing coach to help you get your catch of the day. Oh, don’t forget to snap a mandatory fishing photo when you do so!

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10. Feed and interact with turtles at The Live Turtle & Tortoise Museum

The Live Turtle and Tortoise Museum of Singapore is a Guinness World Record holder for housing the largest collection of live turtles and turtle artefacts from all over the world. From the majestic Pig Nose Flying Turtle to the huge alligator turtle to the unique 6-legged tortoise – you’ll find almost every turtle and tortoise species here. And if you’re lucky, you can feed some of them and even catch them in a mating session! Entrance fees are not too high either since the owners just want to share these amazing animals with the public.

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